Museums & Heritage

Scrapped: $789m plan to demolish and rebuild Canadian museum on hold amid backlash

What would have been the most expensive museum project in Canadian history is paused indefinitely due to opposition over its cost

Smithsonian's hunt for sites for national Latino and women’s museums narrowed down to four locations

The institution will announce the selected Washington, DC sites for the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum by the end of the year

Plans for $70m National Juneteenth Museum in Texas come into full view

The museum will be housed in a 50,000 sq. ft timber structure on Fort Worth's Southside designed by Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group

Art Gallery of Ontario unveils its first public art commission, an elephantine bronze by Brian Jungen

The massive sculpture, five years in the making, depicts a tragic circus elephant recreated out of trashed leather furniture

Activist group’s film projection on Victoria and Albert Museum façade raises concerns about trustees’ politics

The ethics of the South Kensington museum are in question after hosting Conservative Party fundraiser

New dam could drown ancient Iraqi city of Ashur

Having survived Islamic State, Assyrian capital is under threat once again

The newly-restored Morgan Library and Museum opens a public garden

The $13m project entailed a comprehensive exterior restoration and landscape redesign

Developers circle as unique industrial building in English Unesco World Heritage site faces closure

Strutt’s North Mill Museum in Derbyshire is set to close following the withdrawal of local authority funding

Vast Anglo-Saxon burial ground discovered during work on the UK’s HS2 rail route

Archaeologists found swords, jewellery and ear wax removers at the site

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Unionised Philadelphia Museum of Art workers rally to push contract negotiations forward

Negotiations between the union and museum leadership have been ongoing since October 2020

Nearly 20 years after the invasion of Iraq, an artist revisits the looting of the national museum in Baghdad

The Iranian-born artist Abbas Akhavan’s installation at the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver re-stages a scene captured at the Iraq Museum in 2003

Monumental Sanford Biggers sculpture will welcome visitors to Orange County Museum of Art's new home

The sculpture will be installed prominently outdoors at the Southern California museum's new $93m Morphosis-designed building

Jewel box museum of Old Master artworks reopens in San Diego

The Timken Museum of Art, the only museum with a Rembrandt on public display in San Diego, underwent a major two-year renovation

Austrian collector Heidi Goëss-Horten has died, aged 81, days after her new museum opens

The Heidi Horten Collection in Vienna includes works by Andy Warhol, Lucio Fontana and Damien Hirst

UK export bar placed on Nicolas Poussin’s £19m masterpiece

Museums must match the price of the work titled Confirmation, which has been put on the market by the Duke of Rutland

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Uffizi gallery makes only €70,000 from Michelangelo NFT that sold for €240,000

Deal with Cinello company fuels debate about ownership of Old Master masterpieces in the metaverse age

Moving Michelangelo and hauling Holbein: renovation headache for London's National Gallery

A bicentenary renovation project makes the London museum play a tricky game of musical chairs with its collection

Paris Hilton helps Lacma launch fund to acquire digital art by women

The heiress and NFT evangelist is supporting a new acquisition fund at the museum, which has a history of supporting artists working with cutting-edge technology

US museums must confront ‘inherited colonial narratives’, says Thomas Campbell, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Two years after the death of George Floyd, conversations about racism are morphing into lasting policy change

Crypto crash: what now for NFTs and the art world?

Plus, Norway’s mega-museum and a Spanish-American screen in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Is Ukraine's cultural heritage under coordinated attack?

Sites are suffering widespread destruction, but a coalition of organisations is working to provide evidence of deliberate targeting by Russian forces

Tom Seymour. with additional reporting by Sophia Kishkovsky

American Museum of Natural History president Ellen V. Futter steps down after almost 30 years in the post

Futter, who became the first woman to lead a major New York museum when she took the role in 1993, oversaw a period of enormous growth at the institution

As it marks a decade in its new building, New York's Parrish Art Museum hires Mónica Ramírez-Montagut as its next director

Ramírez-Montagut was most recently the director of Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Artefacts long held by the Smithsonian will go on view at new Mi’ kmaw cultural centre in Nova Scotia

The $50m centre is scheduled to open in 2025 and showcase works on long-term loan from the National Museum of the American Indian

Director of Canada’s National Gallery will be next leader of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

In Philadelphia, Sasha Suda will succeed Timothy Rub, whose 13-year tenure included both major achievements and significant turmoil

Former Whitney Museum vice chairman Warren Kanders still profits from tear gas sales despite claiming he would divest

A recent investigation revealed that rather than divest his chemical weapons divisions, as he claimed he would, Kanders has reconfigured his holdings

Canadian First Nation calls for portion of controversial $789m museum budget to be spent repatriating Indigenous artefacts

The province’s enormous expenditure to rebuild the Royal British Columbia Museum should include funding repatriation efforts, the Tseshaht First Nation says

Inhotim founder Bernardo Paz, acquitted of money laundering, donates more than 300 works from his collection to the institute

Paz had been accused of transferring nearly $100m made as donations to the sprawling art centre to his mining and steel companies