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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh sculpture unveiled outside the London lodgings where he fell in love

As well as Brixton, Anthony Padgett’s works will go to Isleworth, Ramsgate, Welwyn, the Borinage, Nuenen and Arles

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Adventures with Van Gogh

When the National Gallery used a London taxi to move a Van Gogh painting

Back during Tate’s 1947 exhibition, loan arrangements were more casual

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Revealed: must-see Van Gogh exhibitions, part two—2019-21

We release details of Detroit exhibition on America’s love for the artist, plus others in Frankfurt, Potsdam, Santa Barbara and Columbus

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Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh self-portrait—almost sold by cash-strapped Detroit—will be star of major show on the artist and America in 2020

Sale was stopped at last minute after city received financial support from Michigan

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Museums

Tristram Hunt unveils plans for V&A East—the Victoria & Albert Museum's satellite London location

Museum will receive the buildings in former Olympic park for free, director says

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Crime

Police arrest man after attempted theft of Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral

Incident is a further blow to English city following the novichok poisonings earlier this year

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Revealed: must-see Van Gogh exhibitions, part one—2019

Shows planned for Houston, London, Amsterdam and Den Bosch next year

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Newly discovered photograph depicts the man who got Van Gogh fired as an art dealer

The image—in the collection of London's National Portrait Gallery—shows a confident Charles Obach, compared to one of an ill-at-ease Vincent

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Appointments

The Met's Luke Syson to head Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

Curator returns to the UK where he organised the blockbuster 2011 Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery in London

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh's garden painting set to make $40m auction record for Paris period

Now being sold by a London-based collector at Christie's New York, the work will probably go to Japan or China

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Exhibitions

Tate’s most popular ever exhibition not staged in UK—but in China

Visitor numbers at Shanghai Museum eclipse institution’s most successful London exhibitions

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Gauguin’s kitten reappears in Van Gogh’s Yellow House

Amsterdam show on the artist's Martinique trip also reveals Tate watercolour as a genuine work by Gauguin

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Frieze London 2018

Tate’s watercolour is upgraded to a Gauguin

Double-sided work, bequeathed in 1962, had previously been attributed to the French artist's circle

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Heritage

Chunks of British Parliament go on sale

Historic Pugin floor tiles, on which many a prime minister has trodden, available for £200 a piece

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How Van Gogh's Starry Night was inspired by Hokusai’s Great Wave

A great admirer of Japanese prints, the whorls of brushstrokes in Vincent's night sky could have been partly suggested by a turbulent sea

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Museums

From armour to the A-bomb: British Museum's Japanese collection goes back on show

Japan galleries refurbished under new ten-year partnership with Mitsubishi Corporation

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Thomas Gainsborough

Murders most foul: Gainsborough family revenge killings trigger reassessment of artist’s early years

New research reveals that two members of Thomas Gainsborough's family were killed over a financial dispute when the artist was a child

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Exhibitions

Looted ‘cannibal’ bowl served up in Royal Academy of Art’s Oceania show

Artefact is one of around 200 on show in largest exhibition on the region in almost 40 years

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Mystery identity of Van Gogh’s 'gardener' solved

New research reveals name of man in the artist’s finest asylum portrait

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Vincent the baker? Van Gogh's possible careers

His family also suggested that he become an accountant or a barber

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Museums

London’s National Portrait Gallery to partially close for London Fashion Week event (again)

Decision follows a controversial closure in February for Erdem’s runway show

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Museums

Victoria and Albert Museum now a 'multi-site' institution

Opening of outpost in Dundee this week is latest in series of out-of-London projects

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Museums

Tate outsources artist biographies on its website to Wikipedia

The museum does “not have the resources to create biographies for every individual” in its collection, spokeswoman says

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh: it was suicide, not murder

Julian Schnabel’s new film on Van Gogh is based on questionable assumptions

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Education

Labour Party to put creativity 'back at the heart of the school curriculum'

Pledge comes at a time of decline in arts subjects in schools

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Museums

British Museum’s basement of treasures to remain off-limits

Hidden underground galleries closed since 2006 still house £100m Assyrian relief

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Adventures with Van Gogh

The revealing story of the painting that inspired Julian Schnabel’s new Van Gogh film

