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Caravaggio

French state rejects painting with controversial Caravaggio attribution that was found in an attic

Now the export ban has been lifted, the work may go on the market after restoration

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Controversies

'Too conservative' to direct France's arts academy? Jean de Loisy hits back at critics

A petition protesting his appointment at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts has been signed by 60 arts professionals

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Politics

Museums and auction houses close as 'yellow vest' protests rage in Paris

Jeu de Paume photography gallery and Arc de Triomphe caught up in violent demonstrations

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Books

Philippe Costamagna’s combination of autobiography, anecdote and single discovery told in his own words

The memoirs of the Pontormo expert and director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Ajaccio

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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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Renaissance

Isenheim Altarpiece restoration finally back on track after public outcry

More than 30 conservators will treat paintings and sculptures, seven years after French culture ministry halted reckless cleaning of two panels

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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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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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Openings

A bigger splash: France's expanded La Piscine museum reopens after makeover

Former Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix dives into Modern French sculpture

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Politics

Franck Riester appointed as France’s new culture minister

Françoise Nyssen—who introduced a youth culture pass and lobbied for copyright reform—is out in cabinet reshuffle

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Art law

Paris court orders US collector to turn over Pissarro painting

The work, seized by the pro-Nazi Vichy government, had been lent to an exhibition at the Musée Marmottan

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Art market

Auction transfer season: Cécile Verdier of Sotheby's replaces Christie's France president, François de Ricqlès

Move follows a record-breaking breaking year for Paris auctions in 2017

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Protest

French court releases Russian protest artist Pyotr Pavlensky from pre-trial detention

Femen activists showed their support outside the courthouse by sewing their lips shut in a recreation of his first performance

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Residencies

Emmanuel Macron orders radical review of France’s art residencies

The French President has commissioned a report identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the current programmes

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Art market

Guy Wildenstein cleared of tax evasion for a second time in Paris

Franco-American scion of art dealing dynasty was accused of hiding art and other property worth hundreds of millions of euros from French authorities

Interview
Laure Prouvost

Trespassing allowed at Laure Prouvost's secret Parisian garden of delights

The french artist tells The Art Newspaper about her new Palais de Tokyo show, her Venice Biennale plans and why play is important

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Exhibitions

Unbridled enthusiasm for the art of horse racing on show in France

Exhibition at Domaine de Chantilly is the first on the development of the painting tradition

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Exhibitions

Ai Weiwei retraces his father's steps to Marseille in 1929 for new show

Chinese artists unveils new commissions alongside 50 works at the Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

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Exhibitions

Masterpieces from London's Courtauld Gallery head to Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Works by Manet, Van Gogh and Cézanne will return to France for the first time in more than 60 years

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Openings

'A privileged space, remote from it all': Fondation Carmignac opens on island off the southern coast of France

New home for the Paris-based corporate collection, established by billionaire financier, is inaugurated after years of delays

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Saudi Arabia

Letter to the Editor: Saudi Arabia will collaborate with the world, not only France, to make its cultural heritage accessible

Al-Ula, the most important cultural heritage site in the north-west of the kingdom, will benefit from international standards in heritage preservation and planning

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Museums

Can a brand new museum boost ancient Nîmes’s Unesco bid?

Musée de la Romanité, dedicated to the city's Roman history, cost almost €60m to build

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Contemporary art

Controversial plans to install Jeff Koons's tulips sculpture in front of Palais de Tokyo in Paris abandoned

The work will be located elsewhere in Paris, French culture minister says

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Exhibitions

Othoniel makes a splash in his hometown of Saint-Etienne

For its 30th anniversary, the Musée d’art moderne et contemporain invited the artist to show his monumental sculpture The Big Wave as part of a major retrospective

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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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Restitution

Damning report says France must catch up, fast, in return of Nazi-era loot

Heritage expert calls for new government taskforce to guide provenance research and even rule on restitution cases

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Controversies

Paris mayor wants to turn city into ‘refuge’ for works in conflict zones

Anne Hidalgo’s plan, which has drawn fire, involves storing items threatened by conflict in buildings owned by the city authority

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Leaders

Retain or return? It’s complicated

The complex issues behind returning cultural goods to their place of origin

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Contemporary art

From Brussels to Bogotá: where will the Pompidou pop up next?

As museum's teaser show opens in the Belgian capital, its president, Serge Lasvignes, tells us about branching out from Paris

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Exhibitions

Paris celebrates 50th anniversary of May ‘68 protests with shows and new commissions

Institutions remember the turbulent period and consider its legacy

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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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Conservation

Billionaire François Pinault gives €3m for refurbishment of Victor Hugo’s Guernsey home

Hauteville House revamp includes overhaul of furniture and facades overseen by the Les Misérables creator

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre says ‘non’ to minister’s Mona Lisa grand tour

Françoise Nyssen proposed lending the work as a way to fight “cultural segregation”

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Conservation

Fresco that never was will be digitally realised

Charles Le Brun project at Vaux-le-Vicomte, halted by a financial scandal at Louis XIV’s court, will be completed with video projection

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Art market

Drawings week hits Paris

The 27th edition of Salon du Dessin at Palais Brongniart assembles 39 dealers from Europe and the US

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Art market

Yusaku Maezawa awarded the Order of Arts and Letters by French government

Japanese collector was catapulted into the limelight when he spent $110m on a Basquiat, which is currently on 'world tour'

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Announcement

The Art Newspaper Group launches French edition

Digital publication will draw on team of journalists in Paris and a network of global correspondents

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Openings

Lafayette Paris art hub is first ‘multidisciplinary centre of its kind in France’, says chief

Guillaume Houzé says that his new Marais venue will be less corporate and more creative

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Museums

Against the odds, Louvre exhibition opens in Tehran in historic deal

French museum became first cultural institution to secure ties with Islamic regime after sanctions lifted in 2016

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Loans

How Britain tried—and failed—to borrow the Bayeux Tapestry twice before

One attempt was made in 1953 to mark the coronation of Elizabeth II and another for the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066

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Conservation

Bayeux Tapestry to be conserved in London?

The British Museum has the space and facilities to restore the embroidery, which is returning to England for first time in 940 years

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Exhibitions

Louvre blockbuster show heads to Iran in major move of cultural diplomacy

Exhibition of 50 Greek, Roman and Persian artefacts is "first large-scale exhibition by a major Western museum in Iran"

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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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Exhibitions

French museums' new hoard of sculptures by Camille Claudel go on show at Musée d’Orsay

State stepped in and purchased major pieces by important female sculptor at auction