Tim Cornwell

Black Lives Matter resonates throughout Edinburgh Art Festival

From abolitionist films to historical tapestries, the effects of summer 2020's protests can be felt in the Scottish capital

Edinburgh's Fruitmarket gallery reopens with new double-height performance space

Following a £4.3m overhaul, the Scottish art space's footprint has doubled

Booksnews

Bronte childhood portraits at stake as UK museums and libraries race to save literary treasures

Sotheby’s has postponed auction of extraordinary Honresfield Library as a consortium seeks £15 million to buy it

Book Clubfeature

The American who brought Modern masterpieces to Iran

A new memoir by curator Donna Stein reveals the story behind the creation of a Western art collection for the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art in the 1970s

Beirutnews

Hope for a new future: Beirut's art world tell us how the city might be rebuilt

As the city's arts community mourns the loss of colleagues and assesses the damage to its museums and galleries, some believe change will come from the disaster—others are less optimistic

Personal stories of coronavirus: the widow who opened her husband's exhibition for a day

Diana Cohen, the 90-year-old wife of the late painter Alfred Cohen, travelled to London for the opening of the first show of his work in 20 years. Years in the making, it opened and closed within a few hours

From Modernist nudes to present-day politics: British Museum to reveal its contemporary Middle Eastern art collection

Free exhibition at the London museum in October will show around 150 works that have been collected since the early 1990s

As demonstrations return to Cairo, Egyptian protest artist goes on show in new London space

Exhibition of street artist Bahia Shehab's work opens at Aga Khan Centre Gallery in King's Cross

Art in the time of airstrikes: Yemeni artists urge international donors for support

Symposium at the British Museum, part of the Shubbak festival of contemporary Arab culture, will include artists from war-torn Yemen and Syria

Tehran's art fair opens despite sanctions and growing tensions with US

Second edition of Teer Art Fair aims to foster domestic Iranian art scene at a time when international sales increasingly difficult for the country's galleries

Sikh Empire collector hopes to open dedicated museum

The London-based collector Davinder Toor holds one of the most significant collections of Sikh works in the US and the UK

Arab photography archive releases 22,000 historic images online

Arab Image Foundation completes $255,000 digitisation initiative and will reopen its Beirut building this summer

Indianews

David Adjaye chosen to design 'game-changing' contemporary art museum in India

Planned Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi will open up 6,000-strong collection to the public

Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions around the city

An indoor beach, Mongolian throat singing and ceramic vaginas—where to go beyond the Arsenale and Giardini

National pride, national shame and the ‘post-national’: the question of identity at the Venice Biennale

National pavilions in Venice have long been criticised as anachronistic. But for nations newer to the event, such quibbling can seem like a luxury

Iranian works will abound at the Venice Biennale despite US sanctions

Complications around shipping and insurance have not stopped artists and curators from the country to make their presence felt at this year's edition

'Shameful scar': Centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre marked in New Delhi exhibition

Show exploring the fateful event that saw hundreds of people killed by British soldiers aims to commemorate "forgotten martyrs"

New contemporary art space opens in impoverished area outside Tunis

B7L9, founded by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, shows works by international and Tunisian artists but also engages the local community

Major museum designed by V&A Dundee's architects to open in Turkey

Odunpazari Modern Museum designed by Kengo Kuma, which will show the collection of architect Erol Tabanca, will open in the university city of Eskişehir in June

South Africa finally announces Venice Biennale artists

Mawande Ka Zenzile, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Tracey Rose will explore themes of social, political and economic resilience in post-Apartheid South Africa

Africanews

Zimbabwe makes Venice Biennale selections amid political turmoil

Cosmos Shiridzinomwa and Georgina Maxim are the first artists to be confirmed

Zimbabwe biennial postponed amid political turmoil

As civil unrest and internet shutdowns continue, organisers say they now hope to hold event in 2020

Africa’s pre-colonial ‘crown jewels’ to find a home in new South African museum

Javett Art Centre at University of Pretoria will display 800-year-old gold collection excavated in the 1930s

Syrianews

New London gallery shows work by only-known artist to have worked secretly under Islamic State

The Stories Art Gallery champions artists who take a non-political approach in their work to challenge violent stereotypes of Syria

Did Pieter Bruegel the Elder create the earliest Scottish landscape?

