Museums

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Diary

Period drama: London’s Vagina Museum is being evicted from current premises—and needs your help

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Museums & Heritage

A year on from the devastating Beirut blast, the city’s national museum slowly reopens

Louvre specialists worked with Lebanese counterparts to repair the damaged building

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Museums

Director of slavery memorial in Guadeloupe sacked after reporting €420,000 missing from museum’s budget

Laurella Yssap-Rincon had promised to “correct the mismanagement” of the culture centre when she took the position in 2019

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Greta Thunberg says Science Museum ‘killed its reputation’ after it is revealed Shell sponsorship came with gagging order

Culture Unstained activists say contract clause is ‘chilling’ but museum group says cutting ties with energy groups is ‘unproductive’

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Moca Los Angeles follows success in halting solar farm near Michael Heizer Earthpiece with announcement of Frankenthaler grant to support solar energy project

The museum plans to use the grant funds to convert Moca Geffen to renewable energy, the first step in making Moca Los Angeles completely net zero energy

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Appointments

French culture ministry names 39-year-old Xavier Rey director of Centre Pompidou’s national museum of modern art

Current director of Marseille museums will take up coveted post under newly appointed Pompidou president Laurent Le Bon on 1 October

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Museums

Hermitage museum mints Leonardo, Monet, Van Gogh NFTs to raise funds

The Russian museum had to overcome country's stringent restrictions on cryptocurrencies

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NFTs

The Whitworth gallery in Manchester mints a William Blake NFT in aid of community causes

The museum will track the activity of the crypto work for the next two years for a 2023 exhibition on art economics

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Museums

France enforces vaccine passports for over-18s visiting museums and cultural venues

Controversial “health pass” introduced to fight a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the Delta variant

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Prizes

From village life to vaccine centre: Museum of the Year 2021 shortlist announced

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry, Experience Barnsley, Firstsite, Thackray Museum of Medicine and Timespan chosen as five finalists for Art Fund's coveted £100,000 prize

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Poland

Poland’s right-wing government dismisses director of leading contemporary art museum in latest blow to cultural scene

Over 1,000 leading Polish arts figures have signed a letter in defence of the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw's head Hanna Wróblewska

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Appointments & departures

Macba in Barcelona dismisses key curatorial staff shortly after appointing new director Elvira Dyangani Ose

Museum's move to sack Tanya Barson and Pablo Martínez prompts art world backlash on social media

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United Kingdom

England's Freedom Day has arrived—and museums are fighting to keep crowds at bay

Despite lockdown restrictions lifting today, most institutions will maintain capacity limits and distancing rules until at least end of August

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Humboldt Forum

Humboldt Forum opens in Berlin—finally for real

After almost two years of delays, the ambitious museum complex launches its first in-person exhibitions

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Museum dedicated to man who deciphered the hieroglyphics opens in France—full of Ancient Egyptian treasures

Musée Champollion in the south east of France—once owned by descendants of Egyptologist Jean-François Champollion’s family—is also exhibiting 82 artefacts on loan from the Louvre

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London's National Gallery appoints architect Annabelle Selldorf for its major renovation

First phase of the work is due to be completed by May 2024, in time for the gallery’s 200th anniversary

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Diary

Not Safe For (Art) Work: Pornhub creates 'Classic Nudes' tours of museum collections

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Openings

Siberian city often described as 'most depressing place to live in the world' to receive contemporary art museum

Former mall in Norilsk will provide 8,500 sq. m of space for art

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Museums

South Korea's rapid rise to global pop cultural dominance will be explored in new Victoria & Albert Museum exhibition

Hallyu! The Korean Wave takes place in 2022 along with Beatrix Potter celebration and showcase of African fashion

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When the US was accused of ‘plundering’ Berlin’s museums: new show reveals murky history

An exhibition opening at the Cincinnati Art Museum reveals how 14 major museums found themselves caught up in a “morally dubious” ­tour of Germany's art treasures after the Second World War

