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Restitution

German museum returns tattooed Maori skull to New Zealand

The preserved head was held in Cologne's Rautenstrauch Joest Museum of world cultures for 110 years

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$890m Sydney museum move could be most expensive gallery relocation in history

Critics fear that plan will lead to parts of the Powerhouse Museum’s collection being sold off

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Dallas Museum of Art says thank you to a life-long patron

Institution recognises the “transformational” final gift of its late trustee Margaret McDermott with a special exhibition and new wall labels for more than 400 works she helped acquire

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Programme of paid internships aims to make US museum staff more diverse

Association of Art Museum Directors launches scheme to provide undergraduate students from minority backgrounds with hands-on experience

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Private Museums

Moscow's Garage Museum still going strong at ten, despite co-founders’ split

Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova will continue to fund their contemporary art museum

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Law

Dalí foundation sues California museum for use of artist’s name and image

Monterey’s Dalí17, which displays the 500-work private collection of the Ukrainian-born real estate developer Dimitry Piterman, features the Surrealist’s face—complete with upturned moustache—on its logo

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Interview

Ralph Rugoff on the Hayward Gallery’s half-century and the art of curating

How will his views on audiences and exhibition-making shape the 2019 Venice Biennale?

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Acquisitions

London’s National Gallery acquires painting by Artemisia Gentileschi for £3.6m

Piece by Italian Baroque painter boosts number of works by female artists in the museum's collection

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Bayeux Tapestry

Entente cordiale: governments sign deal securing loan of Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2022

Cross-channel collaboration involves translating, conserving and digitalising the historic embroidery

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Tate St Ives wins Art Fund Museum of the Year award

Judges praise “breathtakingly beautiful” extension and the way the museum is “embedded in its community”

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More people are visiting New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art than ever before

The museum's Michelangelo show drew more half a million visitors alone

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ICA Boston bridges the harbour with new satellite space in a working shipyard

Visitors will be able to take a six-minute ferry ride to the new venue called the Watershed

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Restitution

Returning looted African art is as urgent as giving back works stolen by the Nazis

Congolese-born art collector Sindika Dokolo says this "long-neglected historical wrong" is finally being addressed—but more can be done

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Museums

Three Chinese cities in the running to host Musée Rodin outpost

Paris museum will lend the new space more than 100 of the artist’s works

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

Ferens Art Gallery: a northern powerhouse

Hull gallery more than tripled visitor numbers during UK City of Culture year after “Herculean” renovation

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Funding

Lauded, but not loaded: being shortlisted for a major prize does not solve a museum's money worries

Being part of the Museum of the Year brings kudos and a big PR boost, but some finalists have still found the financial going tough

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

Tate St Ives: a deeper community connection on the Cornish coast

After a bumpy start, the extension to the Tate’s westernmost outpost has been welcomed and is now enabling the gallery to reach its full potential

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

The Postal Museum: a ride into the story of mail that really delivers

The newly opened museum takes visitors on a journey underground and reflects major shifts in the nature of human connection

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

Glasgow Women’s Library: a museum for the #MeToo era

The library shows that grassroots museums can take a gutsy stand and contribute to global debates

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

What swung it? Former Museum of the Year judges reveal the qualities that led to the winners

All museums and galleries do important work—so what makes a truly visionary organisation?

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

Brooklands Museum: a paean to the pioneers of motoring and aviation

A historic motor-racing circuit, Concorde and 4D experiences combine to provide a day out of old-school charm with contemporary quirks

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Museums

When less is a great deal more: in praise of the small museum

Sarah Crompton, a former Museum of the Year judge, recalls her voyage of discovery across the UK

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Conservation

What colour is this dress? Guggenheim reveals Manet painting after three years of restoration

New York museum has removed varnish and overpainting to let the artist’s brushstrokes “sing”

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Museums

Indigenous art comes first in Art Gallery of Ontario's new Canadian galleries

Museum has made more space for First Nations and Inuit artists and labels are now written in indigenous languages

