Monuments

William Kentridge calls on UK to find consensus over its ‘shameful past’ like South Africa has with apartheid

Ahead of his major retrospective at the Royal Academy this autumn, South African artist says Britain needs "imaginative solutions" for colonial era statues

Ukraine demolishes Kyiv monument symbolising friendship with Russia

The titanium People’s Friendship Arch above the statue will remain but be renamed the Arch of Freedom of the Ukrainian People

Nigerian installation in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral provokes debate around restitution and colonial monuments

Victor Ehikhamenor's towering work has been placed beside the building's memorial to the man who led the plunder of the Benin bronzes in 1897

New report recommends Bristol’s controversial slaver statue—torn down by BLM protestors—be permanently installed in museum

After four people who toppled Edward Colston statue are acquitted, the debate over problematic public art deepens

Biden administration reverses Trump-era restrictions on federal art commissions

In the waning months of his presidency, Donald Trump’s administration imposed a ban on commissioning abstract or modernist art for federal buildings

Simone Leigh statue of African deity installed at former site of Confederate monument in New Orleans

Leigh’s sculpture was unveiled at the symbolically charged site in the city centre during the closing weekend of the fifth Prospect New Orleans triennial

Controversial statue of Theodore Roosevelt removed from American Museum of Natural History

The equestrian statue, which depicts Roosevelt on horseback flanked by a Native American man and a man of African descent, had been the focus of years-long campaigns from activists calling for its removal

Man arrested for attacking sculpture by paedophile artist Eric Gill outside BBC Broadcasting House in London

Campaigners have called for the removal of the statue for decades, which they say is “a monument to paedophilia”, but the BBC says it will stay

The ugly pursuit of beauty: how traditional architecture has become a battleground for right-wing politicians

With the culture wars in full swing, reactionary ideas on city-making are again in the ascendant, argues architecture and heritage critic Robert Bevan

Kazakhstan protestors topple statue of former leader as unrest sweeps the country

A sharp fuel price hike triggered widespread demonstrations in the former Soviet republic with artists calling for a stop to the violence

Colston: Four BLM protestors found not guilty of criminal damage after toppling Bristol slave trader statue

Trial reignited the debate about the value of colonial-era contested monuments and statues

Trial of 'Colston Four', who helped topple slave trader statue in Bristol, begins

Banksy is selling t-shirts to help fund costs of four accused protestors

Defacement of fascist inventor's statue in Rome revealed to be artist hoax

Fake bust of Guglielmo Marconi in Villa Borghese park was spray-painted to draw attention to the manipulation of truth in the media

Confederate statue at centre of deadly Virginia rally will be melted down to make new monument

The city council in Charlottesville, Virginia, chose to give the controversial work to a local organisation over proposals to relocate it to Texas, California or other distant sites

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Letter | Would you keep public monuments honouring the late Jimmy Savile?

No one would argue that removing statues of the sex criminal is “cancelling culture”, yet this logic is routinely used to defend monuments of slavers, argues one of The Art Newspaper's readers

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Controversial Roosevelt statue will be relocated to planned North Dakota presidential library

The statue, which has long stood outside New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, has been the focus of years-long campaigns by activists calling for its removal

Miami Beach artist Charo Oquet wins Bass Museum commission for temporary monument

The commission, the second in the Bass’s ‘New Monuments’ series, will be installed in Collins Park in spring 2022

Statue of George Floyd in Union Square vandalised for second time

The sculpture, previously targeted by white supremacists in Brooklyn, was splattered with paint less than two days after it was installed in Manhattan

Bank of England removes ten slave trader works

But contentious statues of politicians involved in slave trade still remain in city's Guildhall building

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Destroying public symbols of the past will not lead to a juster society. We must keep our mistakes visible

Our monuments should be radically relabelled or repurposed to better represent who we are today, says former British Museum director Neil MacGregor

Liverpool audio installation revisits history of slaver statue toppled 40 years ago

Sound piece at site where William Huskisson sculpture was brought down is part of citywide Statues Redressed project

Queen Victoria statue defrocked after ex-politician Nigel Farage blasts public art project addressing UK’s slavery history

Right-wing commentator says he is "tired of this endless conversation about the UK's complicity with slavery"

Crowds topple statues of Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II in Winnipeg amid anger over deaths of Indigenous children

The monuments were torn down during Canada Day celebrations, which marks the country's confederation

Movement grows to replace statues of Columbus with ones dedicated to a more respected figure—TV detective Lieutenant Columbo

Fans of Peter Falk and his dishevelled but dogged investigative persona have been quick to get behind the idea

Monuments of European colonisers are vandalised and toppled in Colombia

The Colombian ministry of culture says it will form a committee to review contested memorials

Roosevelt equestrian statue will leave American Museum of Natural History soon

A unanimous vote by the New York City Public Design Commission has cleared the way for the controversial statue’s removal to a new home dedicated to the former US president

'Geffrye must fall': Labour MP Diane Abbott leads protests demanding slaver statue be removed from London museum

Former UK shadow home secretary led protests at the Museum of the Home in Hoxton, which reopened to the public at the weekend

Colston returns—controversial statue of slave trader to go on show in Bristol museum

Visitors to M Shed display asked to give feedback about the future of the sculpture

World’s oldest war memorial may have been identified in Syria

The White Monument at Tell Banat contains the bones of what are believed to be around 30 dead soldiers, posed as if they fell in battle

Fuelling culture war, UK government forms new 'retain and explain' board for controversial monuments

"Independence cuts both ways," UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden warns museums and heritage bodies