Museums & Heritage

Metropolitan Museum picks Mexican architect Frida Escobedo for $500m revamp of Modern and contemporary art wing

Escobedo, the first woman to design a wing at the museum, was chosen over candidates including David Chipperfield, Ensamble Studio and other firms

Crime news

Suspect in stabbing of MoMA employees remains at large, threatens former president Donald Trump

A man identified as Gary Cabana stabbed two front desk employees at the Museum of Modern Art on 12 March and the following day threatened to trespass Mar-a-Lago

New concerns for the Bamiyan Valley's future in Taliban hands surface on anniversary of monumental Buddhas' destruction

Evidence of encroaching development, looting and a new coal depot near the site poses major threats to its status—and its future

Iraqnews

Iraq Museum in Baghdad reopens after three-year hiatus

Treasure trove of ancient Mesopotamian heritage—ransacked after 2003 Iraq invasion—was closed during anti-government protests in 2019

With art therapy on the rise, France's museums are beginning to take mental health seriously

Palais de Tokyo is building a “care centre” for art and wellbeing programmes, while new workshops launch at Louvre-Lens

As Omicron wave recedes, US museums drop vaccine and mask requirements

With Covid-19 cases down sharply from January’s peak, art institutions from the Smithsonian to the Seattle Art Museum are no longer requiring visitors to mask up

Saving the art of Palestinian textiles: West Bank museum and V&A join forces to create new conservation studio

Palestinian Museum is using a $480,000 grant from the Aliph Foundation to document and conserve traditional embroidered dresses known as thobes

Historic East Hampton museum Guild Hall begins $25m renovation

Founded in 1931, Guild Hall holds a collection of more than 2,000 artworks by Jackson Pollock, Thomas Moran and others

After Amsterdam, the Hermitage Foundation UK now also cuts ties with the St Petersburg museum

Charity, which helps to raise funds for the Russian institution, has halted “building cultural bridges between the UK and Russia”

Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance found off Antarctic coast, more than a century after it sank

An expedition team has located the famed shipwreck in what has been described as a "milestone in polar history"

Smithsonian to return its collection of Benin bronzes to Nigeria

Restitution agreement must still be approved by the museum's Board of Regents

Back to normal: London's Victoria and Albert Museum resumes pre-Covid opening hours

From next month, the institution will be open for seven days a week again and timed tickets for general admission will also be dropped

'The damage is incomprehensible': toll of Australia floods on cultural precinct of Lismore

Floodwaters rose to second-floor ceiling of Lismore Regional Gallery, at the “epicentre” of the disaster for the New South Wales town

New $6bn Sackler settlement would let museums remove family’s name from galleries and buildings without consequence

The settlement, if approved, would also place limits on any statements made by museums as they remove the Sackler name

Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie holds fundraiser for Ukrainian refugees

Klaus Biesenbach, Olafur Eliasson and Anne Imhof are organising a two-day event at the museum

Science Museum Group director hands back award from Putin in protest against Russian invasion

Ian Blatchford received the Pushkin Medal from Russia's president in 2015 after he led an exhibition of Soviet spacecraft and artefacts

Iraqnews

Sculptures vandalised by Isis return to ancient city of Hatra after restoration

Artefacts had been "smashed into pieces" by Isis militants when they occupied the Unesco World Heritage site as a training camp

Unesco 'gravely concerned' about damage to Ukrainian cultural heritage

The UN body is monitoring heritage sites by satellite and plans a meeting with Ukrainian museum directors to safeguard collections

Anne Boleyn’s falcon—removed after her execution—returns to Hampton Court

The newly discovered emblem goes back on show on the 500th anniversary of the day King Henry VIII first met his future second wife

SFMOMA receives gift of 350 works and $10m bequest from late American trustees

The donation includes works by Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Ai Weiwei and others from the collection of the late philanthropists Norah and Norman Stone

Vladimir Potanin, one of Russia's richest men, resigns from board of the Guggenheim Museum

New York institution condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine in its statement on the resignation

Museum ethics organisation criticises ‘forced resignation’ of Manchester gallery director

Cimam is demanding "greater clarity" over the reasons for Alistair Hudson’s proposed removal

Ukrainian institutions in North America ramp up programming and field donations as Russian invasion intensifies

Museums and institutes devoted to Ukraine and its diaspora are experiencing a surge of support and interest brought on by war in the homeland

Archeologists in Mexico decipher ancient frieze

The frieze, discovered in Oaxaca in 2018, contains glyphs symbolising themes related to superstition and social hierarchies in the Zapotec and Mixtec cultures

Loansnews

What will happen to Russia's treasures on loan in London and Paris?

Imperial Fabergé eggs and Impressionist masterpieces are some of the works currently in shows in Europe

Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo '99%' ready as contractor promises 'theatrical' Tutankhamun gallery

Egyptian government officials say the long-awaited antiquities museum near the Pyramids of Giza will probably open in November this year

Ukraine museum reportedly burns down in Russian invasion, destroying 25 works by folk artist Maria Prymachenko

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the Museum of Local History in Ivankiv had been set on fire by Russian forces

The princely archaeological collection reopens in Turin

Italian elegance has been applied to pieces collected over 400 years for the revamped archaeological gallery, which opened in the Palazzo Reale this month