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Metropolitan Museum of Art invites artists to make new sculptures for Fifth Avenue facade

The New York museum heads into the second half of 2019 with contemporary art takeovers and a balanced budget

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Museums & Heritage

MOCA to offer free general admission after $10m gift from board president

The change has been a long-time wish for some leaders at the Los Angeles museum

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Museums

Mass Moca, the museum that almost wasn't, celebrates 20 years

The art historian Brian Allen reflects on the rich history of the once inconceivable project that is now thriving

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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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Should museums sell works of art? Plus, activism at the Whitney Biennial

After the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's sale of its Rothko, we discuss the principles that guide deaccessioning in the US and speak to activists about the Whitney vice-chairman's problematic link to a weapons manufacturer

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Museums

Czech culture minister resigns amid outrage over dismissals of museum chiefs

Antonin Stanek’s sudden firing of National Gallery director Jiri Fajt sparked international protests and a petition

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Sackler family

The Met says it will stop accepting gifts from Sacklers associated with Purdue Pharma

The museum cites recent lawsuits tied to the US opioid crisis in its decision to decline future donations from the family

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Openings

Monumental art and walks on water: New Orleans Museum of Art opens expanded sculpture garden

Works by Frank Stella and Ursula von Rydingsvard take their place in lagoon landscape of New Orleans City Park

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Exhibitions

Virtual reality tour offers glimpse of François Pinault’s long-awaited, grand Paris gallery

Exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice shows Tadao Ando’s designs for the Bourse de Commerce building

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India

David Adjaye chosen to design 'game-changing' contemporary art museum in India

Planned Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi will open up 6,000-strong collection to the public

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Museums in the changing world order

Museums in the changing world order: the rise of authoritarian nationalism

In the third part of a new series, Adrian Ellis looks at the cost of state support in illiberal democracies and the insidious erosion of institutional independence

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Art market

UniCredit to sell off one of world's largest corporate art collections

The Italian bank, which just announced €1.4bn profit in first quarter of 2019, will offload some of the 60,000 works of art in order to fund social initiatives

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Museums & Heritage

Uzbekistan’s troubled Nukus Museum embroiled in new row

Museum seeks fourth director in as many years amid claims its renowned avant-garde collection is being “mistreated”

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Frieze New York 2019

Is it time to drop the ‘Latin American’ artist label?

Galleries are starting to move away from the historic term as new awareness builds

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Winogrand's little-known colour photographs to Miró's mammoth canvas

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Museums

Carolyn Christov-Barkargiev on the opening of the Cerruti Villa and its $600m, 'near-secret' collection

The house and collection of Turinese collector Francesco Federico Cerruti will go on show this week

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Frieze New York 2019

Out and proud: Stonewall at 50

Art After Stonewall, a touring exhibition of works covering gender, sexuality and Aids, shows how queer culture was shaped by the Stonewall riots

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Restitution

Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection can keep a painting that the Nazis stole, US judge rules

The judge says the work should have raised suspicions, but that he must apply Spanish law

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Museums

Berlinische Galerie forced to close suddenly because of structural problems

“Safety comes first,” the building’s manager says

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Museums

Many Whitney Biennial artists sign letter calling for museum vice chairman's removal

Letter cites Warren B. Kanders's role in company that manufactured tear gas used at US border

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Frieze New York 2019

Whose museum is it anyway? The story of El Museo del Barrio has always been about representation

As it turns 50, the museum wrestles with concerns that it has lost its community focus

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Museums

Krakow City Council rejects mayor’s plan to merge the city’s two leading contemporary art spaces

Councillors vote down proposal to combine the longstanding Bunkier Sztuki gallery with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków

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Restitution

Italian prosecutor claims Medieval missal in Morgan Library was stolen from parish church

Official argues that its return could help boost tourism in an area that has suffered economically from earthquake damage

