Gareth Harris

Chief contributing editor at The Art Newspaper

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The Year Ahead 2021

Our guide to the top biennials and triennials coming up in 2021

Previews of the 34th Bienal de São Paulo, Prospect.5 and the 11th Liverpool Biennial—plus, lots of dates for your diary

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Museums

Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong sets new opening date for long-delayed Abu Dhabi museum

New deputy director Naomi Beckwith says 'we can re-centre where the stories of art are told'

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Art Basel 2021

Unlimited—Art Basel’s section for large works—opens to visitors with a rainbow jacuzzi, a spooning couple and a house made of bread

Curator Giovanni Carmine walks through highlights among the 62 supersized installations presented at the fair

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Appointments

'Musée d’Orsay can no longer be a tourist factory': Christophe Leribault named new director of Paris museum

Leribault will oversee a major redevelopment of the Musée d’Orsay over the next decade

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Restitution

Looted African works that France has promised to return to Benin will be shown in Paris museum for one last time

The exhibition Benin: the Restitution of 26 Works from the Royal Treasures of Abomey at Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac will be on view for five days in October

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Prizes

James Turrell and Sebastião Salgado among international recipients of £400,000 Japanese art prize

Japan Art Association drew up the all-male winners list for award dubbed ‘Nobel Prize for the Arts’

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Funding

British Council—the UK's international organisation for cultural relations—winds down in 20 countries

Covid impact on commercial income has led to cost cutting, organisation says

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Art education

After UK government slashes arts education funding it is now offering £10m extra cash—for a lucky few institutions

A select group of 16 specialist colleges, including the Royal College of Art and the Courtauld Institute of Art, have been given a lifeline

Interview
Book Club

‘Caravaggio was a major-league asshole’: the long tradition of scandal in art

According to Noah Charney’s new book, infamy in the art world—be it contrived drama to drum up publicity or genuine artistic rivalry—is as old as art itself

Analysis
Art market

Eye of the Collector tries out new fair format in a neo-Gothic setting

The no-stands format of the London event in Two Temple Place is a refreshing change, although some visitors found the lack of labels confusing

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Book Club

Extract | How the colours in ancient Pompeian frescoes ‘spoke’ to Mark Rothko

A new book by the art historian Ben Street attempts to demystify how we look at art and argues for reacting instinctively to what we see

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Book Club

September’s book bag: US land protests, English country houses and a feminist history of photography

Our roundup of the latest art publications

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Venice

Billionaire collector Nicolas Berggruen turns Venetian palace into cultural thinktank

The Berggruen Institute also announced that philosopher Peter Singer was the recipient of its annual $1m prize

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Statues

Bank of England removes ten slave trader works

But contentious statues of politicians involved in slave trade still remain in city's Guildhall building

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Banksy

Banksy’s £1m self-destructing painting goes back to auction—and could sell for six times the price

Work went viral in 2018 when it shredded during the sale at Sotheby’s

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Afghanistan

Is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth from the British embassy in Kabul now in Taliban hands? UK politicians are stumped

Work left inside the British embassy will be protected, vow Taliban insurgents

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Damien Hirst

First Kanye West now Drake? Damien Hirst plugged by A-list musicians—but the internet is rolling its eyes

The Canadian rapper Drake yesterday posted a new album cover designed by the British artist

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Human rights

Cultural activist Osman Kavala remains imprisoned in Turkey without conviction almost four years after his arrest

Turkish authorities behind the legal saga have been criticised by the European Court of Human Rights

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Statues

Liverpool audio installation revisits history of slaver statue toppled 40 years ago

Sound piece at site where William Huskisson sculpture was brought down is part of citywide Statues Redressed project

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Afghanistan

New York human rights organisation ‘racing against the clock’ to get Afghan artists to safety

As the deadline for evacuation looms, the Artistic Freedom Initiative wants the US government to grant refugee status to individuals

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Art market

'No gallery is an Island': Nordic galleries gather for Chart art fair

Twenty-six dealers participate in the "essential" re-booted regional event in Copenhagen

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Exhibitions

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Pre-Raphaelite paintings go on show in his refurbished historic London theatre

Composer has funded a two-year, £60m renovation of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane to turn it into a public gallery and heritage attraction

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Politics

Unesco calls for Afghanistan’s heritage to be protected—but how will it seek enforcement?

