Museums

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National Gallery

Conservative party donor John Booth appointed chair of London's National Gallery

Philanthropist succeeds Tony Hall, who stepped down following row over Princess Diana interview

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Museums

Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong sets new opening date for long-delayed Abu Dhabi museum

New deputy director Naomi Beckwith says 'we can re-centre where the stories of art are told'

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Museums

Is Zurich the new Basel?

With the extension of the Kunsthaus, now Switzerland’s largest art museum, the city has taken a ‘quantum leap’

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

CCA Derry~Londonderry: a lifeline for artists in isolation on both sides of Ireland's border

The Centre for Contemporary Art filled the lockdown gap with online conversations and social media takeovers

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Experience Barnsley: a crowdsourced museum in Yorkshire shows how culture can help in the pandemic recovery

The gallery located in the town hall is a true “museum of and for the people”

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Firstsite: bouncing back from past controversies to become a vital community hub

The Colchester art gallery celebrates its tenth anniversary this year

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Thackray Museum of Medicine: one of the world’s first mass vaccination hubs documenting Covid-19 history

The Leeds institution is making—and collecting—history

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Timespan: a remote museum in the Scottish Highlands that support its vulnerable village through Covid

The cultural centre has international ambitions if it wins the £100,000 prize

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021

Against all the odds, the UK’s museums are beacons of inspiration

Museum of the Year 2021 celebrates the sector’s triumphs in the face of adversity, says Jenny Waldman, Art Fund director and jury chair for the £100,000 prize

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Mikhail Piotrovsky

'Putin's been my person since the 90s': ahead of Russia's parliamentary elections, Hermitage director Mikhail Piotrovsky talks politics

The outspoken museum chief is leading the St Petersburg ticket of United Russia, the pro-Putin ruling party, in national parliamentary elections this weekend

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Exhibitions

Must-see institutional shows during Art Basel

From unseen drawings from Kara Walker's personal archives to a fresh take on Camille Pissarro as the leader of the Impressionists

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Appointments

'Musée d’Orsay can no longer be a tourist factory': Christophe Leribault named new director of Paris museum

Leribault will oversee a major redevelopment of the Musée d’Orsay over the next decade

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Restitution

Looted African works that France has promised to return to Benin will be shown in Paris museum for one last time

The exhibition Benin: the Restitution of 26 Works from the Royal Treasures of Abomey at Musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac will be on view for five days in October

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Appointments

Klaus Biesenbach named director of Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie

Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary museum is to be led by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath

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Museums

Brussels doctors prescribe museum visits to treat Covid-19 stress

Research “has proven that art can be beneficial for health, both mental and physical,” the city’s head of culture tells a Belgian newspaper

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Museums

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art sets sights on Chengdu and a side hustle in a Beijing shopping mall

Beijing museum unveils plans for fourth location in "one of the most exciting cities in China" and new co-branded U2 exhibition space

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Museums & Heritage

Museu de Arte de São Paulo plans to tunnel its way through to a new 14-storey building

The Lina Bo Bardi-designed museum in Brazil can currently only display 1% of its 11,000-piece collection

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Digital art

Van Gogh meets Dubai Mall: a look inside the huge immersive digital art space that has opened in the UAE

Infinity des Lumières is the largest centre of its kind in the region

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Controversies

Whitworth Gallery in Manchester U-turns on decision to remove pro-Palestine statement after Forensic Architecture threaten to pull work

Exhibition addressing the use of tear gas in Palestine adjusted to “give voice to different perspectives” following intervention by Israeli legal groups

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Afghanistan

'Do leopards change their spots?': Taliban threat to heritage in Afghanistan could be worse than in 2001

In an exclusive interview with The Art Newspaper, a very well-informed anonymous source tells us how museums are protecting their collections as militants sweep the country

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Museums

Is it raining again in the British Museum’s Parthenon gallery?

A leaking roof has delayed the reopening of seven galleries of Greek art

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Appointments & departures

Stefan Kalmár steps down as director of ICA London after five years

Contemporary art venue has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic

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Museums

London's Barbican shakes up staff following racism allegations published in tell-all book

Former BBC culture editor Will Gompertz steps into joint managing director role with Sandeep Dwesar

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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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Museums

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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Museums

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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Museums

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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Museums

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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Museums

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

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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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Museums

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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Museums

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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Museums

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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Museums

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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Museums

Crowds flock to revamped Uffizi Galleries

Florence museum unveiled new exhibition space and recent acquisitions

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Museums

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

Podcast

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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Museums

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