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Politics

Founder of Museum of Russian Impressionism flees for the UK

Boris Mints’s institution says that exhibitions are continuing to run

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Openings

Copenhagen's new kunsthalle for 'huge site-specific art installations' opens in refurbished shipyard

Gallery's inaugural exhibitions go to Danish collective Superflex and US artist Doug Aitken

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Museums

Leonardo da Vinci’s $450m Salvator Mundi to go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi on 18 September

The painting will be loaned to the Louvre in Paris next year for an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of artist's death

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Back to bigger better art school: Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art to reopen in January

Inaugural shows include a photography exhibition on consent—drawn from student-selected acquisitions

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Berkshire Museum

The Berkshire Museum to sell nine more works from its collection

The institution failed to meet its $55m target at last month's auctions

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Openings

New cultural hub set to open in West Bank amid political tension

Omar Al-Qattan, chair of the A.M. Qattan Foundation, explains the many challenges of building an arts space under occupation

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Marc Chagall’s Eiffel Tower goes back on the walls after deaccessioning threat

After facing controversy for attempting to sell the work to fund another acquisition, the National Gallery of Canada will return the Modernist painting to public view

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MFA Boston acquires photographs by Graciela Iturbide ahead of major exhibition

The works, which came from Iturbide's own collection, include gifts from the Mexican artist

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Donations

Saudi Arabian foundation donates €9m to Berlin Museum of Islamic Art

Funds donated by Alwaleed Philanthropies will support exhibitions and education, including “Multaka” project to train refugees as museum guides

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British Museum rekindles relationship with Zayed National Museum after loan deal ended last year

Under new partnership, the London museum will lend key objects to the new institution in Abu Dhabi

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Diary of an art historian

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

The art world has yet to tackle issues around works like Picasso’s $115m child-prostitute portrait

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Serbia recovers from ‘cultural genocide’

National Museum reopens after 15 years, following Museum of Contemporary Art’s decade-long revamp

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Siberian museum memorialises the Romanovs in house where they were imprisoned

Museum of the Family of Emperor Nicholas II in Tobolsk is Russia's first devoted to 'royal martyrs'

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Getty says it will appeal Italian court order to return Victorious Youth

An Italian judge has found that the work was discovered in Italian water, despite decades of rulings to the contrary

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Take it to the top—how US museums are dealing with diversity

Institutions need all hands on deck to redress imbalances in jobs and programming

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Russia

Russian government urges museums to give discounts to World Cup visitors

Football fans get free entry at Tretyakov, but no special treatment at Hermitage

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Controversies

Beatrix Ruf, former Stedelijk Museum director, cleared of alleged conflicts of interest

Report commissioned by Amsterdam city council finds that she complied with Dutch regulations

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In the frame

The iceman cometh—to MoMA

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Conservation

Mauritshuis invites visitors to watch conservators clean its oldest painting

Dutch museum will remove yellowed varnish from Van der Weyden's The Lamentation of Christ

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Art Basel 2018

Giacometti’s chaotic Paris studio brought back to life

Reconstruction at heart of new research centre preserves spirit of artist’s cluttered creative space

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Art Basel 2018

Apartheid revisited: US museum snaps up South African photography project at Art Basel

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art “will be acquiring” a series documenting a Modernist high-rise apartment block in Johannesburg

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Exhibitions

Masterpieces from London's Courtauld Gallery head to Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Works by Manet, Van Gogh and Cézanne will return to France for the first time in more than 60 years

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Museums

The problem with artist-driven museum boards

Brian Allen explains how artists can hurt rather than help museums like MoCA Los Angeles

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In the frame

Lacma’s new Collator platform allows visitors to create their own catalogues

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Building projects

Australia's largest contemporary art gallery to be built in Melbourne

New space will help National Gallery of Victoria to capitalise on blockbuster exhibitions

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Museums too: what should institutions do when artists are accused of abuse?