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Museums & Heritage

We tackled Dutch slaving history—the Rijksmuseum's exhibition could serve as a model of its kind

The Netherlands needs to collectively examine how its past has shaped today's society, says the director of the Amsterdam museum

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Openings

Edinburgh's Fruitmarket gallery reopens with new double-height performance space

Following a £4.3m overhaul, the Scottish art space's footprint has doubled

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Museums

By Art Matters—Hangzhou's new contemporary art museum—announces inaugural programme

Curator Francesco Bonami leads long-awaited Chinese kunsthalle with a Theaster Gates-designed concept store and artist residency

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Museums

Why are top jobs in Chinese museums going to white men?

Local professionals continue to be overlooked for highly paid leading roles

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Luma Arles

South of France art venues create Covid-united network—and welcome LUMA Arles into the fold

Plein Sud includes 66 venues spanning from the Mediterranean coast to the Alps

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Museums & Heritage

Ai Weiwei’s animals feel the heat as conservators treat them to al fresco waxing at Lacma

Sculptures arrived from China ahead of a show of works of Chinese contemporary art

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Museums

One of us or one of them? A long view of the appointment of George Osborne as chair of the British Museum

The former chancellor's instalment echoes the selection of Lord Armstrong as chair of the V&A, which had serious consequences for the museum

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Art law

Portuguese collector Joe Berardo—detained for tax fraud—also investigated for other crimes

Businessman behind the Museu Coleção Berardo in Lisbon, one of Portugal's most visited museums, allegedly owes nearly €1bn

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V&A East

Opening of London’s V&A East Museum delayed again because of pandemic

The Victoria and Albert Museum outpost is now due to open in 2025 but its open storage space is still on track for 2024

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Museums

Gainsborough showstopper The Blue Boy comes home to the UK after 100 years

Picture will go on show at London’s National Gallery a century after it left for California

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Contemporary art

'Clay made me': Theaster Gates to receive series of major London shows around his love of ceramics

The Chicago-based artist will design the 2022 Serpentine Pavillion

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Museums

Visitor figures: how many people are actually returning to London museums post-lockdown?

We asked English institutions to provide figures for the four-week period from 17 May to gauge current demand

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Appointments

Centre Pompidou in Paris names new president as Brussels branch backtracks over ‘sexist’ appointment

The Kanal-Centre Pompidou in Belgium has responded to outcry over decision to make Bernard Blistène a co-director alongside Kasia Redzisz

Podcast

Should the Science Museum stop taking money from oil companies?

Plus, Michael Landy's exhibition at Firstsite and artist Shahzia Sikander on a manuscript miniature

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Appointments

Appointment of former UK Chancellor George Osborne as new British Museum chairman draws criticism

Ex-politician, who presided over austerity cuts to culture, takes up the position on 4 October

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Centre Pompidou

A departure, a side move, and a new appointment: Centre Pompidou in flux as leadership shuffle causes controversy

Belgian art world outraged after curator Kasia Redzisz, who won a vote to be appointed director of Brussels outpost, will have to share the job with current director in Paris, Bernard Blistène

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Museums

OCAT Shanghai closes after public outcry over Uglier and Uglier video that ranks women's attractiveness

The work by Song Ta consists of eight hours of secretly shot footage of 5,000 college women

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Museums

Anti-Shell sleepover protest at London's Science Museum ends with police threatening to arrest demonstrators

Youth climate activists claim that the "museum would rather have kids arrested than drop their polluting sponsors"

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Funding

Hackneyed old Hockney: Museums need to be courageous, even in survival mode

This is the moment to ask for fresh ideas and give space to artists more deserving of exposure—so why has the Royal Academy given its main galleries to iPad 'paintings'?

