Conservation

Pompidou restores three paintings damaged in the Beirut explosion

Kees Van Dongen's portrait of the Lebanese art collector Nicolas Sursock among the works that needed restoration

Notre Dame to reopen in December 2024

Though the Parisian cathedral's nave is expected to reopen to the public by the end of 2024, work to restore the entire site could last until 2028

Vast light installation on San Francisco's Bay Bridge goes dark amid $11m fundraising effort to keep it on

After a decade of illuminating the Bay Area's second-most iconic span, Leo Villareal's artwork will be removed due to outages and weather damage

Huge Paul McCarthy installation seeks forever home

The artist’s “WS White Snow”, an installation which had only been on public display once, is on view in the artist’s studio amid efforts to secure its long-term care

Hogarth's forgotten stairwell: hidden in a 900-year-old London hospital are painter's vast canvases

Works will be restored and opened to the public to mark 900th anniversary of the St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Egon Schiele painting to be restored with €25,000 grant from Tefaf art fair

Once owned by Jewish collectors in Vienna, the landscape was exported to the US on condition it was exhibited in the Austrian pavilion at the 1948 Venice Biennale

Groups in Guatemala demand return of Maya throne sent to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art

Guatemalan law prohibits the export of such artefacts for exhibition, local culture organisations say

Conservation of Spanish Armada invasion maps reveals red ink details were added hundreds of years later

Analysis of 16th-century, hand-drawn maps finds that the reds pigments were only available from the late 19th century

Heritage protection foundation Aliph expands with office in Saudi Arabia

The Geneva-based International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas is to open a second office in 2023 in Riyadh

‘We went from having two Cézannes to three’: x-ray of still life painting reveals hidden portrait

On a hunch, a conservator at the Cincinnati Art Museum had an early Cézanne still life scanned using x-ray imaging, which showed a painted-over portrait by the Modern master

In time for Christmas: London's National Gallery unveils newly-restored Piero della Francesca nativity scene

Painstaking restoration of Italian master’s revered painting reveals its full glory once more

Should the world resume co-operating with the Taliban on protecting Afghanistan's heritage?

Conservation projects that have been paused due to sanctions on the new government may restart after Unesco intervention

Taliban government approves conservation work on historic synagogue in Afghanistan

Go ahead given to a restoration project to preserve two historic sites associated with the Jewish community that once resided in Herat

Modigliani’s hidden depths come to light as historians and conservators reveal new aspects of his technique

The Italian artist's paintings and sculptures were studied ahead of an exhibition at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia

Canova’s monument gets protection from Venice's challenging conditions

Vast pyramid containing sculptor’s heart has been restored with Venice in Peril funding, but will need continuous care and protection from worsening weather and pollution

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”

How can live art be held in museum collections? Tate conference to share its conclusions

An online conference backed by a research project will explore how institutions can care for time-based, live and organic art

Ukraine gets emergency Red List for art as evidence mounts of 'trading networks flowing West'

The International Council of Museums has worked with Interpol to create the list, with border patrols on "high alert" to seize art stolen from Ukrainian museums—but is it too late?

Investigation of Vermeer painting reveals 'startling discoveries' about his technique

Analysis of The Milkmaid ahead of a major exhibition at the Rijksmuseum suggests he worked much faster than previously assumed

Do the Taliban regret blowing up the Bamiyan Buddhas? New government takes steps to protect heritage

Leaders of the new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan says it favours the conservation of the tangible heritage—including pre-Islamic monuments—but economic sanctions are getting in the way

After a devastating fire in 2018, the National Museum of Brazil unveils the first stage of its restoration project

As the first stage of the museum’s restoration project is unveiled, coinciding with the Brazilian bicentennial of independence, its director calls for more government investment

Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art closes for fumigation after paper-eating bugs spotted inside artwork

Silverfish were filmed behind the glazing of a photograph by Bernd and Hilla Becher at the Iranian museum

The conservation studio is the coalface of art history—but not all 'restorations' can be solved with acetone

While my past purchases are lined up for a professional clean, it is the current damage of international cultural relations that seem most in need of a fix

Ukrainian churches and places of worship devastated by war

As Russia's war continues, conservation is proving impossible—but heritage groups, priests and volunteers are doing their best to document the destruction

Ghostly self-portrait of Van Gogh discovered on the back of his painting of a peasant

The x-ray will be displayed in a lightbox in the forthcoming exhibition A Taste for Impressionism at National Galleries of Scotland

Show of unity: the hidden challenges of staging major museum exhibitions

With loan shows bringing together dozens of works with diverse conservation histories, curators can face myriad hurdles in their quest for cohesion

How do you conserve a sculpture designed to decay?

Neri Oxman’s exhibition at SFMOMA features two versions of a sculpture made with bio-composite materials, one of which will decompose over the course of show

Babylon is coming back to life, with its famed Ishtar Gate to be restored by this summer

A new World Monuments Fund project in conjunction with the US embassy in Baghdad aims to repair Iraqi cultural heritage as part of the Future of Babylon project

Generational continuum: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art rejuvenates Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings

Eight of the 105 wall drawings in the sweeping retrospective, slated to be on view until 2043, will be restored as part of the project

Mystery mural uncovered behind Beverly Hilton rooftop bar

The glass mosaic depicts figures from Classical mythology and was installed when the hotel opened in 1955—but remained hidden behind a wall for decades