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Biennials & festivals

Toronto’s Contact Photography Festival expands its takeover of public spaces

Month-long event to celebrate its 25th anniversary with a series of installations across the city

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Egyptian archaeologists uncover ‘lost golden city of Luxor’

The 3,000-year-old site is remarkably preserved, with pottery, daily tools and human remains found among its intact walls

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Canada

Work for the Weekend: Vancouver unveils sound piece inspired by 1980s working-class pop anthem

The public art work by the local artist Brady Cranfield has been installed in the Vancouver Art Gallery's newly pedestrianised south plaza

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Monuments

Stitching together a monument to sick kids, one bead at a time

Anishinaabe artist Nico Williams’s testament to the bravery of children facing difficult illnesses has been created using pieces that record every procedure, test or jab of a needle they undergo

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Diary

Supermodel Kate Moss turned into an NFT triptych

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Art market

Frieze Los Angeles 2021 is cancelled, new venue for 2022

The fair will move from Paramount Studios to a tent on Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, for its next edition in February

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Alice Neel at the Met to an ode to the first Black woman astronaut by Damien Davis

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Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas builds a memorial to victims of gun violence at the National Building Museum

The project was developed in collaboration with the Mass Design Group and gun violence prevention organisations

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NFTs

NFTs and the 'Art' world: panic and possibility

The technology must become more diverse, says Ruth Catlow, the co-founder of Furtherfield

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Dutch police arrest over Van Gogh smash-and-grab raid: how long until the landscape is recovered?

The suspect is linked to a Frans Hals theft, which should help track down paintings from two museums

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coronavirus

Siberian surgeon’s drawings show devastating rise in domestic violence in Russia due to Covid-19 pandemic

Ruslan Mellin turned to art as a refuge from the brutal reality of lockdown and the effects of the virus

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Art market

Christie’s to auction a slice of NFT history for $9m this May

Larva Labs created 10,000 CryptoPunks three years ago—and gave away most of them

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Tracey Emin

'All clear': Tracey Emin says she is finally free of cancer

Artist also slams government decision to re-open museums in England next month

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Kaws at the Brooklyn Museum

He is a global brand, but can a museum show lend Brian Donnelly’s art any credibility?

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Acquisitions

Adding to a robust trove, High Museum in Atlanta fields a gift of works by self-taught artists

Local couple donates 47 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Southerners and African Americans

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Art market

Tefaf permanently scraps autumn fair in New York—but spring edition will return in 2022

Cancelled this year, the Modern and contemporary art event will return to the Park Avenue Armory next May but the October fair for historical art and antiques has been dropped

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Book Club

Will the real Isabel Rawsthorne please stand up?

A new biography explores the British artist’s role in bringing the Paris scene to London and considers how frequent name changes and reinventions muddied her legacy

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Exhibitions

A flurry of Yayoi Kusama shows are about to open, but restrictions on her installations may limit their appeal—and visitor numbers

The Japanese artist's exhibitions usually draw millions of people, will they be the same in a post-pandemic world?

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Book Club

April’s book bag: how four lesbians shaped Modernism, why we love to hate biennials, and a photographic history of African women

A roundup of the latest art publications

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Book Club

Q&A | Guy Kennaway on how his comic novel was inspired by the art world taking itself too seriously

The Accidental Collector features a wealthy heiress, jet setting dealers and a Swiss-owned mega gallery in Somerset… sound familiar?

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Book Club

An expert’s guide to David Hockney: five must-read books on the British artist

All you ever wanted to know about Hockney, from the best biography to the artist's “radical” investigations into art history—selected by the critic (and longtime friend) Martin Gayford

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Social media

'Stuffy and dusty' no more: Uffizi builds on new-found social media savviness with Clubhouse appearance

Florence museum director Eike Schmidt will discuss the fate of museums in the wake of Covid-19 on the audio app following successes on Facebook and TikTok

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Diary of an art historian

Boo to NFTs! Hang on, think of no customs fees

As Brexit makes buying anything from Europe almost impossible, purchasing questionable digital art is almost tempting

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NFTs

Sorry to burst your bubble: NFT prices slump 70%

Sales for NFTs linked to art dropped from $16.7m to $12.5m—but experts say it's not a permanent dip

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Diary

Golazo! UK artists design football shirts as collectable art

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Art market

Send art, not staff: more than half of Art Basel in Hong Kong galleries take 'ghost booths'

Of the 104 exhibitors at the fair next month, 56 will take remote participation stands instead of travelling in person

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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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Obituaries

