Catherine Hickley

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Documenta

Prosecutor drops investigation into Documenta financial management

The exhibition's manager, Annette Kulenkampff, welcomes prosecutor’s decision

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Museums

Dresden’s Albertinum brings out East German art to ‘build bridges’

Museum director Hilke Wagner seeks to address lingering prejudices with exhibition and events

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Museums

Munich's Haus der Kunst cancels Joan Jonas exhibition amid financial woes

“Management errors of the past” are responsible for troubles, statement says

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Exhibitions

Playtime: how artists have been unleashing their inner child this summer

From superhero action figures to Chianti-infused treasure hunts and poolside art, exhibitions are exploring the importance of play

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Cologne archaeologists unearth oldest library in Germany

The foundation walls contain niches used to store scrolls

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Conservation

Berlin restores murals neglected for more than a century

Only ten of the wall paintings—created in housing complexes to offer visual relief from the booming German capital—remain

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Politics

German Green Party politicians launch petition 'for freedom of the arts'

Online campaign criticises right-wing governments in Austria, Hungary and Poland and warns that Germany could be next

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Documenta

Documenta to name new artistic director by early 2019

Quinquennial appoints eight-member search committee for curator of 2022 edition

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Restitution

German museum returns tattooed Maori skull to New Zealand

The preserved head was held in Cologne's Rautenstrauch Joest Museum of world cultures for 110 years

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Auctions

German government steps in to buy Giambologna as minister says Bayer should have donated it to ‘people of Dresden’

Sotheby’s withdrew bronze sculpture of Mars from auction at last minute

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Cultural policy

German culture budget grows to €1.8bn

Newly-funded projects include abandoned department store that was the set for The Grand Budapest Hotel film

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Photography

Hamburg addresses German genocide in Namibia with photography exhibition

Show of Marc Erwin Babej’s work comes as Namibia calls on Germany to return cultural treasures

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Donations

Saudi Arabian foundation donates €9m to Berlin Museum of Islamic Art

Funds donated by Alwaleed Philanthropies will support exhibitions and education, including “Multaka” project to train refugees as museum guides

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Openings

Deutsche Bank to open Berlin art centre Palais Populaire in September

First exhibition will show around 300 works on paper from the bank’s vast corporate collection

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Germany

Gerhard Richter creates Foucault pendulum for Münster church

Artist's donated installation pays tribute to "a small victory for science"

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Art Basel 2018

Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun teams up with Ikea

Project aims to produce affordable, off-grid tools

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Restitution

Angola recovers six artefacts looted from museum during civil war

Dundo Museum's lost objects were traced by the Sindika Dokolo Foundation

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Museums

German museum and auctioneer Im Kinsky tussle over looted glass goblet

Object was returned to consigner not museum from where it was looted at the end of Second World War

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Museums

Okwui Enwezor steps down as director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst

Enwezor cites ill health as reason for departure

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Auction houses

Beckmann painting auctioned for record €4.7m in Berlin

Villa Grisebach says price is the highest paid for any work in a German auction

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Museums

Jewish Museum displays kippa worn by Berlin assault victim

The cap is the first “rapid response” exhibit in new vitrine

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Museums

Kunsthalle Mannheim unveils €68m extension backed by German billionaire

Foundation of Hans-Werner Hector, one of the country's richest people, contributed €50m to the revamp

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Documenta 14

Dispute erupts over location of Kassel’s Documenta obelisk

Artist Olu Oguibe believes the city caved in to demands from the anti-immigration AfD, which opposes the monument

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Contemporary art

Gerhard Richter donates 18 works to provide permanent accommodation for the homeless

Sale aims to raise €1m to help buy 100 dwellings

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Looted art

Berlin’s Ethnological Museum returns Alaskan grave artefacts looted by explorer

The objects “do not belong in our museums”, says the president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

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Museums

Germany presents code of conduct on handling colonial-era artefacts

Culture Minister says colonial past has been a blind spot for too long

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Looted art

Hamburg museum says its Benin bronzes could return to Nigeria—but not yet

Applied arts institution is showing the sculptures in a looted art exhibition

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Conservation

Damaged art undergoes intensive care in Berlin’s Bode Museum

The institution is using funds from a private foundation to restore works scarred by war

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Museums

Käthe Kollwitz Museum finds new home in west Berlin

Its current venue will be leased to the new Museum of Exile from the end of 2019

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Exhibitions

Spark your wanderlust with a wander through Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie

New exhibition looks at how love of travel was a prominent feature of 19th-century German Romanticism

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Restitution

German researchers trace Jewish newspaper mogul’s vast Nazi-looted art collection

The Mosse Art Research Project, a cooperation with the German government, identifies eight works and launches online database

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Collectors

Berlin bans collector from exhibiting art in industrial district

Axel Haubrok is fighting zoning restrictions after buying the former premises of the chauffeur service for top East German officials

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Restitution

Canadians withdraw from Düsseldorf show about Jewish dealer Max Stern

Max Stern Foundation seeks reimbursement of costs from the German city

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Looted art

Germany to fund museum investigations into provenance of colonial-era artefacts

The German Lost Art Foundation, which also looks into Nazi-loot, will allocate the government grants

