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Appointments & departures

Timothy Rub to step down as director of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Leader oversaw an ambitious series of construction projects but has also contended with reports of midlevel management abuses and equity issues

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Museums & Heritage

American Gothic landmark Lyndhurst Mansion opens unrestored pool building as exhibition space

The artist and preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos has created a site-specific installation that provides a glimpse into the Gilded Age in the Hudson Valley

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Heritage

Craftsmen in US use medieval techniques to reconstruct Notre Dame roof support

A full-scale truss fit for the Paris cathedral will be built in Washington, DC this summer as part of a teaching project by Handshouse Studio

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Architecture

Liverpool should not be punished for its modern vision

The UK city has been stripped of its World Heritage status. Walter Aubrey Thomas, who designed some of its most famous buildings, would have objected, says his great-grandson

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Conservation & Preservation

Nailed it: Kizhi Pogost church is finally restored on Russian island of remarkable wooden buildings

Newly reopened 18th-century Church of the Transfiguration, topped with 22 domes, is said to have been built without a single nail

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Museums & Heritage

Archaeologists find ruins of vast Medieval Nubian cathedral in Sudan

Polish team used remote sensing techniques to detect the building, the largest of its kind in the region, as well as a possible tomb of an archbishop

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Museum expansions

New-York Historical Society presents plans for $140m expansion, including a home for a new LGBTQ museum

Design envisages over 70,000 sq. ft of space for classrooms, collection study areas and the fledgling museum, as well as underground library storage

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Hong Kong

Cinematic revival: Hong Kong's post-war landmark State Theatre to be restored by 2026

Billionaire collector and property developer Adrian Cheng is leading the project to reopen the defunct 1950s cinema as a "cultural oasis"

Interview
Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry on LUMA Arles: ‘I kept thinking about what the light was like for Van Gogh’

The distinguished architect talks about his new structure in France, a tower clad in 11,000 shimmering stainless-steel tiles, influenced by the light, landscape and historic architecture—and Vincent van Gogh

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Books

Magnificence of mosques and their contents revealed in book created by 'dream team' of Saudi and Egyptian museums

Exploration of the Islamic building through its decorations and objects fills a gap in the field

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Venice Architecture Biennale

Kenyan caves and ancient Mesopotamian boats: Venice Architecture Biennale proposes solutions to impending global housing crisis

Hashim Sarkis's central exhibition touches on the fate of the planet at a time of climate change and Covid-19

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Architecture

President Joe Biden removes Trump appointees from US Commission of Fine Arts

The all-white all-male board members are believed to have been responsible for a controversial order that mandated a Neoclassical style for all federal buildings, which Biden also revoked

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Saudi Arabia

The fight to save Saudi Arabia’s Modern architecture

The reaction to the destruction of Al Rabooa mosque highlights changing attitudes to the conservation of Modernist and post-Modernist buildings in the kingdom

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Venice Architecture Biennale

Giuseppe Penone’s monumental tree rises from Venetian lagoon as Architecture Biennale opens

This year's exhibition in Venice brings together artists as well as architects to explore the question How Will We Live Together?

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Museums & Heritage

National Museum of Women in the Arts will close for two-year renovation

The $66m project includes expanding galleries, creating research and education spaces and restoring its landmark 1908 building

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Museums & Heritage

‘The Colosseum is the last thing I would spend money on’: experts angry over plans for €15m floor at Italy’s most famous site

Archaeologists object to covering the amphitheatre's unique underground space and point to more vital restoration projects in the country

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Building projects

'Intelligent design': Frank Gehry's surprisingly subtle $233m makeover of Philadelphia Museum of Art revealed

Architect's Core Project expansion creates 90,000 sq. ft of new galleries and reimagined public spaces at heart of 1928 landmark

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Philanthropy

Josef and Anni Albers Foundation to unveil new maternity and paediatric hospital in Senegal

German architect has designed the €2m building which takes elements from the Bauhaus couple’s work

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Archaeology

Mysterious stone structures in Saudi Arabia are around 7,000 years old, making them one of the oldest examples of widespread monument-making

Citing the discovery of animal skulls and horns, researchers suggest that mustatils may have had a religious purpose

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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s next mega museum is back on track—now with a director

UAE’s withdrawal from a disastrous and costly war in Yemen means it can refocus on an ambitious cultural agenda including the opening of Zayed National Museum

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Museum expansion

Crystal Bridges plans an expansion that will boost its size by 50%

The design of new galleries and other spaces is overseen by Moshe Safdie, the Arkansas complex’s original architect

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Restoration

Solace through conservation: World Monuments Fund makes strides in restoring war-damaged sites in Yemeni city

Amid debilitating war, conservation of mausoleum and museum palace in Taiz is now complete

