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Acropolis forced to close amid unprecedented heatwave and wildfires in Greece

The birthplace of the Olympic Games is one of the many ancient sites at risk as record temperatures scorch country

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Former tobacco factory in Athens reopens its doors as vast contemporary art space this week

Following a €1.2m renovation, the historic building will host an expansive group show on the pandemic

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The Art Newspaper network launches Greek edition

Joining our publications in the UK, the US, Russia, China, France and Italy, The Art Newspaper Greece publishes its first edition today

'A vast underwater museum': Greece plans to open shipwrecks and other submerged heritage sites for visitors to explore

Experienced divers and casual bathers alike will gain access to ancient marine monuments, which remain where they were found on the seabed

Contemporary Greek artist Kornelios Grammenos has died, aged 62

The sculptor and painter was known for his disarming Alien and Knight sculptures, installed in Greece and abroad

Greece completes long-awaited National Gallery revamp for Independence Day bicentenary

Greek culture minister promises €59m expansion will put the museum "on the map" ahead of public reopening

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Archaeologists appeal to Greek prime minister to halt restructuring of five big antiquities museums

Experts oppose culture ministry's proposal to separate Greece's major museums from the state archaeological service

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Huge historic tobacco factory in Athens to be renovated into cultural space by 2021

Arts organisation Neon are working on the project with the Greek government to mark 200 years since the country’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire

Museum of the Bible returns hand-written gospels looted from Greece during the First World War

The Eikosiphoinissa Manuscript 220 was among hundreds of objects taken from the Kosinitza Monastery by Bulgarian separatist troops in 1917

Gogo Greece lightning: Gagosian opens new gallery in Athens

Gallery has had a premises in city since 2009 but will open bigger space this September with exhibition of Brice Marden's work

Sotheby’s cannot sue Greece over bronze horse, US court rules

The country's government had questioned the provenance of the artefact, forcing it to be pulled from a 2018 sale

Leaked draft of EU paper stirs Parthenon Marbles dispute

But the clause is unlikely to refer to the ancient Greek sculptures in the British Museum, expert says

From the archive | Louvre pyramid architect I.M. Pei on the church-like museum he designed for the Goulandris collection

In this 1994 interview, he reveals how he likes art to be displayed, such as natural lighting for Impressionists

Goulandris collection of Modern masterworks finally revealed in new Athens museum

Dream museum of collectors Basil and Elise Goulandris brought to life almost three decades after original proposal

Jacob Rothschild fulfills a 50-year-old dream with two sculptures by a Greek Modernist

How two monumental figures by Niko Ghika looking out from Corfu were made

Exhibition of Gormley’s figures repopulates a Greek island’s ancient ruins

Life-size "bodyforms" are positioned amid ancient grottoes, agoras and sculptures

Lawcomment

Cultural 'matrimony' could resolve heritage disputes

We need to rethink our perceptions of an artist or an artefact as having a single, unified or homogenous heritage

What comes after the bailout for Greece’s art world?

As the country’s economy moves towards recovery, we asked art figures to reflect on the crisis and look towards the future

Is Greece's 'modern-day Odyssey' finally over?

The country's prime minister Alexis Tsipras officially announced the end of the economic bailout with a speech in Ithaca

Booksreview

Potty about pictures: ancient Athenian vases are an important historical resource—but this book fails to deliver

Large gaps in the material and a lack of thorough explanation make this volume less useful than it could be

Sotheby's sues Greece over its claim to ancient bronze horse

A case of man bites dog: auction house turns the tables on Greek government after it was forced to withdraw the figure from New York sale in May

Hiwa K: on the road, from Iraq to Germany

The Iraqi-Kurdish artist examines migration and contemporary politics in his solo show at the New Museum

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In the wake of Documenta 14, Athens's contemporary art museum awaits 2018 rebirth

After years in limbo, EMST has received government approval to open fully in former brewery

Forgeriesarchive

Fears grow that Greek art market is riddled with forgeries

A legal case brought against Sotheby’s by a major Greek collector could be the tip of the iceberg

