Museums & Heritage

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A topsy-turvy world: five artworks that have been hung upside down by curators

From Mondrian to Rothko, when it comes to hanging a painting, museums don't always get things right first (or even second) time

New exhibition space! National Portrait Gallery buys former Victorian public lavatory

Museum in London acquired refurbished ticket kiosk site for £3m with funds from businessman Len Blavatnik

Diarynews

Do you want to be the girl with the pearl earring in Vermeer’s masterpiece?

Fans encouraged to send versions of the famous 17th-century painting for 'My Girl with a Pearl' initiative at The Mauritshuis

Hudson River School painter’s New York estate to undergo $25m, ecologically-minded revamp

Olana, the estate of Frederic Edwin Church, will receive a new, carbon-neutral visitor centre under a plan unveiled by New York Governor Kathy Hochul

Museums and heritage in 2022: industrial unrest, climate protests and damage to historic artefacts in Ukraine

New and refurbished museums open in Antwerp, Los Angeles and Sydney as Italian archaeologists make the "discovery of a generation" in a hilltop town in Tuscany

Van Gogh in 2022: record prices, top shows and exciting discoveries

Plus, the best books on Vincent and the artist's booming immersive experiences

Canada’s National Portrait Gallery has no collection or physical space—but it does have ambitious plans

More than a decade after a previous attempt fizzled out, a new institution is on the prowl for prime real estate in Ottawa

Heritage protection foundation Aliph expands with office in Saudi Arabia

The Geneva-based International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas is to open a second office in 2023 in Riyadh

Germany kicks off major Benin bronze restitution with return of 20 artefacts to Nigeria

The agreement—signed by the two countries in July—involves the return of 1,100 objects in total

'Unprecedented' in South Asia: India's leading private art museum forms transnational partnership with Bangladesh foundation

Collaboration between Samdani Art Foundation in Dhaka and Delhi's Kiran Nadar Museum of Art brings the institutions—and the powerful collectors behind them—closer together

Long-awaited International African American Museum delays January opening

The museum says humidity and temperature control issues must be addressed before it can open to the public

Collector cracks art heist cold case with a pillowcase and reverse Google image search

Decades after it was stolen from the Worcester Art Museum, collector Clifford Schorer spotted a missing Dutch Golden Age painting printed on a throw pillow

What can we learn from the Wellcome Collection's gallery closure backlash? What museums are really capable of

Professor Ken Arnold, co-curator of the Medicine Man display that was considered "racist, sexist and ableist", on the recent controversy

Cologne museum to transfer 92-strong Benin bronze collection back to Nigeria

The Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum is the latest Western institution to return its collection of artefacts looted from Nigeria in the late-19th century

Crime news

Police recover bulk of objects stolen in audacious £100m art heist from Dresden museum

Announcement was made during the trial of six men which began in January and is due to resume this week

Pope Francis returns Vatican Museums’ Parthenon marbles to Greece

The pope’s decision to give the Vatican’s three Parthenon marbles to the head of the Greek Orthodox Church comes amid mounting pressure on the British Museum to repatriate its marbles to Greece

London's National Portrait Gallery to reopen its doors in June 2023 after three-year closure

The refurbishment is backed by a raft of sponsors including British-American billionaire Leonard Blavatnik and international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills

Princeton University Art Museum gifted abstract works by Richter, Frankenthaler, De Kooning and others

The donated works, from Princeton alumnus Preston Haskell, were accompanied by an unspecified sum to support ongoing construction of the museum’s new building, designed by Adjaye Associates

Philip Guston’s daughter donates 220 of his works and $10m to the Metropolitan Museum

Some of the works from the collection, which will go on view next year, are featured in the controversial traveling retrospective devoted to Guston

New York’s Museum of Sex will expand to Miami

The Manhattan institution, which has been exploring the erotic and sensual in art and beyond since 2002, will transform a warehouse in Miami’s Allapattah neighbourhood

Tate Britain's 'racist' colonial mural will go back on show with response from artist Keith Piper

The artist’s commission will bring a ‘new perspective’ to the painting, which has been off view since 2020

Art equity is still a long way off in US institutions, new study reveals

Extensive new research across 31 US museums reveals that works by female artists make up just 11% of acquisitions, while Black American artists of all genders account for only 6.3% of exhibitions

How to turn a flour mill into a world-class museum: architect Alejandro Aravena on his mammoth Qatar project

Chile-based practise Elemental is tasked with turning the former grain plant into an institution fit for Doha’s desert environment

England footballer Raheem Sterling launches art project with National Portrait Gallery

Works on self-identity will be shown at the revamped London gallery next year

The archaeological discovery of the century? What the San Casciano bronzes tell us about Roman and Etruscan life

The deposit of perfectly preserved statues in the heart of Tuscany reveals six centuries of cultural and political evolution

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

Brazilnews

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