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Museums

Panel recommends dissolution of 'dysfunctional' Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

With 2,000 employees, the foundation is the biggest arts employer in Germany

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Museums

Musée Rodin in Paris casts new bronzes to offset losses from Covid-19 crisis

With an estimated shortfall of €4.4m in revenue, the museum is looking to "increase the offer and opportunities for sales to new markets"

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Conservation & Preservation

Turkish government on collision course with Unesco over turning Hagia Sophia into mosque

President Erdogan’s plans to convert the museum have drawn fire from Greece and the US

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Museums

Half of British public not comfortable visiting museums or exhibitions post-lockdown

As museums begin to reopen across the UK this month, a new poll by Ipsos Mori suggests many are simply not ready for visiting exhibitions

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Museums

German government seeks to buy Hamburger Bahnhof museum from investor

Move means the venue can continue to operate as Berlin’s main contemporary art museum

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Museums

National Gallery will be first major London museum to reopen after coronavirus closure

Visitors will be requested to wear masks and stay two-metres apart from 8 July

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Crime

Teenager who threw boy from Tate Modern is given a life sentence with minimum term of 15 years

Jonty Bravery intended to kill, judge says

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Diary

Still running: Kara Walker’s fountain will go back on show at Tate Modern post-lockdown

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Museums

UK museums can reopen from 4 July—but for some it's too soon

News of the government's latest easing of lockdown measures today has been welcomed by the art world but "huge problems still remain for the sector"

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Restitution

National museum in Stockholm to return stolen 16th-century painting to Poland

Officials in Poland and Sweden piece together provenance of work by School of Lucas Cranach the Elder

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Museums

'Alarmingly at odds with reality': museum directors attack Creative Industries Federation's report on impact of coronavirus

Report estimates virus is causing 9% drop in revenue, but chairman of the UK National Museum Directors’ Council says 50% loss is more accurate

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coronavirus

Beijing art world starts shutting down again amid new coronavirus cluster

M Woods among private museums closing as China reports 137 new infections in wholesale food market

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coronavirus

Oxford Economics report: an emergency fund for the UK creative sector 'needs to come soon'

It is time for a Creative New Deal amid the coronavirus crisis, says Caroline Norbury the chief executive officer of the Creative Industries Federation

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coronavirus

UK creative industries face 'a cultural catastrophe'—but museums may not be hit as hard

New report by Oxford Economics predicts that the culture sector will lose 30% of its revenue due to Covid-19

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Museums

Berlin’s Humboldt Forum to open this year despite pandemic delay

Exhibition of Berlin city history is to be among the first to open

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Funding

Museums will need ethical funders all the more after the coronavirus crisis

As institutions reopen their doors to a world that has changed significantly, public scrutiny of private money is not going away

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The Art Newspaper Live

The Art Newspaper Live: Funding Matters Registration Now Open

In our first live virtual event on 25 June, part of a new online series, we bring together institutional leaders to discuss the challenges ahead

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Diary of an art historian

Museums are about to reopen—but should they?

Social distancing measures mean a lot of money will be spent on a small number of visitors, institutions should be focusing on their online presence instead

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Museums

Eight ways museums could make the most of the coronavirus crisis

Failure to seize this opportunity to make changes would be a graver error than any breach of etiquette

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Museums

'Time to give back the swag, guys!' British Museum unleashes Twitter storm with statement on Black Lives Matter

London institution was criticised for proclaiming that it "stands in solidarity with the Black community" while continuing to resist calls to restitute colonial-era loot

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colonialism

Edward Colston monument: 'UK must face the truth of what helped it become a mighty power'

Once it is fished out of the water in Bristol, the statue of slave trader Edward Colston should go in a museum. But what kind of a museum?, asks writer Bonnie Greer

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Lawsuits

Insurers hit by art-world class action lawsuit as coronavirus crisis bites

Claimants including major museums and art galleries accuse companies of failing to pay out on Covid-19 pandemic

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Exhibitions

Must London always win? National Gallery of Scotland cancels Titian show for all the wrong reasons

By bowing out of the Renaissance blockbuster tour, the Edinburgh museum has not only let down the Scottish public but shown its priorities are misplaced

