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Controversies

German art activists apologise for upsetting Holocaust survivors with monument containing human remains

Centre for Political Beauty concedes “mistakes,” says it will veil monument

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Controversies

Art activists anger Holocaust survivors with Berlin monument containing ashes

Centre for Political Beauty says action targets conservatives open to allying with far right

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Conservation & Preservation

Cold War-era mosaic sees light of day again in eastern Germany

Reappearance of a Josep Renau mural hints at a greater acceptance of East German public art

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Restitution

Germany returns indigenous remains of 45 ancestors to Australia in 'long overdue step'

Saxon government acknowledges “years of disregard for their dignity and importance to their communities of origin”

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Jewish Museum Berlin

Hetty Berg is appointed new director of Jewish Museum Berlin

She will take over the German institution following the controversial departure of Peter Schäfer last June

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Green Vault

Why the Dresden jewel heist wasn’t worth a billion, but why the Germans are still really upset

Thieves stole Baroque jewels from the Green Vault earlier this week after breaking in through a window

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Restitution

German museum acquires Heinrich Campendonk painting after restitution to Jewish collector’s heir

Work once belonged to the shoe manufacturer Alfred Hess, whose family was forced to flee Nazi Germany

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Art crime

Thieves steal priceless Baroque jewels from Dresden museum

After breaking in through a window at the Green Vault, the intruders grabbed three royal jewellery ensembles containing diamonds and pearls

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Exhibitions

Russia, Germany and France join forces for 'incomparable' travelling show of contemporary European art

Exhibition showing "unique slice" of art from Europe will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War

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China

German art worth €300m disappears in China, media reports

Collector Maria Chen-Tu says she had loaned works by Markus Lüpertz and Anselm Kiefer to a businessman to be shown in museums

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Museums

German parliament approves extra costs for Berlin Museum of the 20th Century

The €364m budget is “a real pain threshold,” culture minister says

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From the archive

The demolition of the Berlin Wall had immediate effects on German life. But how did it affect artists?

By far the most comprehensive artistic testimony were paintings in what immediately became known as the East Side Gallery

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From the archive

Since the fall of the Wall, Berlin has established itself as the artists' capital

Despite not being rich, the city has a large percentage of professional creatives and a booming gallery scene

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From the archive

Throughout the Cold War Berlin’s museums quietly kept in touch—when the Wall came down, they embraced

This archive article, taken from our feature looking back at the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years later, shows how German culture remained linked when politics broke down

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Collectors

Collector Egidio Marzona buys eastern German castle to host design academy

The property was once home to Paul Schultze-Naumburg, a leading proponent of Nazi cultural policy

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Provenance research

'An invaluable resource' for provenance research: German pre-1945 auction catalogues are published online

The database includes 9,000 catalogues from more than 390 auction houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh and Germany: Frankfurt mounts best show on the artist in recent years

Städel Museum tells the story of Germany's love affair with the painter, which ended in tragedy with Hitler’s rise to power

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Exhibitions

British Museum to borrow the Nebra Sky Disc, the oldest portrayal of the cosmos

The artefact will be the focus of a joint exhibition with the Halle Museum of Prehistory

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Art crime

'Prominent' Berlin art dealer arrested on suspicion of fraud

Police has raided seven premises in connection with the investigation

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Colonial art

German states establish help desk to handle artefacts acquired in colonial era

An open letter from scholars and curators, including Bénédicte Savoy and Felwine Sarr, demands greater transparency on collections

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Restoration

King of bling’s magnificent home—destroyed by Allied bombing—is recreated in Dresden

Splendid royal state apartments of Augustus the Strong are opening to visitors again after a lavish reconstruction

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Restitution

Namibian artefacts travel home in Berlin museum research project

But return of the objects permanently to Namibia is not the immediate goal, says Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

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Museums

Costs soar for Berlin’s planned Museum of the 20th Century

New estimate puts potential cost at €450m versus previous estimate of €200m

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Restoration

Restorers discover shield fragment is 1,700 years old, making it the oldest German panel painting

Researchers at the Landesmuseum in Halle found fragments of paint on the ancient wooden object

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Protest

Ai Weiwei was not 'thrown out' of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, artist confirms