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Museum curators battle rise in bug numbers during pandemic with new card game

Staff continue fight against vermin with innovative entertainment

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reopenings

London's Courtauld Gallery to reopen in November with new exhibition spaces and a commission by Cecily Brown

LVMH Great Room and Blavatnik Fine Rooms reflect generous backing from sponsors

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Museums & Heritage

Paris's indebted Fan Museum at risk of folding

Income losses during the pandemic have pushed the private museum and fan-making workshop to the brink

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UK politics

UK culture war: museum trustees are paying the price for disagreeing with government's policies

Several board members who do not support the "retain and explain" policy championed by the ruling party have recently left or lost their roles within the arts

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Openings

Home truths: east London's museum of domestic life emerges from lockdown after £18.8m makeover

Museum of the Home reopens on 12 June with double the public space in its 18th-century almshouse buildings

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Raphael Cartoons at Victoria and Albert Museum serenaded by live orchestral performance

The London museum’s newly refurbished Raphael Court plays host to a “visual album” of classical pieces on film

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Restitution

Belgian experts frustrated at 'lack of initiative from museums and government' call for restitution of colonial-era acquisitions

New report provides guidelines for the return of artefacts to Africa, where Belgium controlled territory that was 80 times its size

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UK politics

Don’t trash talk museums at this perilous time: we must adapt—not throw away—our cultural heritage

Cultural institutions—like religious buildings—can be spaces of good and harm, we cannot simply denounce their histories as one or the other, says museum director Nicholas Thomas

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Exhibitions

The David and Goliath of art collections team up—London’s National Gallery loans nine works to Southampton

Maverick museum chief Kenneth Clark helped shape the Southampton City Art Gallery's collection

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Museums & Heritage

What it's like to visit museums now—and how Covid-19 has fundamentally changed them long term

Coronavirus restrictions have dramatically altered the visitor experience, but the changes run deeper than mask-wearing and one-way systems

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Museums & Heritage

Germany launches African museum exchange programme to discuss returning looted objects

New government initiative MuseumsLab aims to foster more international co-operation and consider topics including decolonisation and restitution

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Cuba

Cuban artists ask Museum of Fine Arts to remove their work from display while Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara remains in government custody

The San Isidro Movement founder was forcibly taken to a Havana hospital in early May eight days into a hunger strike protesting the government's clampdown on artist's rights

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Appointments & departures

Culture professionals react to Tony Hall quitting as National Gallery chair amid BBC Princess Diana scandal

John Kingman, the London museum's deputy chair, will temporarily step into the role

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'Art is our spiritual oxygen': new shows to see in London and New York

We discuss Matthew Barney, Igshaan Adams, Eileen Agar and Louise Bourgeois

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How a Van Gogh painting was stolen from a Cairo museum—not once, but twice

The Khalil Museum, with its fabled Impressionists in a mansion by the Nile, has reopened after an 11-year renovation—without Vincent’s flower still-life

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Calling all numismatists! Biggest coin database in German-speaking world to go live today

The new resource provides images and data on 90,000 coins

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A confirms it will keep its focus on materials—but workforce will be reduced by 15% to cut costs

Following backlash over proposed chronological reorganisation of London museum, specialist departments will now remain

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Openings

After 21 years and $194m: Pinault opens Bourse museum in Paris

The French billionaire's long awaited contemporary art space contains works that champion his values of diversity—though many of these have been shown in Venice before

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Museums & Heritage

Hermitage Amsterdam close to reaching €1m in urgent crowdfunding appeal to survive Covid-19 crisis

The privately funded Dutch branch of the State Hermitage Museum has attracted 10,000 donations from the public but director says "we're not done yet"

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Exhibitions

Hug a museum: the best exhibitions to see around the UK as restrictions ease

From Rodin's plaster casts and Barbara Hepworth's bronzes, to flower arranging, disco dancing and the notorious Nero

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Museums & Heritage

Fuelling culture war, UK government forms new 'retain and explain' board for controversial monuments

"Independence cuts both ways," UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden warns museums and heritage bodies

