Acquisitions

Saint Louis Art Museum receives 22 major works from American philanthropist

The promised gift from Emily Rauh Pulitzer includes paintings and sculptures by 20th-century European and American artists including Miró, Picasso and Guston

Tate fund buys works by international Modernists at Frieze

Photographs, paintings and mixed-media works by living artists from around the world will be added to Tate collection

Museum of Star Wars creator George Lucas goes on buying spree with international, if not intergalactic, focus

Gearing up for 2023 opening, Lucas Museum adds works by Frida Kahlo, Robert Colescott and Artemisia Gentileschi to filmmaker's Norman Rockwell trove

Swiss landscape painting—once destined for Hitler’s Führermuseum—acquired by London’s National Gallery

Alexandre Calame’s Chalets at Rigi was sold in 1996 at an auction of unclaimed works with proceeds going to benefit victims of the Holocaust

K-Pop superstars BTS help present gift from Korean government to the Metropolitan Museum

The set of five richly coloured lacquer vessels by artist Chung Haecho will go on show in the New York museum this December

Sargent, Goya, Degas: Frick Collection welcomes its most significant gift to date of works on paper

The 26 works, promised by a New York collecting couple, enhance the museum’s current holdings and add new artists to its collection

American Folk Art Museum acquires 40 significant works by self-taught artists

Gift includes examples by Horace Pippin, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Bill Traylor

Nancy Holt’s archives head to Smithsonian, opening the door for more Land Art works

From astronomical observations to personal photographs, the 50,000-piece collection includes documentation of unrealised works that the artist's foundation hopes to one day complete

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC announces gift of exceptional photographs dating from the 19th to 21st centuries

Stephen G. Stein’s donation includes notable examples of images by Gustave Le Gray, William Eggleston, Brassaï, Robert Frank, Sally Mann and others

Original 1978 rainbow flag designed by Gilbert Baker acquired by San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society

The banner, thought lost for more than 40 years, was recently authenticated by a vexillographer who had worked with the artist

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"

A Degas bought by the Van Gogh Museum sparks an ethical debate: are female nudes OK?

The controversial pastel stars in a show of new acquisitions in Amsterdam

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After disputed sale at Sotheby’s, Thomas Cole’s The Arch of Nero will go on view at Philadelphia Museum of Art

Institution says the work is being lent by the foundation that swooped in to rescue it when it was deaccessioned by the Newark Museum of Art

Adding to a robust trove, High Museum in Atlanta lands a gift of works by self-taught artists

Local couple donates 47 paintings, drawings and sculptures by Southerners and African Americans

Mass Moca breathes new life into Taryn Simon's mourning sculptures

The Pipes were originally made for performances dealing with death and mourning but will now serve less specific purposes

Getty acquires a striking painting by Artemisia Gentileschi of the Roman heroine Lucretia

The museum, which did not disclose the price, says the work reflects a shift to a more idealised style

Rose Art Museum, once on the brink of closure, celebrates 60th anniversary with gift of 86 works

After a proposed shutdown and sell-off in 2009, Brandeis University has repaired trust with donors, its director says

Dr Fauci’s 3-D printed coronavirus model given to Smithsonian

The educational aide will be part of a forthcoming exhibition at the National Museum of American History

A gift of blue-chip Modern art comes to the Seattle Art Museum

The Friday Foundation, run by the heirs of collectors Jane Lang Davis and Richard E. Lang, has donated 19 works by artists including Bacon, Rothko, Krasner, Pollock, Frankenthaler, Kline and de Kooning

Aga Khan Museum acquires massive Lego sculpture of an ancient African metropolis

The conceptual work by the Ghanian-Canadian artist Ekow Nimako addresses the cultural impact of Kumbi Saleh, the centre of the trans-Saharan trade route

Pérez Art Museum Miami renames endowment fund for Black art to reflect the wider diaspora

The announcement coincides with acquisitions of works by Gordon Parks, Kwame Brathwaite and Tunji Adeniyi-Jones

Acquisitions round-up: flag and sledge from British polar expedition saved from leaving UK

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter international museum collections

Photo collector and ophthalmologist William Tsiaras gives 500 works to Colby College Museum of Art in Maine

The Greek-American started acquiring photography for museums through his personal friendships with artists such as Lucas Samaras, Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan

When everything turned upside down: Georg Baselitz donates six pathbreaking paintings to the Met

Portraits date from 1969, a pivotal point for an artist departing from conventional motifs

Arte Povera sculptor Giuseppe Penone donates more than 200 works on paper to Castello di Rivoli

Archival materials relate to significant sculptures and installations around Piedmontese region in Italy

