Museum collections


Guggenheim adopts a plan to become more inclusive and racially diverse

Initiative follows accusations by employees of entrenched racism at the New York museum

National Portrait Gallery

Not bigger, but better: behind the scenes of the £35.5m revamp at London's National Portrait Gallery

Director Nicholas Cullinan and architect Jamie Fobert reveal how the gallery’s controversial three-year closure will transform its 600-year collection of portraits


Born of hate and contempt, how the Bargello's extraordinary collection of medieval ivories came to be

Book tells the tale of how Italian museum amassed such a vast array of important sculptures thanks to Frenchman Louis-Claude Carrand

Museum collections

Rotterdam's Boijmans museum wants to make entire collection accessible to visitors

Vast €85m storage centre will show off thousands of works of art previously hidden from view

Musée du Louvre

Louvre director plots great collections reshuffle

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


Germany plans photography archive to preserve 'visual memory of our society'

Culture minister Monika Grütters enlists international experts to help create a central institution but critics question necessity and feasibility

National Gallery

The big hole in Britain’s National Gallery: Bring back the Victorians

The omission of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood could be rectified by judicious loans


New agreement between the Tate and National Gallery allows for more flexibility

Meeting between museum directors results in increased flexibility whilst borrowing pictures outside the 1900 division


The Getty acquires “The fates of illustrious men and women” by the Boucicaut Master

Though the identity of the Boucicaut Master is unknown, his work is extremely valuable

Art market

As more private libraries are put on the block, the question arises ⁠—are we running out of old libraries?

Some of Europe’s oldest collections have recently been broken up: are there many left, and who is buying the books?


Hiring out the collection: the Whitney does, MoMA doesn’t

Collection leasing provides a fundraising alternative for some museums, and a surrogate permanent collection for others