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German art

How a vast Käthe Kollwitz collection ended up at the Getty

Richard Simms, the 93-year-old donor, built up the enviable collection on a dentist’s salary starting in the 1960s

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Nigeria

Yoruba prince donates more than 1,000 works of art to establish university museum in Nigeria

Yemisi Shyllon hopes other Nigerian collectors will follow his example and help found teaching museums that promote art education

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Musée du Louvre

Nan Goldin’s activist group storms the Musée du Louvre

Pain protestors demand that museum officials rename 12 rooms named after the Sackler family

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Sackler family

The Met says it will stop accepting gifts from Sacklers associated with Purdue Pharma

The museum cites recent lawsuits tied to the US opioid crisis in its decision to decline future donations from the family

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Art market

UniCredit to sell off one of world's largest corporate art collections

The Italian bank, which just announced €1.4bn profit in first quarter of 2019, will offload some of the 60,000 works of art in order to fund social initiatives

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Director of Pinault Collection proposes controversial 90% tax breaks for Notre Dame donors

But Pinault family says it is not seeking tax relief for its €100m donation towards the reconstruction effort

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Acquisitions

Photography gallery at Victoria and Albert Museum renamed after Elton John following 'significant' donation

The Rocket Man will organise a photography exhibition at the London institution with his husband David Furnish

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Acquisitions

Dallas school given largest collection of Swiss art outside of Switzerland

The University of Texas at Dallas is building its first museum to house the gift

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Donations

Major coup for Paris’s Institut du Monde Arabe as it receives one of its biggest ever donations of works

Gallerist Claude Lemand and his wife France also set up a fund to support the museum

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Donations

Vienna’s Albertina museum receives €90m donation of 1,323 works from Essl Collection

Works will be shown in a new home for contemporary art opening next year

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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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Gallerist Sean Kelly donates his James Joyce collection to The Morgan Library and Museum in New York

The museum will stage a comprehensive exhibition in 2022

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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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Donations

Dennis and Debra Scholl donate contemporary Aboriginal art to three US museums

The Miami collectors have given 200 Australian works to the Met, Frost and Nevada Museum of Art

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Double Dutch: MFA Boston gets aligned gifts of 17th-century Netherlandish art, with work by Rubens, Rembrandt and van Dyck

The donation—the largest in the museum’s history—also include funds for a new study centre dedicated to the period

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Tate Modern's extension renamed Blavatnik Building after record £50m donation

Ukrainian-born American businessman Len Blavatnik's gift is the largest-ever financial contribution to a UK museum

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US collectors Marlene and Spencer Hays donate major collection to Musée d’Orsay

Gift of turn-of-the-century masterpieces is the largest received from a foreign donor since 1945<br>

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Donations

Hollywood producer David Geffen gives $100m to MoMA

The donation will help fund the museum’s expansion, with three floors of the building to be named after the studio executive

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Exhibitions

Will Elton John donate classic photography works to Tate?

More than 150 modernist images drawn from the musician’s collection will go on show later this year

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Jackie Chan’s bronzes draw critics and vandals to new Taipei museum

Anti-China activists throw paint on replica statues donated by the actor to new $250m branch of the National Palace Museum in south Taiwan

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Art

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation donates Iranian photographer's work to universities

Gift of Shirin Neshat's prints about the Arab Spring is meant to encourage discussions on race, religion and politics

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UK dealers donate major contemporary works to Whitworth gallery in Manchester

Ivor Braka and Thomas Dane hope gift will encourage greater support for culture in the regions

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Artists donate works to help pay for their Drawing Center shows

Non-profit gallery has turned to artists as "philanthropic community has become less supportive"

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Donations

Leonardo DiCaprio plans to give environmental work to Lacma

Actor’s gift of Solar Reserve, last seen at Lincoln Center, is all about raising climate change awareness

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Nicholas Serota

Collectors' gift of Hockney and Freud to the Tate honours its director

Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker have conferred an exceedingly generous donation on the gallery

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Artangel

Tate's Artangel Collection grows by nine works

The £2 million scheme to bring the 21-piece scheme to the public

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Tate

Donations to UK national museums revealed: Tate receives lion's share

Out of a total of £193m, Tate's gifts by the likes of Hockney, Hirst, Bonnard and Bacon total £147m

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Tate Modern

Tate gets a helping hand from Oman as a 'modest' few million are put forward for Tate Modern 2

Given the Tate still needs over £100m, it is a welcome gift

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Fakes & copies

Academic museums and universities are being targeted by a suspected art forger posing as a Jesuit priest

The prodigious forger donates his fakes

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Tate

Tate receives US boost as major patrons donate Salle, Steinbach, and Martin

American patrons have recently been very generous to the gallery, with both their art and their funds

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Basel

Basel's tunnel vision: Basel Kunstmuseum receives funding from Laurez Foundation for new extension

Local architects are responsible for plans to construct a tunnel that passes from the original site to the newly built annex

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Kaiser Wilhelm Museum

Beuys’s site-specific work to stay put in Krefeld (for now)

Collector Helga Lauffs has donated the works, subject to conditions

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May 2009

Chicago's industrialist benefactors built the city’s art collections—but can today’s patrons maintain them?