Coastal rock formation in 16th-century engraving resembles the famous Bass Rock at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, art historian argues

Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi designs new Lebanese private museum

The Nabu Museum collection combines antiquities with Modern and contemporary art

Abraaj Group liquidators to sell 200 works from art collection at Bonhams

Middle Eastern and South Asian works owned by embattled Dubai-based private equity firm carry much lower estimates than prices paid a decade ago

Beirut Art Fair gives helping hand to embattled Egyptian galleries

Lebanese event cuts 'special offer' to help Egypt's galleries exhibit abroad and invests $100,000 in outreach to encourage collectors from further afield

MoCA Toronto set to open in new industrial home that hosts both art and artists

New works by Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera and Awol Erizku will be presented in Canadian museum's first year

Art marketpreview

Lebanon’s history revealed in photo show at Beirut Art Fair

Across Boundaries is an exhibition of around 100 works of Lebanese photography from 30 collections

Lawnews

Parviz Tanavoli banned from leaving Iran over legal dispute with former gallery owner

Maryam Goudarzi claims that the artist should return six 1972 sculptures worth $6m to her, but Tanavoli says they were swapped legally for five newer works

Edinburgh's Collective to unveil new art space in old City Observatory this autumn

Opening of restored 19th-century complex on Calton Hill has been delayed by dry rot

Lawnews

Iranian gallerists released on bail after two years in Tehran prison

Karan Vafadari and Afarin Neyssari paid a bail of around $10m according to sources but still await appeal request

Theatrereview

Great Apes: when Planet of the Apes meets a White Cube opening

A new play in London based on Will Self’s 1997 novel is a viciously literate satire that imagines an art world populated entirely by chimpanzees

New exhibition at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum shows irreverent side of the Fatimids

Too little of its art survives, but the World of the Fatimids still reveals a remarkable dynasty

Abraaj Group's partnership with Art Dubai to continue, despite reorganisation

Founder Arif Naqvi's departure from the private equity firm's asset management business in February followed claims the company had misused investor funds

Bond Street gallery exodus continues as London's Fine Art Society sells lease after 140 years

Soaring rents due to competition from fashion houses leads to reluctant decision to move from historic five-storey townhouse

Iran’s first museum for a female artist honours nonagenarian

"Life’s work" of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian goes on show in former palace in Tehran

New lease of life for life drawing classes?

Age-old practice is being ‘gradually reinvigorated', but new frontier is seemingly in 3D reprographic skills

Middle East anti-fake drive triggers refund

Bonhams returns £176,500 for piece attributed to Egyptian sculptor

Pioneers of Lebanese painting star in private museum near the Syrian border

Collector Emile Hannouche has opened his family mansion in the Bekaa Valley to the public

Collectors tackle rise in fake Modern Middle Eastern art

Dalloul Art Foundation investigates authenticity of some Middle Eastern works before museum opening

Tim Cornwell. , additional reporting by Anna Brady

Former Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis remaps Lisbon's Gulbenkian

Freed from Tate's "tough agenda" of blockbuster shows, sculpture scholar is opening up Portuguese museum's Islamic collections

Beirut’s Museum of Memory opens first exhibition—minus a director or board of governors

Against a backdrop of political wrangling, Zena el Khalil’s show focuses on the missing of Lebanon’s civil war

Exhibition shines light on painter who gave up art to run London’s National Gallery

Frederic Burton spent late career acquiring some of museum’s best-known masterpieces

Arab artists respond to dictatorship, surveillance and civil war at Beirut Art Fair

Strong showing of Syrian art across the event including by artist Saad Yagan whose Aleppo studio was destroyed in 2012

In a troubled region, Lebanon is a growing hub for artists

Beirut Art Fair includes a loan exhibition drawing on the country’s rich collections

Scotland's pioneering Inverleith House gallery saved from closure

Working group appointed after public outcry recommends new programme mixing art and horticulture

India's new Partition Museum opens near Pakistani border

Crowdsourced collection of survivors’ artefacts includes identity cards, steamer trunks and clothing carried by refugees

Edinburgh Art Festival: artists look to Maori traditions, 19th-century botany and jellyfish

Jupiter Artland’s new permanent piece by Pablo Bronstein joins two ten-metre-high pavilions in a Gothic and Chinoiserie style

National Gallery of Ireland’s grand reopening worth the protracted wait

Hundreds of works were restored during Dublin museum's refurbishment

Political art withers as Mamut 5 opens in Istanbul

All-Turkish art project sees artists retreat to their studios

Polish artist Pawel Althamer creates first commission for Bangladesh sculpture park

Giant female figure made of bamboo was made with the help of the local community in Sylhet

Let there be light

The UAE’s first OMA-designed space launches with a survey of Syrian art

Art world reels from Trump’s immigration ban

New policies on course to undermine exhibitions and exchange programmes

Exhibition offers antidote to Trump's view of Iran

Major survey of Iranian contemporary art opens in Toronto this week against backdrop of US President's immigration ban

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