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Luma Arles

Frank Gehry’s twisting tower for Luma Arles to open its doors in June

Patron Maja Hoffmann is driving the ambitious cultural project in southern France

Podcast

Old Masters meet Brutalism: inside Frick Madison in New York

Plus, the story of a notorious forger and artist Collier Schorr on August Sander

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Mexico City

Mexico City’s planned cultural complex in Chapultepec Park loses architect

While local activists have long resisted the $440m project, especially at a time when the country’s existing museums are in crisis, the city’s governor recently rejected a design for ambitious pedestrian bridge that did not meet technical criteria

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Sculpture

‘They’re kind of impolite’: the artist Carol Bove ruminates on her steel and aluminium sculptures for the Met’s façade

Artist’s installation, delayed for months by Covid-19, playfully engages with the museum’s classical architecture

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Design

Richard Rogers-designed drawing gallery hangs dramatically off a French hillside

One of the architect’s final commissions before his retirement is the newest addition to the art- and architecture-studded Chateau La Coste vineyard in southern France

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Prizes

A derelict James Bond island and creative uses for scrapped airplanes: winners of the 2020 Architecture Drawing Prize announced

The 165 submissions to Sir John Soane’s Museum show that drawing is far from dead

Podcast

The fight against Putin: artists on the frontline

Plus, India reconstructs its history and Navid Nuur on Walter de Maria

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Pablo Picasso

Saga of Picasso murals ripped from Oslo building continues as heirs head to court

Family of artist Carl Nesjar—who collaborated on the works with Picasso—say they have a copyright claim and should help decide where the pieces are relocated

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Paris

Champs Élysées—one of Paris’s most polluted roads—to be transformed into ‘extraordinary garden’

The major avenue will undergo a €250m makeover to restore its former splendour, following the 2024 Summer Olympics

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Protests

US Capitol’s works of art survive amid right-wing rampage in Washington

The authorities say that cleaning and conservation will be needed, however, after art was damaged by tear gas, pepper spray and fire extinguishers

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Conservation & Preservation

Volunteers plan to return ‘Albert Hall of the North’ to its glory days

After years of neglect, ornate Victorian auditorium in northern seaside town of Morecambe is being saved

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India

India's Supreme Court approves Modi's £2bn 'vanity project' to redevelop Delhi parliament complex

The reconstruction of the Central Vista is a significant step in the prime minister's efforts to sever the nation from its colonial past

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The Year Ahead 2021

Major museum openings and expansions in 2021

From the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum to the Frick’s move to a Brutalist landmark, here are the building projects aiming to change cultural landscapes around the world

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Architecture

Once greeted as a sensation, 1931 aluminum-clad house gets a boost for relocation at the Palm Springs Art Museum in California

$100,000 grant will advance an effort to reassemble and display Albert Frey and A. Lawrence Kocher’s Modernist Aluminaire House

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Architecture

Berlin’s residents rally to save city’s Brutalist building that was once a laboratory for animal experiments

Thousands signed petition to protect bleak concrete structure—nicknamed the Mouse Bunker—from demolition

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India

'New Hindu India': Narendra Modi begins £2bn overhaul of Delhi's colonial parliament buildings

Politicians and cultural leaders have questioned the use of state funds for prime minister's "vanity project" during Covid-19 crisis

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Museums

Kunsthaus Zurich counts down to ‘quantum leap’ for Swiss art scene after Chipperfield expansion

City hopes the $230m new building will raise its profile as an art destination to match Basel

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Conservation & Preservation

New hope that Istanbul orphanage—Europe's largest timber building—can be saved from ruin

After decades of neglect, a fundraising drive could restore Prinkipo Orphanage as an environmental research centre

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Museums & Heritage

Artists and architects ask MoMA and other institutions to remove Philip Johnson’s name citing his racist views

The famous architect attended Nazi rallies in his youth and openly made anti-Semitic and white supremacist comments

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Architecture

Architect Emilio Ambasz’s foundation donates $10m to MoMA to create a green architecture institute

New entity will spur research on the relationship between architecture and nature and work toward “environmental justice”, the New York museum says

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Openings

Challenges overcome as Houston's Museum of Fine Arts completes $450m campus expansion

Delayed by just three weeks amid the pandemic, new Kinder Building will dramatically increase space for Modern and contemporary art

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Architectural History

New York preservation group launches online mapping tool to champion former haunts of artists and activists

Organisation hopes the city will protect former home of Jackson Pollock and other buildings south of Union Square by designating a new historic district

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Heritage

Confronting the allure, and the dangers, of 'fake heritage'

Monetary gain is one reason people create counterfeit heritage—but political power, personal fame or the imposition of beliefs are equally compelling motivations

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Museum architecture

Space race: how the pandemic is pushing museums to rethink design

Experts predict bigger galleries, a stronger connection to the outdoors and an end to the expansion juggernaut