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Documenta

Documenta appoints Sabine Schormann as third director in less than a year

She will take over following last edition's €5.4m budget fiasco

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Exhibitions

Turkmenistan sends treasures to Berlin in diplomatic move

Bronze Age artefacts from Margiana go on show at the Neues Museum

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Museums

Germany to pilot free-entry museums at Humboldt Forum

New coalition government waives charges for permanent collections in Berlin complex for first three years—but critics warn of consequences

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Documenta

Documenta appoints musical producer as interim manager amid budget debacle

Wolfgang Orthmayr to replace Annette Kulenkampff, who left before her contract ended

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Documenta

Kassel seeks three new 'Documenta professors'

Scholars will conduct research for a new institute of the quinquennial show based in the city

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Gallery Weekend Berlin

From Gerhard Richter to Dürer: Christie’s to showcase German art and collecting during Berlin Gallery Weekend

Exhibition targeted at Old Master collectors will not compete with the contemporary art event, auction house says

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Cranach portrait stolen almost 80 years ago returns to heirs of Jewish banker

Christie’s to auction portrait of John Frederick the Magnanimous in New York next month

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Appointments

Hartmut Dorgerloh nominated to head Berlin’s Humboldt Forum

If appointed, Dorgerloh, who currently manages the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation, will replace the three founding directors

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Public art

Beer and bread rolls for a vandalised sculpture in Münster

City residents aim to raise €1.2 million for Nicole Eisenman’s Sketch for a Fountain

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Acquisitions

Dresden receives gift of 1,200 contemporary works from private collector Erika Hoffmann

Gift includes Polke, Warhol, Twombly, Emin, Tillmans

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Features

East German ‘arseholes’ are reappraised

The painter Georg Baselitz once profanely dismissed artists behind the Iron Curtain—but their work is now experiencing a long-overdue rediscovery

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Acquisitions

Widow of Hitler’s art dealer, Erhard Göpel, bequeaths Max Beckmann works to Berlin

Initial research into provenance 'gave no concrete cause for suspicion that these works were looted', Berlin State Museums says

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Restitution

Berlin Museums chief calls for rules on restitution of colonial artefacts

Hermann Parzinger has global support for the equivalent of Washington Principles on Nazi-confiscated art for objects from former colonies

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Art market

Düsseldorf gears up for the battle of the photography festivals

Düsseldorf Photo Weekend kicks off its seventh edition on 16 February

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Museums

Estate of Nazi propaganda film-maker, Leni Riefenstahl, donated to Berlin museums

Trove of photographs, films, manuscripts and letters date back to the 1920s

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Cultural policy

Germany to set up help desk for victims of abuse in creative industries

Announcement comes ahead of Berlin Film Festival which will have sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination in the performing arts as central theme

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Exhibitions

Rubens and the works that inspired him brought together at Städel Museum

Flemish master had access to art from across the ages and assiduously reworked drawings by other artists

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Conservation

Boris Johnson related to mummy found in Basel crypt

Corpse is identified as Anna Catharina Bischoff, who is great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother of British foreign secretary

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Documenta 14

Kassel launches funding campaign for Documenta obelisk

The work by Olu Oguibe calls for hospitality towards refugees

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Exhibitions

Birthday bash for Baselitz as he turns 80

Simultaneous exhibitions dedicated to German artist open in Basel

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Documenta

Artists, museum directors, scholars voice concern about Documenta’s future

An open letter calls for business chief Kulenkampff’s reinstatement and a new budget plan

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African art

Paris's Dapper Foundation stalls talks over Cameroonian sculpture

Known as the Bangwa Queen, the object was either given to or looted by the German colonial agent Gustav Conrau

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Ethics

Should museums display human remains from other cultures?

Vienna’s Weltmuseum criticised for displaying a trophy head

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Restitution

Düsseldorf faces Nazi-era claim for Franz Marc’s foxes

Painting hangs in the city’s Museum Kunstpalast

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Museums

German museums report 2.5 million drop in visitor numbers in 2016

Number of people visiting art museums in the country has dropped by 7.4 per cent

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Conservation

Lasers and water gel used to restore Medieval altarpiece from Rimini

The treatment of Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus museum's fragile alabaster ensemble could pave the way for future loans

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Carsten Höller

Carsten Höller to build slide for Bonn Bundeskunsthalle

Installation will form part of an exhibition on playgrounds

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Exhibitions

Qatar brings desert sands to snowy Berlin

Contemporary Art Qatar transcends cultural boundaries at the Kraftwerk

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Documenta

Documenta manager to leave post after budget overruns

Annette Kulenkampff departs on “mutual agreement” a year before contract ends

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Restitution

Germany names new head of Nazi-looted art panel

Hans-Jürgen Papier fills post held by Jutta Limbach until her death last year

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Thefts

John Lennon’s stolen diaries found by Berlin police

Journals and other personal effects were discovered at auction house, reports say

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Cultural policy

Germany plans mega-exhibitions to boost cultural presence abroad

Government initiative to co-ordinate museum loans worldwide revives an idea of the late Martin Roth

