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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

Podcast

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

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Ivory

How will the UK's proposed ivory regulations affect the trade?

Four exemptions, for art and musical instruments, are vital

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Leonardo da Vinci

Museums race to secure loans for 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death

Venues across Europe ramp up requests as multiple shows are planned for 2019

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Disasters & destruction

'A loss as great as Palmyra': Syrian temple of Ain Dara severely damaged by Turkish forces

Iron Age structure was targeted in campaign against Kurdish separatists

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Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum Schiphol closes following week-long rain leak

Three buckets were used to collect dripping water close to Golden Age paintings

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Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts reunites masterpieces from Charles I's collection—many for first time since his execution

Exhibition will include paintings by Titian, Mantegna and Van Dyck

Tate Britain

Video: The Art Newspaper meets Alex Farquharson

The director of Tate Britain reveals his plans for a major rehang and picks his favourite works in the collection

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Museums

A rehang, a mega-show and 1.5m visitors: Tate Britain director’s vision

Alex Farquharson reveals the global, social concept behind planned redisplay of museum’s collection, covering 500 years of British art

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Vincent Van Gogh

New Vincent van Gogh drawing discovered

Unearthing of Montmartre sketch leads to authentication of second work

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Exhibitions

Van Gogh in Japan: research uncovers a two-way affair

Survey of Dutch master’s admiration for, and influence on, Japanese art is most ambitious yet

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Three to see

Three to See in London in 2018

From King Charles I to the King of Pop

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Brexit

Nicholas Serota takes Prime Minister Theresa May to task

Mood of optimism “extinguished”, Arts Council head says

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Public art

Licence to show art: what hangs on the walls of MI6, the UK's Secret Service

We track down the works of art that British agents spy at their London HQ

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Exhibitions

British Museum sends treasures to Mumbai for grand exhibition of Indian history

Encyclopaedic show was inspired by former director Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Museums

Courtauld Institute sets its sights on £50m revamp­­—and sends art on tour

Two-year transformation, starting next summer, will open up the London gallery’s historic Great Room

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Art market

Christie's releases condition report on Leonardo's Salvator Mundi

Pre-auction assessment offers more evidence that painting is original Leonardo but also reveals problems posed by painting’s wooden panel

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Art market

From £45 to $100m: Leonardo heads to New York

Salvator Mundi will break Old Master auction record as seller dispute rumbles on

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From the British Museum's Lion Man to Matisse's studio studies at the Royal Academy

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Vincent Van Gogh

Grasshopper found in Van Gogh painting

Insect was presumably already dead as paint shows no signs of a struggle to escape

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Museums

Former Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf blames 'misunderstanding' for departure

German-born curator hits back against “baseless” accusations of a conflict of interest

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Exhibitions

Prehistoric Lion Man points towards earliest notions of religion in new British Museum show

Earliest surviving figurative sculpture, carved from mammoth tusk, is among 160 objects in Living with Gods

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Museums

British Museum ends loan deal with Abu Dhabi

Construction delays to the Zayed National Museum are behind the move

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Illuminated manuscripts

Francois I’s Book of Hours has left Britain as Louvre starts to raise £8m to buy it

Renaissance manuscript with gold binding is being sold by London jeweller

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Museums

V&A Dundee takes shape as £80m ship-like building is unveiled

Architect Kengo Kuma says he hopes the Scottish museum will become a “living room” for city’s residents

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Museums

How Qatar sidestepped the UK export system again

V&A and National Trust hoped to buy Clive of India’s treasures

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Podcast

Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

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Museums

Leeds Art Gallery raises the roof for £4m revamp

New collection displays will fill room uncovered by construction workers

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Museums

V&A director calls for Exhibition Road to be fully pedestrianised after 11 injured in accident

Tristram Hunt had already voiced concerns before Saturday’s incident

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Exhibitions

Massive Van Gogh show opens in Italy

Exhibition including 124 works is largest in Europe and America in almost 30 years

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Rodin

Rodin’s love of the Parthenon sculptures revealed

The British Museum show will examine the French artist’s obsession with its most famous exhibits

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Museums

Fewer big culture grants as UK Lottery sales slump

Heritage Lottery Fund warns of cutbacks to awards over £5m in next five-year plan