Contemporary Greek artist Kornelios Grammenos has died, aged 62

The sculptor and painter was known for his disarming Alien and Knight sculptures, installed in Greece and abroad

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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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Book Club

Extract | The day Anthony van Dyck received ‘wise advice from the words of a blind woman’—the 17th-century artist Sofonisba Anguissola

New book by Jennifer Higgie gives astute insights into brilliant women artists shut out of art history

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Restitution

London’s Horniman Museum—home to 15 Benin bronzes—announces new ‘transparent procedures’ for looted object requests

South London museum has released new policies on restitution but says it will need to seek legal advice about the right to return artefacts

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Art market

French galleries sue state over Covid-19 closure

The gallery association CPGA is going to court, claiming its members are “victims of a distortion of competition” as auction houses are allowed to stay open

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Book Club

Extract | How Sandro Botticelli brought Dante’s Divine Comedy to life

New book by Martin Kemp considers the impact of poet’s vision of divine light on artists such as Michelangelo and Titian

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Salvator Mundi

The real reason why the Salvator Mundi didn't make it into the Louvre's Leonardo show

A feature-length film, screening next week in France, sheds new light on the political machinations surrounding the world's most controversial painting

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Conservation & Preservation

Getty teams with city of Los Angeles to identify places that are important to African American heritage

Conservation effort goes beyond architectural distinction to highlight sites where Black residents embraced their culture and advocated for advancement

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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul vies for Guinness World Record with concert by 97-year-old drummer this weekend

Legendary musician Tino Contreras says he looks forward to setting up his drum kit among pre-Colombian sculptures in the patio garden for live-streamed event

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Art schools

Michigan billionaires Jennifer and Dan Gilbert give $30m to Cranbrook Academy of the Arts

The donation will support diversity efforts and student scholarships for the Detroit area art school

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Confederate monuments

Jefferson Davis memorial throne stolen from Confederate cemetery—and under threat of being turned into a toilet

A group calling themselves White Lies Matter demands that the United Daughters of the Confederacy hang a banner critiquing white supremacy before they will return the ornate stone chair

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India

Hindu nationalists tear down Delhi temple statue of Indian spiritual teacher, claiming he is a Muslim

The demolition has been praised by high-profile Hindutva leaders

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Biennials & festivals

The 'male graze': Guerrilla Girls to put up billboards across UK reasserting women's place in art history

Anti-discriminative posters are part of festival Art Night 2021, where commissions this year will have a political tone

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NFTs

But is it legal? The baffling world of NFT copyright and ownership issues

With interest in non-fungible tokens growing fast, the legal questions are testing the experts

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Venice Biennale

Venice town council blocks the rental of private property for the Biennales

The new time limits are shorter than the duration of the exhibitions

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Art market

Picasso portrait of Marie-Thérèse to sell for $55m at Christie’s New York this May

The 1932 work was last sold in 2013 at Sotheby's when it seemingly sold to the guarantor for a low estimate £28.6m

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layoffs

After avoiding layoffs, Oakland Museum of California now plans job cuts of 15%

Staff will shrink from 126 to 106 as institution pursues an organisational makeover

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New York

‘Way too close to homeless already’: New York’s live models teeter on the brink

Henry William Oelkers, one of the most beloved artist’s models in the city, may be a dream subject, but the pandemic has exacted a heavy toll on everyone in a financially insecure profession

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Tess Jaray

Tess Jaray: ‘I wanted to make space, to make something that you could disappear into’

As shows of her paintings open in the UK and Austria, Jaray reflects on the influence of Piero della Francesca and Brunelleschi on her work across six decades

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Museums & Heritage

Mosul Cultural Museum rises from the ravages of Isis

Painstaking reconstruction by multi-agency task force is salvaging what artefacts remain after Islamic State occupation

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Academic research

Six scholars fool the public with invented documents about the date Venice was founded

On 25 March, the city began celebrating 1,600 years of its history—but the date is somewhat fishy

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Diary

Poldark star Aidan Turner on how to play Leonardo (hint: learn to paint with your left hand)

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Twenty-two mummies transported in nitrogen-filled caskets across Cairo in museum move

Pharaohs opulent golden parade was streamed as part of marketing exercise

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Attendance

While US museum attendance nosedived in 2020 amid pandemic, disparities in reopenings yielded a few surprises

Huntington Library in California and Crystal Bridges in Arkansas ascended to the top of the visitor figures list

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Venice

After long complaints about pollution and blocked views, Italy bans cruise ships in Venice’s historic centre

Decision will affect partying art collectors and redirect the mass tourism routed through the Giudecca Canal