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Maria Balshaw

London's Tate museums set to open early August—here's how it will work

Director of the Tate, Maria Balshaw, tells us about financial concerns, coordinating openings with other institutions, and how many visitors they are expecting

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Museums

Send the religious art in museums back to the churches, says the director of the Uffizi gallery

Eike Schmidt says up to a thousand works are languishing in state-run stores all over Italy

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Museums & Heritage

What would you do to keep your museum afloat? The Garden Museum director is swimming 50 miles in the Atlantic Ocean

The swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly aims to raise £100,000 for the London museum, which is planning shows on Derek Jarman and Lucian Freud

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coronavirus

New outbreak of coronavirus in Seoul has caused the re-closure of its museums, perhaps a sign of things to come

Some art institutions foresee a rolling series of partial lockdowns in future

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Museums

French museums reveal plans to re-open in June and July

Louvre is "is working towards a planned reopening on 6 July" with strict rules for social distancing and 70% of the museum open to the public

Podcast

Houston, do we have a problem? The verdict on early museum openings in Texas

Plus, Ralph Rugoff on Southbank Centre's possible closure. Produced in association with Christie's

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coronavirus

Five European museum directors explain their reopening strategies

From capped visitor numbers to surgical gloves and temperature checks, here's how cultural institutions are getting ready to leave lockdown

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Exhibitions

London's National Gallery extends Titian and delays Raphael blockbusters amid Covid-19 crisis

The museum is expected to reopen in July or August

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Museums

London’s Southbank Centre may stay closed until April next year due to massive financial pressure

Arts centre, which includes the Hayward Gallery, has already used up its reserves amid the coronavirus crisis

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Conservation

Getty Conservation Institute helps museums rethink stringent guidelines on conservation

New initiative helps institutions move towards a more tailored and sustainable approach to maintaining collection environments

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Museums

Here are the US and European museums that have announced when they are reopening

As governments loosen lockdown restrictions, institutions map out ways of seeking to limit the spread of coronavirus

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Digital Age

DIY curating: UK galleries mount virtual shows on lockdown using new digital tool

Art UK's Curations initiative enables “anyone anywhere with internet access” to create an exhibition using the national image database

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International Council of Museums

Happy International Museum Day! Why today's digital event matters now more than ever

Suay Aksoy, president of Icom, says museums closed by Covid-19 lockdowns "need to champion themselves because their survival may depend on it"

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Museums

Italian museums start to reopen from today after €55bn lifeline from government

National spending package includes emergency support for state museums, arts organisations and cultural businesses

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum to reopen on 1 June, but with only a tenth of its usual visitors

Closure is having a catastrophic impact on the finances of the museum, which normally gets half its income from ticket sales

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Social media

Long lost families reunited: social media campaign uncovers the links between objects across UK museums

Galleries on lockdown connect online during coronavirus pandemic using #CollectionsUnited

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Tate Modern

Tate Modern turns 20

To mark the London museum’s big birthday, we have searched our archive for our favourite articles on the institution, from a critic's take on the café’s cuisine to an interview with Tate’s former director Nicholas Serota ahead of the Switch House’s opening in 2016

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Museums

Blockbuster Edward Hopper show is relaunched as Swiss museums come out of 'recent slumber'

Museums in South Korea and Hong Kong have also started reopening after coronavirus lockdowns

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Second World War

What can we learn from museums during the Second World War?

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we look back at how art institutions adapted to wartime constraints, from tours without pictures to child's play

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coronavirus

Russian museums in crisis: State Hermitage projects losses of almost half its annual revenue after closing for two months

Loss of tourism and oil market crash because of coronavirus pandemic wreak havoc as institutions seek state help

Podcast

Exclusive: Marina Abramovic on performance art post-pandemic

Plus, what is it like to visit a museum post-lockdown? Produced in association with Christie's

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Funding

England's museums look to Arts Council to secure £250m government bailout

Cultural institutions bracing for a fall in visitors and shrinking revenue will need huge increase in public funding to recover after reopening

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Museums & Heritage

The show must go on: what American curators are up to in isolation

How have curators been filling their time while their museums remain closed? Creatively, it turns out

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coronavirus

We went to one of the first German museums to reopen after the lockdown—here's what it was like

