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Architecture

Ellsworth Kelly’s final work—and only building—opens in Texas

Artist donated his design for Austin to the Blanton Museum in 2015, the year he died

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Restitution

The restitution revolution begins

President Macron is ushering in a new era for the return of displaced heritage

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Museums

New Art Fund report reveals 'shocking' state of UK museums funding

Price of Leonardo’s Salvador Mundi, which sold for £333m, represents over half of government’s total financial backing for museums last year

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In the frame

Louvre Abu Dhabi collection hits the road for radio-guided 'highway gallery'

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Museums

Erdem fashion show closes London's National Portrait Gallery for entire day

Publicly-funded museum defends unusual move of shutting on 19 February saying it is a "charity and has to generate over 70% of funds"

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Diary of an art historian

How abolishing museum image fees could boost audiences

New research shows that image licensing is barely profitable for some UK museums

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Museums

Plans for Grand Palais’s €466m facelift revealed: six new galleries and a Chanel-sponsored entrance

Three-year closure from 2020 means Fiac and Paris Photo fairs must relocate to temporary venues

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Museums

Estate of Nazi propaganda film-maker, Leni Riefenstahl, donated to Berlin museums

Trove of photographs, films, manuscripts and letters date back to the 1920s

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Berkshire Museum

Berkshire Museum and Massachusetts Attorney General reach deal to allow sale of works

If approved by the court, Rockwell's Shuffleton’s Barbershop will be bought by an unnamed US museum, and the other works sold in stages

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The Buck stopped here

Cornelia Parker: from Westminster Hall to Cambridge’s Kettle's Yard

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Exhibitions

The emperor strikes back: Montreal show revisits the splendour and romanticism of Napoleon’s court

More than a display of splendour, the exhibition examines how the court functioned as an institution of propaganda, shaping and promoting images of imperial power

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Museums

The Getty, the world’s richest museum, hunts for wealthy patrons

Some are concerned that new fundraising drive will lure donors from other Los Angeles institutions

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Law

Picasso’s Actor will remain in the Met’s collection, New York Judge rules

The court dismissed a claim on the painting by the heir of the Jewish collector who sold it to fund an escape from the Nazis

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Museums

Picasso’s stepdaughter to open museum in Aix-en-Provence with huge collection of artist's paintings

Former convent in south of France will house Catherine Hutin-Blay's collection of more than 2,000 works

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Museums

Is Chicago’s Spertus museum making a come back?

After years of financial problems and timid programming, the Jewish cultural institute is re-emerging with projects like Ellen Rothenberg’s installation on immigration

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Ivory

How will the UK's proposed ivory regulations affect the trade?

Four exemptions, for art and musical instruments, are vital

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Museums

Kettle's Yard—where Modern art meets pot plants and pebbles—reopens after two-year facelift

House-museum in Cambridge now has “world-class” conditions for future exhibitions, says its director

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Deaccessioning

Auction houses must share the blame for university sell-offs

Christie's sale of 46 works from La Salle collection will diminish the museum and its academic programme

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Museums

Louvre shines a light on Nazi loot

Museum hopes to find rightful heirs through display of spoliated works

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Interview

Soft power and contemporary art: Vatican Museums director on fulfilling Pope Francis's vision

Barbara Jatta speaks to us one year after her landmark appointment

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Building projects

Jamie Fobert Architects to transform London's National Portrait Gallery

Firm behind recent expansion of Tate St Ives and Kettle's Yard will lead major £35.5m development

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Leonardo da Vinci

Museums race to secure loans for 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death

Venues across Europe ramp up requests as multiple shows are planned for 2019

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Museums

London's Serpentine Gallery to open pavilion in Beijing

Space designed by Jiakun artchitects will draw inspiration from Confucianism

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Museums

City council clears Lacma’s plans for South Los Angeles outpost

The museum will rehab a disused building in the neighbourhood’s Wetlands Park for storage and exhibition space, and start community arts programming within the next two years

