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Auctions

Bonhams auction house bought by Epiris private equity group

The British auction house brings in former Sotheby’s financial executive Bruno Vinciguerra as part of the deal

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Museums

Salvator Mundi will not go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi this month, for reasons unknown

$450.3m Leonardo da Vinci painting was due to be unveiled at museum in two weeks but its display has now been delayed

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Museums

Italy revokes export licence for the Frick Collection’s princely portrait by Gérard

Italian government claims licence application did not state portrait was of Prince Camillo Borghese

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Dallas Museum of Art says thank you to a life-long patron

Institution recognises the “transformational” final gift of its late trustee Margaret McDermott with a special exhibition and new wall labels for more than 400 works she helped acquire

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London’s National Gallery acquires painting by Artemisia Gentileschi for £3.6m

Piece by Italian Baroque painter boosts number of works by female artists in the museum's collection

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Museums

Leonardo da Vinci’s $450m Salvator Mundi to go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi on 18 September

The painting will be loaned to the Louvre in Paris next year for an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of artist's death

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Museums

MFA Boston acquires photographs by Graciela Iturbide ahead of major exhibition

The works, which came from Iturbide's own collection, include gifts from the Mexican artist

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Museums

Lichtenstein Foundation gives hundreds of works to the Whitney and Smithsonian

The organisation wants to get its collection "out into the world", the director says

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Acquisitions

Dallas Museum of Art acquires Derick Baegert panel, a first for a US museum

The Descent from the Cross is the museum's first acquisition backed by the Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund, a hefty $17m endowment

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Leaders

Displaying the ruins of demolished social housing at the Venice Architecture Biennale is not ‘art-washing’

The V&A acquired a fragment of London's Robin Hood Gardens before it was demolished

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In the frame

Beatz goes on (collecting)

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Acquisitions

American University Museum gets 9,000 works from Corcoran Gallery of Art’s collection

The defunct museum has given the last of its 20,000 works to 22 institutions in Washington, DC

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Cultural policy

The blueprint for Saudi Arabia's multi-billion-euro project with France

We exclusively reveal the details of the plans for a “historic” collaboration

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Acquisitions

Lacma acquires major works by women through lively Collectors Committee Weekend

Ten works are added to the permanent collection, including a striking slavery themed installation by Betye Saar and the museum's first sculpture by Ruth Asawa

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Acquisitions

Controversial 'hip-hop version' of the Virgin Mary given to MoMA

Chris Ofili's work—donated by hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen—was once at the centre of a New York culture war

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Acquisitions

George Lucas gives Rockwell fans new hope with acquisition of Shuffleton’s Barbershop

The work will first goes on loan in Massachusetts and possibly elsewhere

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Acquisitions

Dresden receives gift of 1,200 contemporary works from private collector Erika Hoffmann

Gift includes Polke, Warhol, Twombly, Emin, Tillmans

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Leaders

The mirage of riches in museums’ vaults

Putting aside museum ethics, Martin Gammon looks at the financial viability of museums deaccessioning their collection as a quick fix for financial trouble

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Palestine

Gifts multiply for fledgling Palestinian museum’s solidarity collection

Sixty works donated by European and Arab artists will stay at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris until a permanent home is built

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Widow of Hitler’s art dealer, Erhard Göpel, bequeaths Max Beckmann works to Berlin

Initial research into provenance 'gave no concrete cause for suspicion that these works were looted', Berlin State Museums says

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Architecture

Ellsworth Kelly’s final work—and only building—opens in Texas

Artist donated his design for Austin to the Blanton Museum in 2015, the year he died

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Museums

Estate of Nazi propaganda film-maker, Leni Riefenstahl, donated to Berlin museums

Trove of photographs, films, manuscripts and letters date back to the 1920s

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Acquisitions

UK-based Hyman Collection donates 125 photographs to Yale Center for British Art

James Hyman hopes the gift will improve the status of British photography both at home and abroad

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Acquisitions

Tacita Dean’s film of Hockney smoking bought by Royal Academy and National Portrait Gallery

