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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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The Buck stopped here

Victoria Sin plumbs watery depths for Gasworks fundraiser in London

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Sponsorship

Imperial War Museum London receives 'generous' donation from Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich

The money will go towards new Holocaust Galleries due to open 2021

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Restoration

Urgent revamp of William Morris’s country home to go ahead after £4.3m grant

UK National Lottery award will also fund a new education centre at the Victorian designer’s 16th-century Kelmscott Manor

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Saudi Arabia

Columbia University cancels talk with Saudi artist Ahmed Mater amid scrutiny over the kingdom’s cultural funding

The Metropolitan and the Brooklyn museums have also decided not to use money from the Crown Prince’s arts organisation for related events

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Leaders

Funding the arts through the National Lottery is not a winning solution

Thanks to an austerity-induced accounting trick, lottery funding is replacing taxes

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Architecture

Thermal spa developer buys Frida Escobedo's Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Structure will be re-installed as part of Therme Group's art and architecture initiative

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Controversies

Conflict-of-interest scandal at publicly funded UK arts centre Firstsite

Chairman and trustee resigned amid investigation into more than £90,000 spent on consultancy firm they directed

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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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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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Funding

Lauded, but not loaded: being shortlisted for a major prize does not solve a museum's money worries

Being part of the Museum of the Year brings kudos and a big PR boost, but some finalists have still found the financial going tough

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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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Conservation

World Monuments Fund gives $1m for post-quake restoration of Mexican archaeological site

Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people, was damaged by earthquakes in 2017

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Conservation

Eight World Monuments Fund watchlist sites get $1m in grants from American Express

In many cases, the funding will be used to help prevent future damage, including public outreach and scientific research

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Leaders

Sydney’s flagship museum is entirely focused on building a costly extension. Why?

Unless the Art Gallery of New South Wales begins to focus more on exhibitions, there is every reason to believe that Sydney Modern will be a gigantic and costly flop

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Museums

Kunsthalle Mannheim unveils €68m extension backed by German billionaire

Foundation of Hans-Werner Hector, one of the country's richest people, contributed €50m to the revamp

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UK museums suffer as Heritage Lottery grants plummet

Building projects are major casualties as emphasis shifts to supporting smaller, local initiatives

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Philanthropy

Russian billionaire’s Peri Foundation will keep paying for culture after arrest

It is business as usual, says the organisation’s director, as its founder, Ziyavudin Magomedov, remains in custody awaiting trial on racketeering charges

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Museums

Bridging the divide: Terra Foundation and Art Bridges fund collaborative programming between major art institutions and regional venues

The MFA, Boston and the Detroit Institute of Arts are the first institutions awarded grants in a $15m pilot programme

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Politics

Is the EGO Act a lot of hot air?

A new law bans government-funded oil portraits of officials, but most paintings have been paid for privately for years

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The Buck stopped here

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye's boozy reading raises funds for the Contemporary Art Society

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Diary of an art historian

The National Gallery’s issue of trust

I only found out by accident how well off the museum really is

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Leaders

The mirage of riches in museums’ vaults

Putting aside museum ethics, Martin Gammon looks at the financial viability of museums deaccessioning their collection as a quick fix for financial trouble

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Funding

Creative Scotland chief apologises for funding backlash—though questions remain

Arts funder grilled by Scottish parliament over controversial cuts in £99m grants programme

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Funding

Towner Art Gallery on England's south coast at risk as local council confirms funding cut

Critics of the move include the Art Fund and the broadcaster and Towner chairman David Dimbleby

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Museums

New Art Fund report reveals 'shocking' state of UK museums funding

Price of Leonardo’s Salvador Mundi, which sold for £333m, represents over half of government’s total financial backing for museums last year

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Politics

Trump wants to axe NEA and other culture agencies—again

The president’s 2019 budget includes a similar proposal to last year’s failed plan to defund America’s arts bodies

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Museums

The Getty, the world’s richest museum, hunts for wealthy patrons

Some are concerned that new fundraising drive will lure donors from other Los Angeles institutions

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American art

Native American artists garner recognition—at last

US and Canadian institutions are rethinking their approach to contemporary indigenous art

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Cuban artists crowdfund to create a ‘Havana Biennial for everyone’

Organisers vow to run their own exhibition after government postpones official event

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Prizes

Knight Foundation awards $2.5m in grants to realise 43 Miami art projects

Funding will help bring the Creative Time Summit to South Florida, back a show on the Cuban artist José Antonio Aponte, and finance a “wine club for art” subscription collecting service

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Culture is compromised by donations from the Sackler family: we must not accept any more of their money

Anna Somers Cocks on the revelations published in the New Yorker magazine

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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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Biennials & festivals

Top Australian donors pull funding from Venice Biennale

Funders are furious about plans to exclude them from selecting the artist to represent the country

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The Buck stopped here

Tate’s Art Now supporters circle launched with venom and elixir

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Philanthropy

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund awards $22m in grants to activist groups and social programmes

As well as backing arts-focused initiatives, the money will help support organisations working to make changes in government policy

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Funding

Victoria and Albert Museum secures £15m endowment fund with Saudi donation

Non-profit Art Jameel throws weight behind London museum’s long-term funding campaign

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Caravaggio

Galleria Borghese launches Caravaggio research centre—with a little help from Fendi

Roman museum aims to become the primary reference for scholarship on the artist

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New York Foundation for the Arts expands its mentoring programme for immigrant artists

With a grant from the Ford Foundation, the ten-year-old initiative will now help artists in Detroit, Newark, Oakland and San Antonio

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Museums

Horniman Museum crowdfunds for new World Gallery—with a little help from its walrus

South London institution wants visitors to feel emotional connection to anthropology collection

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Disasters & destruction

Mexican artists pitch in to aid earthquake victims

The well known Oaxacan artist Francisco Toledo, is working with others to collect food and supplies and open community kitchens

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Biennials & festivals

Documenta faces yawning €7m deficit, seeks financial help

Kassel city and the state of Hesse pledge to secure long-term liquidity

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Disasters & destruction

Museums in Houston reopen after Hurricane Harvey

The Museum of Fine Arts will offer three days of free admission

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Funding

NEH awards $39m in grants in last round of funding for 2017

The agency, which was targeted for elimination by the Trump administration, supports culture and history projects across the US

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Museums

Threatened Walsall gallery saved by Arts Council grant

New Art Gallery Walsall plans to form partnership with local university

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Bulk of V&A’s £50m extension sponsored by four donors

Exhibition Road project creates new courtyard, entrance hall and subterranean gallery

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How a $25,000 NEA grant became a springboard for change in a rural Minnesota community

The government money helped launch an initiative that has raised $1.2m in private funding

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Labour Party promises £1bn extra in culture funding over five years

Published ahead of the general election in June, the UK opposition party’s manifesto includes strong support for the arts

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Politics

Art collector Steven Cohen gave $1m to Trump inauguration

Other high-net-worth donors include Sheldon Adelson, Steven Wynn, and Henry Kravitz

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Museums

Centre Pompidou broke even on Koons retrospective, Paris court decision reveals

Due to a €1.25m loan fee to the Whitney, the museum did not see many profits from one of their biggest shows ever

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Trump wants to axe NEA and other culture agencies

The president’s first federal budget proposal would also eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

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Museums

Liberty, fraternity, Fossil Free: activists protest oil giant Total’s sponsorship at Louvre

In the first climate change performance inside the Paris museum, protesters shed black clothes to create a mock oil spill

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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