Depot: a new way of visiting museums?

Plus, Cop26: how can the art world respond? And Fragonard's restored The Swing

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Art in the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot Photo: © Iris van den Broek

Art in the Boijmans Van Beuningen Depot Photo: © Iris van den Broek

The Week in Art

From breaking news and insider insights to exhibitions and events around the world, the team at The Art Newspaper picks apart the art world’s big stories with the help of special guests. An award-winning podcast hosted by Ben Luke, The Week in Art is sponsored by Christie’s.

This week, as talks continue at Cop26, the UN’s climate charge conference in Glasgow, we talk to Lucia Pietroiusti of the Serpentine Galleries about climate justice and how the art world can go beyond sustainability to "thriveability".

As the spectacular Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen opens to the public, we talk to Sjarel Ex, the museum's director, and Sandra Kisters, its head of collections and research, about the building they’re calling the world's first publicly accessible art storage facility.

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. Photo: © Ossip van Duivenbode.

And, for this episode's Work of the Week, we discuss Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing as it goes back on display at the Wallace Collection in London after conservation treatment. Yuriko Jackall, the Curator of French Paintings at the Wallace Collection, and Martin Wyld, the conservator, tell us about the French Rococo artist’s most famous painting.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Les hasards heureux de l'escarpolette (The Swing, around 1767), before and after the restoration. © The Wallace Collection

Related climate crisis discussions on The Week in Art:

The Gallery Climate Coalition

Venice's climate emergency

Fossil-fuel sponsors and activism at the Science Museum in London

Artist Richard Mosse on environmental crime in the Amazon rainforest

The Week in Art podcast byThe Art Newspaper is available every Friday on our website and all the usual places where you find podcasts. This podcast is sponsored by Christie's.