Museums & Heritage

Pressure on British Museum to ditch BP mounts following UK's record summer heatwave

Temperatures might now be cooling, but tensions around the London institution’s ties to the oil giant are reaching boiling point

Dozens of museum shows across Europe and US will mark 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death next year

Artist’s controversial relationships with women will be examined through "the prism of feminism", including via a dedicated Brooklyn Museum exhibition co-curated by comedian Hannah Gadsby

Wanted in the US, Lebanese antiquities collector maintains his innocence, says his ‘big mistake’ was trusting New York art crime official

Lotfi addresses allegations that led to a warrant being issued for his arrest in a statement and interview, giving new details on the extraordinary story of the Metropolitan Museum's gold sarcophagus

Dutch design studio update 19th-century Dordrecht church facade with a surreal glass sculpture balanced on four bronze turtles

The transformed Protestant building is being relaunched as an exhibition space and cultural centre called Kunstkerk, or art church.

Ukraine gets emergency Red List for art as evidence mounts of 'trading networks flowing West'

The International Council of Museums has worked with Interpol to create the list, with border patrols on "high alert" to seize art stolen from Ukrainian museums—but is it too late?

A first glimpse of Philadelphia's future Alexander Calder sanctuary

The $70m centre will feature indoor and outdoor spaces with rotating exhibitions of Calder’s work

FBI returns 2,000-year-old Roman mosaic discovered in Los Angeles to Italy

The mosaic, which features a portrait of Medusa and had been cut into 16 pieces, was returned to Rome by the FBI’s Art Crime Team

Historic museum celebrating Brazilian independence reopens for country's bicentennial

The Ipiranga Museum in São Paulo, built at the site where independence from Portugal was declared in 1822, has been closed for nearly a decade

Marvin Gaye-inspired exhibition to inaugurate Rubell Museum in Washington, DC

The exhibition will feature nearly 200 works from Don and Mera Rubell's collection

Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo museums offer new approaches to showcasing Indigenous culture in Brazil

A long-closed historic institution and a new museum have contracted committees of Indigenous advisors who will contextualise the ancient and present cultures of their tribes

In surprise move, contemporary art specialist Christine Macel takes the reins at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

Previously chief curator at Centre Pompidou since 2000, she also organised the French Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale

First the Taliban, now local planners—Afghanistan's World Heritage site Bamiyan Valley endangered further

Unesco warns of risks of construction works in the archaeological zone where the Bamiyan Buddha statues were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001

Do the Taliban regret blowing up the Bamiyan Buddhas? New government takes steps to protect heritage

Leaders of the new Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan says it favours the conservation of the tangible heritage—including pre-Islamic monuments—but economic sanctions are getting in the way

How the Speed Art Museum learned to listen in the midst of a community tragedy

The museum built deep community engagement in real time following the killing of Breonna Taylor in 2020

Brazil turns 200—and its National Museum rises from the ashes

Plus, the £50m Joshua Reynolds painting and Michael Heizer’s City

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New exhibition looks at how the West created the fantasy of Ancient Egypt

Show at Norwich's Sainsbury Centre includes work by contemporary artists to aid a postcolonial interpretation of Egypt's heritage

After a devastating fire in 2018, the National Museum of Brazil unveils the first stage of its restoration project

As the first stage of the museum’s restoration project is unveiled, coinciding with the Brazilian bicentennial of independence, its director calls for more government investment

Whistler’s famed Peacock Room, ‘vibrant and revamped’, reopens following major conservation project

The historic interior, with its elaborate avian ornamentation, has undergone months of cleaning and restoration to shore up worn elements and return others to their original lustre

Greek artefacts from American billionaire's collection will be returned pending exchange agreement

The artefacts could be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before traveling to Athens

Former trustees of Florida museum claim they were kept unaware of FBI’s interest in allegedly fake Basquiats

Trustees who say they were summarily dismissed over email as retaliation claim that the board chair concealed information about an FBI subpoena months before the Basquiat exhibition opened

‘It’s time to ditch the culture war rhetoric’

The next UK prime minister should abandon the war on "woke" and return to nuanced debate

Revamped Museum of Islamic Art in Doha to reopen with more than 1,000 new objects

After 18-month closure, Qatar gallery to relaunch on 5 October in time for Fifa World Cup

Metropolitan Museum to exhibit masterpieces from Puerto Rican museum struck by earthquake

The pieces include paintings by Frederic Leighton, John Everett Millais and Sir Edward Burne-Jones

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Fair or not, Tate's discrimination row has damaged its reputation among the very artists it needs to attract

The institution denies claims that it refused to allow the increasingly prominent Black performance artist Jade Montserrat to participate in a project for Tate Exchange

Unionised workers file unfair labour charges against the Philadelphia Museum of Art

With contract negotiations well into their second year, the union claims the museum’s leadership has been “repeatedly interfering with employees’ rights”

Exclusive: German museums latest to be implicated in far-reaching criminal investigation into antiquities trafficking

Case has so far seen Middle Eastern works seized from New York's Met and the indictment of a former Louvre director

Shipwrecks ahoy? Unesco's underwater mission scours sea bed off Italy for archaeological treasures

A dozen marine archaeologists are currently searching in an area that was once one of the busiest maritime routes in the world