Climate Change

More than 500 museums launch art project to confront mass biodiversity loss across UK

"The Wild Escape" responds to new research from London's Natural History Museum, which finds the UK is one of the most nature depleted countries in the world

Venice Biennale 2022 gets eco accolade, winning carbon neutrality status

Organisers of this year’s art and dance editions recycled exhibition materials and switched to renewable energy sources

Museums and heritage in 2022: industrial unrest, climate protests and damage to historic artefacts in Ukraine

New and refurbished museums open in Antwerp, Los Angeles and Sydney as Italian archaeologists make the "discovery of a generation" in a hilltop town in Tuscany

Why is Van Gogh under attack?

Vincent’s best-loved paintings are singled out by climate protestors

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Two recent initiatives seek to turn art world sustainability pledges into action

Climate Action 8x8 and the Gallery Climate Coalition’s active membership initiative aim to support system-wide change

The evergreen use of trees in art: just how sustainable is the greenery in our homes and museums?

While seemingly sustainable on the surface, arboreal art requires long-term planning and care to be impactful

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The environmental toll of the art world: how are fairs contending with Miami's fragile environment?

As the climate crisis worsens, some art fairs are starting to take responsibility for the impact of their operations

Climate activists target billionaire François Pinault's private collection in Paris

Demonstrators poured orange paint over the US artist Charles Ray's Horse and Rider

'Museums are allies': at Cop27, Icom speaks out about climate change protestors attacking art

Choosing museums as a backdrop to protests is "a testament of their symbolic power and relevance in the discussions around the climate emergency,” International Council of Museums says

Climate activists in Vienna pour 'oil' over Gustav Klimt painting

Curators at Leopold Museum say that Letzte Generation's protest against fossil fuel projects left no damage to either the picture or the original frame

Climate activists pour maple syrup on Emily Carr painting at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Two activists from the group Stop Fracking Around also glued their hands to the gallery wall to protest the construction of a major gas pipeline in northern British Columbia

Climate action: what is the art world doing?

Plus, the US National Gallery of Art’s women artists fund and one of the last paintings of Paula Modersohn-Becker

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'In 100 years, all these antiquities will be gone': as Cop27 opens in Egypt, climate crisis is still taboo subject at art and heritage institutions

As the latest UN Climate Change Conference opens in Egypt, art institutions have yet to take the climate lessons to heart

Roaming climate change museum pops up in New York—and sets sights on a permanent space

Climate Museum’s pop-up exhibition in Manhattan hopes to spur visitors to action, and raise money for a long-term venue

Climate change is destroying archaeological sites before we can study them, scientists warn

Ancient remains are best preserved in oceans, ice patches and wetlands—which are at risk of rising temperatures

Eco activist attempts to glue his head to Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring

Dutch police have arrested three people at the Mauritshuis in The Hague

In response to energy crisis, Berlin museum turns off its Dan Flavin neon for first time in 26 years

The work normally lights up the facade of contemporary art gallery Hamburger Bahnhof

In Germany, climate activists throw mashed potato at most expensive Monet painting sold at auction

The protestors from Letzte Generation took inspiration from a recent stunt that saw Van Gogh's Sunflowers doused in soup

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Crisis in the Amazon: Richard Mosse on his monumental video tracking the destruction of the rainforest

The Irish artist’s latest work, on show in London and Melbourne, is the culmination of a three-year project

Cincinnati’s FotoFocus Biennial traces global issues, from climate change to discrimination

The 2022 edition of the largest photography biennial in the US includes over 100 projects that explore the theme of “world record”

Key art world players pledged to go green—but who is sticking to their promises?

While initiatives such as the Gallery Climate Coalition are seeing positive results, much remains to be done across the sector

Wildfire on Easter Island causes 'irreparable' damage to ancient moai head statues

The Unesco World Heritage Site is closed while conservators assess the damage to the almost 1,000 ancient statues, while the island's mayor claims the fire was started deliberately

Rijksmuseum strongly denies claims it is sinking due to wood-rotting fungi

Dutch national museum opposes the report claiming its foundations have been infected, stating the building “has not sunk a millimetre”

Florida museums close as Hurricane Ian bears down on state’s west coast

Museums between Tampa Bay and Naples face the greatest risk, with a storm surge expected to exceed 10ft in some parts of the region when the hurricane makes landfall

Why I believe utopian climate art can turn environmental apathy into action

Artist John Munro on his pursuit of the Romantic picturesque in depictions of the climate catastrophe

Art collectors listen up—here's how you can actually reduce your carbon footprint (while continuing to buy work)

As the art market’s prime players, collectors' choices are of utmost importance in improving our industry

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After Poussin and Botticelli, UK Parliament is latest eco-activist target

Unesco site is targeted by more than 50 protestors from the group Extinction Rebellion

Sticky fingers: German climate activists strike museums four times in past week

Protestors from the Letzte Generation group have glued themselves to works by Rubens, Poussin and Cranach