UK government agrees that new regime must "safeguard the full diversity of Afghan culture"

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Biennials & festivals

Could new Banksy works help seaside spot become the next UK City of Culture?

Several works recently sprayed in the area by street artist "may be an endorsement", Great Yarmouth Borough Council says

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Education

Ancient history? Worcester University to close its archaeology department in another blow to heritage sector

Decision is a "canary in the coal mine" for other arts and humanities subjects, warns museums body

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Afghanistan

Amid Taliban insurgency, culture sector fears looting as Kabul descends into chaos

British Council in Afghanistan among international heritage organisations that have suspended operations during the conflict

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Restitution

‘Slap in the face’: Poland passes law effectively blocking Holocaust-era art restitutions

Lawyers and collectors weigh in on new rule that sets a 30-year limit on claims to property that was stolen by Nazis and Communist leaders

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Censorship

Instagram backtracks on decision to ban Pedro Almodóvar lactating nipple film poster

The social media platform removed the image earlier this week for breaking its "rules against nudity”

Christo

Watch Christo's last work in action: the wrapping of the Arc de Triomphe is being filmed live

The ambitious project has been around 60 years in the making

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Book Club

Extract | How Mayor Rudy Giuliani went from ‘patting on the back’ to trying to pull the plug on Sensation show

Two decades after one of the most controversial exhibitions of recent times, Arnold Lehman, the former director of the Brooklyn Museum, reveals all in a new book

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Book Club

The best art books for summer—as recommended by curators, directors and dealers

As we enter the final weeks of the season, check out these riveting reads, from “the best novel about painting” to a book with no words at all

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Book Club

August’s book bag: from Polaroids and chats with trailblazing women artists to new insights into Indigenous Australian treasures

Our roundup of the latest art publications

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Statues

Queen Victoria statue defrocked after ex-politician Nigel Farage blasts public art project addressing UK’s slavery history

Right-wing commentator says he is "tired of this endless conversation about the UK's complicity with slavery"

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Disasters & destruction

'We have collected the parts': owners of Kusama's typhoon-battered pumpkin in Japan plan to restore it

Artist's huge sculpture at Benesse Art Site Naoshima was "severely damaged" when it was washed out to sea during stormy weather earlier this week

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Appointments & departures

Stefan Kalmár steps down as director of ICA London after five years

Contemporary art venue has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic

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Museums

London's Barbican shakes up staff following racism allegations published in tell-all book

Former BBC culture editor Will Gompertz steps into joint managing director role with Sandeep Dwesar

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War & Conflict

Sacred rock-hewn churches at risk as rebel forces take control of Ethiopia's Unesco World Heritage Site Lalibela

Historic town, a holy site for millions of Orthodox Christians, caught up in widening Tigray conflict

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Heritage

Acropolis forced to close amid unprecedented heatwave and wildfires in Greece

The birthplace of the Olympic Games is one of the many ancient sites at risk as record temperatures scorch country

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Street art

JR unveils ‘X-ray’ optical illusion piece on historic Palazzo Farnese in Rome

Scaffolding cover-up work is part of French Embassy’s new ambitious contemporary art programme

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Museums & Heritage

A year on from the devastating Beirut blast, the city’s national museum slowly reopens

Louvre specialists worked with Lebanese counterparts to repair the damaged building

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Augmented reality

England riots 10 years on: augmented reality work gives voice to arrested protestors

Baff Akoto’s Up:Rise piece can be accessed via QR codes on posters in London, Liverpool and Bristol

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Heritage

Controversial Stonehenge tunnel is unlawful, High Court rules

Judge concludes that UK transport secretary failed to consider alternatives to the scheme or assessed the ‘risk of harm’ to the Unesco site

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Public art

That’s a wrap: artist Osman Yousefzada envelops Selfridges department store in a giant canvas

Art trail in Birmingham shop also explores migration and identity—but will visitors notice?

