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Getty Research Institute acquires booksellers' collection of thousands of catalogues and materials on Black artists

The collection was amassed by Whitney and Lee Kaplan, who own and operate Arcana: Books on the Arts, beginning in the 1980s

Tainted gifts: as British Museum and the Met disavow the Sackler name, museums rethink donation deals

Institutions are increasingly including “morals clauses” in gift agreements to protect themselves if donors fall from grace

Milan’s Museo del Novecento could lose 600 works in legal battle with heir

Mario Bertolini’s vast collection of Modern art, amassed over his lifetime and donated to the museum in 2014, is at the centre of a claim seeking to invalidate the acquisition

Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s studio building donated to Whitney Museum

The building, just a few blocks from the museum, will be renovated and used as a permanent home for the Whitney’s Independent Study Program

Boston College museum receives $25m in art and grants from philanthropist Peter Lynch

The McMullen Museum of Art is gaining works by Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Childe Hassam, Albert Bierstadt, and others

Robert Frank’s seminal 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