Catherine Hickley

Cameroonian provenance researchers denied visas for Munich conference

The researchers are investigating the origins of 200 artefacts from Cameroon at Munich’s Museum Fünf Kontinente

Decolonising museums, embracing 'Green Culture' and boosting arts funding: Germany’s new culture minister reveals plans

Claudia Roth says she will rethink Humboldt Forum and set up a central “green culture” desk in the country

Nigeria seeks to calm tensions over return of Benin bronzes

Government museums body takes control of repatriated artefacts after ruler of Benin challenges new trust set up to unify Nigerian claimants

Berlin art dealer suspected of cheating clients has died

Michael Schultz was arrested in 2019 but died before he could be prosecuted

Austria takes first step to return artefacts from colonial era

Though country was not a colonial power, major museums in Vienna have acquisitions of colonial goods

One of the world's biggest collections of German Expressionism heads to auction

Hermann Gerlinger had been loaning his 1,000 works to museums, but will now sell them through Munich-based auction house Ketterer Kunst

Belgium plans to hand back colonial loot to DR Congo

New law will set up expert commission to sift through thousands of objects at the Royal Museum for Central Africa

Hamburg shows its Benin artefacts before restituting them to Nigeria

Ethnological museum in the port city has one of Germany's largest collections of Benin treasures

Swiss parliament urged to take action on Nazi-looted art amid Kunsthaus Zurich controversy

Zurich museum's displays of the collection of arms dealer Emil Georg Bührle have prompted criticism and a national debate

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC plans to return looted Benin cockerel to Nigeria

The museum is “eager to work with the relevant parties in Nigeria” to restitute the sculpture

Germany launches online portal for museum objects acquired in the colonial era

So far 25 institutions have contributed 8,000 entries; the plan is to expand it and translate it into several languages

A portrait of power: photographer traces Angela Merkel’s ascent in new book and show

A new publication and forthcoming exhibition explore Herlinde Koelbl’s chronicle of the extraordinary 30-year political career of Germany’s first woman chancellor

Claudia Roth, a former Green party leader and rock band manager, named German culture minister

The women's and gay rights campaigner brings extensive political experience to a position that has gained in stature under the incumbent Monika Grütters

Germany’s incoming government plans to improve Nazi-looted art restitution

Proposals include eliminating statutes of limitation for claims, creating a central court for cases and strengthening the advisory commission

Three looted Palmyra sculptures seized in Geneva freeport return to Syria

The two funerary reliefs and the head of a priest were exhibited at the Musée d’art et d’histoire in Geneva in 2017

Blockbuster Vermeer exhibition forced to close as Germany faces fourth coronavirus wave

German health minister warns that by the end of the winter, everyone will be “vaccinated, recovered or dead”

Colonial loot restitution debate enters UK parliament with new committee on African reparations

An all-party parliamentary group headed by the MP for Streatham aims to “start a discussion and educate people”

Oxford University lists 145 looted Benin objects in collections

The director of the Pitt Rivers Museum says the report is a step in the restitution process

Skateboarders fight back against Berlin Neue Nationalgalerie ban

Museum says ban protects the building and sculptures—but has attracted criticism for ostracising younger generation

Berlin museum acquires vast collection of antisemitic objects amassed by German man who helped Jewish people hide from Nazis

Wolfgang Haney, who died in 2017, assembled 15,000 postcards, leaflets, photographs and more bearing witness to the persecution of Jewish people

Humboldt Forum to remove medallion honouring far-right donor

Ehrhardt Bödecker’s family requested the removal after his “militaristic, anti-democratic and in some respects, radically right-wing and antisemitic” views became public

Smithsonian Museum of African Art removes Benin bronzes from display and plans to repatriate them

“We cannot build for the future without making our best effort at healing the wounds of the past,” the museum’s director says

Painting recovered 40 years after its theft in East Germany may be an unknown Rembrandt

Analysis of the work—stolen in East Germany’s biggest art heist—suggests that it was painted by the Old Master rather than others in his studio

Art Basel's parent company MCH Group warns of possible data breach after criminal cyber attack

Fair organiser is working with police and Swiss cyber security authorities to identify perpetrators of malware attack on 20 October

'Most important gift in recent decades': trove of works by Kandinsky, Otto Dix and Max Ernst donated to Städel Museum in Frankfurt

The bequest from the estate of the German photographer Ulrike Crespo includes 90 works and will go on show in November.

