Museums

Berlin museum that championed forgotten women artists for almost 40 years closes due to lack of funds

The Verborgene Museum held exhibitions for more than 150 artists including Jewish painter Lotte Laserstein

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A Mexican millionaire is building a museum to house his art collection, and using public funds to do it

Mauricio Fernández Garza first proposed the structure, which is a replica of his mansion in San Pedro Garza García, near Monterrey, when he was mayor of the well-heeled town

Louvre teams up with Sotheby’s to investigate provenance of works bought during the Second World War

The auction house will help the Parisian institution research the history of items purchased between 1933 and 1945, which "may lead to restitutions"

UK’s first LGBTQ museum to open in London this spring

Queer Britain charity pledges new institution will be free of charge

The mind-blowing Van Gogh gallery that never was

What happened to the 1923 plan for a Grand Museum to house the collection of Helene Kröller-Müller

Tate Liverpool plans £25m gallery overhaul—with help from UK government’s ‘level up’ fund

The £10m public grant is part of a new initiative aimed at equalising quality of living between the north and south

US museums revise Covid-19 safety measures amid Omicron surge, some requiring high-quality masks

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Harvard Art Museums have banned cloth masks, requiring visitors wear more robust face coverings, while other museums ponder new restrictions as cases skyrocket

NFTs IRL: Seattle to be home to first museum dedicated to blockchain art

New institution will include exhibitions about digital art, as well as QR codes for visitors to view NFT works

Mona Lisa to go digital as boom for immersive art shows grows

Officials at the Grand Palais hope a new strand of multimedia exhibitions will tap into a growing global market

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India's largest art museum to open Islamic gallery

The Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad contains around 2,500 objects related to Islamic faiths and traditions

Decolonising museums, embracing 'Green Culture' and boosting arts funding: Germany’s new culture minister reveals plans

Claudia Roth says she will rethink Humboldt Forum and set up a central “green culture” desk in the country

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How an Australian collector’s strings-attached gift paved the way for a new $36m museum

Shepparton Art Museum opened late last year but a ballooning budget and conflicting local politics have made led to a mixed reception

Meet the man making millions for Western museums in China

Following his alliance with the British Museum, Yizan He has now secured global licensing rights to sell branded products in partnership with major art institutions worldwide

Making a fresh start: new museum openings for 2022

While the pandemic may have forced museums around the world into an involuntary temporary slumber, builders have been busy. Here are the most exciting new and expanded museums opening in 2022

Belgium plans to hand back colonial loot to DR Congo

New law will set up expert commission to sift through thousands of objects at the Royal Museum for Central Africa

US museums close or reduce capacity as Omicron variant causes surge in Covid-19 cases

The Metropolitan Museum will stay opened at reduced capacity, while others like the Yale University Art Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art close temporarily

Museums in London start to shut down as Omicron wave sweeps capital

Natural History Museum closes due to front-of-house staff shortages caused by Covid-19

From NFTs to LFTs: 2021's biggest art stories—and what they mean

The Art Newspaper team picks apart this year’s most important developments, from demands for colonial restitution to the return of culture wars

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From artist residency to fully-fledged museum: Ghana's new space for contemporary African art prepares to open in March

Just a year after launching a studio programme in Accra, its ambitious young founder is turning it into a museum

National Museum of Afghanistan reopens—but staff are unpaid and Taliban are guarding the treasures

Recent images show militia taking photographs of artefacts on their mobile phones

Van Gogh gets a facelift: conservation of self-portrait to be revealed in London

The Kröller-Müller Museum painting will be unveiled in the Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition

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Italy’s museums move to stop ticket touts’ post-Covid comeback

The Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia are among those finding ways to prevent re-sellers from inflating ticket prices

'Frightening' price tag and soap opera drama: Moscow’s GES-2 House of Culture opens opposite Kremlin

Power plant arts centre backed by Russian billionaire makes its long-awaited debut with a “dream exhibition” for Ragnar Kjartansson and a carnival in four acts

Fraud: the case of Inigo Philbrick

Plus, Warhol’s Catholicism and Moscow’s new museums

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How China's museums are cosying up to commercial galleries for big-ticket exhibitions

Dealers are eagerly filling curatorial gaps in new museums with shows for their artists, but does the market hold too much sway?

Tate Britain director defends museum against accusations of ‘cancelling Hogarth’

Critics round on exhibition’s alternative interpretations of Hogarth paintings, describing them as "wokeish drivel"

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As Missouri marks its bicentennial, new book explores a millennium of objects from the state

Countering settler narratives, Saint Louis Art Museum exhibition and catalogue examines the artistic contributions and experiences of marginalised groups

Uffizi gets down with the kids, lowering Renaissance masterpieces to children’s eye level

The new initiative also involves a team of museum guards tasked with responding to tiny tots' niggling queries

Blockbuster Vermeer exhibition forced to close as Germany faces fourth coronavirus wave

German health minister warns that by the end of the winter, everyone will be “vaccinated, recovered or dead”

Garage Museum expands in Gorky park with move into historic Hexagon pavilion

Sanaa architects masterplan turns 1920s site in Moscow into vast exhibition space and library

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How a Milan museum won the battle to show the world’s most important private collection of Futurist art

Famous Mattioli collection loan will make Museo del Novecento “undoubtedly the most important centre for Futurist art” when it goes on display next spring

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Abu Dhabi plans two new museums in addition to Guggenheim and Zayed

Announcement was made at yesterday's preview of Abu Dhabi Art 2021, where cultural leaders were keen to emphasise their commitment to the emirate following its strict lockdown

Review: Hong Kong's highly anticipated M+ museum opens—but can it withstand political pressure?