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Museums

Greta Thunberg says Science Museum ‘killed its reputation’ after it is revealed Shell sponsorship came with gagging order

Culture Unstained activists say contract clause is ‘chilling’ but museum group says cutting ties with energy groups is ‘unproductive’

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Exhibitions

Getting to know Sonia Boyce: ahead of her Venice Biennale debut, a new show deep dives into her practice

UK artist has organised a group exhibition at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art displaying 12 artists who interact with the ideas behind her own works

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Appointments

French culture ministry names 39-year-old Xavier Rey director of Centre Pompidou’s national museum of modern art

Current director of Marseille museums will take up coveted post under newly appointed Pompidou president Laurent Le Bon on 1 October

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Exhibitions

Monet’s water lilies masterpiece to be shown in UK for the first time

Painting from Paris is included in an exhibition at London's Dulwich Picture Gallery dedicated to Helen Frankenthaler to show similarities in painting style between the two artists

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Saudi Arabia

Ancient rock art complex Hima listed as Saudi Arabia's sixth Unesco World Heritage site

Global heritage body's decision boosts Saudi government's efforts to promote an open image of the country

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NFTs

The Whitworth gallery in Manchester mints a William Blake NFT in aid of community causes

The museum will track the activity of the crypto work for the next two years for a 2023 exhibition on art economics

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Arts funding

UK government approves 50% funding cut for arts and design courses

Education secretary Gavin Williamson says money will be directed towards Stem subjects

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Poland

Poland’s right-wing government dismisses director of leading contemporary art museum in latest blow to cultural scene

Over 1,000 leading Polish arts figures have signed a letter in defence of the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw's head Hanna Wróblewska

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Appointments & departures

Macba in Barcelona dismisses key curatorial staff shortly after appointing new director Elvira Dyangani Ose

Museum's move to sack Tanya Barson and Pablo Martínez prompts art world backlash on social media

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Exhibitions

Elba, Napoleon's Italian exile island, hosts bicentenary exhibition on the controversial French emperor

Uffizi Galleries in Florence among major lenders to show marking 200 years since his death

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Art market

Autumn fair calendar is fit to burst as Fiac relaunches in new temporary Paris venue near Eiffel Tower

Dealers must decide which fairs to prioritise as Art Basel in Switzerland and Frieze in London are scheduled just weeks apart

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Book Club

July’s book bag: from paranormal American art to a history of Stuart architecture

A roundup of the latest art publications

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Book Club

The best art books to dive into this summer—as recommended by artists

Whether you are lying on a beach or next to a paddling pool, sit back and let your mind soak up these inspiring reads

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Book Club

Extract | William Blake’s famous flop of an exhibition and the critic who described him as ‘an unfortunate lunatic’

A new book by John Higgs paints a picture of the mixed reviews that the 18th-century artist received and touches upon the “Holy Grail of his lost works”

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Book Club

The birth of auto-destructive art and how Gustav Metzger’s early works lay hidden in his auntie’s attic for decades

Three takeaways from a new publication about the early career of the radical artist

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Art market

Noah Horowitz is stepping down as Art Basel’s director of Americas—next month

The Art Basel in Miami Beach chief will leave at the end of August, less than four months before the fair is due to take place in early December

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Museums

South Korea's rapid rise to global pop cultural dominance will be explored in new Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition

Hallyu! The Korean Wave takes place in 2022 along with Beatrix Potter celebration and showcase of African fashion

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Ancient art

One of the world's first art objects? Tiny 51,000-year-old deer bone was decoratively carved by Neanderthals, new study reveals