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Exhibitions

Twelve exhibitions not to miss during Frieze New York

From the Leipzig School artist Neo Rauch at the Drawing Center, to Nari Ward at the New Museum, there's plenty to see around New York City during Frieze

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Museums

Regional institutions dominate shortlist for £100,000 Museum of the Year award

Northern Ireland's HMS Caroline and V&A Dundee among five finalists for the Art Fund's annual prize

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Museums & Heritage

Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is 'on track, on budget', director Richard Armstrong says

Construction on the long-delayed project is expected to take three to four years

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Art market

Two art dealers sentenced over 'fake-genuine' Rodin sculptures after 18 year legal battle

US-based Gary Snell and Paris dealer Robert Crouzet found guilty in French court of making and selling copies of works by the French sculptor

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Artist interview

Simone Leigh, now in the spotlight, contemplates the theme of invisibility

With three presentations scheduled this spring in New York, the Brooklyn-based artist talks about her commitment to representing the experience of black women

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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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Obituaries

Philanthropist Henry Wollman Bloch has died aged 96

Bloch was an avid collector who made important contributions to the Nelson-Atkins Museum

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Museums & Heritage

How to future-proof a work of art that will not be completed for 100 years

As Katie Paterson's sand castle project goes on tour, we look at how her Future Library is being made to outlive the artist

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Brazil

Archaeological trove discovered beneath zoo heads to Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum

More than 30,000 imperial artefacts were found in the nearby RioZoo last week

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Museums & Heritage

Battered London tomb of the great French tightrope walker Blondin restored

The 19th-century daredevil is most famous for crossing Niagara Falls 17 times—once with a stove on which he cooked an omelette

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Acquisitions

Photography gallery at Victoria and Albert Museum renamed after Elton John following 'significant' donation

The Rocket Man will organise a photography exhibition at the London institution with his husband David Furnish

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Museums & Heritage

Nineteenth-century realists pull in mega-crowds as Russian museum attendance peaks

Exhibitions in Russia of homegrown artists attract proportionally greater numbers than blockbusters in other countries

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Exhibitions

Forty years rocking the foundations in Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates its anniversary by looking back over the past four decades

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What inspired Munch's Scream? Plus, the Shed

We talk to Giulia Bartram at the British Museum about her exhibition of Munch’s prints. And we look at the new shapeshifting cultural centre in New York, The Shed. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Sackler Trust

‘Like being married to a serial killer’: Hito Steyerl denounces Sackler sponsorship of museums

German artist urges art world to rally against cultural funding from embattled family at opening of her show at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

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Restitution

Indigenous human remains returned to Australia by five German institutions

Australia is pursuing further repatriations from Germany, ambassador says

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Museums & Heritage

Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approves $650m Lacma building project

The design spans Wilshire Boulevard and replaces four extant buildings

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Tate Modern

Tate resumes contact with Anthony d’Offay after sexual harassment allegations investigated

National Galleries of Scotland trustees also rally round former dealer and Artist Rooms creator

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Sackler sponsorship: take it or leave it? Plus, museum visitor figures

We examine the growing unease among British museums about accepting money from Sackler family members linked to the sale of the opioid OxyContin, and look at 2018's most visited shows and museums with Met director Max Hollein. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Museums in the changing world order

Museums in the changing world order: Restitution to Africa reaches tipping point

In the second part of a new series, Adrian Ellis examines the issue of post-colonial restitution

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Attendance

Boom or bust for DC museums: how the US government shutdown affected visitor figures

In January, the 19 Smithsonian institutions had just 13% of the footfall they had experienced the year before

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Museums & Heritage

Weimar—birthplace of Bauhaus—opens new museum dedicated to the influential design school

On the same day, the nearby Neues Museum Weimar will open a new permanent exhibition on early Modernism

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Museums & Heritage

Topping a million visitors: how MCA Australia broadened the appeal of contemporary art

With more than a million people through the doors annually since 2015, the museum is a case study in how to expand audiences

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Sponsorship

Jewish Museum Berlin says it would no longer accept Sackler family donations

But the Sackler Staircase in the museum will keep its name

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Sponsorship

Why is the British Museum still accepting tobacco sponsorship?