So far the next generation have yet to replicate their parents’ efforts on the same scale

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Art Gallery of New South Wales

“A quantum leap” for Australia as collector John Kaldor donates $35m-worth of art to AGNSW

Kaldor has donated work by Rauschenberg, Christo, LeWitt, Koons, Judd, and Gursky, among many others

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David Hockney

David Hockney donates his largest painting to Tate

Bigger Trees near Warter is 12m long and 4.5m high, and made up of 50 separate canvases

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Warhol Foundation report looks back on 20 years of philanthropy

Shedding light on the donations, grants, and gifts given by the foundation since Warhol's death

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May 2007

Seattle Art Museum gets $1bn worth of art from 'incredibly devoted group of collectors'

The gift from 53 local patrons is one of the largest in the history of institutional donations

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Stockholm

Stockholm museum gets more money for women’s art

Lena and Per Josefsson donate SEK3M

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Law

New legislation could lead to the end of partial gifts to museums

Changes to US tax law could discourage collectors from giving

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Anthony d'Offay

Tate and Scottish National Gallery in talks to acquire d’Offay collection

Legendary dealer is thought to own 700 works worth £100m

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Georg Baselitz

Georg Baselitz entrusts painting to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark

The director admitted they would not otherwise be able to obtain such a piece

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Tate

Tate struggles to attract money for acquisitions

A year ago the gallery launched a campaign to raise £100 million. Since then, £50,000 has been pledged from donors

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Exhibitions

Eclectic collector’s show raises questions at Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Visitors are confused and staff suggest that museum is neglecting its artistic mission

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Miami

Rubells donate $1 million worth of art to Tampa Museum

The institution has received 91 paintings by the Outsider artist Purvis Young

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Andy Warhol

US aluminium giant sends Warhol to Russia

The Alcoa Corporation is marking its entry into Russia by funding the tour of a Warhol Museum show

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Chris Ofili

Tate: Conspiracy or cock-up over Ofili’s Upper Room?

Tate board member Chris Ofili calls on artists to donate work to the Tate whilst selling his own work to the Gallery.

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Museums

MoMA committee to vote on major drawings collection gifted by Judith Rothschild Foundation

The foundation has offered the museum a collection of more than 2,500 drawings by 400 international artists

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Museums

Rockefeller gives $100 million to MoMA

The money will go to the museum after his death, with yearly donations scheduled until that time

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Museums

Heinz’s $4 million gift to the Warhol Museum

The gift increases the museum’s endowment to $7.1 million

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Tate

Tate refused previous offer from Saatchi

Serota said no to 100 works in 1998, but is still keen to buy “major” pieces

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News

Warhol Foundation gives $10 million to artists

The money is being given to Creative Capital, a nonprofit picking up the slack in arts funding

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Joshua Reynolds

Acquisitions negotiations at Tate and The Armouries: You win some, you lose some

A mysterious donor gives the Tate £12.5 million to buy Reynolds’ Omai but the Armouries fail to get Lottery support for two armours

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Archives

A donation from the Kreitman Foundation has supported this month’s opening of a huge but little known archive of artists’ letters, notebooks, photos and ephemera

The trifles and hidden lives of artists

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Museums

Senator investigates MoMA

The Federal Finance Committee aims to stop financial abuses at US museums

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Museums

Vintage photos from MoMA to be auctioned at Sotheby's

The museum is to deaccession duplicates from its collection

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Donations

How to maximise your tax benefit when donating art to charity

in the US, give to get

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Charles Saatchi

Charles Saatchi announces gift of 100 works of art, worth £500,000, to the Arts Council Collection

Is the gift an act of virtuous self-regard?

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Janet de Botton

Janet de Botton gives Tate free reign with her collection

Inspired by the Tate’s plans for Bankside, she gave the museum one third of her massive collection of modern art

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Exhibitions

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: The frog and the swallow reunited

First ever show bringing together Mexico’s twin stars at the Fondation Pierre Gianadda, Switzerland

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Tate

Bringing British art out of the shadows

Sir Edwin Manton, an American-based insurance executive, has donated £7 million ($11.2 million)

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Alexander Calder

Major gift of works by Calder to Chicago’s contemporary museum

This ups the museums holdings of the artist to 22

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Exhibitions

William S. Paley’s remarkable collection revealed in exhibition at MoMA

Bequest of modern paintings and sculpture to tour American cities

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Museums

A flood of pictures for MoMA as collector William S. Paley dies

The bequest, one of the largest in the museum's history, includes three of Gertrude Stein’s Picassos