Museums & Heritage

Taliban orders coal traders to leave Afghanistan's Bamiyan Valley—but its residents say this is an empty promise

Since August 2021, illegal excavations and rapid development have destroyed much of the landscape surrounding the at-risk Buddhist heritage site

Italy’s 'monuments men' sign deal with Unesco to help protect world's heritage

World-leading heritage protection taskforce known as the 'Blue Helmets' will have close ties with UN agency to operate abroad

Unesco indefinitely postpones planned world heritage meeting in Russia

The 45th annual meeting of the organisation’s World Heritage Committee was due to take place in June in the Russian city of Kazan

MoMA and the Neue Galerie jointly acquire a Käthe Kollwitz self-portrait

The Museum of Modern Art plans to hold a major exhibition of the German artist’s work in the near future

Mosulnews

‘Living history’: meet the Mosul residents rebuilding their city

Local trainees are taking up traditional stone masonry techniques as part of a major Unesco initiative to restore heritage houses damaged in the battle to liberate the Iraqi city from Isis

Unesco’s winning designs for Mosul mosque are redrawn

An international restoration plan has been revised after the foundations of an ancient prayer hall were discovered at the site of the Al-Nuri mosque

Israel Museum in Jerusalem sued by Jewish heirs of Holocaust victim over valuable manuscript

The case of the Birds' Head Haggadah is the first time a museum in Israel has faced a restitution lawsuit for an object allegedly lost in the Holocaust

Imperial appointment: former Japanese princess lands job at the Metropolitan Museum

Mako Komuro, a former member of Japan’s imperial family, is reportedly volunteering her time to help with a forthcoming exhibition of hanging scroll paintings

Italian culture sector divided on whether museums should impose tougher sanctions on Russia or continue dialogue

Former Uffizi gallery director calls for cultural sanctions against Russia saying it "would be a huge slap in the face [for] the regime"

The smoocher’s guide to repatriation: a Mexican artist is using his tongue to draw attention to looting of his country’s heritage

Following a string of auction sales of ancient artefacts from Mexico, artist Pepx Romero is taking measures into his own lips

Despite €94m discount, Rome villa with Caravaggio's only ceiling painting fails to sell at auction—again

Slashing Ludovisi Casino's asking price by 20% did nothing to entice would-be buyers; the Italian state is being pressured to purchase the property before it is offered a third time

Loansnews

France seeks to protect Russia's Morozov collection from seizure as masterpieces return home

Works were on loan to a blockbuster exhibition at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

How do you conserve a sculpture designed to decay?

Neri Oxman’s exhibition at SFMOMA features two versions of a sculpture made with bio-composite materials, one of which will decompose over the course of show

Hot on the heels of Tate commission, Hew Locke chosen to transform Met museum façade

Guyanese-British artist will create four sculptures that draw on the New York museum's collection

New York University provost Katherine Fleming will be the Getty Trust’s next leader

Fleming succeeds the Getty’s longtime leader James Cuno, who is retiring this summer

Cut from its frame in brazen theft and lost for 30 years, restored De Kooning painting will take centre stage in Getty show

Los Angeles museum will unveil the results of an intensive conservation of Woman-Ochre, which was badly damaged when it was stolen in 1985

Light and much more Space: first look at the expanded Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

La Jolla museum is set to reopen after a $105m renovation and collection revamp, telling the story of contemporary art from a distinctively West Coast perspective

Isolated by Russia boycotts, Hermitage director calls for 'cultural bridges between the nations'

Mikhail Piotrovksy, who has been criticised for his silence on the war in Ukraine, says the museum will continue its international projects outside Europe

Unesco under pressure to pull world heritage meeting from Russia

UK culture minister, Auschwitz Memorial and Europa Nostra call for the June event to be relocated following Russian invasion of Ukraine

Hermitage branch in Amsterdam rebrands after cutting ties with Russia

The venue has reopened with an exhibition series focusing on Dutch masterpieces, starting with Vermeer’s Milkmaid

Massachusetts museum accused of hoarding Indigenous artefacts and human remains for decades

The Barre Museum is said to hold the largest collection of Lakota objects and human remains from the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre

Versailles restores Royal Tennis Court—where French democracy was founded—to its former glory

Modern-day politicians in France's National Assembly helped to crowdfund the €1.8m restoration at the Château de Versailles

Getty Research Institute acquires booksellers' collection of thousands of catalogues and materials on Black artists

The collection was amassed by Whitney and Lee Kaplan, who own and operate Arcana: Books on the Arts, beginning in the 1980s

William Morris's 'heaven on earth' home in the Cotswolds reopens after restoration

New research has helped to bring back lost objects and features at Kelmscott Manor, where the English Arts and Crafts designer lived for 25 years

Italian court calls for restitution of ancient marble statue from Minneapolis Institute of Art

The two-metre-tall statue, which the museum acquired for $2.5m in 1986, was allegedly excavated illegally in the 1970s

Labournews

Whitney Museum staff protest against stalled contract negotiations at biennial’s VIP opening

Guests arriving at Tuesday’s reception were handed leaflets explaining the current state of negotiations between the newly formed union and museum administration