Trove of Surrealist publications and paintings donated to Dutch museum

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's gift from collectors Laurens Vancrevel and Frida de Jong “opens up new horizons on surrealist activities”, says expert

'Consigned to history': Trump Baby blimp donated to Museum of London collection

Creators of inflatable effigy hope work serves as a "reminder of the fight against the politics of hate" that took place during Trump's presidency

Treats for Van Gogh fans in 2021: exhibitions, museum openings and books

We look ahead at the events to enjoy this year—assuming coronavirus doesn't scupper them

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A 'milestone' moment—US National Gallery of Art acquires 40 works by Black Southern artists

Works were purchased from Souls Grown Deep Foundation in a move that could ‘alter the canon of American art'

Acquisitions round-up—Fondation Beyeler gets a frosty Fischli/Weiss snowman

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter international museum collections

Why US museums are quietly buying art—and downplaying their acquisitions—in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

Though many institutions are suffering from serious reductions in revenue, collections expanded via restricted acquisition funds

Acquisitions round-up: European museums co-purchase El Anatsui sculpture from collector Uli Sigg

Woodland scene by Jan Brueghel the Elder heads to Washington DC; London’s National Portrait Gallery gets a Gainsborough via acceptance in lieu

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UK government receives record £65m art gifts in lieu of inheritance tax

National scheme gains significance in the pandemic as "a shift away from blockbuster touring shows" will place greater importance on public collections

Startup consultant and collector George Wells gives Morehouse College a million-dollar art collection

The historically Black men’s college in Atlanta, Georgia will receive works by Mickalene Thomas, Rashid Johnson, Amy Sherald, McArthur Binion, and Ivy Haldeman

Ronald Lauder presents major gift of European arms and armour to the Met

Describing the donation as the most significant to the department in nearly 80 years, museum will rename galleries after the philanthropist

Miami Beach public votes to acquire Sanford Biggers quilt for public art collection

The city bought the piece from the local dealer David Castillo’s virtual Art Basel in Miami Beach display as part of its Legacy Purchase Program

Yuichiro Ukai’s manga monster drawing acquired by American Folk Art Museum

The 25-year-old Japanese self-taught artist’s densely layered Yokai is his first piece to enter a museum’s collection

Jaws shark installed in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles

The museum, due to open in April 2021, has acquired the 25-foot prop model for its permanent collection

John Waters, the ‘Pope of Trash’, gives his treasures to Baltimore Museum of Art

The director and film-maker has donated around 375 works to his hometown institution—and will have a pair of restrooms named after him

Never before seen Emily Carr works go from family fireplace to Canadian museum

British Columbia brothers donate paintings their grandmothers acquired to Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

A print series of Jacob Lawrence’s earliest narrative cycle has been acquired by the Colby College Museum of Art

The screenprints are an abridged version of the artist’s 41-panel tempera series devoted to the Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L’Ouverture

The Met acquires Kent Monkman's grand diptych Mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People)

The Cree artist says the work, on view in the museum's Great Hall, reflects on the “colonial version of history” in museum collections

Baltimore Museum of Art will sell important paintings by Warhol, Still and Marden

Acting on relaxed rules, it will use the funds for collection care and salary increases as well as diverse acquisitions

Gauguin claims credit for Van Gogh’s Sunflowers: the revelations of a rediscovered manuscript

In Avant et Après—just acquired by London's Courtauld Gallery—Gauguin details his tumultuous time with Van Gogh

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American Folk Art Museum announces gift of over 500 works by self-taught artists

Trove donated by collector Audrey B. Heckler includes examples of European Art Brut and works by African-American artists

Rediscovered Paul Gauguin manuscript written in his Polynesian hut reveals artist's hidden secrets

Original book with nearly 30 images has been acquired by London's Courtauld Gallery and will go on display next year

Trove of 'lost' Hokusai drawings acquired by British Museum

103 forgotten works by the renowned Japanese artist resurfaced at a Paris auction after slipping out of sight for more than 70 years

Guggenheim adopts a plan to become more inclusive and racially diverse

Initiative follows accusations by employees of entrenched racism at the New York museum

Hirshhorn to unveil two acquisitions as it reopens its sculpture garden

Museum welcomes monumental 2018 works by Huma Bhabha and Sterling Ruby

Oregon foundation acquires Judy Chicago print archive

Over 300 works chart the career of a feminist pioneer in revelatory detail

Germany boosts art acquisition budget to €3m from €500,000 to support artists and galleries

Government plans to buy 150 works to help overcome the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic

An adventure with photography: MoMA receives 300-work Gayle Greenhill Collection

The gift from the late patron’s husband will also help create a photography endowment fund through the sale of some works