Museums

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Sponsorship

Tate to stop accepting donations from the Sackler Trust

The move follows a decision by the National Portrait Gallery to decline a £1m grant

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Museums & Heritage

National Museum of African American History and Culture to unveil rediscovered Harriet Tubman photo

She is “relaxed and very stylish” in the portrait

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Museums

Russian man strolls through Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery in thong underwear

The latest bizarre incident at one of Russia’s most important institutions was an “unsanctioned performance” according to the museum

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Politics

Poland’s right-wing government accused of hijacking prize-winning museum

Heated dispute over European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk taking place in the aftermath of the killing of the city’s mayor, Paweł Adamowicz

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Museum of Modern Art New York

Ninety years on, MoMA rediscovers its radical soul

New York museum's rotating rehang will emphasise diverse permanent collection to celebrate the “pluriverse” of art

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Sponsorship

London's National Portrait Gallery drops £1m grant from Sackler Trust

Mutual decision comes amid growing controversy over trust's links to Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller linked to the opioid crisis

Comment
Obituaries

Tribute to Marella Agnelli—doyenne of high society

The art collector and museum founder who married into the Agnelli dynasty was a woman of charm and intelligence

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Museums & Heritage

Kaywin Feldman shatters the glass ceiling at the National Gallery of Art in Washington

During her first week on the job, the new director reveals her aspirations for the museum

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Restitution

Culture ministers from 16 German states agree to repatriate artefacts looted in colonial era

Joint declaration is “a statement of historical responsibility,” says Culture Minister Monika Grütters

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Restitution

Dutch museums take initiative to repatriate colonial-era artefacts

Rijksmuseum opens talks with Sri Lanka, ethnology museums publish guidelines

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Museums & Heritage

Hiroshi Sugimoto to redesign Hirshhorn's sculpture garden

The renovation taps into the spirit of the founding architect, Gordon Bunshaft

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Appointments & departures

Terra Foundation’s transformational leader Elizabeth Glassman to step down

During her two-decade tenure, the Terra closed its Chicago museum and turned its attention to grant-making and collaborations

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Museums

Major museum designed by V&A Dundee's architects to open in Turkey

Odunpazari Modern Museum designed by Kengo Kuma, which will show the collection of architect Erol Tabanca, will open in the university city of Eskişehir in June

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China

Is Budi Tek's Yuz Museum branching out?

The Indonesian-Chinese collector, who is behind the Shanghai institution, recently partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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Museums & Heritage

Hermitage and Pushkin join forces to show stellar Russian collections of Modern art

The museums are pooling the divided collections of Sergei Shchukin and Morozov brothers for a quartet of exhibitions

Feature
Museums

Art world’s wage inequality sparks waves of protests

While museums pursue multimillion-dollar expansion projects, art workers consider themselves underpaid—and feel the squeeze of a growing wage gap

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Acquisitions

Kimbell Art Museum fêtes International Women's Day with Anne Vallayer-Coster acquisition

Still Life With Mackerel demonstrates the French 18th-century artist's virtuosity in the genre

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Building projects

Miami’s Art Center/South Florida gets a new facility—and a new name

Oolite Arts is due to move from Miami Beach to a purpose-built space on the mainland

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Disasters & destruction

Inhotim arts centre reopens in wake of deadly Brazilian dam collapse

As one of the biggest employers in the area, the vast open-air culture complex wants to support victims

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Rembrandt

Paper trail: how watermarks illuminate Rembrandt's creative process

By analysing and categorising watermarks, a new online tool will allow researchers to connect prints to specific batches of paper

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Conservation

New app helps researchers diagnose ‘acne’ afflicting Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings

Bumps caused by chemical reactions can now be mapped by waving a hand-held device that one professor likens to a Star Trek “tricorder”

Analysis
Museums in the changing world order

Museums in the changing world order: a question of ethics

In the first part of a new series, Adrian Ellis looks at the increased public scrutiny of museum boards in the social media age

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Museums

Met receives donation of ten ‘exceptional’ colonial Latin American works out of the blue

The São Paulo collector James Kung Wei Li, whose father was a Chinese ambassador in South America, says the donation is his family’s repayment for American educational largesse