Activist was demonstrating in support of workers' rights in the face of cost-cutting at the museum

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Photography

Germany plans photography archive to preserve 'visual memory of our society'

Culture minister Monika Grütters enlists international experts to help create a central institution but critics question necessity and feasibility

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Bauhaus

'Black box' dedicated to Bauhaus opens in Dessau

Museum celebrates the German design school in the city most closely associated with founder Walter Gropius

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Museums & Heritage

Kaiser's heir angers German public over huge restitution claims

Demands by the emperor's great-great grandson for the return of thousands of works from two German states threatens the future of at least two museums

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Germany

Berlin celebrates fall of the wall with art installations, projections and an app

A week-long festival for the 30th anniversary includes a banner of messages floating near the Brandenburg Gate

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Germany

Danger! High voltage: former German power station sparks back to life as green arts centre

E-Werk Luckenwalde will be powered with locally sourced biomass, with excess energy sold back to the grid

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Heritage

Artists demand rethink in rebuilding of Potsdam church where Hitler cemented power

Open letter describes the Garrison Church, damaged in the Second World War, as the symbol of an “unholy alliance” between church, military, and state

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Exhibitions

Revisiting the 1989 revolution that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall

Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig looks at how East German artists responded to tumultuous times

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Obituaries

Frieder Burda—leading German collector of Modern masters including Picasso and Pollock—dies aged 83

Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden is home to the philanthropist's collection of around 1,000 works

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Politics

Leipzig exhibition ousts artist with alt-right sympathies

Axel Krause’s support for anti-immigration party AfD was a step too far for the organisers, but others say his exclusion suppresses freedom

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Nazi loot

Berlin museums appeal to US Supreme Court in dispute over €200m Guelph Treasure

The case 'shouldn't be heard in a US court', argues the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

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Jewish Museum Berlin director steps down after a tweet misfires

Germany’s Council of Jews said Peter Schäfer “lost the trust of the Jewish community”

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Humboldt Forum

Humboldt Forum opening delayed until 2020

The opening festivities were to begin this year, but the final stage of construction is behind schedule

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Exhibitions

Exhibition resurrects East Germany's demolished Palast der Republik

Kunsthalle Rostock, the only museum built under the GDR, remembers Berlin's asbestos-riddled parliament building and culture hub

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Heritage

Anti-Semitic 'Jewish Sow' relief may be removed from Luther’s church

Medieval sculpture on façade of Unesco World Heritage site in Wittenberg is one of around 30 similar pieces across Europe

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Architecture

Nazi site in Nuremberg to be preserved but not restored

German city launches €85m plan to prevent further decay of infamous rally grounds

Venice Biennale 2019

Ralph Rugoff on his Venice Biennale concept. Plus, Bernar Venet and Berlin Gallery Weekend

The artistic director reveals his plans and the French artist discusses his biggest motivation for making art

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Video, film & new media

Berlin collector turns Nazi-era Luftwaffe building into home for video art

Software entrepreneur Markus Hannebauer opens Fluentum to the public with Dutch artist Guido van der Werve

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Berlinische Galerie forced to close suddenly because of structural problems

“Safety comes first,” the building’s manager says

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Politics

US museum criticises use of Gérôme’s Slave Market in German right-wing campaign

Anti-immigration party AfD is using provocative 19th-century work on its posters for the upcoming European elections

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Restitution

Indigenous human remains returned to Australia by five German institutions

Australia is pursuing further repatriations from Germany, ambassador says

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Germany

New Berlin exhibition exposes Emil Nolde’s Nazi ties

Show at the Hamburger Bahnhof explores how the German artist hid behind Hitler's "degenerate" label

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Museums & Heritage

Weimar—birthplace of Bauhaus—opens new museum dedicated to the influential design school

On the same day, the nearby Neues Museum Weimar will open a new permanent exhibition on early Modernism

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Private Museums

Software billionaire plans to turn decaying Potsdam restaurant into museum for East German art

Hasso Plattner also plans to put his Impressionist works on permanent display in his Barberini Museum

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Restitution

Panel urges return of Hitler’s Bellotto paintings to heirs of Jewish retail magnate

German advisory commission on Nazi-looted art says paintings in government collection should be restituted to the descendants of Max James Emden