Discovery contradicts commonly held belief that these archaic humans were incapable of creating aesthetic items

Review
Biennials & festivals

From the fall of Big Ben to the toxic truth about clouds: three to see at Manchester International Festival

As the biennial event opens in northern English city, we pick the best art and shows on view

Review
Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Christina Quarles's fragmented figures to Igshaan Adams's sparkling dust clouds

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Statues

Crowds topple statues of Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II in Winnipeg amid anger over deaths of Indigenous children

The monuments were torn down during Canada Day celebrations, which marks the country's confederation

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Art law

Portuguese collector Joe Berardo—detained for tax fraud—also investigated for other crimes

Businessman behind the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon, one of Portugal's most visited museums, allegedly owes nearly €1bn

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Museums

Gainsborough showstopper The Blue Boy comes home to the UK after 100 years

Picture will go on show at London’s National Gallery a century after it left for California

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Art education

Royal College of Art students launch virtual gallery of works that were 'lost or damaged' during lockdown

More than 150 students have complained but only two students have so far made a claim, college officials say

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Contemporary art

'Clay made me': Theaster Gates to receive series of major London shows around his love of ceramics

The Chicago-based artist will design the 2022 Serpentine Pavillion

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Museums

Visitor figures: how many people are actually returning to London museums post-lockdown?

We asked English institutions to provide figures for the four-week period from 17 May to gauge current demand

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Appointments

Centre Pompidou in Paris names new president as Brussels branch backtracks over ‘sexist’ appointment

The Kanal-Centre Pompidou in Belgium has responded to outcry over decision to make Bernard Blistène a co-director alongside Kasia Redzisz

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Controversies

'It has given legitimacy to transphobia': Students angered by Royal Academy's apology to artist Jess de Wahls

Royal Academy Schools, the London museum's art college, have taken to Instagram to express their dismay

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Centre Pompidou

A departure, a side move, and a new appointment: Centre Pompidou in flux as leadership shuffle causes controversy

Belgian art world outraged after curator Kasia Redzisz, who won a vote to be appointed director of Brussels outpost, will have to share the job with current director in Paris, Bernard Blistène

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Arles

Destination Arles: must-see art and culture spots while on pilgrimage to the new LUMA creative campus

From Roman architecture to medieval streets that inspired Van Gogh, the historic city in the south of France is becoming a go-to destination

In partnership withLUMA Arles

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Controversies

‘One thing is clear to us now, we should have handled this better’—Royal Academy apologises to artist Jess de Wahls over transphobia row

The London museum says that pulling her work from their shop because of her views "betrayed our most important core value—the protection of free speech"

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Museums & Heritage

Unesco warns that Stonehenge will go on its danger list unless plans to build tunnel beneath it are modified

World Heritage Site status may also be removed from Liverpool's waterfront after excessive development

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Museums

Anti-Shell sleepover protest at London's Science Museum ends with police threatening to arrest demonstrators

Youth climate activists claim that the "museum would rather have kids arrested than drop their polluting sponsors"

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Controversies

Royal Academy gift shop will not stock work of artist accused of transphobia

London museum posted an Instagram story explaining reasons for withdrawing items by Jess de Wahls

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Acquisitions

Anti-racism posters, Nike trainers and Kim Kardashian's selfies go on show in Victoria and Albert Museum's new gallery of contemporary design

London institution unveils refurbished Design 1900-Now space for its Rapid Response collection of objects that reveal "truths about how we live"

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Controversies

'In solidarity with the Palestinian people', photographers withdraw their works from Prix Pictet show in Israel

Prize-nominated artists Shahidul Alam and Gideon Mendel will not show their works at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv

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Public art

'Gormley would have liked it': Man who graffitied sculpture cleared in court of criminal damage

Clasp statue at Newcastle University was defaced in May 2019 and again earlier this year

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Statues

'Geffrye must fall': Labour MP Diane Abbott leads protests demanding slaver statue be removed from London museum

