Museum acquisitions

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


Extinction Rebellion designs go on show at Victoria and Albert Museum

Flags, pamphlets and logos by the climate activist organisation were acquired for museum's Rapid Response Collecting gallery

Greek collector Dimitris Daskalopoulos aids Athens museum acquisitions

National Museum of Contemporary Art spends €50,000 on new works from Frieze


Tate Acquisitions: Felix Gonzalez-Torres

The artist's work is among 287 purchases made by Tate in the last year


The story behind Matisse's Backs: Tate's bargain buy

The gallery paid £11,000 for the four bronze sculptures in 1957 - Christie's just sold one for $48.8m


Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund adds to the Tate’s collection

Works by Lorna Simpson, Július Koller, and Jimmie Durham make up the selections this year


Tate looks to young international artists with £120,000 acquisition fund

The works selected reflect Tate's increasingly global outlook and support of young artists

'Spanish Forger' miniatures bought by V&A

Scholars no nearer to finding the faker’s identity


Tate’s Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund picks bring new artists to the gallery

The supercharged shopping trip was worth £125,000 this year

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Anthony d’Offay deal with Tate and Scotland sets tax precedent for UK philanthropy

For his partial donation of £125m worth of art, the dealer received £26.5m—the price he originally paid for the collection—tax free

David Hockney donates his largest painting to Tate

Bigger Trees near Warter is 12m long and 4.5m high, and made up of 50 separate canvases


Tate buys Charles Saatchi’s Chapman sculptures

The faux-ethnographic sculptures may be the gallery's most expensive contemporary art purchase


Tate to buy more work by women

The gender imbalance within the Tate's holdings is to be redressed, following in the footsteps of the Moderna Museet in Stockholm


Tate launches appeal to buy Turner's Blue Rigi

The Blue Rigi has been sold to an overseas collector, and after last year's loss of the Dark Rigi the pressure is on


Tate to launch campaign to buy Turner’s Blue Rigi for £5m–the highest price it has ever paid for a work of art

The gallery is hoping to display all three Rigi watercolours in January, uniting them for the first time

Salvador Dalí tea set for V&A

Will be shown in Surreal Things exhibition next year


What Tate bought at Frieze 2006

The Outset/Frieze Art Fair Fund's budget of £150,000 saw 28 works enter the collection

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Tate is not a museum: Gallery could lose privileges

As it is not accredited by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council due to its deacquisition guidelines


Outside curators buy for Tate at Frieze

This year's haul included video, installations, and photos but no paintings


MoMA acquires key Hockney piece

MoMA’s $3 million cup of tea

Pinault sells Rauschenberg to MoMA for $30 million

French billionaire has recently sold works by Rothko, Warhol and Mondrian

V&A and British Museum join together to buy Buddha

Purchased with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and National Arts Collection Fund

Tate director, Nicholas Serota: Recent art is patrimony too

Serota discusses export laws and what is truly significant to public collections