Acquisitions

Cézanne's famous nude scene was once a British scandal—now it's the star of Tate's blockbuster exhibition

The Bathers drew protests in 1964 when London's National Gallery bought it for £475,000 and there were fears it would be vandalised

Acquisitions round-up: National Museum of Women in the Arts receives bequest of more than 60 works

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter institutional collections worldwide

Lucas Museum delays opening until 2025, reveals acquisitions including Ernie Barnes and John Singer Sargent works

The $1bn institution founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas and his wife, Starbucks chairwoman Mellody Hobson, is taking its futuristic shape in Los Angeles’s Exposition Park

Brazil turns 200—and its National Museum rises from the ashes

Plus, the £50m Joshua Reynolds painting and Michael Heizer’s City

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South Korean retail giant Shinsegae poised to take control of Seoul Auction

According to Korean media, the group is close to finalising a contract to spend around $173m to acquire a majority share in the country’s largest auction house

Getty institute and Smithsonian museum will share an unparalleled photo archive of Black American life

The photo archives of Ebony and Jet magazines will be studied and digitised by Los Angeles’s Getty Research Institute and Washington, DC’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquires rejected Howard Hodgkin collection of Indian art

The late British artist envisioned that his collection would be acquired by the Ashmolean Museum, which rejected the offer due to provenance concerns

Ruth Asawa made hundreds of masks of her San Francisco community—now a local museum is putting them on permanent display

Representing one of the artist’s least known but most ambitious works, "The Faces of Ruth Asawa" is going on show at Stanford University's Cantor Arts Center

Bonhams expands again with purchase of leading French auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr

Chief executive says latest acquisition is part of his strategy to stay local while going global

Paris Hilton helps Lacma launch fund to acquire digital art by women

The heiress and NFT evangelist is supporting a new acquisition fund at the museum, which has a history of supporting artists working with cutting-edge technology

MoMA and the Neue Galerie jointly acquire a Käthe Kollwitz self-portrait

The Museum of Modern Art plans to hold a major exhibition of the German artist’s work in the near future

New York’s Hispanic Society reveals ten new acquisitions, including portrait of Goya and set of Orozco drawings

The José Clemente Orozco will go on show at the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in early 2023 as part of a show about the famed Mexican muralist

Getty Research Institute acquires booksellers' collection of thousands of catalogues and materials on Black artists

The collection was amassed by Whitney and Lee Kaplan, who own and operate Arcana: Books on the Arts, beginning in the 1980s

After $110m Picasso sale, casino company MGM acquires on-trend contemporary works to diversify collection

The acquisition includes pieces by Sanford Biggers, Rashid Johnson, Ghada Amer, Derrick Adams and others

US institutions celebrate Faith Ringgold

Major acquisitions, complementary showcases plus a New Yorker cover coincide with the artist’s retrospective at the New Museum

SFMOMA receives gift of 350 works and $10m bequest from late American trustees

The donation includes works by Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Ai Weiwei and others from the collection of the late philanthropists Norah and Norman Stone

Dutch government agrees to buy Rembrandt painting for €175m—despite connections to tax havens

The Standard Bearer has been purchased from the Rothschild family via a trust located in the Cook Islands

New York’s Metropolitan Museum buys four extremely rare Van Gogh prints

Vincent wanted to sell the set for under a dollar as “art for the people”—the museum will have paid several million

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Rare Shakespeare First Folio acquired by Canadian university to go on view at Vancouver Art Gallery

The University of British Columbia has acquired a copy of the ‘First Folio’ that helped preserve some of the bard’s most famous plays, including ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Tempest’

American Folk Art Museum gifted major work by itinerant 19th-century portraitist Ammi Phillips

‘Portrait of Frederick A. Gale’ is quintessential of Phillips’s paintings of children, who are the subjects of his most beloved works

New ‘Caravaggio’ work—once estimated at €1,500 and now worth millions—offered to Spain

Old Master painting was pulled from auction last year—but will the government pay full market price?

Utah museum acquires works by Japanese American artist Chiura Obata made in internment camp

Obata was incarcerated at the Topaz Relocation Center in Utah during the Second World War; now 35 of his works have been acquired by the Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Nelson-Atkins Museum acquires one of the earliest daguerreotype portraits made in the US

The 1840 profile portrait is part of a collection of early photographic works by Henry Fitz Jr. that is joining the Kansas City museum’s holdings

Priceless literary manuscripts once thought lost are acquired by British library consortium

The privately owned Honresfield Library, which includes manuscripts by the Brontës, Jane Austen and Walter Scott, was due to be scattered to global buyers at a Sotheby's auction before a British consortium stepped in

The Netherlands looks set to buy Rembrandt’s €165m 'Standard Bearer'

Owned by the Rothschild family, the vibrant painting is on the open market after France was unable to raise the funds to buy the national treasure

Archive of James Van Der Zee, once-ignored chronicler of Harlem, acquired by the Met

Lifelong documenter of Harlem is the first Black photographer to have entire archive acquired by the New York museum