Vincent painted At Eternity’s Gate, the title of the film premiering in Venice, when he was at the asylum

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Museums

Shell sponsorship deal with Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum ends

The museum as well as the Mauritshuis in The Hague have stopped collaborating with the oil company by "mutual decision"

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Attendance

London's National Portrait Gallery's steep decline in visitors due to counting error

“Human error” by Ipsos Retail Performance blamed for museum’s disastrous recent visitor numbers

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Starry Night is held by Russian government

Van Gogh drawing had been folded in half in 1945 to fit inside a suitcase

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Art law

Norton Simon Museum can keep Nazi-looted Cranachs, US court rules

Decision should put decade-long legal battle between museum and heirs of art dealer Jacques Goudstikker "to rest"

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Museums

House of Lords warns Brexit may starve UK museums of skilled workers

New report says a more restrictive migration system for EU citizens “could threaten the international status of the UK’s world-class institutions”

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Claude Monet

Monet’s lost cat returns home to Giverny

A “purr-fect” ending to the story of the missing pottery object found in the collection of the artist’s secret granddaughter

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Controversies

Conflict-of-interest scandal at publicly funded UK arts centre Firstsite

Chairman and trustee resigned amid investigation into more than £90,000 spent on consultancy firm they directed

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Exhibitions

The Irishman who painted—and brawled—beside Gauguin

Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns: Between Paris and Pont-Aven opens at National Gallery of Ireland

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Restoration

There be dragons (again) after £5m Great Pagoda renovation at Kew Gardens

Eighty of the gaudy monsters have been recreated for the 18th-century tower at London's royal botanic gardens

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Restitution

Ethiopia claims Ten Commandments tablet hidden in Westminster Abbey

Sacred object taken by British troops in the 19th century is concealed inside an altar

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Funding

Lauded, but not loaded: being shortlisted for a major prize does not solve a museum's money worries

Being part of the Museum of the Year brings kudos and a big PR boost, but some finalists have still found the financial going tough

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Ivory

British Museum accepts collection of 500-plus ivory works—ahead of tough new UK regulations to protect elephants

Donation from the Sir Victor Sassoon Chinese Ivories Trust was not accepted by the museum when it was first offered in the 1950s

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Exhibitions

British Museum show focuses on Assyrian antiquities targeted by Islamic State

Loans likely to come from Iran—but works from the Met would not meet London museum's strict borrowing guidelines

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African art

Contested Asante trophy head to shine in new Wallace room

Seized during the Ashanti war and long held by the London museum, the prized Ghanaian work is to be displayed in a new permanent gallery

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Art market

Art dealers slam proposed European Union licence regulations

Revising import controls on cultural goods could impact negatively on trade, dealer organisations say

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Controversies

Beatrix Ruf, former Stedelijk Museum director, cleared of alleged conflicts of interest

Report commissioned by Amsterdam city council finds that she complied with Dutch regulations

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Vincent Van Gogh

Revealed: Van Gogh's failed attempt at art dealing

New book argues that artist bought Japanese prints “not for pleasure but to deal in them”

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Cultural policy

UK permits Nazi-looted Meissen figure to leave for Japan despite spoliation claim

There appear to be no winners in what the Arts Council refers to as an “extremely unusual” case

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Exhibitions

Andrew Lloyd Webber to lend works to Tate Britain’s Edward Burne-Jones show

The musical impresario, who has long collected Victorian artists, is understood to be anonymously lending half a dozen works by the Pre-Raphaelite

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Exhibitions

Lee Bul work at Hayward Gallery catches fire hours before private view

The fire was quickly contained and no one was hurt a spokeswoman said, but the public opening could be delayed

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Museums

Westminster Abbey’s lofty new museum reveals ‘the best view in Europe’

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries to open in hidden triforium, 50ft up

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Exhibitions

From Cleopatra to Banksy: satirist Ian Hislop to co-organise British Museum show on subversion

Private Eye editor will select 100 objects highlighting dissent down the ages

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Art crime

Full extent of burglary at Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art revealed

With the value of Chinese antiquities on the rise, police suspect the items removed were stolen to order

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Funding

UK museums suffer as Heritage Lottery grants plummet

Building projects are major casualties as emphasis shifts to supporting smaller, local initiatives

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Politics

Prime Minister Theresa May reveals her artistic leanings

New £3m fund announced for arts projects in northern England at Downing Street reception for creative industries

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Loot

Will the British Museum lend Nigeria the Benin bronzes?

