Canada

After meeting with Pope Francis, Canada’s Justin Trudeau reiterates call for return of Indigenous artefacts from Vatican Museums

Last spring Pope Francis said “this is going on, with Canada”, but since there has been little movement on repatriation

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Finalists for Canada’s top art prize, the Sobey Art Award, revealed

From an initial field of 30 nominees, a shortlist of just six artists is now competing for the prize

Wreck of the ship Ernest Shackleton died on found off the coast of Canada

The famed explorer died aboard the Quest in 1922; the ship sank in the Labrador Sea 40 years later

Alleged ringleader of Canada’s ‘biggest art fraud’ pleads guilty

David Voss reportedly led a forgery operation that created more than 1,500 fake Norval Morrisseau works over 23 years

‘Electric’ mood at Heffel’s spring sales in Toronto leads to new auction records for Mary Pratt and Takao Tanabe

Works by Jean Paul Riopelle, Emily Carr, Tom Thomson and other titans of Canadian art history contributed to the evening’s total take of C$22.6m

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Pool of artists vying for Canada’s top art prize expands with addition of new regional category

Thirty artists are nominated for the Sobey Art Award this year, with the total purse for the award growing to C$465,000

Redevelopment of Modernist complex on Toronto waterfront alarms residents and preservationists

The provincial government passed legislation to push through a controversial, publicly funded development of Ontario Place

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Eight artists and curators receive Canada’s Governor General’s Award

This year’s winners of the prestigious Canadian honour include the Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona and Saskatchewan-based curator Michelle Jacques

Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum reveals details of $97m renovation project

The institution's “gift to the city, the province and beyond”, OpenROM will upgrade its public space, improve accessibility and add 6,000 sq. ft of galleries

Art Gallery of Ontario under pressure to explain Indigenous art curator’s ousting

Wanda Nanibush left the institution after a letter accusing her of “hate speech” was circulated by the group Israel Museums and Arts, Canada

Canadian museum removing name of former director and Nazi supporter Ferdinand Eckhardt from its entrance hall

The longtime Winnipeg Art Gallery director's Order of the Buffalo Hunt, one of Manitoba’s highest honours, has also been posthumously rescinded

A tangled mess: Canadian forgery scandal comes into full public view

An exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery grapples with how the museum ended up with ten fake works previously attributed to J.E.H. MacDonald, a member of the famous Group of Seven

Protesters calling for Gaza ceasefire stage die-in at Canadian Museum for Human Rights

The action, staged on International Human Rights Day, lasted 64 minutes in observance of the 64 days since the Israel-Hamas war began

Leaked report suggests Canada may abandon prime minister's crumbling home

The historic property in Ottawa needs more than $27m worth of repairs, but creating a brand new residence could cost more

Canadian Museum of History acquires artist’s memorial to victims of the country’s residential schools

Stanley C. Hunt’s memorial monument features carvings of 130 faces, representing Indigenous children whose remains were found in unmarked graves near a school site

Marisol, the once popular Pop artist, is back in the spotlight in major travelling show

A retrospective opening at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts gives overdue attention to the work of the Venezuelan American who graced fashion magazine covers in the 1960s before fading away from the limelight

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Lakota artist Dana Claxton, whose work subverts assumptions about Indigenous identity, wins one of Canada’s top art prizes

The Audain Prize, given annually to an artist based in British Columbia, comes with a C$100,000 cash prize

Film review

An experimental ‘art heist’ film leaves paintings in the vault and strands unresolved

Director Isiah Media’s new film “He Thought He Died”, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, was shot in part inside the storage facilities of an Ontario museum

Canada imposes sanctions on director of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum

Canada is the first country other than Ukraine to sanction Mikhail Piotrovsky for his support of Russia’s invasion

Artist duo Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller open dedicated space for their work in rural Canada

The work and life partners converted a former furniture showroom into a venue for their complex, large-scale installations

Remnants of First Nation village, including 1,000-year-old fish trap, discovered in Canada

A dig on Vancouver Island has revealed archaeological remnants of a 250-person fishing community

After leader’s resignation, Canada’s Royal British Columbia Museum faces uncertain future

While plans for an off-site storage and research building move forward, questions remain about the museum’ aging facilities, its community engagement efforts and who will lead it next

Abenaki artist and film-maker Alanis Obomsawin’s remarkable career comes into focus at the Vancouver Art Gallery

A survey of the 90-year-old activist, artist and documentarian’s tells a parallel story about the shifting relationship between Canada and its First Nations peoples

Emily Carr painting, unseen for more than a half-century, acquired by Canada’s Audain Art Museum

The painting was one of four Carr works featured in the first Canadian presentation at the Venice Biennale, in 1952

Canadian police uncover 'biggest art fraud in world history'

Eight suspects are arrested and more than 1,000 works seized following investigation into forgeries of paintings by the Ojibwe artist Norval Morrisseau

Canada chooses Kapwani Kiwanga for its 2024 Venice Biennale pavilion

The Paris-based multi-disciplinary artist received the Frieze Artist Award in 2018 and the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2020

Michael Snow, avant-garde film-maker and sculptor, has died aged 94

The witty Canadian polymath caused a sensation with his 1967 underground film "Wavelength" and enjoyed public dispute over his city sculptures

Canada’s National Portrait Gallery has no collection or physical space—but it does have ambitious plans

More than a decade after a previous attempt fizzled out, a new institution is on the prowl for prime real estate in Ottawa

Queen Elizabeth II portrait makes $853,000 in Toronto—a record for a Warhol print at auction

Healthy bidding at Canadian auction house Heffel also achieved strong results for painter Lawren Harris

Canada’s museums urged to overhaul practices to empower Indigenous peoples

Country’s museums association says institutions must involve Indigenous people in “every element” of their work