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Ivory

Frankfurt museum acquires more than 200 ivory sculptures

Liebieghaus sculpture museum says the acquisition of Reiner Winkler’s collection is the largest in its history

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Museums

Main Museum’s mysterious closure serves as a cautionary tale about funding

Closure comes just weeks after three key staff members announced their departures

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Restitution

Met hands over an Egyptian coffin that it says was looted

Describing itself as a victim of fraud, museum says it cooperated with district attorney's investigation

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Museums

SFMoMA to sell a Rothko estimated at $35m to $50m

Proceeds would go toward acquisitions that “address art historical gaps’’

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Museums

Morgan Library & Museum plans $12.5m restoration of its library's exterior

New York institution plans to shore up its Neo-Classical façade and create outdoor spaces for the public

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Art theft

Serial art thief Stéphane Breitwieser arrested—again

Having served a six-year jail sentence, he came under suspicion again after offering a 19th-century paperweight on eBay

Comment
Art Fund

Museums—just places for a bit of peace and quiet?

The Art Fund's latest report concludes that museums and galleries offer a way to de-stress—but they should not just a place for calm and comfort

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Openings

Norton Museum of Art opens grand expansion

$100m project highlights museum's growing commitment to contemporary art

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Museums & Heritage

National Museum of Scotland completes 15-year makeover revealing 'whole world under one roof'

The £80m masterplan has created 50% more public space and unveiled 6,500 forgotten objects

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Acquisitions

Whitney acquires Abstract Expressionist painting by Norman Lewis

The museum will show the underrecognised African American artist's work alongside pieces by his contemporaries

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African art

Brooklyn Museum's detective work reveals original owners of African mask

Family elders give blessing to new exhibition of Yorùbá masquerade costume, stolen from Nigerian shrine room 70 years ago

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Museums

Vancouver Art Gallery staff strike continues

Union boss calls museum's recent offer "an insult"

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Museums

Rio’s Museum of Modern Art finally sells Pollock for around $13m

For a struggling institution, the price is short of earlier estimates

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Museums

Met unveils its AI experiment with Microsoft and MIT

Teams produce five digital prototypes for acquainting people with images of museum objects online

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Museums

New York's MoMA to close for four months for renovation

Rethinking the Modernist canon, New York museum is changing the presentation of its permanent collection

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro's slave wharf museum gains ground

The Unesco-listed site is due to receive a museum of Afro-Brazilian culture

Blog
Adventures with Van Gogh

San Francisco’s Van Gogh is the real deal

The still life of fruit and chestnuts, until recently dismissed as a fake, was painted in Paris

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Banksy

Kerching! Banksy-note enters British Museum

Di-faced Tenner is artist’s first work to join the collection officially—unlike his 2005 cave painting prank

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Museums

Forthcoming Las Vegas branch of the Nevada Museum of Art Museum gets underway

The museum has tapped Heather Harmon as its deputy director and needs to raise $12m by October

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Fashion

Princess Margaret’s delicate Dior dress conserved for Victoria and Albert Museum show

Stains on the lavishly decorated gown—made for royal's 21st birthday—show that it had gone to some good parties

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Museums

James Turrell’s PS1 installation off view due to encroaching development

A temporary scaffolding from a nearby high rise has interrupted the view in the much loved skyspace work

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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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Museums

Museo del Barrio cancels exhibition over an artist’s remarks about rape

Show was to focus on career of the film-maker Alejandro Jodorowsky

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Museums

Churchill's 'strongest link' in the Battle of Britain: new museum tells story of Biggin Hill airfield

Bitter campaign against the new museum, comparing design to concentration camp structure, almost derailed the project

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#metoo

Student curators bring consent debate to Dartmouth College's renovated Hood Museum of Art

University is facing $70m lawsuit from seven women claiming that it turned a blind eye to sexual abuse and discrimination

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In the frame

Should a modern extension be tacked on to a 15th-century architectural masterpiece?

