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Cultural policy

World Cities Culture Forum and Bloomberg Philanthropies announce the second Leadership Exchange Programme

International leaders are invited to apply to the initiative which aims to advance cultural projects and explore the ways art can improve the quality of life for urban residents

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Education

Free arts education programme started in Harlem expands to major US cities

ProjectArt fills a void in the American public school system, adding initiatives in New Orleans and San Francisco this autumn

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Politics

What next? Nicky Morgan appointed UK's new culture secretary

Remain campaigner has said that schoolchildren who focus on arts and humanities are limiting their career choices

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Restitution

France retreats from report recommending automatic restitutions of looted African artefacts

Suggestions from controversial Savoy-Sarr report were all-but buried at a conference held in Paris

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Brexit

Art world guide on how to deal with 'no deal' Brexit released

Arts Council England publishes advice on movement of art, imports and exports, funding, and travel for artists and professionals in case an agreement is not reached

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Brazil

Jair Bolsonaro’s government extinguishes Brazilian ministry of culture

The departments of culture, sports and social development have merged

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Cultural policy

Mikhail Piotrovsky—Hermitage chief for 26 years—is an Old Master of diplomacy

Russian museum is pursuing global expansion with long-term plans under way for Barcelona and China

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Russia

Russian police seize drawings by high school pupils under 'gay propaganda' law

Students’ parents complain and psychologists sent to school after art contest for International Day of Tolerance draws fire from authorities

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Protest

Why I made a cemetery for hundreds of banned books in Kuwait

Kuwaiti artist Mohammad Sharaf hopes to provoke the general public as well as the authorities

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Cultural policy

'Give Africa its art back', Macron's report says

A new report on the status of African objects in French museums will urge the president to return works taken “without consent” in the colonial period

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Unesco

UK threat to leave Unesco reignites debate about purpose of UN culture body

The US and Israel announced plans to leave the international organisation last year

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Museums & Heritage

Berlin’s Natural History Museum receives an eye-watering €660m of public funds for rebuild

Vast sum outstrips budget for reconstruction of city’s royal palace and creation of Humboldt Forum

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Politics

Emmanuel Macron woos French art world with call for new cultural policy that fights extremism

France's president also plans to install Modern and contemporary works at the Élysée Palace

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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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$890m Sydney museum move could be most expensive gallery relocation in history

Critics fear that plan will lead to parts of the Powerhouse Museum’s collection being sold off

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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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Cultural policy

UK permits Nazi-looted Meissen figure to leave for Japan despite spoliation claim

There appear to be no winners in what the Arts Council refers to as an “extremely unusual” case

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Comment

Why the French can sell arms and culture to Saudi Arabia, but the US and UK only arms

France's latest deal with the Kingdom reveals the close connection between culture and foreign affairs

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Cultural policy

The blueprint for Saudi Arabia's multi-billion-euro project with France

We exclusively reveal the details of the plans for a “historic” collaboration

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Education

Open letter signed by over 100 artists, including Grayson Perry, slates UK’s education policy

New Ebacc qualification marginalises the arts and damages the future of young people in the country, say Turner prize winners

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Politics

Prime Minister Theresa May reveals her artistic leanings

New £3m fund announced for arts projects in northern England at Downing Street reception for creative industries

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Met hosts group of international directors for the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium

The event, launched in 2014, is a unique experience freed from “stage-managed dialogue”, moderator says

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Cultural policy

France to help build a 'new Petra' in Saudi Arabia with estimated $20bn development deal

The country is due to sign a massive contract with the kingdom to turn Mada’in Saleh and the Al-Ula region into a cultural tourism destination

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Italian far right wants to turn Fascist HQ into mega-museum

The Lega party—which may soon be in power—believes that Italy, through its culture, can lead the world

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Religion

Church of the Holy Sepulchre re-opened after three-day protest closure

Shrine was shut amid escalation of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities

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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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Rasheed Araeen

Rasheed Araeen says British museums are failing to tell full story of 'multiracial' country

Tate rejected artist's project detailing “most inclusive history of art in post-war Britain”

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Cultural policy

British Museum would be 'honoured and delighted' to display Bayeux Tapestry after President Macron agrees loan

Historic embroidery to leave France for first time since the 11th century

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Saudi mega museum—King Abdulaziz Center in Dhahran—is finally moving ahead

Cultural powerhouse in the Gulf—backed by Aramco—is extending its local and global reach

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Cultural policy

Cultural figures profess support for Vladimir Putin at registration rally

Presidency bid backed by group of Moscow museum heavyweights

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Politics

Erdogan replaces Ataturk’s cultural legacy with his own

The Turkish president is to demolish a landmark opera house that symbolises the modernity of the country’s founding father

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Venice Biennale

Why I’m no longer funding Australia at the Venice Biennale

The financier and philanthropist Simon Mordant says the proposed restructure is 'not in Australia or the artists’ best interests'

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Politics

Putin backed culture forum in St Petersburg sparks debate over artistic freedoms in Russia

The liberal intelligentsia say the culture sphere is under attack, while officials argue that it is flourishing

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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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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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Cultural policy

Russia and Israel sign historic deal to share digitised Gunzburg Collection

Ownership of vast library of Hebrew manuscripts and books has long been contested

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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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Politics