This world-class institution is a magnificent achievement, but it faces a profoundly different political environment today from its inception 25 years ago

'End BP sponsorship of British Museum': 90 heritage professionals sign open letter against oil giant

Archaeologists and museum professionals "urge" institution to cut ties with British Petroleum company

Skateboarders fight back against Berlin Neue Nationalgalerie ban

Museum says ban protects the building and sculptures—but has attracted criticism for ostracising younger generation

Experts raise alarm over fate of Georgia's leading art museum amid political upheaval

Concerns persist that a government-backed renovation of the Shalva Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts in Tbilisi could endanger its collection of 139,000 ancient and modern works

London’s National Gallery reveals slavery history in new research—including its founder’s ties to Caribbean

The data, published today, found 67 individuals connected to the slave trade including John Julius Angerstein who helped to establish the museum's collection

Humboldt Forum to remove medallion honouring far-right donor

Ehrhardt Bödecker’s family requested the removal after his “militaristic, anti-democratic and in some respects, radically right-wing and antisemitic” views became public

Removal of Welsh slave trader painting from National Museum Cardiff is ‘censoring history’, says BBC broadcaster

Newsreader Huw Edwards will now be invited to the museum to hear more about the reinterpretation process

Smithsonian Museum of African Art removes Benin bronzes from display and plans to repatriate them

“We cannot build for the future without making our best effort at healing the wounds of the past,” the museum’s director says

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Trial begins for Spanish museum director accused of spending €3.4m on forged works

Consuelo Císcar, the former director of the Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, is said to have bought works attributed to Gerardo Rueda—but that were painted by his son

Miss Clara, the Indian rhinoceros, and other fantastic beasts—a rich exhibition catalogue considers the cruel fashion for touring celebrity animals

This analysis, while celebrating the skill of artists and artisans, does not ignore the exploitative practices of previous centuries

Museums must take action on climate change now—before it’s too late

Cultural institutions have an ethical duty to speak out about the crisis, and are uniquely qualified to empower people to live more sustainably, says Horniman Museum director Nick Merriman

Official at St Petersburg's State Hermitage breaks visitor's nose—live on Instagram

Russian influencer posts aftermath of assault to her 1.5 million followers as state authorities target social media users posting in museums

More turmoil at UK Science Museum Group as two trustees step down over ties to coal conglomerate

Hannah Fry and Jo Foster quit museum as it partners with Indian company Adani to sponsor a new "green" gallery, due to open in 2023

15 seconds of art: Brazil's Instituto Inhotim embraces Instagram

Art space in Belo Horizonte found an innovative way to engage with its audience during the pandemic—and now it's here to stay

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Major art space and residency programme opens in Angolan capital of Luanda

The Nesr Art Foundation, a philanthropic enterprise by the family behind Webcor Group, intends to counter under-representation of African art

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In returning an ancient gold ewer to Turkey, the UK's Gilbert Trust made the right decision

The Anatolian artefact had been on long-term loan to London's Victoria & Albert Museum, although not on display. Restitution is a complex issue, but in this case it was the right move

England's culture sector to receive £850m in extra funding from Treasury

The budget, to be announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday, has earmarked £300m for museums to "redevelop and refurbish their sites"

Russia declares week of 'non-working days' following Covid spike, reducing museum capacity and closing cultural venues

Restrictions will come into force between 30 October and 7 November after cases reached highest-ever level since start of pandemic

As the Photographers’ Gallery in London turns 50, we look at five of its defining shows

The institution's director Brett Rogers has selected five key shows from the past five decades

Centre Pompidou's three-year closure delayed until after the Paris Olympics—but will it now miss its own 50th anniversary?

Crucial renovations will happen after the games in 2024, putting a question mark over whether the gallery will be open for its 50-year celebrations in 2027

'Most important gift in recent decades': trove of works by Kandinsky, Otto Dix and Max Ernst donated to Städel Museum in Frankfurt

The bequest from the estate of the German photographer Ulrike Crespo includes 90 works and will go on show in November.

Denver’s Gio Ponti-designed Art Museum gets a $150m revamp and a remix

Campus expansion opens up “standoffish” building and inspires a total rehang of the encyclopaedic art collections

French art foundation unveils plans for mobile museum on board a €32m catamaran

Art Explora, set up by the tech entrepreneur Frédéric Jousset, will launch the vessel in 2023 with a tour around the Mediterranean