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The Year Ahead 2021

The biggest art exhibitions opening around the world in 2021

The new year's must-see shows include Vermeer and Botticelli blockbusters; major Jasper Johns and Yayoi Kusama retrospectives; and sweeping surveys on Iran, slavery and queer art

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Deaccessioning

Union League Club of Chicago considers selling a prized Monet to stay afloat

The decision has divided members, but there are hopes the work might stay in the Windy City

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Museums & Heritage

Smithsonian and National Gallery of Art will shut down again amid spike in coronavirus cases

Move by Washington, DC museums comes amid a wave of new US closures

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Job losses

Art Institute of Chicago lays off 51 employees

Cuts come as US museums slash costs in response to loss of revenue

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Conservation & Preservation

‘A resting time for the art’: with museums shut, US conservators seize on strategies to safeguard their collections

Experts embrace a blend of remote monitoring and on-site tours, while marvelling at diminished levels of dust