London institution has acquired 600 objects thanks to funding from Japan Tobacco International, makers of Benson & Hedges, Winston, Camel and Silk Cut

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Museums & Heritage

A national treasure of Native American art in Los Angeles is looking for a new owner

The historic Southwest Museum, operated by the Autry Museum of the American West, is seeking proposals for reuse

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Funding

Art venues have half the budget of science museums for temporary exhibitions, new report finds

Research by UK startup Vastari delves into hidden economics of museums' special shows

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Museums & Heritage

Shapeshifting $475m arts space The Shed opens in New York's Hudson Yards

Gerhard Richter, Trisha Donnelly and Steve McQueen will show new commissions

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Musée du Louvre

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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Museums & Heritage

The Hirshhorn acquires a reconfiguration of Yayoi Kusama's first Infinity Mirror Room

The 1965 work, Phalli's Field, was a breakthrough in the artist's career

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Exhibitions

Masp retrospective to explore Lina Bo Bardi's legacy and influence on Brazilian art

The Italian architect, who made Brazil her "adopted home", designed the eclectic São Paulo museum in the late 1940s

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National Museum of Qatar

Review: Jean Nouvel's National Museum of Qatar opens with surprises at every turn

Every aspect of modern museography is used to create immersive displays and engaging learning experiences

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Museums

Angela Merkel to open James Simon Galerie in Berlin

The entrance building to Museum Island is the German capital’s answer to the Louvre Pyramid

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Openings

Expect the unexpected at the new National Museum of Qatar

Jean Nouvel-designed museum opens in Doha with multi-sensory history galleries and contemporary art and film commissions

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National Museum of Qatar

Jean Nouvel: 'desert rose' Qatar museum blooms against the odds

We speak to the French architect about the search for a national landmark and the hurdles that faced the mammoth project

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Relax and immerse yourself... the art of experiencing museums slowly

Schemes such as Slow Art Day offer an alternative to life in the fast lane, away from the jostling crowds and selfie-takers

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Art's Most Popular 2019

How global art can provide a kick-start to local economies

Special exhibitions mean big money—not only for the museums that hold them but for local businesses as well

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Exhibitions are a numbers game, whether we like it or not

Today's directors are focused on figures—and not always for the right reasons

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Art's Most Popular 2019

A dash of fashion and a pinch of gratis: the perfect recipe for a sell-out show

From creating “experiences” to being fashion-friendly, museums are getting savvy at driving visitors to their exhibitions. Here are some tricks of the trade

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Museum visits drop in Taipei as relations sour with China

Taiwanese museum has seen a significant decline in visitors since 2015, our Art's Most Popular research shows

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Art law

Protesters, influencers and AI: what museums need to think about today

Legal experts discussed the pressing topics for institutions at a recent conference in Washington, DC

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

David Chipperfield on his design for West Bund Art Museum in Shanghai

The UK architect talks about working in China and the decline of its "funny-shaped" buildings

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Sponsorship

Guggenheim Museum says it 'does not plan to accept any gifts' from the Sackler family

The move follows similar decisions by London museums

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Leaders

When it comes to museum attendance, it’s more than just a numbers game

London's National Portrait Gallery director on the way cultural institutions engage audiences and measure success

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Sackler Trust

Sackler Trust charity in UK suspends all new gifts

The move is a “face-saving” measure says US photographer and activist Nan Goldin

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Sponsorship

South London Gallery returned funding to Sackler Trust last year

Plus, Nan Goldin's show at the National Portrait Gallery is expected to go ahead after the trust and London museum decided not to proceed with a £1m grant

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Sponsorship

Tate to stop accepting donations from the Sackler Trust

The move follows a mutual decision by the National Portrait Gallery and the Sackler Trust to not proceed with 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