Donations

Robert Frank’s seminal photo series 'The Americans' to be reissued after $1m grant

Foundation set up by Frank in memory of his late daughter has donated funds to New York publisher Aperture to create a contemporary edition of "tragically relevant" photobook

'Most important gift in recent decades': trove of works by Kandinsky, Otto Dix and Max Ernst donated to Städel Museum in Frankfurt

The bequest from the estate of the German photographer Ulrike Crespo includes 90 works and will go on show in November.

Korean museums to receive 23,000 works from Samsung estate in $11bn tax settlement

Lee Kun-hee, the Samsung Electronics chairman who died in October, leaves collection worth $2.2bn, including works by Monet, Dali and Chagall

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

Thanks to a £3m gift, the National Trust could finally uncover a secret portrait of Mary Queen of Scots

Conservation boost from a US charity comes after the heritage organisation faced a £200m revenue collapse due to the pandemic

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

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

This Hans Memling painting failed to sell at Christie's—now its owner has given it back to Bruges where it was painted over 500 years ago

The work was offered for sale at £1.5m to £2.5m in 2019 but US collector Bill Middendorf has decided to give it to the Belgian city

How a vast Käthe Kollwitz collection ended up at the Getty

Richard Simms, the 93-year-old donor, built up the enviable collection on a dentist’s salary starting in the 1960s

Yoruba prince donates more than 1,000 works of art to establish university museum in Nigeria

Yemisi Shyllon hopes other Nigerian collectors will follow his example and help found teaching museums that promote art education

Top five museum acquisitions of the month

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter international museum collections—from Dorothea Tanning's Surrealist terrier to vintage prints by Vivian Maier

Nan Goldin’s activist group storms the Musée du Louvre

Pain protestors demand that museum officials rename 12 rooms named after the Sackler family

Gareth Harris. with additional reporting by Stéphane Renault

The Met says it will stop accepting gifts from Sacklers associated with Purdue Pharma

The museum cites recent lawsuits tied to the US opioid crisis in its decision to decline future donations from the family

UniCredit to sell off one of world's largest corporate art collections

The Italian bank, which just announced €1.4bn profit in first quarter of 2019, will offload some of the 60,000 works of art in order to fund social initiatives

Director of Pinault Collection proposes controversial 90% tax breaks for Notre Dame donors

But Pinault family says it is not seeking tax relief for its €100m donation towards the reconstruction effort

Photography gallery at Victoria and Albert Museum renamed after Elton John following 'significant' donation

The Rocket Man will organise a photography exhibition at the London institution with his husband David Furnish

Dallas school given largest collection of Swiss art outside of Switzerland

The University of Texas at Dallas is building its first museum to house the gift

Major coup for Paris’s Institut du Monde Arabe as it receives one of its biggest ever donations of works

Gallerist Claude Lemand and his wife France also set up a fund to support the museum

Saudi Arabian foundation donates €9m to Berlin Museum of Islamic Art

Funds donated by Alwaleed Philanthropies will support exhibitions and education, including “Multaka” project to train refugees as museum guides

Berlin art dealer and family donate art by Picasso, Warhol and Richter to city of Chemnitz

Bastian family have collaborated with the German city’s art collection since 2002

Dennis and Debra Scholl donate contemporary Aboriginal art to three US museums

The Miami collectors have given 200 Australian works to the Met, Frost and Nevada Museum of Art

Double Dutch: MFA Boston gets aligned gifts of 17th-century Netherlandish art, with work by Rubens, Rembrandt and van Dyck

The donation—the largest in the museum’s history—also include funds for a new study centre dedicated to the period

Tate Modern's extension renamed Blavatnik Building after record £50m donation

Ukrainian-born American businessman Len Blavatnik's gift is the largest-ever financial contribution to a UK museum

US collectors Marlene and Spencer Hays donate major collection to Musée d’Orsay

Gift of turn-of-the-century masterpieces is the largest received from a foreign donor since 1945<br>

Hollywood producer David Geffen gives $100m to MoMA

The donation will help fund the museum’s expansion, with three floors of the building to be named after the studio executive

Will Elton John donate classic photography works to Tate?

