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Uffizi Galleries' Botticelli masterpieces—currently kept in storage—are bound for Medici villa in the Tuscan hills

The Uffizi Diffusi project aims to "scatter" works from the Florence museum's collection around overlooked sites across Tuscany on short term loans

Gerhard Richter to loan Holocaust works—that he vowed never to sell—to new Berlin museum

Loan of over 100 works to future museum of Modern art encompasses Richter’s Birkenau series, the fruit of a decades-long quest for an artistic response to the Holocaust

Exhibitions during Covid-19: museums turn to 'virtual couriers' to protect unchaperoned art

To overcome travel restrictions, registrars are using Zoom and other technologies to monitor works on loan remotely

Brisbane lands mammoth European loan exhibition from the Met

Gallery of Modern Art is sole venue for a show resulting from a skylight renovation project at the New York museum

Coalition calls for removal of director of Detroit Institute of Arts

Anonymous current and former staff members describe “hostile and chaotic work culture” under Salvador Salort-Pons

Now stuck in Japanese lockdown, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers will not return to UK until next summer

Londoners will have to wait even longer to see the National Gallery’s 60 touring masterpieces

a blog by Martin Bailey

China’s Giacometti and Picasso museum delayed by coronavirus

Launch of Beijing venue combining works by both artists is postponed—and some loans in doubt

Berlin museums announce ‘painful’ end to loan of 'one of the world’s most outstanding contemporary art collections'

Prestigious private Flick collection, including works by Giacometti, Duchamp and Bruce Nauman, has been on loan to Berlin for 17 years

Museums wrangle to extend exhibition loans beyond lockdown

Delicate negotiations with lenders are under way to postpone major European shows of Raphael, Artemisia Gentileschi and Christo

Anna Sansom. with additional reporting by Hannah McGivern

Not bigger, but better: behind the scenes of the £35.5m revamp at London's National Portrait Gallery

Director Nicholas Cullinan and architect Jamie Fobert reveal how the gallery’s controversial three-year closure will transform its 600-year collection of portraits

Brighton Pavilion gets its glitter back as fanciful treasures return on long-term loan from the Queen

More of the startling objects collected by George IV will return from Buckingham Palace in early 2020

Quai Branly to send fragment of feather belt worn by first King of Tahiti back to Polynesia

Rediscovered maro 'ura will go on show at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands on long-term loan from 2021

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Titian’s six epic mythological paintings to be reunited as Wallace Collection announces first ever loans

National Gallery in London will display the series next year and lend a Rubens work in return

British Museum to borrow the Nebra Sky Disc, the oldest portrayal of the cosmos

The artefact will be the focus of a joint exhibition with the Halle Museum of Prehistory

Where there’s a will there’s a way: the Wallace Collection lifts loan restrictions

Terms of original bequest are reinterpreted, paving the way for the London museum to stage joint exhibitions in Los Angeles and Vienna

Lack of space at the British Museum sees major loan of Assyrian collection to Getty

Since the closure of a basement gallery in 2006 there is little room to store the whole collection

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Greece in talks with Louvre to borrow Parthenon frieze as part of 'temporary exchange'

Move reignites debate over British Museum’s position on sculptures brought to Britain by Lord Elgin

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New cultural centre opens at Tlatelolco Square, Mexico City

And third Mexican collector loans his art to university

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Top German collector disappoints museums by selling loans

Hans Grothe has sold 700 works to Wella hair-care billionaires for E50 million

'Exceptional loan' of Francesco Melzi painting from Russia comes to London's National Gallery

Unusual month-long display of recently restored work by Leonardo’s favourite and heir will be lent by the State Hermitage Museum

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Hermitage and MoMA heads seek end to US-Russian loans freeze

Diplomats hint at future cooperation between the countries at Texas conference

Martha Lufkin. with additional reporting by Alison Cole

Amsterdam Sunflowers will never again travel

Conservators are concerned over Van Gogh’s still life, which went to over 80 exhibitions after the war

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Shredded Banksy work to go on long-term loan to Stuttgart museum

Love is in the Bin will be shown among works by Rembrandt, Holbein, Marcel Duchamp and Picasso

Looted ‘cannibal’ bowl will not travel to Quai Branly in Paris for Oceania exhibition

Royal Academy says conservation issues—not restitution fears—mean the ceremonial feast trough can not be loaned

