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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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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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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 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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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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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

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Museums show limited interest in borrowing Parthenon Marbles

British Museum’s vision of the ancient sculptures travelling to China and Africa has so far come to nothing

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Museums

Tate Modern's extension renamed Blavatnik Building after record £50m donation

Ukrainian-born American businessman Len Blavatnik's gift is the largest-ever financial contribution to a UK museum

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Conservation

Students leave pencil marks on ancient sculptures at the British Museum

The increase in graffiti cases over the past decade raises concerns about monitoring and protection of the collection

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Can visitor numbers bounce back after Brexit?

Latest figures show minimal boost from weak pound and negative impact of terrorism in Europe

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Hermitage to loan Scythian treasures for British Museum show

London show will explore one of the great nomadic civilisations of antiquity

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London's National Gallery goes for Bellotto after failing to buy Pontormo

Institution is now trying to raise £11m to buy an export-deferred work by the Italian painter

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National Gallery expansion plan ‘starting to take shape’

Office block next door is potential site, says director Gabriele Finaldi

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Michelangelo-designed frame reimagined by National Gallery

A mix of old and new elements gives greater depth to Sebastiano del Piombo’s The Raising of Lazarus

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Museums

Loan requests for Pontormo portrait

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Museum of London project poised to be a record-breaker

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Gilbert & George become Royal Academy first(s)

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European cobalt blue imported to China from early 18th century

Scientific tests reveal Qing-dynasty artisans used it to produce famille rose porcelain

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Tate St Ives offers first glimpse of £20m refurbishment

The Tate’s Cornish satellite, which reopens this week, is preparing its first semi-permanent display on the St Ives School

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Emergency repair work to Buckingham Palace’s State Dining Room nears completion

Reopening set for summer but complete overhaul of palace costing £369m will take a decade

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Experts restore rare Dutch Golden Age map found stuffed up a chimney

The 17th-century map, which was discovered scrunched up in a ball, is on show at the National Library of Scotland

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Man charged with vandalising painting by Gainsborough at National Gallery

Conservators assess damage to paint surface as suspect due to appear in London court

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The search for Franz Marc’s iconic blue horses

A celebrated painting that was denounced as degenerate by the Nazis may have survived the aftermath of war

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War

Iraqi troops in push to recapture old city of Mosul

Heritage bodies face major task in saving historic buildings when Isil extremists are ousted

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Exhibitions

Erotic bookcase by Carabin goes on show outside Paris for first time

Rare piece of furniture features in show on French Belle Époque prints at Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum

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Declassified papers reveal Margaret Thatcher’s spirited campaign to get the Thyssen collection

But the British prime minister was thwarted by the baron’s Spanish wife and her sick dog, so the works ended up in Madrid

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Sale of Pontormo portrait prompts calls for reform of UK export system

New York hedge-fund manager is the latest foreign buyer to refuse a matching offer from a UK museum

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The original Impressionist makes a return to Paris

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Exhibitions

The New York entrepreneur behind the biggest private Rembrandt collection

Highlights of Thomas Kaplan's Leiden Collection go on show at the Louvre this week

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The biggest challenges facing London’s new museum directors

As Tristram Hunt starts his new job at the V&A and Maria Balshaw joins the Tate in June, we look at some of the hurdles they will need to overcome

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War

British Museum-trained Iraqi archaeologist assesses Isil destruction of Nimrud

Ancient Assyrian site was almost completely demolished by extremists

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Exhibitions

Louvre exhibition debunks 'isolated genius' myth of Vermeer

Dutch artist may not have secluded himself in Delft as previously believed

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Museums

UK export licence denied for Pontormo portrait

National Gallery London's £30m offer to buy painting was rejected by US owner

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UK government plans gallery for its off-duty art

A selection of the 14,000 works in the Government Art Collection will be on show

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Images of Gauguin in Tahiti discovered in photo album

Experts believe that prints in the album show the artist, his mistress and a ship’s doctor

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Acquisitions

US hedge funder rejects National Gallery's £30m offer to buy Pontormo portrait

Brexit pound slump means that Tom Hill would have lost $10m, but he breaks commitment

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Stolen Van Gogh paintings to go on show in Naples

The two works, which were taken from Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in 2002, were recovered by anti-mafia police last year

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Art for whitehall and far-flung

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The morphine specialist who was Gauguin’s friend

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Qatar tries again to export Clive of India’s Mughal treasures

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Exhibitions

Female painter of the Flemish Baroque back in vogue—four centuries on

Rubens House to put on show of 17th-century artist Michaelina Wautier

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Heritage

Why Clive of India’s treasures are up for export to Qatar again

V&A and National Trust consider repeat of 2004 campaign to keep rare Mughal flask and huqqa in UK

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How Northern Europeans interpreted Japan

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American embassy hosts Syrian painting show in London

The outgoing US ambassador Matthew Barzun stresses the importance of the art in a time of “destruction”

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Heritage

'Substantial' gold hoard found hidden in piano

Inquest underway to determine whether discovery in Shropshire constitutes a "treasure"

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Estorick Collection gets a new look

Italian Modern art gallery reopens this week after £600,000 refurbishment

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Dürer’s creative year in the Low Countries inspires exhibition

Curators hope to retrace the artist’s steps with paintings, drawings and copies of a lost journal