More than 150 modernist images drawn from the musician’s collection will go on show later this year

Jackie Chan’s bronzes draw critics and vandals to new Taipei museum

Anti-China activists throw paint on replica statues donated by the actor to new $250m branch of the National Palace Museum in south Taiwan

Artnews

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation donates Iranian photographer's work to universities

Gift of Shirin Neshat's prints about the Arab Spring is meant to encourage discussions on race, religion and politics

UK dealers donate major contemporary works to Whitworth gallery in Manchester

Ivor Braka and Thomas Dane hope gift will encourage greater support for culture in the regions

Artists donate works to help pay for their Drawing Center shows

Non-profit gallery has turned to artists as "philanthropic community has become less supportive"

Leonardo DiCaprio plans to give environmental work to Lacma

Actor’s gift of Solar Reserve, last seen at Lincoln Center, is all about raising climate change awareness

Collectors' gift of Hockney and Freud to the Tate honours its director

Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker have conferred an exceedingly generous donation on the gallery

Artangelarchive

Tate's Artangel Collection grows by nine works

The £2 million scheme to bring the 21-piece scheme to the public

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Donations to UK national museums revealed: Tate receives lion's share

Out of a total of £193m, Tate's gifts by the likes of Hockney, Hirst, Bonnard and Bacon total £147m

'Jesuit priest' donates fraudulent works

Academic museums and universities are being targeted by a suspected art forger

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Tate receives US boost as major patrons donate Salle, Steinbach, and Martin

American patrons have recently been very generous to the gallery, with both their art and their funds

Baselarchive

Basel's tunnel vision: Basel Kunstmuseum receives funding from Laurez Foundation for new extension

Local architects are responsible for plans to construct a tunnel that passes from the original site to the newly built annex

Beuys’s site-specific work to stay put in Krefeld (for now)

Collector Helga Lauffs has donated the works, subject to conditions

May 2009archive

Chicago's industrialist benefactors built the city’s art collections—but can today’s patrons maintain them?

So far the next generation have yet to replicate their parents’ efforts on the same scale

“A quantum leap” for Australia as collector John Kaldor donates $35m-worth of art to AGNSW

Kaldor has donated work by Rauschenberg, Christo, LeWitt, Koons, Judd, and Gursky, among many others

David Hockney donates his largest painting to Tate

Bigger Trees near Warter is 12m long and 4.5m high, and made up of 50 separate canvases

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Warhol Foundation report looks back on 20 years of philanthropy

The New York organisation has disbursed more than $200m in cash grants and art donations since the artist's death in 1987

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Seattle Art Museum gets $1bn worth of art from 'incredibly devoted group of collectors'

The gift from 53 local patrons is one of the largest in the history of institutional donations

Lawarchive

New legislation could lead to the end of partial gifts to museums

Changes to US tax law could discourage collectors from giving

Georg Baselitz entrusts painting to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark

The director admitted they would not otherwise be able to obtain such a piece

Tatearchive

Tate struggles to attract money for acquisitions

A year ago the gallery launched a campaign to raise £100 million. Since then, £50,000 has been pledged from donors

Eclectic collector’s show raises questions at Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Visitors are confused and staff suggest that museum is neglecting its artistic mission

US aluminium giant sends Warhol to Russia

The Alcoa Corporation is marking its entry into Russia by funding the tour of a Warhol Museum show

Conspiracy or cock-up over Ofili’s Upper Room?

Tate board member Chris Ofili calls on artists to donate work to the Tate whilst selling his own work to the Gallery.

Miamiarchive

Rubells donate $1 million worth of art to Tampa Museum

The institution has received 91 paintings by the Outsider artist Purvis Young

Museumsarchive

Heinz’s $4 million gift to the Warhol Museum

The gift increases the museum’s endowment to $7.1 million

Museumsarchive

MoMA committee to vote on major drawings collection gifted by Judith Rothschild Foundation

The foundation has offered the museum a collection of more than 2,500 drawings by 400 international artists

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Rockefeller gives $100 million to MoMA

The money will go to the museum after his death, with yearly donations scheduled until that time

Tatearchive

Tate refused previous offer from Saatchi

Serota said no to 100 works in 1998, but is still keen to buy “major” pieces

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Warhol Foundation gives $10 million to artists

The money is being given to Creative Capital, a nonprofit picking up the slack in arts funding