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Conservation & Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation lists 11 most endangered historic sites in US

Locations range from the Chicago church where Emmett Till’s body was viewed, galvanising the civil rights movement, to a ‘Hall of Waters’ in Missouri

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Museums & Heritage

Stone, bronze, glass, pathways: Princeton University Art Museum unveils David Adjaye's design

Pavilions linked by transparent “lenses” will dispense with hierarchies and display renowned collection on a single level

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Obituaries

Siah Armajani, the Iranian-American conceptual artist, has died, aged 81

Artist and exploratory thinker delved into architectural imagery, including revitalised bridges and poetic farm buildings

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Museums & Heritage

First Hagia Sophia, now Turkey's 'Sistine Chapel of Byzantium' will be turned back into mosque

The 14th-century mosaics at Chora Church—which was converted to a museum in 1945—risk being covered up and remaining part-restored

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Controversies

Picasso murals ripped from Oslo building as legal battle intensifies

Daughter of the works' co-creator Carl Nesjar says safeguarding the sandblasted works is imperative

Analysis
Cathedral of Notre Dame

Where we are now with the restoration of Notre Dame after the rejection of modern architectural gestures

An insider report from the site on the latest discoveries and re-building techniques

Interview
Controversies

With demolition of Oslo's Picasso-Nesjar murals imminent, Norwegian sculptor’s daughter speaks out

Carl Nesjar’s daughter talks about the Norwegian sculptor’s long collaboration with the Modern master and shares exclusive images of the pair

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Mosul

Unesco's plan to ‘revive spirit’ of devastated Mosul gets under way

Initiative involves local communities in rebuilding their historic landmarks and neighbourhoods

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Conservation & Preservation

Flooding threatens Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist Farnsworth House in Illinois

Site braces for another onslaught of heavy rain starting this weekend

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Museums & Heritage

Competition spawns alternative designs for controversial Lacma building project

A protest group champions six ideas that remedy what it views as shortcomings in Peter Zumthor's design

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Museums & Heritage

V&A’s rare Frank Lloyd Wright interior is spruced up after years in storage

One of the museum’s finest period rooms, the Kaufmann Office is being restored for display in new V&A East collection centre

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Restoration

Glasgow School of Art will be back as a 'working art school' but restoration is mired in delays

Almost two years after fire ravaged the Mackintosh building, debate intensifies over future plans for the site

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Book Shorts

The art of ceilings and domes—a book on where to see them

Almost a travel guide, this publication illustrates the great art to be found around the world, so long as you look up

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Obituaries

Vittorio Gregotti, the last modern architect of Venice, dies of coronavirus aged 92

He designed many prestigious buildings in Italy and internationally and led the visual arts section of the Venice Biennale twice in the 1970s

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Museums

Ahmanson Foundation cuts off gifts of art to Lacma

Foundation president cites concern over a dramatic museum redesign that could force prized works into storage

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Architecture

Miami’s Oolite Arts taps Barozzi Vega to design new campus

The Barcelona architecture firm will design artists’ studios, exhibition space and theater

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Books

Revamped art book prize wants to become the Oscars of arts publications—is it succeeding?

A year on from its announcement, we look at whether the Richard Schlagman Art Book Awards is meeting its ambitions

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Serpentine Galleries

South African architectural practice Counterspace to design 20th Serpentine summer pavilion

Structure is inspired by places where people gather across London including migrant community hubs

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Architecture

Trump may order all new government buildings to be designed in the Neoclassical style

A draft executive order, called “Make Federal Buildings Great Again”, would completely rewrite the government’s existing architectural guidelines

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Museums

Tadao Ando-designed He Art Museum postponed because of coronavirus

The X Museum in Beijing has also delayed its opening show

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Book Shorts

The testimonies of 100 artists to the lasting influence of Mies van der Rohe on their work are compiled in this book

Well selected illustrations make clear the connections between the architect’s work and those of contemporary artists

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Conservation & Preservation

Tefaf awards conservation grants for a Wright interior and a colonial Bolivian painting

V&A and Lacma plan to stabilise and restore works to their original appearance

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Books

Demanding artists and receptive architects in book about design and function of the studio

This book shows how, from the end of the 19th century to the Second World War, artists collaborated with architects to craft an image of themselves

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Museums & Heritage

New Hampshire museum acquires a rare house by Frank Lloyd Wright

The 1957 home, the Currier Museum of Art's second Wright dwelling, is built in the “Usonian Automatic” style, with rectangular concrete blocks

Interview
From the archive

From the archive | Louvre pyramid architect I.M. Pei on the church-like museum he designed for the Goulandris collection

In this 1994 interview, he reveals how he likes art to be displayed, such as natural lighting for Impressionists

