Catherine Hickley

What will German monasteries do with colonial-era objects in their collections?

Wide-ranging nationwide survey will catalogue artefacts held by monasteries and convents that were collected by missionaries in Africa, Asia and South America

Former German museum worker sentenced to prison for stealing and selling paintings

He replaced a painting by Franz von Stuck with a forgery and sold the original

German culture minister promises new powers for Nazi-looted art panel

Claudia Roth says the commission’s current mandate is “inadequate” and “we are not living up to our responsibilities"

German Nazi-looted art panel calls for more powers and a new law

The advisory commission said it sees the current framework as “unsatisfactory” and “in need of an urgent overhaul”

Barrister Hannatu Musawa is appointed Nigeria's culture minister

The lawyer and activist may play a key role in negotiating the return of Benin bronzes

Dresden museum returns four objects to Australia’s Kaurna community

The spear, digging stick, cudgel and net were brought home by German missionaries nearly 200 years ago

Crime news

Swiss court sentences former museum cashier for embezzling more than $1m

The 54-year-old woman used ticket-sale tricks at the Fondation Beyeler near Basel to fund luxury cars and holidays

EU dealers lobby to slash VAT rates on art sales

A directive that aims to create a single value-added tax system will enable member countries to set their own reduced rates internally

Suspects arrested in theft of gold coins from German museum

The trove stolen from the Kelten Römer Museum near Munich was the biggest Celtic gold find of the 20th century

Yet again, a US court dismisses Nazi-era Guelph Treasure art lawsuit

The descendants of the €200m collection's Jewish former owners had appealed a 2022 regional court ruling

Man arrested in connection with Pistoletto suspected arson attack

A sculpture by Michelangelo Pistoletto was destroyed by fire in Naples on Wednesday

Hackers attack Nazi-linked collection exhibition at Kunsthaus Zurich

Visitors who accessed text via QR codes saw collector Emil Georg Bührle described as “a Nazi sympathiser, authoritarian militarist, at the very least a war profiteer and probably a war criminal”

Maasai families receive cows in recognition of 'culturally sensitive heirlooms' in Pitt Rivers Museum

After taking guidance from the community's traditional elders and religious leaders, the Oxford museum presented the "symbolic gift" on the weekend

Austria appoints Ralph Gleis to run the Albertina

The director of Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie will succeed Klaus Albrecht Schröder from 2025

Jonathan Fine on how he aims to make Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum more ‘approachable’ and sustainable

The scientific director of the Weltmuseum in Vienna will take charge of one of Europe’s most important museum organisations in 2025

Lempertz to sell Max Pechstein self-portrait following settlement with Jewish doctor's heirs

The painting was pulled from a sale in June following reports it was sold under duress in 1936 by Walter Blank, who died in Spain while fleeing Nazi Germany

Switzerland returns stolen fragment of ancient Ramesses II statue to Egypt

The fragment, plundered in the 1980s or 1990s, was seized in a criminal case in Geneva

Jonathan Fine is named director general of Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum

Currently director of the Weltmuseum in Vienna, Fine succeeds Sabine Haag in 2025

Ireland sets up panel to advise on return of contested cultural heritage

The committee is led by Donnell Deeny, chairman of the UK government’s Spoliation Advisory Committee

Austrian government to propose law on returning museum objects acquired in a colonial context

Calling out the injustice of colonialism and following it up with "serious debate and concrete actions" is Austria’s responsibility, says culture secretary

Henry Moore Institute rediscovers the German artist Egon Altdorf, who 'detested the commercial art world'

Many of the works to be exhibited have never been shown before and were salvaged by his son from Altdorf’s studio

Monet painting attacked with red paint and glue in Stockholm is undamaged, Nationalmuseum says

The museum is in contact with the owner, Musée d’Orsay, about reinstalling Le jardin de l’artiste à Giverny in its exhibition

Pianos, asparagus and shame: Andrea Büttner mines philosophy and art history in Kunstmuseum Basel show

The Heart of Relations is the German artist’s largest solo exhibition so far, with almost 90 works from the past 15 years

Ten essential artworks to see in Basel

Off to Art Basel? From a Picasso harlequin to Jean Tinguely’s clanking sound sculpture, here are some of the masterpieces not to miss in the city’s bountiful museums

German city restitutes a Renoir to the heirs of a Jewish banker and buys it back

View of the Sea from Haut Cagnes will in future be displayed with information about its former owner, Jakob Goldschmidt

Picasso portrait sells for €3.4m at Van Ham, a house record

The auction house's evening sale on 5 June was the most successful in its history

Germany returns artefacts—including a Venetian jewellery box stolen in 2006—to Italy

The recovered items also include a Corinthian bronze helmet and four Roman-Byzantine gold coins

Munichnews

Kunstverein Munich shines a light on its dark Nazi past for 200-year anniversary exhibition

The storied institution has opened its archives—parts of which were untouched decades—to artists and historians