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Museums & Heritage

Middle East think-tank opens art gallery in Washington, DC

New space for Modern and contemporary art from the Arab world will put on five exhibitions a year

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Russia

Pushkin State Museum to take control of nine contemporary art centres across Russia

Handover from Russian culture ministry is expected to be completed in early 2020

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Building projects

Oakland’s ‘museum of the people’ launches $85m capital campaign

Renovation aims to reflect the demographic diversity of the birthplace of the Black Panthers

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Museums & Heritage

Reem Fadda takes the reins at Abu Dhabi cultural foundation—but where is the emirate's Guggenheim?

Historic culture centre in UAE re-opens after 10 years with survey of trailblazing woman artist Najat Makki

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Photography

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

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Restitution

Icom Kyoto 2019 conference: key takeaways from the decolonisation and restitution panel

Discussion argued for community empowerment, new skillsets, and focus on contemporary colonialism

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International Council of Museums

Vote on Icom's new museum definition postponed

Decision over the controversial update was made at the general assembly in Kyoto on the weekend

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Bauhaus

'Black box' dedicated to Bauhaus opens in Dessau

Museum celebrates the German design school in the city most closely associated with founder Walter Gropius

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Art crime

Art Recovery International calls on Icom to step in and investigate 'stolen' Reynolds painting on show in Japan

The portrait was allegedly stolen from the home of a menswear magnate in 1984

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Exhibitions

Christian Marclay communes with Snapchat in a barrage of sounds and images at Lacma

Visitors undergo a chain of experiences generated by engineers’ algorithms

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Climate Change

V&A director Tristram Hunt defends sponsorship from fossil fuel companies

The former Labour MP sides with Science Museum group's director Ian Blatchford in saying companies such as BP can 'be part of the solution' to climate change

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Australia

Can Australia support two new Aboriginal art museums?

Proposals for Alice Springs and Adelaide have political support but concerns have been raised over competing projects and lack of Indigenous involvement

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Restoration

Monumental Veronese painting—once cut into 32 pieces by Austrian soldiers—to undergo fourth restoration

Work on the battle-scarred 39 sq. m Papal feast scene, housed in a monastery in Vicenza, should be completed by early 2021

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Ethics

How ethical can museums afford to be? We ask five major UK art institutions about funding challenges

We find out how mounting public scrutiny of private money could affect the bottom line of London's National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate

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Renaissance

Science provides first deep dive into overlooked female Old Master Lavinia Fontana's work

After a grant enabled conservation on a much-loved painting, researchers at the National Gallery of Ireland are learning more about the artist’s technique

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Museums

Art Gallery of Ontario acquires a Caillebotte after long legal struggle

A government grant for works of importance helps to block departure of the painting from the country

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Germany

Danger! High voltage: former German power station sparks back to life as green arts centre

E-Werk Luckenwalde will be powered with locally sourced biomass, with excess energy sold back to the grid

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Museum directors

Udo Kittelmann will leave Berlin Nationalgalerie next year

The museum director, who manages five Berlin museums in his current role, will not renew his contract which expires in October 2020

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Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono controversy | Government agencies cannot dictate museum programming

The revelation that New South Wales's tourism chief questioned the Sydney MCA's inclusion of a Yoko Ono show crosses a dangerous line

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Exhibitions

An early start to celebrating the US centennial of women’s suffrage

San Jose Museum of Art celebrates visionary female artists

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Museums

What exactly is a museum? Icom comes to blows over new definition

As 50-year-old statement is overhauled, feuds over new description could "seriously weaken" the International Council of Museums

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Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter to donate works for a room devoted to his art in new Berlin museum

Announcement comes after the German artist turned down proposals for his own museum in Cologne

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Historians bake sourdough bread with yeast that could date to ancient Egypt

The loaf, made with yeast extracted from an artefact at the MFA Boston, could provide valuable insight into ancient civilisations

