Heritage

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Exhibitions

St. Louis show sniffs out why Egyptians smashed noses

Exhibition at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation explores how Pharaohs and Christians alike went in for vandalising and “killing” icons

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Museums & Heritage

Greenwich's Painted Hall reopens with day beds for visitors to admire 'England's Sistine Chapel'

Two-year restoration of James Thornhill's dizzying Baroque interior was the largest open-access conservation project in Europe

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Discoveries under the floorboards of Van Gogh’s bedroom in Brixton

Mysterious papers were found during the restoration of the south London house in Hackford Road where the Dutchman lodged

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Openings

Lost features of John Soane’s dream country home Pitzhanger Manor restored

Architects, conservation experts and paint archaeologists have collaborated on £12m project to reopen west London house

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McMullen Museum of Art

Boston College mascot identified as Meiji bronze

The monumental bronze eagle was donated in 1954 by a gardener who inherited it from a diplomat and collector

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Syria

Berlin's Pergamonmuseum reveals the crowdsourced archive preserving Syria's war-torn heritage

New exhibition presents documents that lay the foundations for reconstruction of Aleppo and other sites ruined by civil war

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Grimani

Grimani antiquities collection comes home to Venice palazzo after four centuries

Cardinal Grimani’s classical Greek and Roman sculptures—given to the Venetian Republic in 1587—will be reassembled in theatrical palace gallery

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Ancient Egypt

King Tutankhamun’s treasures come to London's Saatchi Gallery before returning to Egypt forever

150 ancient artefacts will be displayed in a major exhibition commemorating the centenary of the discovery of the pharaoh’s tomb

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Rembrandt

Trimmed, splashed and slashed: the anatomy of Rembrandt's The Night Watch

As the Rijksmuseum prepares to restore the Dutch master’s most-celebrated painting in full view of the public, we look at its chequered conservation history

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Exhibitions

Botticelli’s violent stories have a contemporary resonance in #MeToo era

“Spalliera” panels depicting parables are reunited at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for the first time in 500 years

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Lost art

Lost Art: should we rebuild sacked castles and ruined palaces?

Noah Charney examines how historic buildings that were needlessly destroyed can live on today

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Adventures with Van Gogh

San Francisco’s Van Gogh is the real deal

The still life of fruit and chestnuts, until recently dismissed as a fake, was painted in Paris

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Museums & Heritage

New York architect Annabelle Selldorf to lead design of visitors centre in Beijing’s Forbidden City

When restoration is complete, the public will have access to Qianlong Garden complex for the first time

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In the frame

Should a modern extension be tacked on to a 15th-century architectural masterpiece?

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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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African art

Africa’s pre-colonial ‘crown jewels’ to find a home in new South African museum

Javett Art Centre at University of Pretoria will display 800-year-old gold collection excavated in the 1930s

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Heritage

Aliph, the global fund to protect cultural heritage, announces its first projects in Iraq and Mali

Launched in 2016, Aliph will finance restoration work with technical support from the Louvre and Smithsonian Institution

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Heritage

Lush historic gardens bloom once more in Agra, India

The World Monuments Fund announces the completion of a four-year conservation effort

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Conservation

Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive art, preserved for the ages

Getty scientists explore the artist’s use of gunpowder and other materials for a definitive new book

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Herculaneum’s museum of relics finally opens its doors, 44 years on

Inaugural show presents jewels and precious objects excavated in the early 20th century alongside more recent discoveries

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Conservation

Restoration for early Renaissance pulpit will get the big-screen treatment

The 1301 carved pulpit will undergo a two-year intensive monitoring programme

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Heritage

Restorers of Nîmes arena expand their sights

Conservation effort now includes passageways and interior

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Heritage

How pioneering climate-change science dated one of Britain's oldest houses

Landmark Trust's restoration finds that oak timber used to build Welsh house was felled in the winters of 1418-19 and 1420-21

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The Year In Review

The year in heritage: conservators become art

The conservation of masterpieces is happening in the full glare of the public

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Unesco

Goodbye Venice, goodbye Ravenna, goodbye Ferrara, goodbye Carthage?

Many World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean are at grave risk from sea-level rise by 2100, report says

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Albrecht Dürer

Dürer used his famous Praying Hands drawing to advertise his talent

Chief curator of Vienna’s Albertina argues that the work, which shows the artist's own hands, was a finished work rather than preparatory drawing

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Architecture

California wildfires threaten architectural landmarks and historic sites

The 19th century Sepulveda Adobe and western movie set Paramount Ranch have been destroyed, but the fate of many other buildings remain unknown

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Conservation

Restoration of rare English Medieval altarpiece reveals a history of serial vandalism

The Battel Hall retable, which survived the fury of 16th-century iconoclasts, bears later scars of graffiti and "witchmarks" against evil spirits

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Heritage

Looted vessels returned at event marking 15 years of US-Italy art crime fighting co-operation

Italian official also says the country will ratify 2017 Nicosia Convention outlining penalties for offenses involving cultural heritage

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Heritage

Long-lost Tudor tapestry could be saved for the UK

Work commissioned by Henry VIII for Hampton Court Palace left the country in the early 1970s

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Art law

Cultural 'matrimony' could resolve heritage disputes

We need to rethink our perceptions of an artist or an artefact as having a single, unified or homogenous heritage

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Museums & Heritage

Top museum directors on the challenges of climate change and mass tourism

Vatican conference on preventive conservation warns of environmental impact of short-term politics

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Crime

Police arrest man after attempted theft of Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral

Incident is a further blow to English city following the novichok poisonings earlier this year

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Conservation

Alaskan dancer helps the Met solve riddle of the Yup’ik mask

Conservator calls in master storyteller to decipher shamanic object

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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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Heritage

