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There is a ‘deal to be done’ with Greece over Parthenon Marbles, says British Museum chairman George Osborne

The comments from the former chancellor signals dramatic shift in museum’s policy and attitude ahead of planned protests this weekend

What’s with dictators and bad art?

Imelda Marcos is just one of a series of despots with appalling taste

Museums take action after report finds 'astonishing, nearly absurd' levels of government interference

State meddling is “annihilating capacity of institutions”, says commissioner of Museum Watch Governance Management Project

Letter from... Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan gallery owner Saskia Fernando says artists have found ‘an opportunity to use their art for greater purpose’ in response to the country’s economic and political turmoil

‘A shock to the community worldwide’: directors of Tate, Guggenheim and MoMA condemn ousting of Polish museum head

Critics say the sudden dismissal of Jarosław Suchan is the latest attempt by Poland's right-wing government at exercising greater control over cultural institutions

Anny Shaw. With additional reporting by Gareth Harris

The hunt for looted Cambodian objects—are they hidden in the West's museums?

Plus, the dark truth of the Marcos family’s extravagance and Ruth Asawa at Modern Art Oxford

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Partygate: debaucherous celebrations captured by artists through the ages

As Sue Gray report detailing the British government's breach of lockdown rules is published, we look at similar scenes in art history

Britain’s major messaging failure on Parthenon Marbles

The UN says it has facilitated a meeting for British officials to discuss restitution with the Greek minister of culture, but Britain denies this

President Macron appoints Rima Abdul Malak as France’s new minister of culture

Culture pass, restitution issues and metaverse will be on her agenda

Missing Picasso painting resurfaces during Philippines president-elect's celebratory visit with his mother, Imelda Marcos

Picasso’s ‘Reclining Woman VI’ was one of the many works Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos Sr bought with billions siphoned off from the state

Philippines election: artist explores Marcos family’s ill-gotten art and jewels as son Ferdinand Jr leads presidential polls

As the country elects new leader, Pio Abad tells us about the Marcoses’ misinformation and cynical use of mythology, which is the focus of his new show

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UK art market: too little, too late?

Britain’s share of the global market is at its lowest in a decade and art imports have plummeted. Without government action, experts say, the fallout from Brexit could devastate the industry

Anny Shaw. With additional reporting by Gareth Harris

How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will reshape Eastern Europe’s cultural scene

Amid the death and devastation caused by the war, it has strengthened cultural connections and collaborations between Ukraine and the rest of the world

Museum ethics body blasts dismissal of Polish museum director

Jaroslaw Suchan will be replaced at Łodz Museum of Art by the artist Andrzej Biernacki

Macron wins: what now for the French art scene?

Plus, Walter Sickert at Tate Britain and Gordon Parks at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

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French elections: what's at stake for culture and the arts?

As Macron and Le Pen face off in the second round of the presidential battle, cultural policy is likely to continue taking a back seat

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The G7 countries have banned art exports to Russia—we asked legal experts what this really means

While it is still legal to sell art to a Russian individual, conducting business with anyone on a sanctions list could result in fines or a prison sentence

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Pro-arts but pro-sexism? New South Korean president ushers in a contentious era after 'incel election'

Against a backdrop of misogynistic rhetoric, President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol promises to create half a million jobs in the Korean cultural industry

France launches €1m fund to help Ukrainian and ‘dissident Russian’ artists fleeing war

Culture ministry initiative will offer three-month residencies and an emergency telephone service

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Biggest-ever Art Dubai fair offers smoke machines, escapism and, of course, NFTs: here’s what sold so far

The event's 15th edition dedicated a whole building to the "rapidly expanding digital arts space"

Russia-Ukraine war seeps into Art Dubai fair

Georgian gallery lays down Ukrainian flag in its booth while fair says it will donate 25% of ticket sales to Ukrainian refugees

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Hong Kong's last British governor on how Beijing's crackdown is corroding the city's vibrant cultural scene

The Chinese government is demolishing the freedoms that once made the special administrative region special, says Chris Patten

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

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

Ukraine urges sanctions against Russian art sector

Statement from leading art world figures calls for a ban on Russian participants in international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale and Documenta

Former Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky is leading peace talks with Ukraine

Controversial political figure was in post for eight years from 2012

Oscar Murillo among slew of artists to pull out of Manchester show in protest at treatment of reportedly ousted director

More than 20 artists have withdrawn from British Art Show 9 in support of "political freedom, and artistic expression in cultural institutions and universities across the UK"

Manchester gallery director forced out over Palestine statement in exhibition

Alistair Hudson, head of the Whitworth, leaves over text in Forensic Architecture's show last year

A brush with... Ai Weiwei

An in-depth interview with the artist on his cultural experiences and greatest influences, from Marcel Duchamp to ancient Chinese ceramics—and why Romanticism is not for him

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Top Croatian government official sentenced for corruption involving art

Nadan Vidosevic, former head of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, was found guilty in December of buying art for himself with public money