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'National Gallery's plans will create an entrance fit for today’s public' says London museum's director

Gabriele Finaldi responds to criticism over the gallery's proposed redesign for the Sainsbury Wing

My plea to London’s National Gallery to scrap its £35m Sainsbury Wing new entrance plans

Architecture critic Hugh Pearman argues that the gallery is making irreversible changes to a Grade I listed building—while removing most of its early Renaissance collection from display until 2025

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Is England’s arts establishment set for a revolution?

Arts Council England are due to announce its regularly funded National Portfolio organisations this October, in line with a new strategy

How the Speed Art Museum learned to listen in the midst of a community tragedy

The museum built deep community engagement in real time following the killing of Breonna Taylor in 2020

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Ukraine fundraiser shines intriguing light on art, wealth—and a flexible approach to morality

'Brave Ukraine' event—presided over by Christie’s and held at Tate Modern—shows a cultural crowd keen to distance itself from the oligarchs it once wooed

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The stakes of a copyright case being heard by the US Supreme Court go way beyond Andy Warhol

A forthcoming Supreme Court hearing in a case relating to a Warhol work that used a photographer’s portrait has potentially huge implications for copyright claims

The war in Ukraine: how often must history repeat itself?

Russian repression of the Ukrainian state has always been met with great resistance—this time is no different, says Maria Shust is the director of the Ukrainian Museum in New York

'Ukrainian culture is alive as long as there are people ready to defend it'

Art workers in the war-torn country have created a territory of hope amid the terror of war

We tackled Dutch slaving history—the Rijksmuseum's exhibition could serve as a model of its kind

The Netherlands needs to collectively examine how its past has shaped today's society, says the director of the Amsterdam museum

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Could 2021 be the year of the African museum?

While the West continues to grapple with its colonial past, institutions from Togo to Cairo are creating more expansive models to celebrate art

'Politicians have failed us': Michael Craig-Martin's thoughts from isolation

The great plagues and wars of the past were followed by dramatic changes in the arts—the same will happen again, says the conceptual artist

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Greetings from a museum leaving lockdown: lessons from Beijing's UCCA Center for Contemporary Art

Philip Tinari, the director and CEO of the Chinese museum, shares what the institution has learned during closure and its future plans

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Where is the West? Art world should be supporting China during coronavirus crisis

Our beleaguered art colleagues need our help and we must not turn our backs on Chinese art institutions, says Philip Dodd, head of Made in China

Hans Ulrich Obrist: 'Ecology will be at the heart of everything we do'

The Serpentine Galleries' artistic director will reduce his flying 'very significantly' as the London institution goes green to mark its 50th anniversary

As The Art Newspaper turns 30, the question is—will the A-word survive?

"Art" is a loaded term, freighted with associations of class and power

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Comment | Cupid ‘outing’ in Vermeer painting is the right move

The uncovered figure changes the composition of Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window

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Gilded coffin gives Met a golden opportunity

To prevent similar high-profile losses in the future, the Met should hire a permanent, full-time provenance curator

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When it comes to museum attendance, it’s more than just a numbers game

London's National Portrait Gallery director on the way cultural institutions engage audiences and measure success

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What’s in a title? It’s time to reframe the Parthenon Marbles debate

The British Museum's ownership of the statues is only guaranteed within the UK—things get more complicated on an international level

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Funding the arts through the National Lottery is not a winning solution

Thanks to an austerity-induced accounting trick, lottery funding is replacing taxes

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Is contemporary art the kale of the art world?

The rise in popularity of the green vegetable mirrors that of contemporary art

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Sydney’s flagship museum is entirely focused on building a costly extension. Why?

Unless the Art Gallery of New South Wales begins to focus more on exhibitions, there is every reason to believe that Sydney Modern will be a gigantic and costly flop

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Egon Schiele was not a sex offender

The 100th anniversary of Austrian artist’s death has arrived just in time for the #MeToo movement

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Displaying the ruins of demolished social housing at the Venice Architecture Biennale is not ‘art-washing’

The V&A acquired a fragment of London's Robin Hood Gardens before it was demolished

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Retain or return? It’s complicated

The complex issues behind returning cultural goods to their place of origin

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What we can learn from Saudi art

Suddenly, a lot of money is flowing through the kingdom for the promotion of contemporary art and culture

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The mirage of riches in museums’ vaults

Putting aside museum ethics, Martin Gammon looks at the financial viability of museums deaccessioning their collection as a quick fix for financial trouble

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Serota on a sustainable future for museums: why Tate needs to change in a changing world

Moving on from traditional didacticism and adapting to a new level of modern communication