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The Year in Review 2019

From the MoMA expansion to ‘artwashing’ ill-gotten wealth: the major museum moments of 2019

We look back at the biggest stories of the year

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Museums

Strikes hit France: here are the museums that are affected

Several institutions have closed, others have cut back their opening times as protests against Macron's retirement reforms sweep the country

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Art theft

Rembrandt paintings targeted by thieves at Dulwich Picture Gallery belonged to Louvre and National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

Attempted robbery was thwarted by police

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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Leonardo at the Louvre

This once in a lifetime retrospective has a freshness and coherence which appeals to public and scholar alike

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Salvator Mundi

Is the $450m Salvator Mundi really on a Saudi yacht?

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia’s luxury vessel has unexpectedly circumnavigated Europe and docked in the Netherlands

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Leonardo at the Louvre: the spectacular show and the Salvator Mundi no-show

We speak to co-curator Vincent Delieuvin about the 13 years of research that went into the show and discuss the latest twist in the Salvator Mundi saga with author Ben Lewis. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Salvator Mundi

Revealed: the plans to show Salvator Mundi at the Louvre

Exclusive photograph from the Paris museum shows the intended installation set up

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Salvator Mundi

Salvator Mundi nearly made it to the Louvre exhibition, and might still be included

We can also reveal that the $450m painting is described in the latest insurance documents as “attributed to” Leonardo rather than as a definitive autograph work

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo review: Salvator Mundi hovers in the wings, but Louvre show is still magnificent without it

With a mass of the artist’s greatest works on its walls, the exhibition is a huge hit despite the non-appearance—so far—of the controversial painting

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Leonardo da Vinci

Green light for Leonardo's Vitruvian Man to go to Louvre

An Italian appellate court has overturned the ban on the loan of the celebrated drawing

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Exhibitions

Louvre Leonardo show: forget Salvator Mundi, focus on Vasari

Forthcoming exhibition on the Renaissance master reveals ground-breaking new research on Italian literary sources

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italian court blocks loan of Leonardo's Vitruvian Man to Louvre

The ruling also suspends the wider agreement for the exchange of works of art between France and Italy

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Louvre defends planned switch to timed-entry tickets after Mona Lisa 'pandemonium'

Reservations will become mandatory at the world's most visited museum by the end of the year

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Louvre director plots great collections reshuffle

Jean-Luc Martinez reveals his big plans for the museum and why 250,000 objects must leave Paris

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Leonardo da Vinci

Salvator Mundi set to be a no-show in Louvre show

Paris museum's attempts to secure $450m Leonardo look doomed to failure, and the loser will be art history

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Leonardo da Vinci

If Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man goes on show at the Louvre, we won’t see it again for a decade

Italian conservationists say they may attempt to block the loan of the famous drawing

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Exhibitions

Despite Brexit, Britain is biggest lender to Louvre’s Leonardo blockbuster show

Speculation remains over whether Salvator Mundi will appear

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Cultural exchange

Louvre secures key Italian loans for Leonardo retrospective

The Vitruvian Man—normally only shown for a few weeks every six years—will travel from Venice’s Gallerie dell'Accademia to Paris

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Bad bedfellows? French politician blasts Louvre over partnership with Airbnb

Paris deputy mayor Ian Brossat says that teaming up with the online rental giant is “disastrous and shocking”

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Louvre to train refugees as tour guides with funds from Saudi foundation

Supported by undisclosed donation from Alwaleed Philanthropies, French museum’s newly renovated Islamic galleries reopened this week

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo at the Louvre: an exclusive first look at this year's biggest blockbuster

We reveal the research and science behind the monograph exhibition exploring the Renaissance painter's artistic evolution

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Loans

Greece in talks with Louvre to borrow Parthenon frieze as part of 'temporary exchange'

Move reignites debate over British Museum’s position on sculptures brought to Britain by Lord Elgin

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Sackler family

Musée du Louvre removes all mention of Sackler name from its galleries following protests

Activist group Pain says Paris museum has taped over or taken down plaques dedicated to the eponymous family whose pharmaceutical company is accused of fuelling the US opioid crisis

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Château de Versailles

Château de Versailles buys back €4m royal commode that left France after Louvre missed its royal mark

The piece of furniture by Bernard II van Risenburgh, which left for the US almost four decades ago, was commissioned by Louis XV for his stepdaughter

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Nan Goldin’s activist group storms the Musée du Louvre

Pain protestors demand that museum officials rename 12 rooms named after the Sackler family