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Openings

Paris Museum of Modern Art unveils €10m revamp of Art Deco home

Redesign by h2o architectes opens up 1930s building—with monumental murals by Matisse and Dufy—to disabled visitors

Review
Book Shorts

History of Dubrovnik before, during and after Yugoslav Wars is recorded in photo book

Contrast of city's devastated buildings and monuments and some of their remarkable restorations is heartening

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Redevelopment

Cultural figures rally to save Reading Prison—where Oscar Wilde was once incarcerated—as it goes up for sale

Locals hope to prevent historic site "being gutted and turned into luxury flats" as building is put on the market

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In the frame

The Morgan maps out a garden of enchantment

Plan calls for colourful beds, outdoor antiquities and a lighting scheme to showcase the museum’s architecture

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Collectors

The architects who build art collections: from Phil Freelon to I.M. Pei

While architects and designers are often inspired by the works of artists, their own acquiring habits are as varied as their influences

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Conservation & Preservation

Poignant online videos showcase 20 sites from Alabama’s civil rights era

World Monuments Fund joins partners in launching an oral history project

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Book Shorts

Stories of New Orleans's opulent cemeteries collected in unusual book of photographs

The urban graveyards of New Orleans are rich in commemorative monuments and sculpture

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Art & Design 2019

Chicago Architecture Biennial reckons with displacement, privation and segregation

Artists’ works address a history of colonialisation and marginalisation and its impact on contemporary urban realities

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Laser scan may one day aid Notre Dame’s restorers

A 2010-12 effort to map every inch of the cathedral could help the post-fire reconstruction

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Construction on Notre Dame pushed back to 19 August as steps taken to decontaminate site from lead

Construction had been expected to start a week earlier, but new safety measures for the protection of workers are still being tested

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Exhibitions

Unfinished quarters of a Bavarian palace create a striking backdrop for contemporary art

Imaginatively curated, the fourth edition of the Königsklasse exhibition is as monumental as the Herrenchiemsee Palace in which it is installed

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US politics

Anti-Trump seesaw by architect duo unites children on US-Mexico border

“Actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side,” say project founders

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Books

The Arts and Crafts special relationship: how the British movement permeated US design culture

Companion book to an exhibition at the University of Texas at Austin offers new dimensions on the vast subject

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Conservation

A Wall Street lobby restored to its former glory

A vast Art Deco mosaic celebrates the artistry of its overlooked creator

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Unesco

In a first, Unesco gives Frank Lloyd Wright buildings World Heritage status

US architect's distinctive designs are among 29 cultural sites recognised for their “outstanding value to humanity”

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Conservation & Preservation

Going undercover: Scotland's leaky Mackintosh treasure shielded by 197-tonne chainmail box

Hill House in Helensburgh has been covered to protect it from the rain while National Trust makes conservation plans

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Turkey

'Game-changer' museum to open in Istanbul in time for city's biennial

Turkish non-profit contemporary art space Arter is relocating to a state-of-the-art exhibition space in Dolapdere district

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Building projects

New Museum unveils Rem Koolhaas design for addition

Building to rise next door that will double the museum’s exhibition space

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Conservation & Preservation

Conservation project channels thinking of Angkor’s original builders

World Monuments Fund completes restoration of the eastern half of Phnom Bakheng temple

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Heritage

Gaudi’s Sagrada Família secures building permit—137 years later

A deal between the city and the church foundation aims to complete construction work on the architect’s quixotic final project

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Exhibitions

Exhibition resurrects East Germany's demolished Palast der Republik

Kunsthalle Rostock, the only museum built under the GDR, remembers Berlin's asbestos-riddled parliament building and culture hub

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Architecture

Notre Dame is unstable: a strong wind could make the walls collapse, independent report says

The current approach to its restoration fails to take account of the interconnected structural “engineering” of Gothic architecture

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Conservation & Preservation

Eileen Gray’s and Le Corbusier’s architectural gems reopen after extensive restoration

A Modernist villa and hut in the south of France feature wall paintings by Le Corbusier

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Architecture

Nazi site in Nuremberg to be preserved but not restored

German city launches €85m plan to prevent further decay of infamous rally grounds

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh's correspondence about famed Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta unearthed

Largely overlooked postscript suggests surprise friendship between the Van Gogh brothers and the young Belgian

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Obituaries

The Modernist architect I.M. Pei has died, aged 102

The Chinese-American designer created some of the world’s most striking museum projects, including the Louvre’s glass pyramid entrance and the National Gallery of Art’s East Building

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Exhibitions

Virtual reality tour offers glimpse of François Pinault’s long-awaited, grand Paris gallery

Exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice shows Tadao Ando’s designs for the Bourse de Commerce building

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India

David Adjaye chosen to design 'game-changing' contemporary art museum in India

Planned Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi will open up 6,000-strong collection to the public