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Museums

New Museum employees vote to unionise

Staff members overwhelmingly support joining a local that represents MoMA employees

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Museums

Munich's Haus der Kunst, leaderless since June, appoints expert commission

Commission is to support curators until successor to Okwui Enwezor is found

Comment
Design

Davos 2019: Cooper Hewitt museum director on the power of inclusive design

Empathetic, user-centred products that can shape a more equitable world for people with disabilities go on show at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this week

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Museums

The Met is re-evaluating its gift acceptance policy in wake of Sackler lawsuits

Their family’s support “began decades before the opioid crisis” says president and CEO Daniel Weiss

Review
Jasper Johns

Complex, ingenious, emotional: the concluding volumes of Jasper Johns’s catalogues raisonnés

Two further volumes comprehensively cover the artist's drawings and monotypes

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Climate Change

How museums in Norfolk, Virginia, are acting to protect art in face of growing flood risk

Institutions are finding ways to adapt to climate change as scientists predict that the Virginia city could be under water by 2100

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African art

Africa’s pre-colonial ‘crown jewels’ to find a home in new South African museum

Javett Art Centre at University of Pretoria will display 800-year-old gold collection excavated in the 1930s

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Museums & Heritage

MacKenzie Art Gallery given 1,000 works by contemporary indigenous artists from Canada and the US

Collectors Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner were drawn by the Saskatchewan museum’s dedication to indigenous and aboriginal art from around the globe

Comment
Antiquities & Archaeology

The Met’s antiquated views of antiquities need updating

The new Greek and Roman curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum should rejuvenate its displays with honest, better stories

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Museums

New Museum staff hold rally in support of unionising

Petition to form union was filed with the National Labor Relations Board last week

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Museums

Is an art Cold War thaw coming? US and Russian museum leaders and diplomats to discuss loan freeze

Public conversation to be held in February will address long impasse on museum loans

Feature
Bauhaus

Germany celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus with a bonanza of museum openings and exhibitions

From newly conserved buildings and puppet shows to virtual-reality installations and ballet, across the country the German school is finally getting its due

Blog
In the frame

Museums battle it out on Twitter to have the greatest BDE (ahem.. Big Duck Energy)

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Appointments & departures

Stedelijk Museum issues conciliatory statement insisting that feud with Beatrix Ruf is over

Unusual press release is latest twist in long-running dispute between Amsterdam institution and its former director

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Edvard Munch

British Museum to stage major show of Munch prints

Exhibition in London will be largest in 50 years

Comment
Restitution

Eurocentrism still sets the terms of restitution of African art

A selective view of African cultural heritage continues the colonialist paradigm

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Appointments & departures

Marc-Olivier Wahler steps down as director of MSU Broad Art Museum

The Swiss curator is resigning from the Michigan institution for family reasons

Interview
Museo del Prado

Prado at 200: director Miguel Falomir on the museum's reinvention and the death of the blockbuster

Released from the shackles of state control in 2003, the Madrid institution has reason to celebrate its bicentenary

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Openings

Polish collector Grazyna Kulczyk unveils ‘off-grid’ private museum in Swiss Alps

Muzeum Susch aims to bring a “disruptive outlook” to the historic Engadin valley pilgrimage site

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Acquisitions

Why a six-ton scholar’s rock is making its way from China to Texas

A low-key request from the San Antonio Museum of Art director resulted in a big gift from Lake Taihu near Wuxi

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Cultural policy

Mikhail Piotrovsky—Hermitage chief for 26 years—is an Old Master of diplomacy

Russian museum is pursuing global expansion with long-term plans under way for Barcelona and China

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Museums

What’s in a name? Why the Hague’s Gemeentemuseum will soon become the Kunstmuseum

The difficulty of Dutch pronunciation and the need to raise awareness among foreign visitors led to the museum’s future rebranding

Comment
Museums

The recent protests at the Whitney show museum trustees’ dealings cannot be ignored

The same old arguments in favour of ignoring the business dealings of trustees, of pretending museum programming can function independently of those funding it, cannot stand for long

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Museums

Artist duo Hesselholdt & Mejlvang says Danish museum did not pay them

The artists showed in a group exhibition and delivered two lectures at Aros Aarhus Art Museum