Cristina Ruiz

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Ibrahim Mahama's ghosts of Ghana. Plus, China's epic Picasso show

We speak to the Ghanaian artist as he unveils a major new commission at the Whitworth as part of the Manchester International Festival. Plus, we find out about the Picasso blockbuster at UCCA in Beijing. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art Basel and William Kentridge

As his show opens at the Kunstmuseum Basel, we talk to the South African artist about his latest works. Plus, we look at the 50th edition of the Art Basel fair. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Refugees

Dear Christoph Büchel, this is how you provide context

An exhibition about migrant deaths at sea provides the information missing from the Swiss-Icelandic artist’s display in Venice

Interview
William Kentridge

Interview: William Kentridge on his life lessons

Self-interrogation is central to the work of the South African artist, whose latest piece on show at the Kunstmuseum Basel poses a series of questions that get half-answered

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Politics

Italy blocks Steve Bannon’s plans for nationalist bootcamp in medieval monastery

Despite eviction procedures, the US strategist’s collaborator says they will fight to stay in the 13th-century building

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Venice Biennale 2019

Fierce debate over Christoph Büchel's Venice Biennale display of boat that sank with hundreds locked in hull

Up to 1,100 may have died on board the fishing vessel; critics say its display is grossly insensitive at best while others describe it as a powerful reminder of exploitation

Review
Venice Biennale 2019

We've chosen the best of the art in Venice, now here's the worst

We’ve seen a lot of exhibitions in the city so you don’t have to

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in Venice this weekend

From Tuymans's Third Reich paintings, to Kounellis's poor materials, there's more to see in the city than the Venice Biennale

Preview
Venice Biennale 2019

Exhibitions during the Venice Biennale: a festival of painting

Among the many official “collateral” exhibitions connected to the Biennale and independently organised shows, painting is noticeably abundant

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Anthony d'Offay

Artists protest Tate decision to resume ties with Anthony d’Offay

Over 35 artists and curators have signed an open letter to the institution asking it to reveal details of its investigations into allegations of sexual harassment made against the retired dealer

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Italy

Battle over Bannon’s nationalist bootcamp in Italian monastery

Protests against the right-wing group’s takeover of a 13th-century cloister are growing

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

France launches international architecture competition to rebuild Notre Dame's collapsed spire

French Prime Minister wants to crown the building with a “spire adapted to the techniques and challenges of our times”

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame benefits from the battle of the billionaires

Competitive philanthropy can help save France’s flagship cathedral

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Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans: ‘People are becoming more and more stupid, insanely stupid’

As a major new exhibition of his work opens in Venice, the Belgian painter explains how painting can help us confront our own ignorance

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Sackler Trust

Sackler Trust charity in UK suspends all new gifts

The move is a “face-saving” measure says US photographer and activist Nan Goldin

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Collectors

Collectors pledge support for contemporary art in Italy

Private spaces throughout the country are uniting to host a joint show in the face of government funding cuts

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Salvator Mundi

'We want Salvator Mundi' for Leonardo blockbuster, Louvre says

Claims that it had "cancelled plans" to show the work are "fake information", the museum says

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Exhibitions

Monty Python snub 'pretentious' Victoria and Albert Museum

Comedy troupe was planning a show at the institution but clashed over the title

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Art market

Enigmatic Gino De Dominicis subject of complex fakes investigation in Italy

Market for Italian artist’s works slows as police investigation into alleged forgeries scares off some collectors

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italy blocks Leonardo loans for Louvre anniversary show

Populist government says sending paintings to French museum would put Italy 'on the margins of a great cultural event'

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Old Masters

Heart-stopping: man has heart attack in front of Botticelli

Another tourist had an epileptic fit in front of the artist's Venus in 2016

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DR Congo to request restitution of works from former coloniser Belgium

Country's president Joseph Kabila made the announcement ahead of opening of revamped Africa Museum outside Brussels