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Museums

London mayor Sadiq Khan supports proposal for new slavery museum in the capital

Liverpool slavery museum keen to collaborate on project highlighting UK’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade

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Museums

UK national museums lent almost half a million objects around the world last year

Most were scientific materials, but 69,000 went to cultural venues

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Museu Coleção Berardo

Berardo museum stays open in Lisbon despite uncertainty over future of ‘Portuguese Saatchi’s’ collection

Portuguese government has stepped in and seized art assets following protracted legal battle, press reports say

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Museums

Baltimore Museum of Art dedicates a year of exhibitions to women

From Georgia O’Keeffe to Mickalene Thomas, museum will aim to address diversity gaps

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Museums & Heritage

For its centennial, Oriental Institute weds ancient artefacts with contemporary art

Three artists enter a dialogue with Middle Eastern antiquities at the University of Chicago

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Museums

Building on credit: why museums like Lacma use bonds to fund ambitious expansions

Being rated by a credit agency can help an institution secure support for costly construction projects—and avoid over-extending itself

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Museums

Dutch government gives money for new centre on Netherlandish art at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

Prime minister takes the unusual step of pledging $200,000 to the US museum

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Museums

Baltimore Museum of Art to create a Matisse study centre

Museum will draw on its 1,200 works by the artist to help further scholarship

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V&A

Extinction Rebellion designs go on show at Victoria and Albert Museum

Flags, pamphlets and logos by the climate activists were acquired for museum's Rapid Response Collecting gallery, which also includes Pussyhats and emojis

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum vice chairman Warren Kanders steps down after months of protests

His company Safariland has been criticised for manufacturing tear gas canisters that have been used on asylum seekers along the US-Mexico border

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Ivory

UK museums lose opportunity to buy rare renaissance casket

Cabinet of curiosities cannot go to US because of tough ivory regulations

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Museums

With Jean Pigozzi's contemporary African art donation, MoMA to become a 'leader' in the field

The museum says the gift will play an important role in the reconfiguration of its permanent collection

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Museums

Beijing's art scene gets much-needed boost as M Woods opens second space

Private museum is due to open a new venue in capital's historic Longfusi area

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Appointments & departures

Emma Lavigne lined up as new president of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris

Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz would be first woman to hold the position

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In the frame

On a medieval-style tapestry, the last season of Game of Thrones unfurls

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Appointments & departures

In damning online critique of British Museum's ethics, trustee Ahdaf Soueif announces resignation

Prominent Egyptian-born writer cites the institution's BP sponsorship, treatment of workers and its silence over restitution as key issues

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Exhibitions

‘Less is a Bore’: ICA Boston takes Maximalism to the max

Exhibition celebrates patterns yet transcends decoration

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Museums & Heritage

St Fagans National Museum of History wins Art Fund Museum of the Year award

The Cardiff museum is the first Welsh winner of the £100,000 prize, beating other finalists including V&A Dundee and Pitt Rivers Museum

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Civil Rights

State of Massachusetts investigates reported racism at the MFA Boston

"Experiences like this are literally taking away from academic growth", says principal of students who filed a complaint during a class trip

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Obituaries

Barbara Hunt McLanahan, the executive director of the Children's Museum of the Arts, has died aged 55

Her tenure reflected her "steadfast belief in the transformative power of art", the museum says

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Museums & Heritage

New chief executive takes the reins at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art

Steven Parissien is not horsing around as he trots us through the forthcoming programme at the Newmarket museum

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Building projects

New Museum unveils Rem Koolhaas design for addition

Building to rise next door that will double the museum’s exhibition space

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Appointments & departures

MoMA PS1 hires former Garage Museum curator as its director

Kate Fowle, known as a champion of artists and curatorial innovation, succeeds Klaus Biesenbach

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Unions

Employees at the Guggenheim seek to unionise

Labour representative says the organisation is engaged in “union-busting” tactics

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Exhibitions

US collectors send Dutch Old Masters on world tour

Leiden Collection due to open at the Louvre next year before travelling to Shanghai, Beijing and Abu Dhabi through 2018

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Will Les Demoiselles d’Avignon return to Paris?