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Auctions

Painting looted from Hitler withdrawn from auction in Cologne

Franz von Stuck’s portrait of two girls was due to be sold at Van Ham

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Documenta

Documenta’s budget blowout will not put next edition at risk

City of Kassel says it can cover €5.4 million deficit from this year’s event

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Looted art

Düsseldorf abruptly cancels exhibition about Jewish dealer Max Stern

City authorities cite ongoing restitution claims as reason for decision

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Looted art

Painting looted from Hitler to be auctioned in Cologne

Van Ham to offer Franz von Stuck portrait in 17 November sale

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei to auction cat toy sculpture for Syrian children

Proceeds from Berlin sale, which also includes works by Rosemarie Trockel and Tomás Saraceno, will benefit Kayany Foundation

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Forgeries

Malevich painting in Düsseldorf state collection exposed as forgery

Expert studies reveal Black Rectangle, Red Square was produced after 1950

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Prizes

Berlin Nationalgalerie prize nominees troubled by focus on gender and nationality

Four shortlisted artists issue statement calling for more money, less show

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Restitution

Lord Mayor of London returns Nazi-looted Dutch Old Master

The Oyster Meal, insured for £1.5m, has hung in Mansion House for nearly three decades

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Donations

Berlin art dealer and family donate art by Picasso, Warhol and Richter to city of Chemnitz

Bastian family have collaborated with the German city’s art collection since 2002

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Exhibitions

Cornelius Gurlitt’s art hoard finally gets first public showing

Organisers hope two shows will lead to restitution claims from victims of Nazi persecution

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Cultural policy

Women are under-represented and underpaid in German arts, study finds

While the country has made progress in providing childcare, it still remains an obstacle

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Restitution

Painting in Gurlitt hoard identified as Nazi loot—thanks to a tiny repair hole

Portrait by Thomas Couture belonged to a French politician who opposed the Nazis

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Conservation

King Frederick I of Prussia’s bed gets the royal treatment in Berlin

Monarch’s ceremonial bed has survived many battles

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Documenta 14

Kassel haggles over the price of Documenta 14's obelisk

Olu Oguibe has reportedly asked for €1m for his Monument to Strangers and Refugees

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Biennials & festivals

Locals fight to retain Eisenman fountain following Sculpture Projects Münster

Residents are working with artist to create a more durable version of the vandalised work

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Old Masters

Christie’s to auction long-lost painting by Mannerist artist Spranger

German private owner reaches settlement with Jewish art historian’s heirs

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Museums

Art dealer Heiner Bastian signs over Chipperfield-designed house to Berlin museums

“Bastian House” will give visitors an overview of what to expect on Museum Island

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Sculpture Projects Münster

Vandals spray swastika on Sculpture Projects Münster exhibit

Organisers condemn “murderous propaganda of all right-wing parties”

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Restoration

Germany stumps up €400m for Prussian palaces and parks

Funding will benefit Potsdam’s Sanssouci and Berlin’s Charlottenburg palaces

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Museums

Street art museum opens in Berlin

Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art is one of the world's first of its kind

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Museums

Käthe Kollwitz’s museum in Berlin goes in search of new home

Artist’s art to be ousted by stories of exile

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Art trafficking

Germany launches internet portal to fight art trafficking

Site gives information on international regulations and protected German heritage

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Biennials & festivals

Documenta faces yawning €7m deficit, seeks financial help

Kassel city and the state of Hesse pledge to secure long-term liquidity

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Anne Webber

How can museums speed up the return of art looted during the Nazi era?

Conference at London's National Gallery this week looks at how the process can be accelerated

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Thieves damage Koki Tanaka work at Sculpture Projects Münster

Police are investigating a burglary in the latest incident of crime at festival

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Gurlitt bequest spurs provenance research in Switzerland

Kunstmuseum Bern has taken possession of first works from controversial collection of Nazi-era art due to go on show in November

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Neil MacGregor extends contract at Berlin's Humboldt Forum

The former British Museum chief, appointed as founding director in 2015, will steer the project to completion

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Dusseldorf museum pulls painting from show after Nazi loot claim

Owner says Andreas Achenbach’s Sicilian Landscape was bought in a “normal gallery transaction”

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Exhibitions

Kassel to build permanent Documenta Institute

City aims to keep Documenta experience alive in five-year hiatus between shows

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Commissions

German parliament approves plan for unification memorial in Berlin

“Unity seesaw” is to be unveiled in 2019 in front of the city palace

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Renaissance royal costumes sparkle again in Dresden

Preserved by Saxon elders and plundered by Stalin’s Red Army, textiles return to view for first time since Second World War

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Rare historic coins return to Salzburg Museum 70 years after they were looted

American Numismatic Society purchased the coins with aim of tracing original owner

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Deutsche Bank plans new culture forum in central Berlin

Building in Unter den Linden expected to open mid-2018

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Restitution

Pissarro painting in Gurlitt trove returned to heir of Max Heilbronn

German government researchers say another 150 works in the collection may have been looted