Museums & Heritage

Do museums still matter? New show at Mudam Luxembourg examines why and how institutions operate

Exhibition taps into contemporary debates about social and geopolitical changes

Florence’s new open storage facility is bringing long-hidden art into public view

The Florentine Civic Museums’ depository is part of a trend that is seeing institutions find ways of making more use of their archives

Washington state's Bellevue Arts Museum faces 'dire' financial straits

The institution may be forced to close its doors if it doesn't raise the requisite funds, says its permanent director less than a week into her new role

Toppled Edward Colston statue to go on permanent display in UK museum

It will be housed at Bristol’s M Shed museum after a decision by the city’s councillors

V&A aims to outflank the Met over £2m ivory

An export licence has now been deferred a second time to allow the UK museum to raise funds

British Museum accused of silencing critics after being targeted on social media to return Easter Island statues

The museum switched off comments on one of its Instagram posts after it was flooded with calls for the restitution of the moai objects

The dawn of the entrepreneurial museum

With traditional philanthropic models on the wane, US institutions like the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the Andy Warhol Museum are engaging in unconventional partnerships and launching spin-off businesses

UK Science Museum Group announces move into Saudi Arabia

Organisation announces plans for a “museums hub” in Riyadh

Art Institute of Chicago receives $25m gift for new photography centre

The Bucksbaum family’s donation is the largest the museum’s photography department has ever received

Jennifer Lopez, Bad Bunny, Zendaya and Chris Hemsworth to co-chair 2024 Met Gala

The annual benefit gala's theme for this year is "The Garden of Time"; as usual, Vogue editor Anna Wintour will chair the event

Two paintings that were stolen from Peruvian church are returned

Prior to their seizure, the paintings had been offered to the auction house Doyle for consignment

Portland Museum of Art lays off 13 workers amid $100m expansion project

The museum in Maine’s largest city cited financial hardships brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic and a persistent drop in attendance

Museum president in Italy resigns following backlash over Giorgia Meloni picture

The inverted photo of the Italian prime minister has drawn comparisons to images of Benito Mussolini's execution

Newly reopened Orsanmichele in Florence smashes visitor records in first few weeks

The church, which has undergone an extensive renovation, welcomed more than six months’ worth of visitors in the first three weeks after the work was completed

Staff at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art launch campaign to form union

If their campaign is successful, around 100 workers at the museum would be represented by the union

Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum reveals details of $97m renovation project

The institution's “gift to the city, the province and beyond”, OpenROM will upgrade its public space, improve accessibility and add 6,000 sq. ft of galleries

‘MoMA, dump Kravis’: activists call on museum to break up with board chair in Valentine’s Day protest

A coalition of environmental-justice organisations renewed their calls for the removal of board chair Marie-Josée Kravis

New York governor seeks removal of problematic images of Native Americans

Kathy Hochul has proposed removing certain imagery from the state capitol in Albany

30 archaeological artefacts returned to Mexican authorities in Los Angeles ceremony

Objects ranging from the 1st century to the 15th century were handed over at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles earlier this month

Acquisitions round-up: the Städel Museum in Frankfurt shows off its Honoré Daumier bequest

Plus, Olmec statuette becomes Kimbell Art Museum’s “most significant work of ancient American art” and Madrid’s Museo del Romanticismo buys an early Goya

Protester charged for defacing African American Civil War memorial at US National Gallery of Art

A climate activist with the group Declare Emergency has been taken into custody over a paint-smearing incident at the museum last year

Under the bonnet: €300,000 Ferrari-funded restoration completed on 13th-century Cimabue fresco

Maestà di Assisi, located in the saint's home town, which survived a deadly earthquake in 1997, has been returned to its original luminosity

How Poland’s new government has begun shaking up the arts sector

Donald Tusk’s coalition is revoking cultural leadership appointments made by the previous right-wing regime—but is cancelling Poland’s Venice Biennale artist a step too far?

Sportnews

Game on: Museums in Kansas City and San Francisco face off in Super Bowl duel

While California law prevents SFMoMA from wagering the loan of a work on the outcome of the NFL’s championship game, officials there and at the Nelson-Atkins Museum have found a creative solution

German Academy of Arts opens Otto Dix archive—and recalls a scandal

Dix’s war painting The Trench, lost during the Second World War, is in focus at the opening

Black museums face greater peril in the climate crisis

The Association of African American Museums outlines heightened issues facing Black cultural centres, including old infrastructure, coastal locations and lack of access to funds and resources

The latest exhibition at England's Baltic sets a whole new bar for showing art in a climate crisis

Stepping Softly on the Earth embodies the themes of sustainability and interconnectedness both in its theme and how it has been put together

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