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Victory without damage: ‘Just Stop Oil’s climate activism is one of the most successful disobedience campaigns ever’

The climate catastrophe has been brought to the forefront of the public mind without causing serious harm to the targeted works, says John Paul Stonard

Walker Art Center invites visitors to reimagine its galleries

The Minneapolis institution has crowdsourced its rehang—which means a lot more than just new configurations of works

Collector Reinhard Ernst’s abstract art gets a new home in Germany

The Museum Reinhard Ernst, opening this week in the city of Wiesbaden, houses works by Frank Stella, Jackson Pollock, Damien Hirst and Neo Rauch

Palm Springs Art Museum launches permanent LGBTQ+ programming

The California institution’s new Q+ Art initiative is the first of its kind in the US and includes exhibitions, public programming, acquisitions and awards

Almost untouched for a century, Swiss painter Albert Anker’s rural home opens to visitors

The Centre Albert Anker in Ins, Switzerland, is set to open to visitors on 7 June with an exhibition on the artist's travels to Italy

British Museum opens new storage and research facility

Known as BM_ARC, the site in Berkshire houses around 1.3 million objects from the London museum and is intended for scholars as well as members of the public

Where do the UK political parties stand on culture?

Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party—even the Animal Welfare Party—tell us about their policies for the arts

Tate director Maria Balshaw criticises British Museum’s sponsorship deal with BP

In an interview in the Observer newspaper, Balshaw also discussed the controversy around Tate Britain's Hogarth show, which one art critic described as "wokeish drivel"

Los Angeles's Institute of Contemporary Art reveals details of $12m revamp and expansion

The downtown museum has announced an ambitious renovation plan that centers local artists

Ukrainian museums call for better recognition of their role in reconstruction

More than 100 Ukrainian museum professionals, meeting in Berlin, pledge to rebuild a modern, inclusive cultural sector

New ‘Caravaggio’ work unveiled at the Prado divides scholars

Ecce Homo work goes on show at Madrid museum but some critics disagree with new attribution

Palais de Tokyo patron row intensifies after French art world figures sign letter of support

Sandra Hegedüs, who withdrew funding for the Paris centre, responded to the letter, signed by Chris Dercon among others, in Instagram posts

Palais de Tokyo ‘strongly rejects' patron's accusations it is ‘dictated by wokeism’

Sandra Hegedüs quit the Amis du Palais de Tokyo patrons group, withdrawing her financial support of the Paris institution, after stating that a show on Palestine was misleading

The Week in Art podcast | Should UK museums charge for entry? Plus, Michelangelo’s last decades and Maria Blanchard

The case for and against the policy of free admission for UK museums, a tour of the British Museum's new Michelangelo show and an in-depth look at Maria Blanchard’s Girl at Her First Communion in Malaga

Baroque guardhouse’s floating concrete cube in Dresden holds vast avant-garde gift

Archive of the Avant-Garde in German city’s renovated Blockhaus hosts Egidio Marzona’s collection of paintings, drawings and vast documentary archive of letters, manuscripts, sketches, invitations and stickers

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Young V&A makes shortlist for UK museum of the year prize

The shortlist of five for Art Fund's ₤120,000 award also includes the Craven Museum, Dundee Contemporary Arts, the National Portrait Gallery and the Manchester Museum

Anger as Vienna's new Actionism museum shows child abuser's art

The inclusion of Otto Muehl, who was convicted of sexual abuses against minors, has triggered protests at the Vienna Actionism Museum, which opened in March

Gallery devoted to customs officer-turned-artist George Wyllie opens in Scotland

The Wyllieum is part of a new cruise ship visitor centre in Greenock

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How Koyo Kouoh is getting Zeitz Mocaa museum back on track

Over the past five years Kouoh has been turning around the fortunes of one of Africa's biggest museums, focusing on its collection, governance and funding streams

Macabre wax models take limelight in Florence museum

La Specola reopens, displaying its realistic 18th- and 19th-century corpse stand-ins

Acquisitions round-up: Louvre acquires Jean-Siméon Chardin's Basket of Wild Strawberries after fundraising campaign

Plus, Morel cup enters the Musée d'Orsay and non-profit Joy of Giving Something gifts photography collection to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

'La Psyché': London's National Gallery acquires its first painting by the Impressionist Eva Gonzalès

Acquisition a month before museum's 200th anniversary makes Gonzalès just the 20th woman artist to be represented in the collection

Boston science museum brings climate action to the fore with year-long initiative

Year of the Earthshot features more than 1,000 interdisciplinary programmes that explore climate solutions, from immersive exhibitions to a project with Unesco and four World Heritage Sites—and an online cooking show

Austria names Fatima Hellberg to run Mumok, Vienna’s museum of Modern art

Currently director of Bonn’s Kunstverein, Hellberg takes up her new post in October 2025

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Museum employee hangs his own art in Munich institution—and gets the chop

Budding artist surreptitiously displayed his work alongside art by Andy Warhol

UK museums take global lead in sustainability

However arts organisations worldwide trail behind the corporate sector and academia, according to a study, often because of limited resources

'Building your way to sustainability is a bad idea, no matter how green your new building is'

Renovations need to win out over new extensions, says sustainability professor Martin Müller, and museums need to 'get back to basics'

How a Louisiana museum is teaching students about African American history through contemporary art

The Louisiana institution's Wangechi Mutu exhibition gives students a new perspective on African American studies

Judith Butler pulls out of Pompidou lectures after Israel-Hamas comments

The Berkeley professor did not want to be a "distraction" to the event in Paris after she was criticised for describing the 7 October attacks as an “act of armed resistance”

Hong Kong's M+ museum is among the 20 most visited globally

Other art institutions in the Special Administrative Region also enjoyed healthy figures in 2023, according to The Art Newspaper's annual attendance survey