Parthenonarchive

New Acropolis Museum to feature recreated Parthenon frieze

The museum, which has been in development since 1976, is finally opening its doors

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Greece's share of Parthenon marbles to be transported to New Acropolis Museum using series of cranes

After it was determined that other means of removal might pose risk to the sculptures, being lifted by air appeared the safest option

Greece's Archaeological Museum of Heraklion to send Minoan antiquities to British Museum

The arrangement may be the first step in diffusing the animosity brought about by the Elgin marbles, although a request for their return is expected

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Germany's Heidelberg University returns Parthenon fragment to Greece

This is the first time a piece of the ancient building has returned to Athens

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The British Museum dismisses Parthenon Marbles loan rumours, although they are willing to make alternative concessions to Greece

Athens are still hopeful that the marbles will be returned, to be be housed in the currently unfinished New Acropolis Museum

Elgin Marbles: a reply by Anthony Snodgrass

The British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles, Cambridge

Missing Parthenon sculptures “A constant reminder of Britain’s unfulfilled debt to world heritage”?

New Acropolis Museum director Professor Dimitrios Pantermalis is calling on the British Museum to return its sculptures on long-term loan.

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No solution for Parthenon conundrum as British Museum unpersuaded by arguments for restitution of architectural components

The reconstruction of the Acropolis requires the capital and drum back from Britain to be completed, whilst the rightful custody of the marbles is still in question

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British Museum's findings on the Parthenon marbles cleaning incident said to lack key details

The publication is interpreted by William St Clair to be the result of efforts to protect the institution's reputation

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Letters to the Editor: “The Parthenon marbles will be returned, but when?”

Ex-Secretary General of ICOM weighs on on the marbles' status in Britain with an offer of compromise

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Campaign for Parthenon marbles' reinstatement soldiers on with candidates in running to design long-awaited Acropolis Museum and building of new station

A stop on the Athens metro line has been introduced decorated with imitations of Parthenon friezes, in proximity to the Acropolis Museum's intended site

Greece's indecision over the housing of the Parthenon Marbles

Twenty years after the government decided to build a new museum to house the sculptures, still no architect has been chosen

New Andy Warhol retrospective to tour Eastern Europe

The exhibition will visit Hungary, Greece, Russia and Estonia this year and Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia and Croatia in 2001

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Greek art market in crisis due to weak and badly enforced laws and taxes

Very little support for the art scene from the tax system and, as in Germany, an outdated distinction between “original” works of art, subject to 9% VAT, and multiples (prints, digital works, photography etc), subject to 19%

Declassified documents reveal near return of Elgin Marbles

In 1994, the Greek government was willing to accept the restitution of only a small number of the Parthenon pediment sculptures in exchange for an end to the dispute

How the British Museum's maintenance procedures for the Parthenon marbles have changed

After the sculptures' surfaces were damaged in the 1930s due to improper care, the museum has cleaned up its act

Historian William St Clair's account of Parthenon marbles malpractice at British Museum revives lobby calling for their return

Greeks renew demands for return of sculptures following new allegations that they were irreparably damaged in the Thirties

Mysterious religious treasures from Mount Athos go on display in Thessaloniki

The monastery has been forbidden to women since 1060 and remains barely accessible to laymen, making this public exhibition an opportunity of a lifetime

The Greeks on display in Venice and hidden war booty at the Hermitage

Palazzo Grassi's “Greeks in the West” exhibition is pulling in the visitors

Correction: Michael Ward Gallery

An amendment to an article published in the March issue of The Art Newspaper (No. 57, p.26), with our apologies

A British team has just completed eight years of survey and excavation in Sparta, Greece

The British School at Athens managed to obtain coveted permission to excavate

Politicsarchive

Former Greek premier caught red-handed with illegal antiquities

Almost all Minoan antiquities assembled by former premier, Mr Mitsotakis, appear to have an illegal provenance.

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