Cultural policy

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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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Museums

$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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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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Museums

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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Museums

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