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In debt we trust: the rise of art-secured lending

The rapid growth in the number of loan providers, from private banks to specialist lenders, could transform the art market’s relationship with the financial markets

London dealer Matthew Green accused of selling art used to secure more than £2m in loans

His business Mayfair Fine Art went into administration earlier this year following FBI sting operation

When the National Gallery used a London taxi to move a Van Gogh painting

Back during Tate’s 1947 exhibition, loan arrangements were more casual

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Uffizi launches Leonardo da Vinci 500th celebrations across Italy

New exhibition in Florence decodes the “startlingly radical” scientific ideas of the Codex Leicester

Found guilty in 1995 of embezzling investors’ money, Roberto Polo resurfaces in role of art benefactor in Spain

Toledo government hopes for “El Greco” effect from this 15-year loan of late 19th- and 20th-century works

Entente cordiale: governments sign deal securing loan of Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2022

Cross-channel collaboration involves translating, conserving and digitalising the historic embroidery

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British Museum rekindles relationship with Zayed National Museum after loan deal ended last year

Under new partnership, the London museum will lend key objects to the new institution in Abu Dhabi

British Museum show focuses on Assyrian antiquities targeted by Islamic State

Loans likely to come from Iran—but works from the Met would not meet London museum's strict borrowing guidelines

Louvre says ‘non’ to minister’s Mona Lisa grand tour

Françoise Nyssen proposed lending the work as a way to fight “cultural segregation”

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How Britain tried—and failed—to borrow the Bayeux Tapestry twice before

One attempt was made in 1953 to mark the coronation of Elizabeth II and another for the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066

British Museum sends treasures to Mumbai for grand exhibition of Indian history

Encyclopaedic show was inspired by former director Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects

British Museum ends loan deal with Abu Dhabi

Construction delays to the Zayed National Museum are behind the move

Looted Benin bronzes to be lent back to Nigeria

Pledge by European museums to set up “permanent display” of rotating loans in Benin City could pave way for restitution

MoMA expansion is boon for Paris and Melbourne

Major loans from New York will be shown in both cities while the US institution adds one-third more exhibition space in Manhattan

Anatole Shagalov embroiled in legal cases that reveal problems of buying art with loans

Buyers using works as collateral and allegedly defaulting on payment becoming increasingly common in "frothy market"

Time’s up for Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum’s loan agreement with Carmen Cervera

More than 400 works from the baroness’s collection may be removed from the Madrid museum, but the Spanish culture minister hopes to reach a deal this week

Will Les Demoiselles d’Avignon return to Paris?

Vuitton museum to show Modern masterpieces from MoMA

Britain’s ‘art lending library’ finds four new homes

Arts Council Collection of nearly 8,000 works is planning 24 exhibitions with regional partner galleries

Five years on and the Clyfford Still Museum is still making discoveries

Curators have yet to examine more than 300 of late artist’s paintings

Marie Antoinette’s personal china among Versailles treasures to travel to Australia

The largest ever loan show organised outside France will feature more than 100 objects from the historic royal palace

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How Prince Charles did his royal best to bring Henry VIII portrait to London

The late Baron Heini Thyssen’s eye-popping valuation of Holbein painting stopped National Gallery loan, trustees’ minutes reveal

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Rembrandt’s Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet to go on view in Wales

The anonymous foreign buyer of the painting has lent it to the National Museum Cardiff for three years

Secret flight path of the Parthenon statue

Hermitage director reveals "circuitous" route that marble sculpture took from London to St Petersburg to avoid Greek seizure

Prado responds to Bosch downgrades by cancelling Dutch loans

Madrid museum still allows The Haywain to be centrepiece of blockbuster show in artist’s home town

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Germany could pay $3m to borrow Tehran’s Modern art

Negotiations include huge loan fee part of which will help fund revamp of Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art

Tehran’s Modern art could travel to the US

Hirshhorn holds preliminary talks but Berlin first in queue to borrow works by artists such as Gauguin, Pollock, Rothko, Picasso and Bacon

Art is a weapon as Russia and US fight cultural war

Relations worse than ever after federal US judge imposes $43.7m fine over Jewish Orthodox library

Prague’s Titian loan show delayed after insurers refuse to ship works

Concerns about the venue’s roof and paperwork delays have postponed the exhibition—insured for €160m—for six weeks

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