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German museums to receive up to €25,000 for research into their Benin bronzes ahead of restitutions next year

Grants are available for institutions with individual Benin artefacts or small collections

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Prizes

Black Obsidian Sound System: 'Thanks for the Turner Prize nomination, here are our terms'

Group shortlisted by Tate for the prestigious contemporary art prize is calling out the institution’s hypocrisy and demanding working conditions that are “nurturing and supportive”

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Crowds flock to revamped Uffizi Galleries

Florence museum unveiled new exhibition space and recent acquisitions

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Pinault's Bourse de Commerce plans to finally launch on 22 May as Macron gives French museums the green light to reopen

Health passes to certify visitors are Covid-free will be mandatory at cultural venues

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Restitution

Germany pledges to return Benin bronzes to Nigeria starting in 2022

“We are facing up to our historical and moral responsibility”, says culture minister Monika Grütters

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Return to La La Land: art is back in California

Plus, artists' album covers, and Grace Jones in the Work of the Week

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Indian museum brings artist M F Husain back from the dead using AI

Visitors to the Museum of Art and Photography in Bangalore can pose questions to a "digital twin" of the late Bombay Progressive Group painter

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Collectors

Korean museums to receive 23,000 works from Samsung estate in $11bn tax settlement

Lee Kun-hee, the Samsung Electronics chairman who died in October, leaves collection worth $2.2bn, including works by Monet, Dali and Chagall

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Benin Bronzes

Global survey: where in the world are the Benin bronzes?

Around 160 institutions hold looted Benin artefacts, but how many are prepared to give them back? We asked museums in five countries for their position on restitution

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Restitution

'We've had a lot of museums reaching out': how Nigeria is getting ready to receive the world’s Benin bronzes

With institutions across the globe rethinking their views on restitution, the African country’s focus is now on making a home for its heritage

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Law

Tate Modern neighbours head to Supreme Court over 'relentless' invasion of privacy

Residents next to the London museum continue legal battle after losing case to close viewing platform that allows visitors to see inside their flats

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Covid-19

Museums weigh in on the vaccine passport debate, as countries are under pressure to open up their economies

As Israel and Denmark introduce Covid-19 status certificates, institutions are concerned that government schemes may keep visitors away

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Museums & Heritage

Museum extension allows Indigenous Sámi people to welcome home more than 2,000 artefacts held in Finland

An exhibition at the National Museum of Finland will celebrate the objects' repatriation to the Sámi Museum and Nature Centre Siida in northern Lapland

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George Floyd

‘Still much work to be done’: artists and US museums react to Derek Chauvin conviction in George Floyd murder trial

Former police officer faces up 40 years in prison, but systemic racism must now be addressed, says San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

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Restitution

Dutch museum settles with Jewish businessman's heirs on painting sold in Nazi era, defying government panel

The agreement overturns the Restitution Committee's 2013 rejection of the claim, which argued the painting was worth more to the museum than the heirs

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Insta’ gratification

How New York’s MoMA became the world’s most-followed museum on social media

Rob Baker, the director of marketing and creative strategy at the Museum of Modern Art, shares his secrets to Instagram success

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Redevelopment

Lithuanian prison—once a set for Netflix series Stranger Things—could become a major museum under redevelopment plan

Historic building in the heart of the capital Vilnius to be split up and turned into restaurants, hotels and other commercial and cultural spaces

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Museums

Jean-Luc Martinez stays in post as Louvre director—for now

Museum chief is named "interim" director while President Macron decides if he should continue as head of the Paris institution

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Restitution

UCLA’s Fowler Museum to reach out to Nigeria about returning its Benin bronzes

As restitution momentum builds, director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art says it could lead discussions for the return of looted Benin objects in US museum collections

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Unesco issues three key recommendations to help museums following report that reveals scale of Covid-19 crisis

Among the innumerable concerns expressed by international institutions are loss of public funding, threats to the security of collections and a decrease in visitors

