Museums & Heritage

Michigan contemporary art museum will close permanently due to funding shortages exacerbated by the pandemic

The Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, which opened 45 years ago, will shutter for good in February 2023

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Maxwell Alexandre forces Inhotim Institute in Brazil to remove his work, citing his ‘embarrassment’ over museum's treatment of Black subject matter

Large-scale paintings were featured without his knowledge in an exhibition at the vast contemporary art venue

First major dig in ancient Iraqi city since Isis destruction unearths ‘significant’ palace door sill

The artefact survived both Nimrud's decimation in 2016 and the fall of the Assyrian empire in the 7th century

Metropolitan Museum show to reunite two Van Gogh masterpieces after 120 years apart

A major exhibition next year will survey the artist’s fascination with the undulating trees

US campaign group sues Smithsonian over return of Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

Restitution Study Group have lost their first legal battle but insist the case is still pending

Is the UK National Trust influenced by a campaign group funded by lobbyists?

Restore Trust presents itself as a grassroots organisation of National Trust members. But senior lawyers are claiming it is funded by powerful, hidden sources

Metropolitan Museum receives $10m donation for ongoing performance art initiative

The philanthropist Adrienne Arsht is a longtime supporter of the museum and performing arts programmes nationwide

Secret talks between British Museum and Greece to return Parthenon Marbles in 'advanced stages'

If a deal is finalised, the contested sculptures are expected to be returned to Greece in early 2023, and will be displayed at the Acropolis Museum in Athens

Little progress is being made in diversifying US museum acquisitions, report preview finds

Data from the Burns Halperin Report 2022, published 13 December, shows the limited purchasing power of museums and how much they rely on donors to shape their collections

MoMA trustee Leon Black accused of rape

A lawsuit claims that the billionaire sexually assaulted a woman in Jeffrey Epstein's New York mansion

Poland says Kandinsky painting sold at Berlin auction house was stolen from the National Museum in Warsaw

Authorities are now taking legal steps to recover the work after it made €387,500 at Grisebach

Awardsnews

National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh gets annual Freelands Award

Prize worth £110,000 enables Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to host first UK museum show dedicated to Tanzanian-born artist Everlyn Nicodemus

Recently reopened Antwerp museum accused of 'amateurism, arrogance and awful taste' by Belgian art world

The Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, known as the KMSKA, is facing a barrage of criticism following its grand reopening in September

The last hurrah? Art world excess at Art Basel Miami Beach

Plus, UK culture cuts and Ukrainian Modernism in Madrid

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Looted antiquities returned to Turkey and Italy were seized from New York home of Met trustee Shelby White

An ongoing investigation into White's collection expects to see more objects repatriated in the future

National Museum of Scotland to repatriate looted totem pole

The museum will transfer the totem pole to the Nisga’a Nation of British Columbia

My Tennessee museum home: Dolly Parton plots Nashville institution

The country music superstar, already the subject of a museum at her Dollywood theme park, is planning a cultural complex in Nashville

Forthcoming Smithsonian American Women's History Museum receives $1m donation

The donation is the museum’s first corporate gift, from Zurich-based insurance giant Swiss Re

London National Gallery's cancelled partnership with Pushkin Museum revealed

UK museum now seeking loans to save blockbuster show of Modern art, after collaboration with Russia rejected

Unpredictable art critic vs hard right minister: Italy’s senior politicians clash over cultural policy

Issues such as free museums and safeguarding heritage are splitting the opinions of two officials in the Brothers of Italy party which swept to power in September

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Forget the World Cup: Qatar kicks off a major museum-building programme

With a slew of institutions set to open by 2030, the country is putting itself on the global cultural map—but on its own terms

In time for Christmas: London's National Gallery unveils newly-restored Piero della Francesca nativity scene

Painstaking restoration of Italian master’s revered painting reveals its full glory once more

Venice erects glass barriers around St Mark’s basilica to fight flooding

The decision to keep the Venetian lagoon's barriers open and allow more ships into the port had left the church without protection and vulnerable to water

'This land has an important history': Pritzker Prize-winning architects SANAA on their design for the Art Gallery of New South Wales

The designers behind the New Museum in New York and the Louvre-Lens talk about their latest project in Sydney

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Sneak peek: see inside Australia's newest museum expansion, neighbouring Sydney's famous opera house

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has been expanded with a new building by Japanese architects SANAA, while new displays will push Australia's Indigenous artists to the fore

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A vast forest of concrete columns: the Art Gallery of New South Wales opens new gallery in a disused oil tank

A once-hidden relic of the Second World War by Sydney's harbour has been turned into an underground exhibition space

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This is Australia: Six must-see artworks in the Art Gallery of New South Wales's collection

The Sydney-based museum has almost 36,000 pieces from across time and from around the world

In partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales

London's National Portrait Gallery receives £10m donation from Leonard Blavatnik

First floor of London museum to be renamed the "Blavatnik Wing" and will display 100 years of portraiture across nine galleries