Former UK shadow home secretary led protests at the Museum of the Home in Hoxton, which reopened to the public at the weekend

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Prizes

Queen’s birthday honours: sculptor Phyllida Barlow is made a Dame with awards also for gallerist Sadie Coles and artist Veronica Ryan

Other art world figures recognised include Edmund de Waal and Martin Parr

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Statues

Oxford professors refuse to teach undergraduate students if Cecil Rhodes statue stays in place

Oriel College said it had no plans to “begin the legal process for relocation” of the monument

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Book Club

In Pictures | Barkley L. Hendricks unseen photographs gathered in new publication

The US artist’s images are joined by an extract from the book looking at how aspects of his painting and photography overlapped

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Book Club

June’s book bag: from Peter Blake’s collages to artists’ solutions to the climate emergency

A roundup of the latest art publications

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Exhibitions

Harrowing film on Japanese war-time atrocities in China is among shortlisted works on show in UK's biggest art prize

Powerful work by Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi is on show alongside five other artists in Cardiff's Artes Mundi award

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reopenings

London's Courtauld Gallery to reopen in November with new exhibition spaces and a commission by Cecily Brown

LVMH Great Room and Blavatnik Fine Rooms reflect generous backing from sponsors

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Art market

Takashi Murakami organises Outsider art sculpture show in vast New York space

Collectors can still break into market for self-taught work, says fair founder

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Exhibitions

Institutional racism and police brutality: ICA London to reopen with timely show after 15-month hiatus

Book by investigative artists Forensic Architecture and ICA presents new evidence in 2011 police killing of Mark Duggan

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UK politics

UK culture war: museum trustees are paying the price for disagreeing with government's policies

Several board members who do not support the "retain and explain" policy championed by the ruling party have recently left or lost their roles within the arts

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Art market

Art Basel confirms it is happening this September IRL—but with some caveats

Collectors are told they must be fully vaccinated or supply a negative Covid-19 test in line with Swiss government regulations

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Venice

Museum chiefs—and Mick Jagger—say Venice must be saved as cruise ships are set to return to lagoon city after 18-month break

Signatories of the open letter supporting ten point-plan to save La Serenissima also include the artist Anish Kapoor and The Art Newspaper's founding editor Anna Somers Cocks

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Statues

Imperialist statue must go: defying college's decision, more than 350 Oxford University academics demand Cecil Rhodes be removed

Oriel College's plan to keep the sculpture of "racist" 19th-century British mining magnate "does not reflect the Oxford we represent", say staff in a letter

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Monuments

Colston returns—controversial statue of slave trader to go on show in Bristol museum

Visitors to M Shed display asked to give feedback about the future of the sculpture

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From 5,000 years of Iranian art and culture to Black female resistance and the domestic sphere

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Exhibitions

Tino Sehgal to unveil open air 'live encounters' piece in the gardens of Blenheim Palace

Thirty participants will enact "moments of connection" in the setting of the 18th-century Oxfordshire stately home

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London

Arts charity to open pop up in Mayfair selling works during London Gallery Weekend

Contemporary Art Society will launch temporary exhibition space on 4 June with pieces by artists including Lubaina Himid and Roger Hiorns

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Exhibitions

The David and Goliath of art collections team up—London’s National Gallery loans nine works to Southampton

Maverick museum chief Kenneth Clark helped shape the Southampton City Art Gallery's collection

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Appointments & departures

Too woke? National Trust chair Tim Parker steps down

Rebel group of members planned to depose heritage chief following row over controversial research into charity’s historic ties to slavery

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Exhibitions

Acclaimed Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and Zanele Muholi shows end at Tate next week—but both are coming back

After runs punctuated by Covid-related delays, the exhibitions at Tate Modern and Tate Britain will return after their international tours

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Appointments & departures

Culture professionals react to Tony Hall quitting as National Gallery chair amid BBC Princess Diana scandal

John Kingman, the London museum's deputy chair, will temporarily step into the role