US to pull out of Unesco by 2018

The State Department says the decision was based on concerns over funding and anti-Israel bias in the cultural organisation

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Cultural policy

Cultural push for Japan and UK post-Brexit

New Japan-UK season will bring together artists at the forefront of virtual reality and robotics

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Politics

What defunding the NEA would mean for US museums

The country's cultural institutions speak out about the importance of the National Endowment for the Arts, as President Trump's office drafts a new budget

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Politics

President Trump: the knowns and unknowns

First reactions to property tycoon’s election to the White House and what it could mean for the arts

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Cultural policy

Amid growing censorship, international culture chiefs gather in Moscow to discuss soft power

Speakers at the World Cities Culture Forum Summit addressed culture development as a driver for social progress, while Russian liberals warn of a slip back into Stalinism

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Cultural policy

Royal British Columbia Museum to establish department for repatriation of First Nation cultural heritage

The Canadian province has committed $2m to the project, which gives indigenous groups the lead

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Politics

London mayor Sadiq Khan ditches Olympicopolis name, but presses ahead with East London cultural hub

Politician is determined to develop arts project on Olympic site in Stratford

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Cultural policy

German Parliament passes controversial law to protect cultural heritage

Collectors, dealers and high-profile artists campaigned hard against tightening import and export rules

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The Buck stopped here

The new London mayor Sadiq Khan woos the culture sector

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Belgium eliminates federal taskforce to fight trafficking in cultural property

Interior minister says art and antiquities crime is ‘not considered a priority’

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Censorship

Qatar would like to be one of the world’s leading arts destinations—but can that ever be achieved without freedom of expression?

Cristina Ruiz attended the Art for Tomorrow conference and found a resounding silence from the Qatari and Western art world alike on this crucial issue

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UK government publishes its first Culture White Paper in half a century

Key proposals from culture minister Ed Vaizey’s statement include widening access to the arts and a protection fund for cultural heritage in combat zones

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The really white cube: New York’s culture groups less diverse than they think

Survey conducted by the city’s cultural affairs department finds workforce does not match up with demographics

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Cultural policy

Fears of political crackdown in Cairo after Townhouse Gallery is closed

Officials inspect the established culture venue as the Arab Spring anniversary draws near

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Cultural policy

Louvre's director draws up 50-point plan in response to Isil's destruction

Jean-Luc Martinez calls for safe havens for antiquities, European centre to combat smuggling and reconstruction fund

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Canadian Prime Minister pledges to boost cultural investment

Arts professionals are generally optimistic about the country’s new leadership—although some worry promised changes could be too little too late

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Cultural policy

The London culture landmark that escaped redevelopment

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Art is a weapon as Russia and US fight cultural war

Relations worse than ever after federal US judge imposes $43.7m fine over Jewish Orthodox library

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New York mayor makes slow progress on election promises

Bill de Blasio slashes budgets for big capital projects and has yet to deliver on other fronts

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Law

German culture ministry tones down controversial cultural property bill

After widespread protests this summer, the government releases a new proposal to calm concerns from leading artists, collectors and dealers

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Unofficial Iranian art ‘embassy’ to open in Jerusalem

Launch of the performance and exhibition space pushed back to October as more artists joined the project

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US election 2016: which of the presidential frontrunners gets the arts?

Our guide to who’s running for the White House and what they have funded—or cut

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Baselitz puts German culture minister in the firing line

Art trade up in arms over implications of draft bill that aims to protect the import and export of cultural property

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Law is vital to protect heritage

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Cultural policy

York Art Gallery expansion reveals collection's quality and building's long-hidden spaces

Outgoing head takes tough decision to introduce charging after funding cut

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Artists

Non-profit converts public buildings across New York into affordable studio spaces

Spaceworks’ initiatives span Brooklyn and the Bronx, but concerns are raised about their long-term impact

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Artists

Have passport, will travel: where will Ai Weiwei go?

The Chinese artist-activist is due to visit Berlin, London and Melbourne

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Exhibitions

London welcomes Ai Weiwei

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Cultural policy

West Kowloon Cultural District gets its fourth chief executive

Duncan Pescod takes charge of Hong Kong’s vast new arts district

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Art exports

Georg Baselitz leads fight against German cultural minister's radical proposals

Monika Grütters faced by "storm of protest" as other artists vow to withdraw works on loan to German museums if export restrictions become law

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Politics

Henry Moore's 'Old Flo' belongs to east London council, High Court rules

New mayor of Tower Hamlets scraps disgraced predecessor's decision to sell public sculpture

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British Museum to send star objects to the Gulf

Assyrian reliefs among the 500 loans earmarked for long stay in Abu Dhabi

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Pompeii in a fix despite cash boost

Funds for Great Pompeii Project could be withdrawn as lack of staff and red tape stifle efforts to save site

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Colosseum restoration plan gets roar of approval

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Scholars rush to save a 5,000 year-old archaeological site

A new film looks at Mes Aynak, an archaeological treasure that may soon be buried

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Cultural policy

Pompidou outposts to pop-up across China?

The new president of the Paris museum was in China last week to discuss joint projects with Chinese officials

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Politics

Prince of Wales’s positive pressure

“Black spider” letter helps to save Antarctic Shackleton and Scott huts

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Exhibitions

US show sidesteps Russian embargo

Neue Galerie exhibition features loans from private collectors