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Anni Albers' textile masterclass at Tate Modern, to an exploration of artist couples at the Barbican

Interview
Frieze London 2018

Rachel Maclean: Brexit wrapped up in cotton candy

The Scottish video artist throws visitors into a post-Brexit apocalypse at London’s Zabludowicz Collection

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Exhibitions

Mantegna and Bellini go head-to-head in show exploring how they influenced each other’s work

Exhibition at London's National Gallery will compare the early Renaissance artists who were brothers-in-law

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Architecture

'This was no accident', says architect Renzo Piano about Genoa bridge collapse

Italy lacks effective site diagnosis, he tells Italian newspaper La Repubblica

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Art market

Unpaid invoices, vetting issues and bad marketing: dealers call out ‘mismanaged’ Bahrain fair

Despite a group of exhibitors describing Art Bahrain Across Borders as disappointing, royal patron says event will continue

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Funding

Will museums stop accepting Sackler money in wake of Massachusetts lawsuit?

Eight members of the family are being sued for helping to fuel the opioid epidemic through their pharmaceutical company

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Law

Top experts dispute Italian police claims about seized ‘antiquities’

“I cannot imagine where a terracotta life-size horse head could come from in antiquity,” a specialist says

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Return Persian antiquity to Iran, New York district attorney says

The dealer it was seized from knew it was stolen, a motion filed with the State’s supreme court alleges. The dealer categorically denies this

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Royal Academy launches new £34,000 postgraduate course. But who can afford it?

The institution is entering the lucrative world of branded education

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Top Italian museum director faces trial over gym visits

The director of the Galleria Borghese in Rome has been suspended without pay for leaving the office

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Norval Foundation near Cape Town opens months after launch of city's Zeitz museum

Staff from Africa's first mega museum have defected to the new private institution

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Thefts

Chinese antiquities stolen in raid on Bath museum

Haul includes precious gold and jade artefacts, which police say may have been stolen to order

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Estates

Thaddaeus Ropac lands Joseph Beuys estate

Deal revealed as major show of German artist opens at gallerist's London space, which includes huge Stag Monuments installation

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Contemporary art

Kehinde Wiley—the artist behind Obama's presidential portrait—signs with Hollywood talent agency

Brillstein Entertainment Partners will licence the US artist's paintings and "identify directing opportunities"

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Art market

Piero Manzoni Foundation criticised for destruction of works

Foundation denies allegations that it manipulates the authentication process to inflate the value of its holdings

Analysis
Art Basel Hong Kong 2018

How big is the Picasso 'brand' in China?

Sotheby’s tests the waters with first oil painting at auction in Hong Kong

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Prizes

British art teacher wins $1m prize

In accepting the award, Andria Zafirakou asked for more support for the “power of the arts” in schools, particularly in poor communities

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Getting to know the real Tintoretto

A string of exhibitions celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Venetian master’s birth will help to bring him back into favour

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Peggy Guggenheim Collection

Case dismissed: France's highest court rules in favour of Guggenheim foundation

The judgment ends a lengthy legal battle between the heirs of Peggy Guggenheim and the US organisation

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Technology

Elon Musks's Telsa Roadster: Is it art? Or is it ‘garbage in space’?

The entrepreneur has begun implementing his plan to colonise Mars and make us a “multi-planetary species”

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Soft power and contemporary art: Vatican Museums director on fulfilling Pope Francis's vision

Barbara Jatta speaks to us one year after her landmark appointment

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Andy Warhol

The Vatican to host major Andy Warhol exhibition

Show will 'explore the artist's spiritual side' with Last Supper series and skull silkscreens

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Insiders’ tips: what not to miss at Art Basel in Miami Beach

We asked curators, directors and collectors to tell us about the works that stopped them in their tracks

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Collector Jorge Pérez accuses Miami-Dade County of slashing museum’s funding as 'punishment' for Cuban art show

Funds promised to Pérez Art Museum Miami were allocated to American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora instead

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Leonardo da Vinci

Was a 'double-bind guarantee' behind the $450m Leonardo sale?

