Museums & Heritage

Art Institute of Chicago fights for possession of Egon Schiele portrait

Civil action for return of looted Schiele painting dismissed but criminal case looms

The Broad museum in Los Angeles reveals $100m expansion plans

The institution has re-enlisted the architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro to create a new wing that will expand its gallery space by 70%

British Museum’s legal action over thefts is ‘locking the stable door after the horse has bolted’, experts say

The museum's former acting head of the Greece and Rome department, Peter Higgs, is facing legal action after being accused of stealing up to 2,000 objects

A major squawk-ing point: Māori parrot-feather cloak set to be star exhibit at Perth Museum

Following painstaking conservation, the delicate piece will go on show at the Scottish museum in its newly opened building, a £27m conversion of the Edwardian former city hall

Labournews

Mass Moca employees end three-week strike following dispute over wages

Unionised workers and museum officials have ratified a new deal that raises staff minimum wages to $18 per hour

Art Gallery of Ontario closes as more than 400 workers go on strike

The strike comes after a breakdown in negotiations between the workers’ union and museum administrators, and as the institution pursues a C$100m expansion

Leading Ukrainian art academy devastated by Russian air strike

The Mykhailo Boichuk Kyiv State Academy of Decorative Applied Arts and Design reportedly sustained serious damage from falling fragments of a missile

New York museum's former chief financial officer claims in lawsuit she was fired for raising concerns about director’s expenses

Denise Lewis claims she was fired “without cause or warning” after she complained about the Museum of Arts and Design's director's alleged use of the institution’s funds for personal expenses during a vacation in Mexico

New Hong Kong: how the city aims to stay a global art hub

The SAR is riding out economic and political challenges with more buyers, bigger galleries and serious art

‘We remember who we are through culture’

M+ Museum Director Suhanya Raffel on Hong Kong’s first international cultural summit and why it matters

In partnership with West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

Hong Kong arts hub West Kowloon Cultural District opens summit with raft of global agreements

Digital challenges and the social and economic changes sparked by cultural transformation are among issues aired

Protestors at London Science Museum rally against ‘greenwashing’ new sponsor

The museum has received backlash for its decision to allow Adani Green Energy to sponsor a new gallery focused on climate change

‘Met Museum, you’re complicit’: artists and activists take over museum’s front steps with giant pro-Palestine quilt

A two-hour rally at the New York museum drew many supportive cheers and honks, plus a handful of antagonistic shouts

Jewish history museum in Philadelphia would become part of Smithsonian under proposed legislation

A new bill could create a commission to assess the feasibility of adding the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History to the Smithsonian family

Archaeologists in Brazil find petroglyphs alongside dinosaur tracks

No, this does not mean dinosaurs and humans lived there at the same time

Booksreview

New Wedgwood book traces author's intimate discovery of 18th-century Britain

The “experimental biography” offers fresh perspectives on the celebrated potter

The 2024 Whitney Biennial in five key themes

The Whitney Museum’s flagship contemporary art showcase turns on questions of identity, authenticity and mutability, which play out across more than a handful of interrelated topics

Warhol Museum director Patrick Moore stepping down

The president and chief executive of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, which operates the Warhol Museum, insists that the move is not a result of recent controversies

Denver Art Museum to return 11 artefacts connected to smuggler Douglas Latchford

The repatriations to Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia come as the museum continues to distance itself from Latchford and his late collaborator Emma C. Bunker

Trio of disputed Rubens paintings must stay in the UK, parliamentary panel rules

Heirs of the German banker Franz Koenigs claim the works housed at the Courtauld Gallery should be restituted

Lost building discovered in Sicily’s ancient Valley of the Temples

Archaeologists working at a Unesco World Heritage site in Agrigento have revealed the remains of a previously unknown building

Developer’s $325m gift will help create new museum in Seattle

Richard Hedreen is donating a collection valued at $300m and $25m cash to create an art museum at Seattle University

Redevelopment of Modernist complex on Toronto waterfront alarms residents and preservationists

The provincial government passed legislation to push through a controversial, publicly funded development of Ontario Place

How the US’s Black cemeteries are being made visible once more

A cemetery hidden under a Florida air base is the latest African American burial site rediscovered following decades of erasure

How ancient cave art is rewriting Puerto Rican history

Recent study shows that humans inhabited and made art in the archipelago thousands of years earlier than previously thought

How much should museums pay artists for events such as the Whitney Biennial?

Compensating participants for group exhibitions is an important but taboo subject, as is the fee amount institutions provide

Philadelphia Museum of Art workers stage protest during all-staff meeting

Administrators and unionised workers at the institution remain at an impasse over the issue of longevity pay

Bellevue Arts Museum nears its emergency fundraising goal—but the fight is not over

The museum has already raised more than $200,000 (with the help of a generous reader of 'The Art Newspaper'), and its director is looking to local tech companies as future partners