Planned museum in Benin City offers safe environment for Western collections, the country says

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Loot

Scotland Yard joins global crackdown on looted pharaonic antiquities

The initiative, which involves governments and the art world, will set up a public database of objects

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Restitution

Ethiopia toughens position on Maqdala treasures calling for full restitution

Ethiopian ambassador Hailemichael Afework Aberra told The Art Newspaper podcast his government wants the seized artefacts returned, not given back on long-term loan as proposed by the V&A

Podcast

Podcast episode 28: the battle over Ethiopia's treasures

Martin Bailey speaks to Hailemichael Aberra Afework, Ethiopia’s ambassador to the UK, about the artefacts seized by the British army at Maqdala, go behind the scenes of the Sony World Photography Awards with judge Gareth Harris and ask Richard Parry about his plans for Glasgow International

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Tate

The struggle behind Tate Modern's birth

Recently opened Tate archives reveal wrangling over division of British and international art in early 1990s

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Tate

Tate drops ticket prices for young people and seeks trustee to represent 16-25s

New appointee should be “a cultural entrepreneur and digital native”

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Museums

Smithsonian to open first base outside US at former Olympic site in London

US Institution will collaborate with Victoria and Albert Museum at its new outpost in East London

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Ethiopia calls on British Museum to return Maqdala treasures on loan like the V&A

Ambassador made request at display opening in South Kensington

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Podcast episode 26: Wrap star Christo and the most popular shows of 2017

We speak to the Bulgarian-born artist about his grand project for the Serpentine, and look at our annual survey of visitor figures

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Ivory

What items will be exempt from the UK's tough new ivory ban?

British dealers have been awaiting the government's announcement—but questions remain how the new regulations will be implemented

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Loot

V&A opens dialogue on looted Ethiopian treasures

Director pledges rethink on objects seized by British troops in 19th-century Africa

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Attribution

National Gallery in London accused of altering attribution of Hermitage's 'Leonardo' for 2011 blockbuster show

Leading scholar says gallery's own curators believed Madonna Litta to be by Boltraffio, a pupil of the master

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Then & Now: the V&A and Queen Woyzaro Terunesh's wedding dress

The story behind the garment

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Art's Most Popular

Is the UK museum boom over?

Analysis of government data and our own figures reveals a steady decline in visitors since 2014

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Exhibitions

Revealed: the profits of staging a touring exhibition

Usually highly secret financial data on Burrell Collection's travelling show disclosed for forthcoming Glasgow City Council meeting

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Attendance

Why visitor numbers at two of London’s major museums have plunged

Fewer blockbusters the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery meant UK audiences stayed away

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Loans

How Britain tried—and failed—to borrow the Bayeux Tapestry twice before

One attempt was made in 1953 to mark the coronation of Elizabeth II and another for the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings in 1066

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Conservation

Bayeux Tapestry to be conserved in London?

The British Museum has the space and facilities to restore the embroidery, which is returning to England for first time in 940 years

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Museums

British government gives 11th-hour permission for Joshua Reynolds's Omai to leave UK

The celebrated portrait is owned by a foreign collector who thwarted Tate’s attempts to purchase it in 2003

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Museums

New Art Fund report reveals 'shocking' state of UK museums funding

Price of Leonardo’s Salvador Mundi, which sold for £333m, represents over half of government’s total financial backing for museums last year

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Museums

Erdem fashion show closes London's National Portrait Gallery for entire day

Publicly-funded museum defends unusual move of shutting on 19 February saying it is a "charity and has to generate over 70% of funds"

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Conservation

Egyptian ibis mummy holds clues to crooks behind ancient clothing caper

Scroll hidden in animal mummy may lead to the discovery of more old texts

Podcast

Podcast episode 18: What's the future for ivory antiques?

We explore what new ivory regulations will mean for the art world and meet the 2017 Election Artist Cornelia Parker