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Restitution

Culture ministers from 16 German states agree to repatriate artefacts looted in colonial era

Joint declaration is “a statement of historical responsibility,” says Culture Minister Monika Grütters

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Restitution

Germany allocates €1.9m for museums to research colonial-era acquisitions

An eight-member panel including Bénédicte Savoy will assess grant applications

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Fakes & copies

Hitler watercolours seized as suspected fakes

Three landscapes signed A. Hitler were offered for sale at Berlin’s Auktionshaus Kloss

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Museums & Heritage

Dresden ballroom returns to gilded glory as part of €300m palace reconstruction

Residential Palace complex, a casualty of Allied bombing in the Second World War, is due to be rebuilt by 2021

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Banksy

Shredded Banksy work to go on long-term loan to Stuttgart museum

Love Is in the Bin will be shown among works by Rembrandt, Holbein, Marcel Duchamp and Picasso

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Munich's Haus der Kunst, leaderless since June, appoints expert commission

Commission is to support curators until successor to Okwui Enwezor is found

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Banksy

German museum to show shredded Banksy work

Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden aims to make the work “accessible to as many people as possible”

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Appointments & departures

Sotheby’s Germany chief Philipp von Württemberg resigns

Heinrich von Spreti will serve as interim managing director until a replacement is found

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Exhibitions

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's exotic art was inspired by cabaret, circuses and the travels of fellow artists

New show explores the flights of fancy made by the Expressionist who never ventured outside Germany and Switzerland

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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

Merkel calls for more women in the arts on day she announces exit from politics

The German Chancellor also welcomed debate on colonial-era art at a ceremony in the Humboldt Forum

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Art market

Villa Grisebach to sell founder’s collection to raise funds for new Museum of Exile

Two-day auction will include works by Picasso, Matisse, Egon Schiele, collected by Bernd Schultz over six decades

Interview

Neil MacGregor: why the Humboldt Forum is ‘an amazing opportunity to attract new audiences’

The former British Museum director, who steered the project for three years, discusses its Enlightenment roots and ambition to engage a wider public

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Humboldt Forum

Berlin's Humboldt Forum: how its director plans to confront Germany’s colonial past

Hartmut Dorgerloh says institution will discuss presentation of non-Western art “together with critical friends and the communities”

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Documenta 14

Documenta obelisk, dismantled last week, to remain in Kassel after all

Artist Olu Oguibe accepts alternative location, saying work’s humane message is urgently needed

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Germany

'Poor but sexy' no more: property boom drives out Berlin's artists

The German capital once attracted talent from across the world with its cheap rents, but gentrification is making an exodus already seen in London and New York

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Art fairs

Art Berlin's debut in former Tempelhof airport is a homegrown hit

Galleries and collectors praised fair's new location but visitors remain largely German

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Art market

‘Oversaturated’ Berlin loses two more galleries

Exile gallery has moved to Vienna, while Gillmeier Rech closes

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Deutsche Bank opens Berlin palace fit for its vast art collection

The Palais Populaire will be a permanent exhibition space for the bank's 55,000 works

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Exhibitions

Berlin blockbuster: from the world's oldest figurative art to sculptures bombed during the war

Survey at Martin-Gropius-Bau boasts a staggering 1,000 exhibits discovered over the past 20 years in Germany

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Conservation & Preservation

German court orders restorer to pay dealer €26,000 after eight-year dispute

Munich-based dealer claimed paintings he sent for cleaning had been ruined

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Art market

Red tape is stifling German auctions

Stringent cultural heritage laws and bureaucracy are making consignments much harder to find

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Städel Museum publishes oral history of postwar German art

Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz and Kasper König are among more than 70 interviewees in the project, called Café Deutschland

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Germany

Police remove giant Erdogan statue from German city square after aggressive exchanges

City authorities in Wiesbaden say it posed a threat to security

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Performance art

Berlin to get replica wall with visa controls in giant art installation on Soviet era

Russia film-maker Ilya Khrzhanovsky teams up with Brian Eno, Marina Abramovic, Massive Attack for project called DAU

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Looting

Georgia returns still life painting looted by Stalin's Trophy Commission

Country's stance contrasts that of neighbouring Russia, which still holds around a million items of war booty looted from Germany