Chunks of British Parliament go on sale

Historic Pugin floor tiles, on which many a prime minister has trodden, available for £200 a piece

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Venice Glass Week

Venice rallies to save its ancient glass-blowing industry from Chinese competition

Venice Glass Week is a city-wide collaboration between museums, commercial galleries and artisans of Murano

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Old Masters

Heading home: early Rubens masterpiece returns to the artist's Antwerp studio for the first time

The work, lent by Art Gallery of Ontario ahead of a major travelling show on the artist, will undergo research at the Rubenshuis

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Artists

Art installation in Canada helps rebuild burnt-out library in Iraq

A project at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto challenges the public to help restore a Baghdad art college’s collection

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Disasters & destruction

Syrian museums seek Russian expertise to restore destroyed Palmyra sculptures

Ancient city occupied by Islamic State was retaken by Syrian army with Russian support in 2017

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Taj Mahal

Demolish or restore discoloured Taj Mahal, India's Supreme Court tells government

White marble monument, a Unesco World Heritage site, is turning yellow due to pollution and insect dung

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Conservation

Aleppo's reconstruction 'deserves international resources'

Aga Khan Trust for Culture calls for condemnation of destruction to be reinforced by help on the ground

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Heritage

Bauhaus in Belsize Park: Gropius, Breuer and Moholy-Nagy honoured in London

Blue plaque installed on Grade-I-listed Isokon Building honours the Modernist artists and architects

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Restitution

Returning looted African art is as urgent as giving back works stolen by the Nazis

Congolese-born art collector Sindika Dokolo says this "long-neglected historical wrong" is finally being addressed—but more can be done

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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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Antiquities & Archaeology

Google and the World Monuments Fund highlight Iraqi heritage under threat

Using drone footage, 3D models and videos, the tech giant is working with cultural institutions to make preservation efforts accessible to a larger public

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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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Funding

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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Conservation

Reconstruction of quake-damaged church to be led by former head of Vatican Museums

Antonio Paolucci to oversee restoration of Italy's Basilica of St Benedict

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Conservation

Caucasus government plans to beef up heritage laws to protect Medieval towers

The Russian republic of Ingushetia is hoping that improved conservation will lead to Unesco status

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Exhibitions

Syria’s war-ravaged heritage to be the focus of new Qatar show

Museum of Islamic Art exhibition looks at historic sites destroyed by years of civil war

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Conservation

‘Historic’ agreement resolves dispute over Chauvet cave (and replica)

Explorers will be paid for image rights and receive share of entrance fees

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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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Conservation

How refugees are conserving Iraq and Syria's extraordinary monumental heritage

Opening mega museums is not the only way to exercise soft power in the region

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Saudi Arabia

Crown Prince Mohammed of Saudi Arabia has roped an ancient city into his London charm offensive

The splendid Nabatean site of Mada’in Saleh may be opened to tourists

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Restitution

The restitution revolution begins

President Macron is ushering in a new era for the return of displaced heritage

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Heritage

Icom unveils Yemen red list at Metropolitan Museum in bid to halt illegal trade of artefacts

Yemen’s cultural heritage is at serious risk as war and famine ravage the country

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Disasters & destruction

'A loss as great as Palmyra': Syrian temple of Ain Dara severely damaged by Turkish forces

Iron Age structure was targeted in campaign against Kurdish separatists

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Building projects

Brutalist housing estate in Sheffield to host £21m art hub

Park Hill Art Space will include artists' studios and a research institute

Analysis
The Year In Review

The year in heritage

Dismantlement and reconstruction

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Law

Conservative leaders oppose court order to remove cross from Pope John Paul II sculpture in France

Poland’s prime minister has offered to save the work from censorship and the “dictates of political correctness”

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Heritage

World Monuments Fund recognises sites threatened by conflict, climate change and natural disasters

Cultural locations in the Caribbean, the US Gulf coast and Mexico hit by recent hurricanes and earthquakes were a last minute addition to the list

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Politics

Audrey Azoulay, former French culture minister, to be Unesco’s next director-general

In a surprise election, the dark-horse candidate won the vote of the culture agency’s executive board

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Museums

New York’s natural history museum works with First Nation community on Northwest Coast Hall renovation

As part of conservation of its indigenous American art collection and gallery, the institution will send some objects back to Native America groups to be replicated

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Art trafficking

Germany launches internet portal to fight art trafficking

Site gives information on international regulations and protected German heritage

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Features

Venice can’t manage its tourists—yet it’s encouraging more to come from China

The town council proposes digital monitoring and a charge to enter St Mark’s Square

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Museums

The buildings fuelling Iran's national heritage list

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Heritage

Syrian refugees to be trained to rebuild Palmyra and other heritage sites

World Monuments Fund launches scheme to teach traditional stone masonry in Jordanian town of Mafraq

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Heritage

Nations must co-ordinate efforts to protect heritage in the Middle East, says expert

Zaki Aslan, the director of the ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, will deliver talk in London on heritage in conflict zones

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Museums

Culture on the frontline: Penn Museum shows artefacts curators are fighting to save in Syria and Iraq

Exhibition features ancient objects and Medieval manuscripts, along with contemporary commissions by a Syrian-born artist

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Global fund to protect cultural heritage launches with $75m and board led by US billionaire Thomas Kaplan

On Friday, France will propose a new resolution to UN Security Council to safeguard sites in conflict zones around the world

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Heritage

Why Clive of India’s treasures are up for export to Qatar again

V&A and National Trust consider repeat of 2004 campaign to keep rare Mughal flask and huqqa in UK

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Heritage

Eiffel Tower to get a €300m facelift

The 15-year plan is intended to bolster Paris’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games and 2025 World’s Fair