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Museums

Massachusetts Attorney General asks for short extension of injunction against Berkshire Museum sale

The state’s investigation into the board’s controversial deaccessioning plan could be wrapping up within a week

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Openings

New Art Jameel space for contemporary art to launch in Saudi Arabia in 2019

The Hayy: Creative Hub centre in Jeddah is latest cultural offering announced in the rebranded Kingdom

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Exhibitions

Basquiat: Boom for Real is most popular show in Barbican’s history

More than 7,000 visitors attended over the closing weekend in London, with overall figures expected to reach more than 215,000

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Rijksmuseum

Rijksmuseum Schiphol closes following week-long rain leak

Three buckets were used to collect dripping water close to Golden Age paintings

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Stedelijk Museum cancelled Ettore Sottsass show to ‘protect lenders’, chief curator says

Italian designer’s estate withdrew agreement to loan works and denied permission to publish texts after disagreement over the exhibition’s layout and content

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Museums

Rising river Seine causes closures at Musée du Louvre

Paris museum has shut its Islamic Arts department, while Musée d'Orsay and Musée de l'Orangerie are also on high alert

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Museums

New Met charges are an unfair tax on tourists

The museum’s $25 admission fee discriminates against the non-New Yorkers who subsidise its huge tax privileges

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Law

Hobby Lobby surrenders 245 ancient seals to federal authorities

The company still owes more than 1,700 objects as part of a $3m settlement with the US government

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Acquisitions

UK-based Hyman Collection donates 125 photographs to Yale Center for British Art

James Hyman hopes the gift will improve the status of British photography both at home and abroad

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Controversies

Louvre Abu Dhabi replaces map that omitted Qatar after international outcry

Museum claims it was an "oversight", but others say it was political

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Exhibitions

British invasion: Royal Academy teams up with Florida art space

Grayson Perry kicks off a series of three solo shows by RA artists at the Gallery at Windsor

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Museums

Into the archives: Ralph Rugoff on three key shows at the Hayward Gallery

Ahead of its reopening and 50th anniversary celebrations, the institution's director looks back

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Hayward Gallery’s renovation breathes new life—and brings more daylight—into Brutalist landmark

London gallery celebrates 50th anniversary and reopens with Andreas Gurksy retrospective

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A rehang, a mega-show and 1.5m visitors: Tate Britain director’s vision

Alex Farquharson reveals the global, social concept behind planned redisplay of museum’s collection, covering 500 years of British art

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South London Gallery’s new Fire Station annexe to open in September

Exhibition spaces and an artist’s studio have been created in the Victorian building that was donated by an anonymous benefactor

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Museums

China gets first state-funded photo museum

Foto Lianzhou festival paves the way for city’s permanent venue devoted to the medium

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Museums

Ink art museum opens in Shanghai suburb

Baolong Art Museum is backed by the collector Xu Jiankang

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Exhibitions

French museums' new hoard of sculptures by Camille Claudel go on show at Musée d’Orsay

State stepped in and purchased major pieces by important female sculptor at auction

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Acquisitions

Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros gives 200 works of Latin American contemporary art to six museums

The 90 works given to MoMA take the museum “in a new direction”, says director Glenn Lowry

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Museums

Museums must reassert their values in the face of a divisive and malevolent Trump

The 45th president's values are at odds with those that most museums hold at their core

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Politics

How should museums respond to Donald Trump?

We asked directors of prominent US institutions what they can or should do

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Leonardo da Vinci

A new Leonardo? Scholarly show claims to reveal master’s hand

Worcester Art Museum argues for reattribution of altarpiece panels by Verrocchio’s workshop

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The Year Ahead 2018

Our guide to the most important new museums and expansions in 2018

From striking new spaces in France and the US to major revamps of old favourites in London and Los Angeles

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Ethics

Should museums display human remains from other cultures?

Vienna’s Weltmuseum criticised for displaying a trophy head

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Museums

Masterplan revealed for Nelahozeves castle restoration

London-based firm Wright & Wright Architects to redevelop 16th-century home for Czech private collection

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Museums

La Salle sell-off plan rebuked by professional museum and curator groups

Controversy prompts debate about the governance and ethics of university art museums

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Museums

Saudi mega museum—King Abdulaziz Center in Dhahran—is finally moving ahead

Cultural powerhouse in the Gulf—backed by Aramco—is extending its local and global reach

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Museums

How Egypt is destroying Cairo and civil society

The pharaonic new museum will not make up for misguided policies

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Museums

New York’s Metropolitan Museum to charge out-of-town visitors

City residents and students from New Jersey and Connecticut will still be able to pay what they wish

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Museums

US university museum announces controversial sell-off

Christie’s sale of 46 works from La Salle collection, by artists such as Matisse and Degas, has angered arts professionals

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African art

Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum in Paris is ready to return African art

Head of the ethnographic institution applauds President Macron’s pledge to hand back African cultural heritage

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Museums

Why this Indianapolis museum wants you to go down to the woods today

Rebranding of Indianapolis Museum of Art gives nature and art equal billing in bid to broaden visitor base

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Fashion display at Hermitage storage facility paves the way for textiles study centre

Peter the Great’s tailored justaucorps, Catherine the Great's gown and more on display in St Petersburg

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Collector David Walsh's subterranean Mona museum gets bigger in Tasmania

Pharos extension houses a light tunnel by James Turrell and oil installation 20:50

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Outcry over Polish government’s changes to Second World War museum

Five hundred academics sign open letter criticising amendments to the permanent exhibition of major Gdansk institution

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Museums

Madeleine Grynsztejn: 'A great art work and a great museum do the same thing—they raise consciousness'

The director of the MCA Chicago, which turned 50 this year, talks about how museums build citizenship—and soft power

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Museums

The top ten museum acquisitions of 2017

We look back at some of most important purchases and donations that entered public collections this year

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Museums

German museums report 2.5 million drop in visitor numbers in 2016

Number of people visiting art museums in the country has dropped by 7.4 per cent

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Iran’s first museum for a female artist honours nonagenarian

"Life’s work" of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian goes on show in former palace in Tehran

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The Year In Review

The year in Museums

Private money makes its mark

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Openings

ICA Miami finds first home in Design District

Free-admission private museum says it will “remove all barriers from experiencing contemporary art”

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Museums

From Moomins to mobile phones: Finland celebrates 100 years of independence

Exhibitions at home and abroad mark centenary of country's split from Russia

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Collector Jorge Pérez accuses Miami-Dade County of slashing museum’s funding as 'punishment' for Cuban art show

Funds promised to Pérez Art Museum Miami were allocated to American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora instead

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Features

Riders on the storm

How dedicated staff at PAMM and Vizcaya braved Hurricane Irma to keep the museums and collections safe

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Museums

The Met decides not to pull 'sexually suggestive' Balthus painting after petition signed by thousands

Controversy provides "opportunity for conversation", museum says

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British Museum to move storage to Reading

New research facility will provide new home for many of the two million artefacts currently at Blythe House

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Exhibitions

The Hermitage's big Russian Revolution show that nearly didn't happen

Museum in tsars' Winter Palace, symbol of Bolshevik takeover, only decided how to mark 1917 centenary in February

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Greece

In the wake of Documenta 14, Athens's contemporary art museum awaits 2018 rebirth

After years in limbo, EMST has received government approval to open fully in former brewery

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Design

V&A's first foray into China opens to visitors

Design Society in Shenzhen, steered by London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, unveils four galleries this month, with two to follow in 2018

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Exhibitions

British Museum sends treasures to Mumbai for grand exhibition of Indian history

Encyclopaedic show was inspired by former director Neil MacGregor's A History of the World in 100 Objects

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Private Museums

Pioneers of Lebanese painting star in private museum near the Syrian border

Collector Emile Hannouche has opened his family mansion in the Bekaa Valley to the public

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Law

UK museums' right to charge image fees is called into question

Campaign for institutions to free up photographs of out-of-copyright works is backed by legal experts

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Marrakech bids to become hub for contemporary African art as museum plans relaunch alongside 1:54 fair

Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden will hold "international opening" in February

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Twenty years on: how the Guggenheim Bilbao came of age

Against the odds, Spain's US-branded museum has drawn more than 20 million visitors since it opened in 1997

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Museums

Courtauld Institute sets its sights on £50m revamp­­—and sends art on tour

Two-year transformation, starting next summer, will open up the London gallery’s historic Great Room

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Photography

Henri Cartier-Bresson foundation to open bigger space in 2018

Converted garage in Paris' Marais district will host double the number of exhibitions

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Cultural policy

Germany plans mega-exhibitions to boost cultural presence abroad

Government initiative to co-ordinate museum loans worldwide revives an idea of the late Martin Roth

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Diary of an art historian

The reproduction fee hustle

Museums’ licensing demands are a pernicious tax on scholarship

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Exhibitions

A matter of time: How long do you really need in Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Rooms?

Museums hosting the traveling exhibition of her immersive works think 30 seconds is enough—but they are missing the point

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Openings

Wende Museum of Cold War artefacts spills its secrets in California

More than 100,000 Soviet and Eastern European objects find new home in former Armory

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Openings

Washington's new $500m Museum of the Bible claims 'non-sectarian' mission

Private institution is funded by evangelical Hobby Lobby chairman, Steve Green

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Museums

Mogul and Russian culture ministry vie with museum for prized icon

Curators call on St Petersburg prosecutor to investigate "criminal expropriation" of the artefact

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Spain

Gaudi's first masterpiece opens as public museum in Barcelona

Amidst political turmoil in Catalonia, opening of Casa Vicens could bring "a moment of peace"

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Private Museums

Rem Koolhaas transforms Paris building into moving gallery for French retail giant’s cultural foundation

Mobile floors in Lafayette Anticipations's central exhibition space will operate as ‘curatorial machine’, say organisers

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Museums

Louvre Abu Dhabi opens but questions over welfare of migrant workers persist

Improvements are well documented, but rules are still inadequately enforced

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Museums

Post-Harvey, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston moves Glassell School of Art opening to May 2018

The first phase of the campus expansion master plan has been delayed and there will be an estimated $1m to $2m in hurricane-related expenses, but storm preparations saved the museum from more costly damage

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Exhibitions

Turin exhibition dwells on contemporary art's futile obsession with the new

OGR's first show remixes the city's collections from antiquity to present, reflecting on the over production of contemporary art and the fact nothing is new

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Interview

How Uffizi 'super-director' Eike Schmidt transformed Florence's tourist magnet

The museum's first foreign leader is halfway through his tenure and heading to Vienna in 2019

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Exhibitions

Who was Alina Szapocznikow? Survey of Polish artist’s radical sculptures comes to the UK

Underrated sculptor, whose fight against cancer is reflected in her art, goes on show at Hepworth Wakefield

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Acquisitions

Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey gets treasure trove of Soviet dissident art

The collection of more than 20,000 works by 1,000 artists from throughout the former USSR was secretly amassed over decades by the US economist Norton Dodge

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Museums

Former Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf blames 'misunderstanding' for departure

German-born curator hits back against “baseless” accusations of a conflict of interest

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Video: Will Louvre Abu Dhabi become famous as a new wonder of the world?

Not just a spectacular building, the museum is a treasure house of art arranged in a radical, intercultural manner

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Building projects

Norman Foster plans subtropical landscape for Norton Museum's $100m expansion

Florida museum will show sculptures by Keith Haring and Mark di Suvero in new 'garden rooms'