Vuitton museum to show Modern masterpieces from MoMA

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Museums

Berlin cancels show of Tehran’s Modern art

Iranian authorities miss German deadline to issue export permits

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Exhibitions

The future is now: mobile phone photos are coming to the Met

Museum invites 24 artists to exchange images through their phones “in a game of visual ping-pong”

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Museums

Hong Kong will build branch of Beijing's Palace Museum

Deal signed to show Imperial treasures in new West Kowloon museum<br>

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Islamic art

Islamic art takes centre stage in Dallas

Keir collection of 2,000 works is one of the world's largest

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Appointments & departures

New York-based collector Ronald Lauder joins Getty board of trustees

The billionaire businessman is experienced in museum management, philanthropy and international affairs

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Collectors

Gilbert collection returns to the V&A with one notable absence

Curators to bring collector's waxwork out of storage in 2018

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Three to see: New York

From opulent ancien régime metalwork to Dubuffet's elegant drawings

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Museums

Chattering classes cause an almighty row at the Musée d’Orsay

National storm in France as warden orders pupils from disadvantaged school to be quiet in the galleries

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Restitution

Bern inherits Gurlitt collection as court rejects cousin's challenge to will

Munich Higher Regional Court concludes that Gurlitt was mentally capable of articulating his final wishes

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Museums

Scythian gold must return to Ukraine, Dutch court rules

Ancient artefacts were on loan from Crimea to a museum in the Netherlands when penninsula was annexed in 2014

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Modern art

Modern art breaks free of the old borders

New generation of curators and patrons expands the canon to encompass the world beyond the US and Europe

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Acquisitions

Smithsonian expands its folk art holdings with donation of 93 works

The gift comes from the son of the late Margaret Robson, the American patron and advocate for self-taught artists

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Exhibitions

Wim Delvoye’s poop and potato gun works to be shown at Museum Tinguely during Art Basel

The Belgian artist’s Spud Gun and Cloaca series to be displayed alongside Swiss sculptor’s kinetic machines

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Three to see: New York

From the weight of history to light-footed ballerinas

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Exhibitions

Newly discovered Cubist painting sheds light on friendship between Picasso and Rivera

A work by Rivera in Picasso’s personal collection suggests that the tale of the two artists’ falling-out has been exaggerated

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Museums

Guggenheim Helsinki plans rejected by city council

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation says the decision effectively brings the project to a close

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Exhibitions

After 40 years, the world gets a glimpse of Iran's Modern treasures

Works assembled by the ousted shah and later hidden in a basement will travel to Berlin and Rome

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Collectors

Paris museum agrees to strict terms to secure Post-Impressionist trove

Nashville-based couple's decision to send their 600-strong collection abroad raises eyebrows at home

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Funding

Does charging help or hurt regional museums?

Attendance declines dramatically at York Art Gallery after admission fee is introduced

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Museums

UK to welcome Terracotta Warriors

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Acquisitions

Acquisitions, December 2016

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Museums

Museo del Prado’s director Miguel Zugaza steps down after 15 years

Madrid museum’s great moderniser will return to former position at helm of Bilbao Fine Arts Museum<br> <br>

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Museums

Miami’s museum-building boom is in full swing

Expanded ICA, Bass Museum and Rubell Family Collection are coming soon

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Museums

Van Gogh Museum criticises experts for 'easygoing attitude' towards authentication

Amsterdam institution has released another statement condemning sketchbook attributed to Van Gogh

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Push for US national Latino museum gathers pace against the clock

Third legislative attempt could pave the way for new Smithsonian institution, but new administration adds extra challenge

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Exhibitions

The best of Amsterdam Art Weekend

Dustin Yellin's environmental apocalypse and Jordan Wolfson's creepy puppets among highlights of Dutch capital's annual art initiative