As the #MeToo movement grows, US museums find themselves embroiled in ethical dilemmas

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Lichtenstein Foundation gives hundreds of works to the Whitney and Smithsonian

The organisation wants to get its collection "out into the world", the director says

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Omar Kholeif departs Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

MCA’s former senior curator goes freelance, focusing on projects in Venice, Sharjah and Manchester

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German museum and auctioneer Im Kinsky tussle over looted glass goblet

Object was returned to consigner not museum from where it was looted at the end of Second World War

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Dia to revamp New York galleries with $78m campaign

The multi-year project aims to revive Soho space, closed since the late 1980s, expand Beacon museum and allow long-term installations by Walter de Maria to remain open year-round

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In the frame

Dressing for dystopia: funky fashion sources in The Handmaid’s Tale

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Attribution

Leiden Collection shows off two ‘new’ Rembrandts in Amsterdam

Rediscovered portraits are due to travel to Louvre Abu Dhabi in early 2019

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Leaders

Sydney’s flagship museum is entirely focused on building a costly extension. Why?

Unless the Art Gallery of New South Wales begins to focus more on exhibitions, there is every reason to believe that Sydney Modern will be a gigantic and costly flop

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Okwui Enwezor steps down as director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst

Enwezor cites ill health as reason for departure

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Unionised MoMA staff protest low wages during Party in the Garden fundraising gala

Around 250 workers are fighting for better pay and benefits, as the museum gears up to open a $400m expansion

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Openings

'A privileged space, remote from it all': Fondation Carmignac opens on island off the southern coast of France

New home for the Paris-based corporate collection, established by billionaire financier, is inaugurated after years of delays

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Jewish Museum displays kippa worn by Berlin assault victim

The cap is the first “rapid response” exhibit in new vitrine

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Acquisitions

Dallas Museum of Art acquires Derick Baegert panel, a first for a US museum

The Descent from the Cross is the museum's first acquisition backed by the Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund, a hefty $17m endowment

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Saudi Arabia

Letter to the Editor: Saudi Arabia will collaborate with the world, not only France, to make its cultural heritage accessible

Al-Ula, the most important cultural heritage site in the north-west of the kingdom, will benefit from international standards in heritage preservation and planning

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Openings

Hong Kong museums scene finally on the rise, as Central Police Station opens

Long-awaited Tai Kwun complex will give local artists a world-class exhibition space

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Kunsthalle Mannheim unveils €68m extension backed by German billionaire

Foundation of Hans-Werner Hector, one of the country's richest people, contributed €50m to the revamp

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Debate over Frick expansion continues at impassioned Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing

The Annabelle Selldorf-designed proposal has broad support from the New York art community, but feelings are more split among its neighbours

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Can a brand new museum boost ancient Nîmes’s Unesco bid?

Musée de la Romanité, dedicated to the city's Roman history, cost almost €60m to build

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Exhibitions

Lee Bul work at Hayward Gallery catches fire hours before private view

The fire was quickly contained and no one was hurt a spokeswoman said, but the public opening could be delayed

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Westminster Abbey’s lofty new museum reveals ‘the best view in Europe’

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries to open in hidden triforium, 50ft up

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Leaders

Displaying the ruins of demolished social housing at the Venice Architecture Biennale is not ‘art-washing’

The V&A acquired a fragment of London's Robin Hood Gardens before it was demolished

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Museums

Philippe Vergne to step down as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

The announcement that he and the board “mutually elected” not to renew his contract comes on the heels of the chief curator Helen Molesworth’s surprise departure

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United States

Mass Moca takes the plunge with ice-water installation

The artist Taryn Simon—and brave visitors—will jump into a man-made frozen pool built into the gallery, evoking cleansing and spiritual rituals

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China

Massive arts district to launch in 2019 in valley near Beijing

“Eco-city” announced at Venice Architecture Biennale will include a museum, artists’ studios and an art park