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Protest art

Protest artist arrested in Paris after trying to enter presidential grounds with fake Molotov cocktail

Alexei Kuzmich, who is known for performances critiquing the regime of Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, warned France is also “slipping into fascism” and accused president Emmanuel Macron of punishing dissenters

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Museums & Heritage

Children’s Museum of the Arts to launch online video channel for art-loving kids

The New York institution is looking to raise $25,000 to fund future series, and children who visit will have a chance to take part in production

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New Museum Triennial

New Museum 2021 triennial will explore themes of impermanence

The show takes its title, Soft Water Hard Stone, after a Brazilian proverb about perseverance and the impact of incessant actions over time

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Diary

Follow that Big Bird—up to the Met roof

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Alexander Calder’s early works at MoMA to Molly Greene’s psychedelic flowers at Kapp Kapp

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Travel

From Bridgerton vibes to fantastical fireworks: here are the best arty staycation spots in the UK

Summer is coming! And with a cultural cornucopia of delights to enjoy here at home who needs to holiday abroad anyway?

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Insta’ gratification

Who needs a gallery space? Meet the people creating Instagram-only exhibitions

As physical spaces remain shut and audiences head online, Freeze Magazine and Guts Gallery explain how shows on social media could be the way forward

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Who bought the €13m Van Gogh? Britain’s second richest family

Montmartre painting was auctioned twice by Sotheby’s, after a bidder failed to have the necessary cash

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Biennials & festivals

They see ‘dead people’: billboard works removed from Vancouver photography festival after locals complain

The images of sleeping people were too creepy for many residents, in a city where property values are a major concern

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Art & Technology

A year of viewing art virtually: the best and worst AR and VR work created during the pandemic

Our expert panel of artists and storytellers review extended reality exhibitions and events

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Repatriation

After criticism, Harvard's Peabody Museum will revise its policies on repatriating Native American objects

The Association on American Indian Affairs issued an open letter accusing the institution of failing to fulfill its legal obligations

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Museums & Heritage

V&A will not scrap focus on materials in restructuring U-turn

An updated proposal will keep the collection organised around mediums instead of switching to a chronological approach

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Venice Biennale

‘Art suffers when money is scarce’: Venice Biennale’s new president on saving the city from economic devastation

Roberto Cicutto's plans range from encouraging collaboration between Venice's arts organisation to delving into the biennial's archives

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Memorials

France's planned slavery memorial on hold over debate about naming 200,000 freed slaves

Shortlisted proposals by artists including Adrian Piper, Julien Creuzet and duo Sammy Baloji and Emeka Ogboh did not adequately adhere to the requirements, campaign group says

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Visitor Figures 2020

Going viral, the right way: what it's like running the world’s best museum social media accounts during a pandemic

We asked the people behind the Royal Academy’s Twitter, the Met’s Instagram, the Uffizi’s TikTok and the Van Gogh Museum’s Facebook account what 2020 was like for them

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Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou plans to show 120,000 works 'as much as possible' around France during three-year closure

While Paris museum undergoes renovations, Europe's biggest modern and contemporary art collection will go on tour—keeping curators employed

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Art market

Pared down and profit sharing: here are the sales from Art Dubai, this year’s first physical fair

Meanwhile, a crypto-art cruise during the fair indicates which way the wind may be blowing for future editions

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Art fairs

The world of art fairs is going to change for good—and only the better-funded fairs will survive

From hybrid online ventures to new subscription models, mass events in the art world won't look the same post-pandemic

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Exhibitions

Major show of Vivian Maier—a Chicago nanny who was also a secretive street photographer—is heading to the UK

Laura Knight and Ingrid Pollard exhibitions also part of year-long women artists programme at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes

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Nazi Germany

We reveal the chilling history of a Nazi tapestry hidden in the Louvre probably made with gold from Jewish victims

The woven hanging bears a slogan from Hitler's Mein Kampf

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NFTs

Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi—the world's most expensive work of art—to be turned into an NFT

Author Ben Lewis is minting the masterpiece to highlight the art world’s ‘age-old inequities and injustices’

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Art Market Eye

How the art market turned upside down—in one month

Banksy, NFTs and Sacha Jafri et al are ripping up the rulebook

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Exhibitions

Calder-Picasso connections are thin in San Francisco show

The De Young’s current exhibition, comparing the work of the two Modern artists, is not a perfect coupling

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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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Jeremy Deller

'Choose art' with a T-shirt by Katharine Hamnett (just like Sam Smith and Jeremy Deller)

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Exhibitions

Egg hunt at the V&A: rare Fabergé treasures from the Queen and Moscow Kremlin Museums included in new show

Russia's Tsar Alexander III began the most expensive Easter tradition in history in 1885 when he began gifting bejewelled eggs to his wife

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British Museums

The cost of the cuts: what now for UK museums as the Covid-19 crisis bites?

