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Resistance in multiple forms at Sharjah’s March Meeting

Minds from the Middle Eastern art world and beyond discussed topics such as urban planning and art and ecology

Brian and Anna Haughton, the dealers who put intellect into art fairs

Back in 1982, these ceramic specialists realised that top curators and hot research brought in the collectors. Today, they’re still keeping the flame of knowledge alive

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Peter Wilson: The man who invented modern auctioneering

Buccaneering, brilliant, art-loving—he created the power of Sotheby’s (and Christie’s learned by imitation)

Royal Academy of Arts tried to borrow $450m Salvator Mundi for its Charles I exhibition

New London show has received glowing reviews but there is one conspicuous absentee

A new era for heritage reproduction

Digital technologies are at the heart of a declaration by major museums and heritage organisations to record and sometimes reproduce works of art

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How Google became a major producer of cultural content

The Google Cultural Institute’s We Wear Culture fashion stories are its latest museum collaboration, its director Amit Sood tells us.

How Egypt is destroying Cairo and civil society

The pharaonic new museum will not make up for misguided policies

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince launches institute to promote art in the Middle East

Recently identified buyer of Leonardo's Salvator Mundi is planning a pavilion at the Venice Biennale, art teaching in schools, international exhibitions, archaeology and virtual reality

This is no way to solve the cruise ship issue in Venice

The Italian government’s latest decision is in hock to the port’s own interests

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How offsets on arms sales into Abu Dhabi have helped finance its Louvre

A French study of the Gulf museums sees them as the Versailles of the sheikhs—a step towards autocracy

'In Russia, either be brave or be silenced… there is no middle ground'

Russian art patron Igor Tsukanov has created a show at the Saatchi Gallery about artists who have risked protesting against conditions in Russia since 1991

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Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode three: how the UAE art scene became a force to be reckoned with

Art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac and curator Maya Allison tell us how the nation’s creative ambitions have blossomed. Plus: Silver Lion-winning musician and artist Hassan Khan on his Abu Dhabi Art performance

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Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode two: How Saudi artists are driving political change

As Abu Dhabi Art fair opens, we speak to the Saudi artists Manal Al Dowayan and Ahmed Mater. Plus: Iraq's Dia Azzawi on creating the Arab world's Guernica

Video: Abu Dhabi Art opens as the world watches

Is the UAE now the art capital of the Middle East?

Louvre Abu Dhabi embraces all religions and displays the complexity of the world’s mind

New museum's universal approach derives from the open-mindedness of the founder of the UAE

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Abu Dhabi Focus podcast, episode one: Louvre Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Art

With all eyes on Abu Dhabi this week, we speak to the architect Jean Nouvel on designing the Arab world's first universal museum. Plus: a preview of Abu Dhabi Art fair

Video: Will Louvre Abu Dhabi become famous as a new wonder of the world?

Not just a spectacular building, the museum is a treasure house of art arranged in a radical, intercultural manner

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Podcast episode eight: how hackers are attacking the art world

Galleries are losing huge sums to cybercrime, what makes them vulnerable? Plus: the dubious restoration along the Camino di Santiago.

Introducing Emirati Voices: a video series on Louvre Abu Dhabi

Emirati citizens talk about the museum's collection and global impact

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Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

Join the orgy at Frieze Masters

Richard Artschwager's Triptych IV, Fucking Painting has a double meaning

Louvre Abu Dhabi aims to make up for failed education in the Middle East

Leading Emirati thinker, Zaki Nusseibeh, on why the UAE is more humanistic than its neighbours

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Venice can’t manage its tourists—yet it’s encouraging more to come from China

The town council proposes digital monitoring and a charge to enter St Mark’s Square

Death of Russia’s 'most popular' artist, a pseudo-dissident, far-Right nationalist

Ilya Glazunov gained the backing of all Russia’s presidents from Khrushchev onwards