Obituaries

Spanish Duchess of Alba dies at age 88

The Duchess was an ardent defender of Spanish culture and a collector of old masters

Published online: 21 November 2014

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One of the world’s top collectors Sheikh Al-Thani dies suddenly, aged 48

Qatar’s former minister of culture’s spending spree shook up the art world before it came to abrupt end

Published online: 10 November 2014

An appreciation of Jocelyn Stevens, publisher and rector of the Royal College of Art

A vibrant and ferocious personality who led the RCA and English Heritage through radical shake-ups, Stevens "ate sharks for breakfast", Charles Saumarez Smith writes

Published online: 04 November 2014

Bibliophile Anthony Hobson dies

Former head of books at Sotheby's London was a leading expert in bookbinding

Published online: 21 July 2014

Zero Group artist Otto Piene dies aged 86

German artist's exhibition has just opened at Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie

Published online: 18 July 2014

Japanese artist On Kawara dies aged 81

Conceptual artist is best known for making date paintings for the past 48 years

Published online: 10 July 2014

 

How Margaret Thatcher made UK museums into world leaders

Margaret Thatcher was cordially disliked by the British academic community—famously, Oxford University members voted against giving her an...

 

Jan Hoet v Dennis Bellone

Jan Hoet, the Belgian museum director who has just died, takes to the ring against an artist and much younger opponent in 1999