Museum directors in London and the regions are cutting jobs and slashing budgets, raising concerns for the post-pandemic future of the sector

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Cryptocurrency

NFT art bubble? 2017 crypto bust could spell out the future of current boom

Mania for non-fungible tokens is gripping the art world, with one selling for $69m. But artists unfamiliar with the mercurial cryptocurrency markets ought to curb their enthusiasm—this has happened before

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Exhibitions

Humboldt Forum to show Britain’s 1897 violence and plunder in Benin exhibition next year

The exhibition will include around half of Berlin’s collection of Benin bronzes as Germany lays groundwork to return them to Nigeria

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Museums & Heritage

Gifted to the English city 80 years ago, Coventry's medieval Charterhouse will finally open to the public

After a £4.3m National Lottery Heritage Fund grant and years of restoration, the historic priory is set to open this summer

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Art market

Object lessons: from illuminated early golf memorabilia to a marble fragment with a twist

Our pick of the highlights from April's auctions

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Acquisitions

Mass Moca breathes new life into Taryn Simon's mourning sculptures

The Pipes were originally made for performances dealing with death and mourning but will now serve less specific purposes

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Acquisitions

Getty acquires a striking painting by Artemisia Gentileschi of the Roman heroine Lucretia

The museum, which did not disclose the price, says the work reflects a shift to a more idealised style

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Museums

How museums can ethically invest their money

There are plenty of funds with good Environmental, Social and Governance ratings, and the financial returns often outperform the S&P 500

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Virtual exhibitions

Armory Show will launch digital exhibition space, starting with a pandemic-related show

First offering will feature works by Hank Willis Thomas, Gordon Matta Clark and others

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Art market

NFT breakthrough: Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin creates 99% energy efficient blockchain—and Damien Hirst is its first artist

Hirst launches the Palm platform with a drop of 10,000 works on paper linked to NFTs that “explore the boundaries of art and currency”

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Beirut

France gives €500,000 towards reconstruction of Beirut's blast-hit Sursock Museum

French aid will restore the stained-glass windows and Arab salon of the historic villa, which was severely damaged in port explosions last August

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Visitor Figures 2020

British Museum hit hardest by 2020 lockdown among UK’s big museums

Major UK institutions lost 78% of their visitors due to the pandemic last year, our research reveals

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Museums

Musée d’Orsay in Paris renamed after late French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

The formal name change—an administrative move—also means the Muséee de l’Orangerie will be rebranded

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Residencies

Looking for free artist studio space in central London? A new scheme could help out

New award backed by Spanish fashion brand Loewe will fund workspaces for seven artists at Studio Voltaire

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Art market

EU proposes tough new laws on antique ivory trade—despite lack of evidence it leads to modern-day poaching

Proposal appears to contradict European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen's assertion that any new restrictions must be proportional and "evidence based"

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Visitor Figures 2020

Visitor Figures 2020: top 100 art museums revealed as attendance drops by 77% worldwide

The Art Newspaper's annual survey shows how the pandemic had a devastating impact on museums around the world—but there were some silver linings

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Detroit Institute of Arts

Several trustees resign from board of Detroit Institute of Arts as it reaffirms steps to monitor its besieged management

Director Salvador Salort-Pons was faulted in an independent review for authoritarian behaviour and insensitivity to race and gender

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Visitor Figures 2020

Can museums really make digital visits pay?

As venues experiment with selling virtual exhibition tours, talks and workshops online, the key to success may be an emphasis on the expert, bespoke and exclusive

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Visitor Figures 2020

Curate-it-yourself: French museums take to social media to ask the public what they want to see in their galleries

Spurred on by the pandemic, several institutions are inviting art lovers to choose works for display

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Visitor Figures 2020

Who were the most Googled artists in 2020?

Search data from 84 countries last year shows that Leonardo, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo were among the world's most popular artists

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Visitor Figures 2020

Instagram overtakes Twitter as most popular platform for museums during Covid-19 pandemic

Our global Visitor Figures survey reveals huge growth in followings online as physical doors shut to the public in 2020

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Exhibitions

An exhibition at Pioneer Works captures the 'perverse seduction' of nuclear weapons

The artist Smriti Keshari and the writer Eric Schlosser have adapted their acclaimed 2016 film into a blackbox format for the Brooklyn venue