Top museum acquisitions this year range from the diminutive (Banksy’s cheeky imitation £10 note) to the monumental (Kehinde Wiley’s 27ft-high bronze riposte to Confederate statues). A contemporary sensibility is in evidence, with the Tretyakov and MoMA celebrating major donations of Russian and African art that will radically update their permanent holdings. Perhaps most exciting are the cultural artefacts that go beyond fine art, such as the vast archives of Ebony and Jet magazines, and the designs of climate activists Extinction Rebellion. Here, we look back at some of the most significant acquisitions of 2019.
Climate protest designs, an authentic Banksy fake and radical collection updates: the year in acquisitions
Our pick of the gifts and purchases to enter international museum collections in 2019
17 December 2019
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