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Salvator Mundi

What the Louvre’s scientific examinations of the Salvator Mundi really revealed—according to the museum’s own book

A secret booklet appears to contradict claims made in a new documentary about the painting's attribution to Leonardo

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Dia Art Foundation

After a $20m renovation, Dia is poised to re-emerge as a force in Chelsea

Refurbished space will showcase under-recognised artists, starting with Lucy Raven, and serve as a hub for the foundation's 11 sites

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Museums

Cairo's palatial museum full of Impressionist treasures—closed for a decade after a Van Gogh was stolen—finally reopens to the public

Egypt's Mr & Mrs Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum holds important works by artists including Paul Gauguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet

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Delhi—which received half a million refugees—will open its first museum dedicated to the partition of India

It will act as an extension to the Partition Museum in Punjab

Podcast

Can Netflix help solve the Isabella Stewart Gardner art heist?

Plus, vaccine passports in museums and Gossaert's Adoration

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Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s next mega museum is back on track—now with a director

UAE’s withdrawal from a disastrous and costly war in Yemen means it can refocus on an ambitious cultural agenda including the opening of Zayed National Museum

Podcast

Has the drop in visitors changed museums forever?

Exhibitions editor José da Silva breaks down the results from our Visitor Figures 2020 survey and digital expert Chris Unitt explains how museums have pivoted to digital

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Exhibitions

Humboldt Forum to show Britain’s 1897 violence and plunder in Benin exhibition next year

The exhibition will include around half of Berlin’s collection of Benin bronzes as Germany lays groundwork to return them to Nigeria

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Museums

How museums can ethically invest their money

There are plenty of funds with good Environmental, Social and Governance ratings, and the financial returns often outperform the S&P 500

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Visitor Figures 2020

British Museum hit hardest by 2020 lockdown among UK’s big museums

Major UK institutions lost 78% of their visitors due to the pandemic last year, our research reveals

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Musée d’Orsay in Paris renamed after late French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

The formal name change—an administrative move—also means the Muséee de l’Orangerie will be rebranded

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Visitor Figures 2020

Visitor Figures 2020: top 100 art museums revealed as attendance drops by 77% worldwide

The Art Newspaper's annual survey shows how the pandemic had a devastating impact on museums around the world—but there were some silver linings

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Visitor Figures 2020

Can museums really make digital visits pay?

As venues experiment with selling virtual exhibition tours, talks and workshops online, the key to success may be an emphasis on the expert, bespoke and exclusive

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Visitor Figures 2020

Curate-it-yourself: French museums take to social media to ask the public what they want to see in their galleries

Spurred on by the pandemic, several institutions are inviting art lovers to choose works for display

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Visitor Figures 2020

Instagram overtakes Twitter as most popular platform for museums during Covid-19 pandemic

Our global Visitor Figures survey reveals huge growth in followings online as physical doors shut to the public in 2020

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Museums

Plans to build new Museum of Brexit move ahead with plea for funds and objects

Institution initially called the Museum of Sovereignty will present a balanced picture of the divisive EU debate, say founders

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Appointments & departures

Succession: critics take aim at Louvre chief Jean-Luc Martinez as he seeks reappointment

French president Emmanuel Macron will decide whether to renew or replace the museum's director in the coming weeks

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coronavirus

French culture minister hospitalised after contracting Covid-19

Roselyne Bachelot's condition is "stable and not worrying"

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Openings

World's biggest Inuit art collection revealed at Winnipeg's new museum within a museum

Qaumajuq centre aims to reframe Winnipeg Art Gallery’s colonial past with displays of more than 10,000 rarely seen Inuit works

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Uffizi Galleries' Botticelli masterpieces—currently kept in storage—are bound for Medici villa in the Tuscan hills

The Uffizi Diffusi project aims to "scatter" works from the Florence museum's collection around overlooked sites across Tuscany on short term loans