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Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa is on the move this summer at the Musée du Louvre

The Leonardo painting, which is seen by thousands of visitors each day, is temporarily leaving its home during renovations to the gallery

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Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa like you've never seen her: Louvre to use VR for first time in Leonardo fifth centenary show

Museum officials say they still hope to include Salvator Mundi in major autumn show

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Museums & Heritage

Former Louvre director donates his collection to forthcoming museum devoted to the 'Sun King'

Pierre Rosenberg has pledged his collection of works by Charles Le Brun and other artists to the new museum

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Louvre is 'suffocating' with high volume of visitors, striking workers say

Paris museum closed its doors after union officials protest about angry public and poor security measures

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Leonardo da Vinci

Louvre struggles to gain loans for Leonardo show

High-level diplomacy is being used to secure the artist’s most important works for blockbuster anniversary show in Paris

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Obituaries

The Modernist architect I.M. Pei has died, aged 102

The Chinese-American designer created some of the world’s most striking museum projects, including the Louvre’s glass pyramid entrance and the National Gallery of Art’s East Building

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Exhibitions

Crowd control: Louvre to enforce timed tickets in run-up to Leonardo da Vinci blockbuster

Reservations will mainly be online as French museum anticipates record visitor figures

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In the frame

Go to bed with a smile—spend the night with Mona Lisa

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Thirty years on, Louvre's pyramid scheme pays off

I.M. Pei’s controversial entrance symbolises the Parisian museum’s spectacular growth

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Art's Most Popular: here are 2018's most visited shows and museums

Fashion continues upward trend in the US, shooting to the top of The Art Newspaper's chart, while the British Museum slips from the top spot in the UK

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Caravaggio

Attic to auction: a timeline of the 'Lost Caravaggio'

The painting, thought to be the second version of the Baroque artist’s Judith Beheading Holofernes will be auctioned this June with an estimate of £86m-£129m

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Salvator Mundi

'We want Salvator Mundi' for Leonardo blockbuster, Louvre says

Claims that it had "cancelled plans" to show the work are "fake information", the museum says

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Ancient Egypt

British Museum teams up with Louvre for revamp of Egyptian Museum in Cairo

But the disputed treasure, the Rosetta Stone, will remain in London

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italy blocks Leonardo loans for Louvre anniversary show

Populist government says sending paintings to French museum would put Italy 'on the margins of a great cultural event'

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Museums & Heritage

Delacroix and Beyoncé bring record-breaking Louvre visitor figures

After attendance dips, 10.2 million people flocked to the Paris museum last year

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The Year Ahead 2019

Which exhibitions will be the blockbusters of 2019?

Major Leonardo and Rembrandt anniversaries mean a wealth of shows focusing on the Old Masters, but Tintoretto, the Bauhaus or Bill Viola could be dark horses

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Non to tourists: free Saturdays at the Louvre cater to locals

Officials at the Paris museum want to boost homegrown audiences and draw lower-income visitors

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Collecting

Giampietro Campana assembled the greatest private collection of his age—then lost the lot

A new show at the Musée du Louvre reunites 500 of the collector's artefacts, showing his admiration for Italian art across the ages

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Exhibitions

Louvre’s Delacroix exhibition uncovers France’s superstar of the Romantic era

His boundless inventiveness as a painter—and not only—shines through in this ambitious survey

In the frame

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s night at the Louvre Museum

The surprise video for the couple's song Apeshit was shot at the Parisian institution

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Discoveries

Emperor Constantine's giant finger found in the Louvre

Ancient object—initially believed to be a toe—perfectly fits the hand of ancient bronze statue in Rome's Musei Capitolini

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Exhibitions

How Delacroix went from lycée dropout to establishment favourite

Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre is first major survey of the painter’s work in more than 50 years

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Louvre’s director: we are active in 75 countries

Jean-Luc Martinez says the museum’s international projects have skyrocketed over the past five years

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Appointments & departures

Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez’s contract extended for three more years

Paris museum chief must focus on partnerships with Asia and sustained attendance, culture minister says

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Protest

Activists protest Louvre's oil ties

Paris-based group criticises sponsorship by French oil company Total

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Against the odds, Louvre exhibition opens in Tehran in historic deal

French museum became first cultural institution to secure ties with Islamic regime after sanctions lifted in 2016

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Louvre shines a light on Nazi loot

Museum hopes to find rightful heirs through display of spoliated works

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Rising river Seine causes closures at Musée du Louvre

Paris museum has shut its Islamic Arts department, while Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie are also on high alert

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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