Art Cologne passes pandemic subsidy on to exhibitors, offering 34% discount

Both foreign and domestic art galleries benefit from the discount

Art crime flourished during pandemic year, Interpol survey shows

Figures indicate fewer museum thefts, more illegal excavations

Berlin museum restitutes—and then buys back—Nazi-looted Pissarro painting

The work was bought by Armand Dorville, a Jewish lawyer, but his heirs were forced to sell it at an auction in France

Italian police recovers Nazi-looted drawings offered online

The Cavedone studies were among 750 drawings plundered from the Czech villa of Arthur Feldmann, a Jewish lawyer who died in the Holocaust

Hubert van Eyck, Jan’s older brother, painted parts of the Ghent Altarpiece

New research indicates Hubert started the work but had to stop, so Jan took over

Eighty years after his death, weapons experts now say Kirchner’s suicide may have been murder

Although the German Expressionist was undoubtedly depressed, new evidence suggests that the artist could not have fired the gun that killed him in 1938

Danish artist takes museum’s money and runs: 'I will not pay it back,' he says

Jens Haaning calls his conceptual work for the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg Take the Money and Run

Geneva museum director fights attempt to oust him

Around 100 scholars have signed a petition to the city’s mayor arguing that Marc-Olivier Wahler is not the right person to run the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire

From Marina Abramovic to Greta Thunberg: the legacy of Joseph Beuys lives on

A host of artists and activists have followed in the footsteps of the pioneering artist who would have turned 100 this year

Art Basel 2021: it’s good to be back—but things are going to change, dealers say

Despite the success of the fair's first post-pandemic edition, galleries are weighing up the future

'The Europeans are back and buying': sales flow steadily at first Art Basel since the pandemic

Though Covid-19 travel complications have kept many US and Asian collectors away, dealers report brisk business from the VIP opening

Catherine Hickley and Tom Seymour. with additional reporting by Gareth Harris
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Zurich takes ‘quantum leap’ with Chipperfield-designed Kunsthaus extension

Opening on 9 October, the major building project turns the Kunsthaus into Switzerland’s largest art museum

From art that's barely there to Alicja Kwade’s heart: what to see at Berlin Art Week

The German capital is awash with exhibitions, performances and events after a quieter edition last year

Klaus Biesenbach named director of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie

Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary museum is to be led by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

Brussels doctors prescribe museum visits to treat Covid-19 stress

Research “has proven that art can be beneficial for health, both mental and physical,” the city’s head of culture tells a Belgian newspaper

The Big Review: Terrible Beauty: Elephant—Human—Ivory at Humboldt Forum

The first exhibition at the controversial new museum complex in Berlin unflinchingly confronts a controversial subject

Amsterdam to return Kandinsky sold under Nazi occupation to heirs

The decision ends a bitter dispute that damaged the reputation of Dutch restitution policy

Dusseldorf exhibition on Jewish dealer Max Stern finally opens next month—but former backers want nothing to do with it

A previous version of the show was due to open in 2018, but was cancelled at short notice. Now it is being shunned.

Mies van der Rohe's landmark Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin ready for reopening after 'surgery' by David Chipperfield

Architect's Modernist masterpiece was “incredibly badly built” and took six years and €140m to restore to its former glory

How do you spot a looted antique? Germany brings in team of experts to help

Government has established €600,000 three-year pilot project called NEXUD to combat illegal trade in antiquities

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Hitler’s bronze horses to become government property in legal settlement

Other Nazi sculptures seized in 2015 remain with the private collector who fought to keep them

German Nazi loot panel rejects heirs' claim for Lovis Corinth portrait, keeping it in Berlin’s Stadtmuseum

The commission said the work's history touches four families who had been “oppressed, robbed, deported, driven to flee or murdered”

Dealer Inge Baecker, a pioneer of the Fluxus movement, dies in German floods

The gallerist was ill at home in Bad Münstereifel, one of the worst-hit towns

German floods damage archives, soaking historic documents in mud

A team from the Cologne City Archive has sent emergency aid to Stolberg

Humboldt Forum opens in Berlin—finally for real

After almost two years of delays, the ambitious museum complex launches its first in-person exhibitions

Documenta 15 to go ahead as planned in 2022 despite pandemic hurdles

After weighing postponement, the Kassel exhibition’s shareholders say decision to stick to timetable was “not easy”

The best art day trips you can take from Berlin, London and New York

From crumbling castles to beach huts and giant chalk drawings on the English coast, there's no need for PCR tests if you live near these local gems

Ageing plastic from Communist East Germany comes under the microscope in Getty research project

Scientists will study how Soviet-era household objects "made to last 30 or 40 years" can be preserved

Berlin museums board agrees to relinquish Benin bronzes 'regardless of how they were acquired'

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation aims for the first restitutions to Nigeria next year, requests “detailed timetable” for negotiations

East German palaces and castles to get €400m for renovation

Move addresses "investment backlog" for upgrades to cultural sites in Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia