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Museums & Heritage

Tristram Hunt: 'When the lights come back on, our museums will need support'

What coronavirus is really forcing us to address is the societal function and justification for public culture in the 21st century, says the Victoria and Albert Museum's director

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coronavirus

Arts organisations produce face masks and other medical equipment to help slow the spread of coronavirus

As museums donate protective supplies to medical centres during coronavirus crisis, grassroots efforts to make masks struggle to meet medical standards

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Art's Most Popular 2020

As coronavirus shuts down the capital, our survey shows 2019 was the busiest year for London museums this century

Last year also saw record attendances at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain

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Museums

Centre Pompidou was about to sign a deal for a satellite space in South Korea—before coronavirus struck

Curators at French museum plan to launch video game centred on contemporary art while its Shanghai satellite reopens to the public

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coronavirus

Here's how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts

We have gathered information about grants and loans around the world to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis

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Letter from Italy: the churches—open, but without services—are the only place to see art

The Art Newspaper's founder-editor Anna Somers Cocks on the impact of Covid-19 on Turin, where she is in lockdown

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Restitution

New guidelines for UK museums will kickstart nation's long-overdue restitution debate

Arts Council England will release a document that addresses the ethical and practical issues around restituting cultural objects, planned for autumn 2020

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Museums

America's virtual museums take on new significance as Covid-19 lockdown deepens

Art Institute of Chicago and Smithsonian are among institutions that have embraced technology, and more are set to ramp up their efforts

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Tate to close all four locations until 1 May due to coronavirus

Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate St Ives and Tate Liverpool will shut their doors from 18 March

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Use £120m Brexit festival money to help UK institutions in coronavirus crisis, Museums Association demands

Advocacy group has warned UK government that museums risk permanent closure due to the pandemic's effect on funding streams

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Closures

Here are the museums that have closed (so far) due to coronavirus

Updates on which cultural institutions are temporarily closing to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic

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Digital Age

On coronavirus lockdown? The top online museum and art tours to enjoy from home

If you are in self-isolation or your local galleries have closed, here are the best digital initiatives to feed your need for art

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Berlin museums will close to stem spread of coronavirus

Culture ministers from the 16 states to meet today to discuss their response to the virus

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China, South Korea and Japan start to reopen museums after strict coronavirus lockdown

Shanghai's Power Station of Art and Shanghai Museum welcomed visitors today after China's tough measures helped curb the spread of the disease

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Titian’s poesie: an in-depth tour of 'the most beautiful pictures in the world'

We speak to Gabriele Finaldi about the challenges of opening a show at the time of coronavirus and to its curator about this extraordinary series of paintings. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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Tate Modern employee tests positive for coronavirus

London museum says staff member does not work in a front-of-house role and all affected areas have been deep cleaned

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Coronavirus in Spain: Madrid museums including Prado shut but Guggenheim Bilbao remains open

There are currently more than 2,770 coronavirus cases reported in Spain with 64 deaths

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Germany promises financial support to help arts institutions hit by coronavirus

Grütters sees "massive burden" for arts sector as theatres and concert halls close, ticket sales dwindle

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Museums & Heritage

New arts space finds its muse in the atmospheric Oklahoma sky

Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center is reopening with an inaugural exhibition on illumination

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coronavirus

Austria’s federal museums close to prevent coronavirus spread

Albertina delays planned opening of new Vienna museum of modern art

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Sponsorship

Museum top brass are losing the oil money plot

Decision by London's British Museum and Science Museum to continue accepting sponsorship from fossil fuel companies risks alienating the public they serve

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Funding

Fossil-fuel giant Shell ends its support of London's Southbank Centre

Decision comes amidst pressure from activist groups for UK museums to end their oil sponsorship deals

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Art theft

Green Vault guards under investigation in Dresden jewel heist inquiry

Two are suspected of tampering with the alarm system; two more, on duty during the theft, are accused of an inadequate response

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coronavirus

Coronavirus in Italy: Ai Weiwei criticised for 'insensitive' pasta meme and Raphael blockbuster closes

An emergency decree means that all museums in the country are on lock down until 3 April

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Exhibitions

From Modernist nudes to present-day politics: British Museum to reveal its contemporary Middle Eastern art collection

Free exhibition at the London museum in October will show around 150 works that have been collected since the early 1990s

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Museums

Several US museums restrict staff travel to high-risk countries in response to coronavirus

Institutions like the National Gallery of Art and the Guggenheim remain open but alert to potential for closing as confirmed cases of Covid-19 rise

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National Portrait Gallery

Not bigger, but better: behind the scenes of the £35.5m revamp at London's National Portrait Gallery

Director Nicholas Cullinan and architect Jamie Fobert reveal how the gallery’s controversial three-year closure will transform its 600-year collection of portraits

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Museums

Critics demand explanation after quiet departures of Museo Jumex’s curator and director

Faults including a lack of transparency and a capricious programme have been cited following a change in management at the private museum

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China

How Chinese museums are coping with coronavirus: an in-depth report

As museums remain on lockdown in China, we reveal the full extent of the crisis for both state and private institutions and their innovative short-term solutions

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Louvre reopens after closing because of coronavirus

The Paris museum held talks with union officials yesterday

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Australia

Officials turn down plans to transform Sydney's Cockatoo Island into an art-filled tourist attraction

Private consortium offered $80m to turn former industrial area into Australia’s answer to Naoshima art island in Japan

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Coronavirus: Louvre closes while Italian museums reopen following government green light

Italian officials say cultural institutions can open to the public so long as they ensure “visitors respect a distance of at least a metre between each other”

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Conservation

Both sides now: Tate Britain to show rare two-faced painting by Aubrey Beardsley

British illustrator’s only known paintings—on front and back of the same canvas—will be displayed for the first time in new exhibition

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Museums

Ahmanson Foundation cuts off gifts of art to Lacma

Foundation president cites concern over a dramatic museum redesign that could force prized works into storage

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Exhibitions

Uffizi scientific committee resigns in dispute over Raphael loan

The committee had advised against moving Raphael’s portrait of Pope Leo X; the museum loaned it to Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale regardless

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Museums & Heritage

Barcelona rejects plans for outpost of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum

Hermitage officials dismayed after city council refuses planning permission for new venue, citing multiple concerns

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Coronavirus: Russian museums hit as Chinese tourists stay away

Russia has banned Chinese citizens from entering the country, slashing attendance at cultural institutions in Moscow and St Petersburg

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Poland

Right-wing director begins overhaul of Warsaw contemporary art centre

Controversial curator Piotr Bernatowicz has cancelled several 2020 exhibitions and cut funding from progressive art journal at Ujazdowski Castle CCA

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The Momentary

Crystal Bridges launches satellite for living artists

Arkansas private museum’s cross-disciplinary new venue shines a spotlight on contemporary American art, from performance to cooking

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Museums

Superman, Beatrix Potter and Virgil Abloh: London’s V&A reveals plans for revamped Museum of Childhood

Museum will reopen in 2022 with new focus on empowering children’s creativity

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Mass museum shutdown in northern Italy—including Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Fondazione Prada—as coronavirus spreads

Public and private institutions in Venice, Milan and Turin will stay closed for at least a week as more than 200 cases of Covid-2019 are confirmed

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China

Where is the West? Art world should be supporting China during coronavirus crisis

Our beleaguered art colleagues need our help and we must not turn our backs on Chinese art institutions, says Philip Dodd, head of Made in China

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Nevada Museum of Art

Nevada Museum of Art receives $1.25m from Tesla to boost its arts education programme

The automotive and green-power company is also sponsoring an exhibition that explores the intersection of art and technology

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Exhibitions

'Cities are not that great': Rem Koolhaas on the appeal of the countryside

Guggenheim exhibition explores the theme of nonurban areas in its first show that has nothing to do with art or architecture

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Openings

Back to school: Massachusetts college museum gets a $12.5m makeover

The free-entry MassArt Art Museum, formerly known as the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, opens this weekend

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Museums

Smithsonian provost overseeing Cooper Hewitt after ouster of director

Caroline Baumann was reportedly forced to resign from the NY museum after concerns raised about her 2018 wedding

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Museums

Aspen Art Museum closes Yayoi Kusama’s infinity room due to building code violation

The installation, which opened on 20 December, is closing 11 weeks early

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Mr Brainwash to open Los Angeles museum

The vacant Paley Center in Beverly Hills will be transformed into a space for both his own and other artists’ work

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

LA's grassroots spaces keep growing

With more alternative art galleries than ever, many are slowing down on exhibitions and stepping up on programming

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Frieze Los Angeles 2020

Not here to stay: what makes private museums suddenly close?

From mounting bills and funding problems to art-washing and embezzlement, collections are disappearing from public view at a rate of knots

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Museums

MoMA acquires historic Gordon Parks series The Atmosphere of Crime

The photographs will go on view in the New York museum's permanent collection galleries in May, along with a selection of works by other artists and a clip from the classic 1971 film Shaft

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Sponsorship

Climate activists take over British Museum in all-night protest against BP sponsorship

Organisers of the three-day action, the group BP or not BP?, called it the "largest protest in the history of the museum"

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United Kingdom

Teenager who threw boy from Tate Modern viewing platform told carers about his plan to kill

Jonty Bravery said he wanted to “push somebody off” more than a year ago

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Uffizi wins legal battle against 'cybersquatter' owner of Uffizi.com domain name

The unofficial websites were used to sell tickets to the Florentine museum at inflated prices

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Coronavirus: Australia stops two Chinese artists from entering country as more of China's art organisations halt programming

Beijing's Gallery Weekend and UCCA Centre for Contemporary Art have been forced to cancel or delay their events

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Tadao Ando-designed He Art Museum postponed because of coronavirus

The X Museum in Beijing has also delayed its opening show

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Museums

'Don’t panic': Glasgow City Council calms fears over proposal to close city's Modern art museum

Popular gallery was on the chopping block in latest budget option review

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Wooing Dutch visitors and an impending birthday: the challenges facing Van Gogh Museum's new director

Emilie Gordenker, from the Mauritshuis, will move from the Golden Age to the birth of Modernism when she takes up her role next week

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Brexit

Van Gogh Museum's Emilie Gordenker ruled out UK jobs because of Brexit

The incoming director was headhunted for museum posts in Europe and the US but steered clear of the UK "for obvious reasons"

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Salvator Mundi

Was Leonardo's Salvator Mundi for sale when it went on show at the National Gallery?

Public collections usually avoid showing works that are on the market, but expert claims the $450m picture was made available to museums and collectors before the 2011 exhibition

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Museums

Opening of Oslo's new Munch Museum delayed until autumn

Tracey Emin says she is now “working out the logistics” for the inaugural exhibition which pairs her work with that of Munch

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Hong Kong

Coronavirus crisis: Hong Kong follows China in shutting museums

Special administrative region has also limited travel to the mainland to lower transmission risk

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Museums

Instead of permanent space, Smithsonian will co-curate gallery at V&A East for two years

The Washington institution also announces joint effort with London communities to train young adults

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Art market

How serious are the dangers of market sponsorship of museum exhibitions?

Involvement from galleries and auction houses is on the rise as public institutions face dwindling government funds and increased scrutiny over toxic philanthropy

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Acquisitions

Hitler in Hell: German Historical Museum acquires George Grosz painting

Painted while Grosz was living in exile, the work has remained in the family since 1944

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Exhibitions

Two Iran exhibitions in Germany put on ice amid political tensions

Insurers refused to cover the transport of loans, including salt-mine mummies and Greek and Roman antiquities

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Museums

Tate privacy battle over viewing platform 'snooping' goes back to court

Claimant says she feels “completely exposed” in her apartment overlooked by the museum

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Museums

Activist artists hack poll in New Museum’s Hans Haacke retrospective

Survey results are changed out of concern that Haacke’s work is being “co-opted”

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Museums

Tokyo’s treasure house of Impressionist painting reopens as Artizon Museum

Former Bridgestone Museum of Art will have new focus on creativity through the ages after a three-year renovation

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Museums

Letter to the editor | Necessity, not secrecy, will close NPG’s doors

Nicholas Cullinan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, responds to criticism about the museum's three-year closure

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Restitution

Arts Council England asks for help in returning looted artefacts held in UK museums

Tender opened for guidance around repatriation questions for items including those acquired from former colonies

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Museums

Will new €50m Albertina Modern museum revolutionise Vienna’s contemporary art scene?

Satellite venue of historic Albertina is to focus on Austrian and international art made after 1945

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Appointments

Nazi loot expert joins Louvre to investigate its wartime acquisitions

Hire of French art historian Emmanuelle Polack suggests a more proactive stance on Nazi-era provenance research at Paris museum

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Africa

Why Africa’s future museums should forget Western models

The time is ripe for artists and curators to reconfigure what can actually be done within the walls of a museum

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Museums & Heritage

Five years after Charlie Hebdo attack, France plans centre dedicated to satirical cartoons

In honour of the victims and to promote the medium, the French culture ministry will create "a meeting, training and exhibition place"