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National Gallery

UK’s restitution powers to be extended indefinitely for Nazi-era loot

New legislation will remove legal restrictions that prevent many museums from deaccessioning works

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Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe coming to the Victoria & Albert Museum

Show featuring Mexican artist’s distinctive clothing, unseen for 50 years, is among highlights of museum’s 2018 programme

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Museums

British Museum plans sweeping redisplay of world cultures

Artefacts from ancient civilisations will be united for first time and more space given to Oceania, the Americas and Africa

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Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit heading for closure

Detectives have been redeployed to work on Grenfell Tower investigation

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Exhibitions

Five of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers to be reunited on Facebook

Willem van Gogh, the great grandson of Theo, the artist’s brother, will also speak in the presentation

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Obituaries

Former V&A director Martin Roth has died aged 62

After heading museums in Britain and Germany, he became more politically engaged

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Gold breastplate given to the Queen is unveiled at Buckingham Palace

Pre-Columbian treasure, presented by Panamanian president in 1953, could date from as early as AD700

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Tate Impressionist blockbuster reunites six of Monet’s Houses of Parliament pictures

UK entrepreneur Andrew Brownsword is lending a Sisley painting of the Thames

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What the V&A’s director actually said about digitisation

Contrary to media reports, Tristram Hunt says museum is "very passionate" about unlocking its collections online

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Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts to stage its greatest spectacle

Show in 2018 will celebrate 250 years of the world’s most prestigious open exhibition

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Museums

Arts Council England unveils first major grant programme since Nicholas Serota took over as chairman

Funding plan to 2022 shifts emphasis away from London towards regions

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Museums

Threatened Walsall gallery saved by Arts Council grant

New Art Gallery Walsall plans to form partnership with local university

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Bulk of V&A’s £50m extension sponsored by four donors

Exhibition Road project creates new courtyard, entrance hall and subterranean gallery

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Entire body of UK public sculpture to go online by 2020

Art UK to digitise nation’s 170,000 publicly owned sculptures in three-year operation

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Exhibitions

Beyeler to reunite Giacometti and Bacon

Swiss museum to stage show on the artists, who first met in the early 1960s, in time for Art Basel in 2018

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The Getty gets £24.5m Parmigianino after no UK museum tries to match price

Export bar lifted on Italian Mannerist painting that has been in Britain for 250 years

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UK election upset leaves prime minister’s Brexit strategy in disarray

Remainers celebrate as Theresa May aims to lead minority government

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UK election could trigger a cultural bonanza

Both the major political parties make big promises about new money for the arts

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Monet to be star of London’s National Gallery next year

Exhibition of French Impressionist will be joined in 2018 by shows on Thomas Cole, Ed Ruscha, Mantegna and Bellini

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Appointments

Maria Balshaw starts as overall Tate director

Former Manchester director will focus on “event-driven” culture, such as performance

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Exhibitions

Rare loans from Hermitage Museum—including ancient lumps of cheese—to feature in British Museum's Scythian show

September exhibition will feature antiquities that have never left St Petersburg before

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Hokusai’s late style comes into view at the British Museum

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Museums

How the Royal Academy came close to selling its greatest treasure: Michelangelo's Taddei Tondo

The then cash-strapped institution considered selling the work in the 1970s

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Exhibitions

Prince Charles to support exhibitions about his two art-collecting predecessors

Buckingham Palace and Royal Academy shows reunite works for the first time in nearly four centuries

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Will the Royal Academy give Michelangelo's masterpiece the setting it deserves?

Loan to National Gallery sparks internal debate about upgrading display of Taddei Tondo on its return

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Politics

Conservatives will deliver 'best Brexit deal for the arts', says digital minister

Matt Hancock pours scorn on Labour’s £1bn culture pledge and promises a review of UK export regulations

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Labour Party promises £1bn extra in culture funding over five years

Published ahead of the general election in June, the UK opposition party’s manifesto includes strong support for the arts

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What might have been: the Victoria and Albert Museum's never-built tower

London institution's first director, Henry Cole, designed the landmark in 1868

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Prizes

Richard Mosse wins Prix Pictet award

Images were created using military-grade thermal camera to depict migrants’ journeys to escape war and persecution