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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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Museums

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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Museums

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

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Museums

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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Museums

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

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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Museums

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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Loot

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

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Artists

Berlin artists face poverty, meagre pensions and a yawning gender pay gap, survey reveals

“Women are particularly affected by this precarious situation,” study’s author says

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Germany

Münster on track to raise funds for Eisenman fountain as artist and gallery reduce price

Fund-raisers have so far raised €300,000 of €800,000 needed

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Documenta

Prosecutor drops investigation into Documenta financial management

The exhibition's manager, Annette Kulenkampff, welcomes prosecutor’s decision

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Art fairs

Art Berlin moves to historic Tempelhof airport—but will it take off?

With more than 120 galleries, fair's second edition will test the strength of the German capital's under-developed art market

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Museums

Dresden’s Albertinum brings out East German art to ‘build bridges’

Museum director Hilke Wagner seeks to address lingering prejudices with exhibition and events

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Museums

Munich's Haus der Kunst cancels Joan Jonas exhibition amid financial woes

“Management errors of the past” are responsible for troubles, statement says

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Exhibitions

Playtime: how artists have been unleashing their inner child this summer

From superhero action figures to Chianti-infused treasure hunts and poolside art, exhibitions are exploring the importance of play

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Art law

Norton Simon Museum can keep Nazi-looted Cranachs, US court rules

Decision should put decade-long legal battle between museum and heirs of art dealer Jacques Goudstikker "to rest"

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Cologne archaeologists unearth oldest library in Germany

The foundation walls contain niches used to store scrolls

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Politics

German Green Party politicians launch petition 'for freedom of the arts'

Online campaign criticises right-wing governments in Austria, Hungary and Poland and warns that Germany could be next

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Restitution

German museum returns tattooed Maori skull to New Zealand

The preserved head was held in Cologne's Rautenstrauch Joest Museum of world cultures for 110 years

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Auctions

German government steps in to buy Giambologna as minister says Bayer should have donated it to ‘people of Dresden’

Sotheby’s withdrew bronze sculpture of Mars from auction at last minute

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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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Photography

Hamburg addresses German genocide in Namibia with photography exhibition

Show of Marc Erwin Babej’s work comes as Namibia calls on Germany to return cultural treasures

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Openings

Deutsche Bank to open Berlin art centre Palais Populaire in September

First exhibition will show around 300 works on paper from the bank’s vast corporate collection

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Germany

Gerhard Richter creates Foucault pendulum for Münster church

Artist's donated installation pays tribute to "a small victory for science"

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Auction houses

Beckmann painting auctioned for record €4.7m in Berlin

Villa Grisebach says price is the highest paid for any work in a German auction

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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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Museums

Martin-Gropius-Bau show to mark 30 years since fall of the Berlin Wall

Exhibition next autumn will explore German unification in a global context

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Looted art

Hamburg museum says its Benin bronzes could return to Nigeria—but not yet

Applied arts institution is showing the sculptures in a looted art exhibition

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Conservation

Damaged art undergoes intensive care in Berlin’s Bode Museum

The institution is using funds from a private foundation to restore works scarred by war

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Museums

Käthe Kollwitz Museum finds new home in west Berlin

Its current venue will be leased to the new Museum of Exile from the end of 2019

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Exhibitions

Spark your wanderlust with a wander through Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie

New exhibition looks at how love of travel was a prominent feature of 19th-century German Romanticism

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Frieze New York

On the road, from Iraq to Germany

The Iraqi-Kurdish artist Hiwa K on migration and contemporary politics

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Restitution

Canadians withdraw from Düsseldorf show about Jewish dealer Max Stern

Max Stern Foundation seeks reimbursement of costs from the German city

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Looted art

Germany to fund museum investigations into provenance of colonial-era artefacts

The German Lost Art Foundation, which also looks into Nazi-loot, will allocate the government grants

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Politics

Trump’s travel ban: artists and museums speak out against third iteration

US Supreme Court called on to consider potential harm to arts organisations and the American public

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Exhibitions

Turkmenistan sends treasures to Berlin in diplomatic move

Bronze Age artefacts from Margiana go on show at the Neues Museum

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Museums

Germany to pilot free-entry museums at Humboldt Forum

New coalition government waives charges for permanent collections in Berlin complex for first three years—but critics warn of consequences

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Exhibitions

Romanticism show surveys landscapes of northern Europe

First major exhibition of its kind includes Turner and Friedrich as well as less familiar “Romantics”

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Art market

Christian Jankowski fills Berlin auction house with 'fakes'

German artist questions authorship and market value in show of paintings by Chinese copyists based on famous works by Caravaggio, Hockney and others

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Gallery Weekend Berlin

From Gerhard Richter to Dürer: Christie’s to showcase German art and collecting during Berlin Gallery Weekend

Exhibition targeted at Old Master collectors will not compete with the contemporary art event, auction house says

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Features

East German ‘arseholes’ are reappraised

The painter Georg Baselitz once profanely dismissed artists behind the Iron Curtain—but their work is now experiencing a long-overdue rediscovery

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Acquisitions

Widow of Hitler’s art dealer, Erhard Göpel, bequeaths Max Beckmann works to Berlin

Initial research into provenance 'gave no concrete cause for suspicion that these works were looted', Berlin State Museums says

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Exhibitions

All the city's a stage: Munich celebrates Goethe's Faust with group show and festival

Exhibition commemorating German play includes works by Eugène Delacroix, Robert Mapplethorpe and Martin Scorsese