Museums & Heritage

Shock as Janusz Janowski appointed new director of Poland’s leading Zacheta National Gallery of Art by right-wing culture minister

Most recent hire without an open competition is viewed by critics as latest step in government's agenda of placing conservative appointees in control of cultural institutions

Richard Unwinabout 16 hours ago

'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

Sophia Kishkovskyabout 21 hours ago

Federal agency approves disputed redesign of Hirshhorn Museum’s Modernist sculpture garden

National Capital Planning Commission welcomes revisions to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s proposal for an expanded reflecting pool and stacked stone walls

Nancy Kenney1 day ago

Jorge Pardo: ‘I don’t draw by hand anymore’

The Cuban American artist on the advanced technology he uses to create his drawings and objects

Remains of 'last fugitive' killed by Mount Vesuvius eruption unearthed at Herculaneum

Discovery announced as part of new excavations that will open up the ancient beachfront to visitors

Rubells’ Washington, DC museum is taking shape

Among the amenities in the works is an observation space where visitors can watch resident artists at work

Catholic church's proposed redesign of Notre Dame interior provokes outrage

Plans to revamp the fire-ravaged cathedral with contemporary art and multilingual projections of Bible quotes have been compared to Disneyland

Germany launches online portal for museum objects acquired in the colonial era

So far 25 institutions have contributed 8,000 entries; the plan is to expand it and translate it into several languages

‘More is more’: San Francisco’s new contemporary art centre reveals latest hires and inaugural programmes

The Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco makes four key hires ahead of a series of pop-up events and exhibitions starting in January

Fraud: the case of Inigo Philbrick

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

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Egypt's ancient road of 1,000 sphinxes, buried under sand for centuries, unveiled in spectacular ceremony

The path, which was rediscovered in 1949, connects the temples of Luxor and Karnak in the east of the country

Futuristic dreams rub shoulders with everyday innovations in new Smithsonian show

‘Futures’ inaugurates the renovated Arts and Industries Building with an array of technological wonders ranging from the prosaic to the otherworldly

Magnificent Roman mosaic discovered in a farmer's field is 'UK's most exciting find of its kind in a century'

The first ever mosaic illustrating scenes from Homer’s Iliad, it would have decorated an imposing dining and entertainment space within a major villa complex

More refugees to be trained as tour guides at Oxford University museums after £1m gift from Saudi foundation

Funding from Alwaleed Philanthropies will support Multaka project working with 200 refugees and asylum seekers over the next five years

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"

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

Australian painter's beloved Bundanon estate to be reborn with 32 guest rooms and a bushfire-resistant gallery

Arthur Boyd's rural home—which hosts his collection and Australia's largest residency programme—will reopen after a major expansion in early 2022

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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

Biden administration moves to block oil and gas exploitation near Pueblo cultural sites in New Mexico

Chaco Canyon, a Unesco World Heritage site since 1987, was to be opened to drilling under a Trump administration plan

Restoration of Courtauld Gallery's Botticelli altarpiece yields surprising new discoveries

Technical studies on neglected painting cast valuable light on the workings of the Renaissance master's Florence studio and on the question of attribution

A director’s tour of London’s revamped Courtauld Gallery

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces are back on view after a major building transformation and “looking better than ever”

Oxford University lists 145 looted Benin objects in collections

The director of the Pitt Rivers Museum says the report is a step in the restitution process

Qatari sheikh's treasures go on show at 'mini-Versailles' in Paris for the next 20 years

Collection of Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani finds a long-term home at the Hôtel de la Marine, the former repository of French royal furniture, art and jewels

‘We had to give it our best shot’: inside the Getty’s record-setting Caillebotte acquisition

The Los Angeles museum’s first Caillebotte fills a major gap in its telling of the history of Impressionism

Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art brings in new curatorial leadership

René Morales of the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Jamillah James of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, will fill key vacancies at the MCA

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MFA Boston workers who unionised go on strike

More than 200 workers at the museum are striking for a day in protest of stalled contract negotiations

London museum wants to move controversial slaver statue to 'less prominent space'

Museum of the Home trustees vote to relocate the sculpture after UK government pressured them to keep it

Boris Johnson says British Museum trustees must decide fate of the Parthenon Marbles

The British Prime Minister met with Greek leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who reiterates that the ancient sculptures should be shown at the Acropolis Museum

Discovery of Turkish 11,400-year-old village challenges ideas of when and why humans first settled down

Excavations at monumental site Karahan Tepe, near the Turkish-Syrian border, suggest that society was established before the dawn of agriculture

Temple reliefs provide a rare glimpse into how artists made ancient Egyptian art

Less-experienced artists carved body parts, while master sculptors worked on faces among archaeologist's discoveries at the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut

Going underground: English poet Alexander Pope’s hidden grotto to be saved

A relic of national importance, the man-made cave is all that remains of his villa and gardens—and is only accessible through a school dining hall

Ancient Krishnas are reunited with their body parts

A collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and the National Museum of Cambodia revealed that each boy god had been given the other’s limbs during earlier conservation work

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

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

Running at 7%: Tate Modern's visitors slumped from 5.7 million at its peak to just 361,000 in 2020/21

Annual financial accounts show extent of fall in visitor numbers at national museums

Berlin museum acquires vast collection of antisemitic objects amassed by German man who helped Jewish people hide from Nazis

Wolfgang Haney, who died in 2017, assembled 15,000 postcards, leaflets, photographs and more bearing witness to the persecution of Jewish people

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

Slaves' room unearthed in Pompeii reveals lives of marginalised citizens

Previous discoveries made during the excavation of the Civita Giuliana villa include a ceremonial chariot and the bodies of two men

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

Seven ways museums are responding to the climate crisis

We talk to museum innovators around the world who are taking climate action, from the art on the walls to the food on the restaurant menu

Crime news

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

Archaeologists have mapped the ancient capital of the Mongolian Empire

Little has been know about the city of Karakorum where Genghis Khan once established a camp—until now

'An important chap': archaeologists in Egypt discover the tomb of an ancient royal treasurer

The tomb from the time of King Ramesses II is the latest big discovery at Saqqara, south of Cairo

Diego Rivera's grand vision for Mexico City's Anahuacalli complex realised after nearly eight decades

Thirteen new structures now flank the main museum building of the complex, which houses Rivera's collection of pre-Hispanic art

How British Museum's maintenance woes have kept Parthenon Marbles off view for a full year

The poor condition of the London museum’s Greek and Assyrian galleries—with roofs in disrepair causing long closures—is adding to calls for the restitution of the contested works

Napoleonic-era mass grave discovered beneath cellars in the Czech Republic

Skeletons of 12 men believed to have fought in the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 have been discovered in Brno

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

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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

Studio Museum in Harlem raises $210m for new David Adjaye building

Site for black artists expected to open in 2024 with site-specific commission by Theaster Gates

Cambridge University college becomes first UK institution to return looted Benin bronze to Nigeria

Following restitution of a cockerel sculpture by Jesus College, the University of Aberdeen will hand over another looted artefact in a ceremony today

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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

Fragonard’s The Swing has been restored—and it's saucier than ever

The great Rococo painting in the Wallace Collection in London has been cleaned, revealing some mischievous details

Ancient gold ewer returned to Turkey after V&A expert links it to illicit antiquities trade

The piece was part of the Gilbert Collection which is not bound by the same legal restrictions around deaccessioning as the London museum