Acquisition heralds triptych of London shows dedicated to Dean

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Exhibitions

French museums' new hoard of sculptures by Camille Claudel go on show at Musée d’Orsay

State stepped in and purchased major pieces by important female sculptor at auction

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Acquisitions

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros gives 200 works of Latin American contemporary art to six museums

The 90 works given to MoMA take the museum “in a new direction”, says director Glenn Lowry

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Museums

The top ten museum acquisitions of 2017

We look back at some of most important purchases and donations that entered public collections this year

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Acquisitions

Serpentine 2017 pavilion snapped up by Malaysian buyer

Francis Kéré’s structure in London will head to Kuala Lumpur next year in deal struck with Ilham Gallery

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

The Pérez Art Museum Miami acquires skateboard drawing with help from Nada

It's the first work acquired as part of the fair's new acquisition fund for the Miami museum

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Acquisitions

Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey gets treasure trove of Soviet dissident art

The collection of more than 20,000 works by 1,000 artists from throughout the former USSR was secretly amassed over decades by the US economist Norton Dodge

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Acquisitions

Rockefeller's Matisse and Léger fireplaces reunited in Houston

Museum of Fine Arts confirms acquisition to bring together Modern masterpieces originally commissioned for billionaire's Manhattan penthouse

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Illuminated manuscripts

Francois I’s Book of Hours has left Britain as Louvre starts to raise £8m to buy it

Renaissance manuscript with gold binding is being sold by London jeweller

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Frieze 2017

Tate goes for gender (e)quality in Frieze shopping spree

Frieze Tate Fund picks four works from fair

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Museums

Archival gifts are 'holy grail' of Edward Hopper

Five thousand items, shared between Whitney and artist's boyhood home, could inspire new exhibitions

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Acquisitions

Bass Museum acquires Allora & Calzadilla petrol pump

It is the first time a major installation by the US-Cuban duo has entered the collection of a Miami museum

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Museums

Who is the collector behind the Getty’s windfall master drawings acquisition?

Luca Padulli has been amassing the treasure trove of works at auction over the last 17 years, sources say

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Acquisitions

Art Gallery of Ontario goes from zero to number two with Diane Arbus acquisition

The Toronto museum becomes the second largest holder of the photographer’s work in the world with the purchase of 522 prints

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Souls Grown Deep expands the canon of US art

Foundation helps museums across the US to acquire works by self-taught African-American artists of the South

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Anti-colonial Australian works among new acquisitions made by Tate and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia

Joint programme will see pieces by artists such as Helen Johnson and Richard Bell shared between London and Sydney

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Acquisitions

Frieze New York fund helps Brooklyn Museum acquire work by Virginia Jaramillo

The septuagenarian American artist is currently showing in institution’s landmark exhibition about black female artists

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Museums

National Gallery of Canada receives major gift of contemporary art from collector Bob Rennie

The collection of 197 works is largely by Vancouver-based artists like Ian Wallace, Rodney Graham, Damien Moppet, Brian Jungen and Geoffrey Farmer, but also includes an important piece by Doris Salcedo

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Sudanese artist’s haunting images of prison come to MoMA

Purchase of Ibrahim El-Salahi’s work builds on recent efforts to diversify permanent collection

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Late artist Marisol leaves the lot to the Albright-Knox

Sculptures, photos, drawings, archives, property and other artists’ works go to the upstate New York museum the artist wanted to be the home for her art

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Museums

German government steps in with €1.2m to buy looted Kirchner painting

Wilhelm Hack Museum acquires The Judgement of Paris from heir

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Acquisitions

Major acquisitions announced for Louvre Abu Dhabi

New pieces bolster museum’s collection of more than 600 works

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US hedge funder rejects National Gallery's £30m offer to buy Pontormo portrait

Brexit pound slump means that Tom Hill would have lost $10m, but he breaks commitment

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Acquisitions

Behind the scenes of Poland’s €100m art deal

Not everyone is happy that the country has bought the prized Czartoryski Collection, which includes Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine

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Acquisitions

Rare Hebrew books and manuscripts acquired by National Library of Israel

Collection of the late Jack Lunzer to be displayed in new Herzog & de Meuron-designed building