Rumour mill has gone into overdrive over record-breaking auction

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Funding

Business as usual for museums funded by Sackler opioid money?

Beneficiaries of the family’s largesse deflect or ignore questions about the donors’ role in the drugs epidemic sweeping the US

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Podcast

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.

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Fraud

Galleries hit by cyber crime wave

Hackers are using an email scam to intercept payments between galleries, collectors and others

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Frieze 2017

Marina Abramovic abandons plans for New York institute

Performance artist unable to raise $31m required for Koolhaas design

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Features

Encore! Tate’s New Performance plan

Artists like Marvin Gaye Chetwynd have prompted a rethink in the Tate’s approach to live art

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Frieze 2017

The market boom for Basquiat

A year after his death, MoMA turned down an offer of the artist’s work. Today, the appetite for his paintings has never been greater

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Podcast

Podcast episode two: Zeitz Mocaa and London autumn preview

The lowdown on the new Thomas Heatherwick-designed museum in Cape Town. Plus: London's most enticing shows this autumn

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Zeitz MoCAA

Inside Zeitz Mocaa: our guide to Cape Town’s new mega-museum

From spectacular architecture to an army of curators, what you need to know about Africa’s landmark contemporary art institution

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Iñárritu's VR project brings terrifying experiences of migrants and refugees to life

Oscar-winning director, whose work opens at Milan's Fondazione Prada this week, says it's reductive to call it anti-Trump

Review

The road to the Venice Biennale is paved with good intentions

Curator Christine Macel’s worthy aims of saving the planet and helping refugees has seriously backfired

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Venice Biennale 2017

Kenya works a miracle to bring its exhibition to the Venice Biennale

Pavilion organisers put on a show despite receiving no government money

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Damien Hirst turns film-maker for Venice show

Artist's new documentary tells story of his underwater exhibition at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana

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Nitsch performance using slaughtered bull to go ahead in Tasmania

A petition launched by an animal rights group to block the work has attracted 20,000 signatures

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Peggy Guggenheim's great-grandchildren say New York exhibition violates her legacy

Row follows long-running legal dispute between the Guggenheim Foundation and the collector's descendants

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Exhibitions

Storm erupts over Nitsch’s bull slaughter at Tasmanian museum

Campaigners demand axing of performance by Actionist at MONA's Dark Mofo festival

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Kentridge opens Johannesburg space for artists to learn by failing

The independent Centre for the Less Good Idea aims to stay small and be creative

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Damien Hirst launches shipwreck spectacle in Venice

British artist's monumental sculptures fill François Pinault’s museums

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Guggenheim Abu Dhabi should be postponed or downsized, says the man who launched the project

Thomas Krens doubts the time is right for an American museum "with a Jewish name" to be built in the Gulf

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‘We want to bring the world to Hong Kong’

Suhanya Raffel, who took over as head of M+ late last year, pledges to champion the museum’s curatorial independence

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Former Met curator speaks candidly about the New York museum's current challenges

George Goldner, who led the museum’s department of prints and drawings for two decades, says it needs to reassess its priorities

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Exhibitions

Ibrahim Mahama presents a portrait of Ghana told through its objects

Ghanaian artist’s first exhibition at White Cube in London opens tonight

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Three African artists will take centre stage at new Zeitz MoCAA

Major contemporary art museum will open in Cape Town in September with three exhibitions

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New M+ director brings Asia-Pacific vision to West Kowloon flagship

Rooted in Hong Kong, Suhanya Raffel is reaching out to MoMA and the Tate

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Conservation & Preservation

A heritage site far, far away: Star Wars film puts Irish island monastery in the spotlight

Local businesses want to extend access to island Skellig Michael to accommodate eager fans, but preservationists fear that crowds will threaten the medieval ruins and sea bird colonies