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Attribution

Italian museum discovers painting by Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna in its collection

The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo has re-attributed the 15th-century work Resurrection of Christ

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'The model in China is constantly evolving': Ullens Center director on his plans to turn it into a foundation

Western-style model could be a turning point for the country’s fast-proliferating private museums

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Conservation

British Museum positions itself as a European expert on Korean art with major conservation project

It is the first Western institution to launch a long-term project to study and conserve pictorial art from the country

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São Paulo museum wins court fight against Brazilian airport’s steep cargo fees on Tate Modern loans

The ministries of culture and transportation are now setting up a commission to create clear guidelines for objects coming into the country for cultural events

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Martin-Gropius-Bau show to mark 30 years since fall of the Berlin Wall

Exhibition next autumn will explore German unification in a global context

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Appointments & departures

Zeitz Mocaa director Mark Coetzee embroiled in #MeToo scandal

Curators accuse the Cape Town museum director of inappropriate and abusive behaviour, according to local reports

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Royal Academy launches new £34,000 postgraduate course. But who can afford it?

The institution is entering the lucrative world of branded education

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston opens new Glassell School of Art building

Education is the MFAH’s “first and enduring mission”, says director Gary Tinterow

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Building projects

Ingleby Gallery’s new Edinburgh home was once the HQ of a religious sect

A show of new works by the Scottish artist Callum Innes opens the refurbished venue

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Exhibitions

From Cleopatra to Banksy: satirist Ian Hislop to co-organise British Museum show on subversion

Private Eye editor will select 100 objects highlighting dissent down the ages

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Art crime

Full extent of burglary at Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art revealed

With the value of Chinese antiquities on the rise, police suspect the items removed were stolen to order

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Appointments & departures

Mark Coetzee suspended from the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

An inquiry has been launched into the executive director and chief curator’s professional conduct

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Polish collector Grazyna Kulczyk to launch sprawling contemporary art complex in secluded Swiss valley town

Works from the entrepreneur’s extensive holdings will go on show in Muzeum Susch

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The Munch Museum in Oslo publishes more than 7,600 drawings online for free

Digital catalogue raisonné of the artist's works on paper expected to continue into other media

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Germany presents code of conduct on handling colonial-era artefacts

Culture Minister says colonial past has been a blind spot for too long

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Art market

Nahmads confirm Picasso’s $115m flower girl will go to Paris

Dealing dynasty says that the painting bought in the Rockefeller sale will be loaned to the Musée d’Orsay

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Acquisitions

American University Museum gets 9,000 works from Corcoran Gallery of Art’s collection

The defunct museum has given the last of its 20,000 works to 22 institutions in Washington, DC

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Funding

UK museums suffer as Heritage Lottery grants plummet

Building projects are major casualties as emphasis shifts to supporting smaller, local initiatives

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Royal Academy of Arts

We go behind the scenes as the Royal Academy celebrates 250 years

Delve into the heart of the revamped London institution—expanded, embellished and eccentric as ever

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Käthe Kollwitz Museum finds new home in west Berlin

Its current venue will be leased to the new Museum of Exile from the end of 2019

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Restitution

Damning report says France must catch up, fast, in return of Nazi-era loot

Heritage expert calls for new government taskforce to guide provenance research and even rule on restitution cases

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Leading Chinese art academy opens international design museum

Alvaro Siza-designed space in Hangzhou celebrates Germany’s influential Bauhaus school

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Leaders

Retain or return? It’s complicated

The complex issues behind returning cultural goods to their place of origin

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Frieze New York

Frieze New York pays tribute to the School of Hudson

The maverick art dealer helped to shape New York’s contemporary art scene by finding and supporting some of today's biggest artists

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Prizes

Women, cars and revamped spaces: the Art Fund releases Museum of the Year shortlist

Recently renovated Tate St Ives and Hull's Ferens Art Gallery are among £100,000 prize's five contenders