Poles and ribbons are used at the Brandenburg State Museum for Modern Art in Cottbus to practice social distancing

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Social media

#CuratorBattle: Twitter tussle reveals museums' prettiest, creepiest and sassiest objects

UK's Yorkshire Museum has been encouraging international institutions to share the most unusual items in their collections

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coronavirus

When this is all over we must reimagine the infrastructure of the arts

Our enforced isolation during the coronavirus crisis gives us time to think about the role of culture in the public realm

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China

Beijing reopens Forbidden City in time for May Day holiday

State museums in the Chinese capital will reopen with crowd control measures for "golden week" of travel

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coronavirus

One-way visitor traffic and a ban on audio tours: guidelines for reopening museums emerge

Brussels museums release their planned safety measures along with the museum ethics organisation Cimam

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Museums & Heritage

Lockdown drives digital boom at French museums—but where's the business model?

Podcasts, social media channels and virtual exhibitions are experiencing unprecedented traffic but do not make up for lost revenue

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Museums

Museums in Belgium and Italy to reopen mid-May under phased lifting of lockdown

Belgian museum director says his institution is “ready to serve as a test room”

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Museums

Greetings from a museum leaving lockdown: lessons from Beijing's UCCA Center for Contemporary Art

Philip Tinari, the director and CEO of the Chinese museum, shares what the institution has learned during closure and its future plans

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Exhibitions

Museums wrangle to extend exhibition loans beyond lockdown

Delicate negotiations with lenders are under way to postpone major European shows of Raphael, Artemisia Gentileschi and Christo

Podcast

The end of the blockbuster? Museums in a post-pandemic world

Plus, Turner Prize-winning artist Mark Wallinger explores Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm (Number 30). Produced in association with Christie's

Analysis
Museums & Heritage

'There is no fast track back to normal': museums confront economic fallout of the pandemic

Closed museums are losing millions in income, ushering in job cuts, appeals for emergency relief and lasting changes in strategy

Comment
Museums

Museums must adopt new models to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic

Institutions need visionary leaders to find ways to adapt to a dramatically altered culture

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Coronavirus resources

US Congress renews payroll loan programme for small businesses and non-profits reeling from coronavirus, extending hopes for museums

Money ran out in the first round, although some museums scored loans

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Art education

Wave of museum educator redundancies worldwide sparks open letter

Art historians and curators urge galleries to support education staff during coronavirus crisis

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coronavirus

German museums prepare to reopen, gradually and with precautions

The first museums open today in the state of Brandenburg in a gradual easing of the coronavirus lockdown; bigger museums may take longer to reopen

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Acquisitions

UK Science Museum group is building a coronavirus collection in response to pandemic

Other institutions reflect on ethical concerns linked to Covid-19 material

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Museums & Heritage

V&A’s rare Frank Lloyd Wright interior is spruced up after years in storage

One of the museum’s finest period rooms, the Kaufmann Office is being restored for display in new V&A East collection centre

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coronavirus

V&A chair had 'Bruegel-like' delirium after contracting Covid-19

Nicholas Coleridge describes “icy legs” symptoms and how doctors undoubtedly saved his life

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Museums & Heritage

Notes from the lockdown: Making a situated museum in Queens

The director of the Queens Museum reflects on how the coronavirus pandemic may change how communities use public spaces, and how museums can help rebuild these communal experiences

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Openings

Opening of Pinault's grand new gallery in Paris delayed until 2021 as France extends lockdown

Originally scheduled to open in June this year and then postponed until September, new government measures to contain Covid-19 add further delays to the Bourse de Commerce space

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coronavirus

Beijing’s UCCA Center for Contemporary Art to reflect on our post-Covid world when it re-opens in May

Opening exhibition "grew directly out of this unprecedented situation,” says the museum's director Philip Tinari

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Art collection

Looted Benin treasures to go online in international project led by Hamburg museum

Project is backed by the Ernst von Siemens art foundation, which seeks “a more factual focus to the discussions about restitution”

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coronavirus

AAMD loosens rules for museums seeking to divert income amid coronavirus crisis

While legal hurdles remain, the museum directors’ association will not penalise members who redirect restricted funds to cover operating expenses

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coronavirus

Portland Art Museum joins wave of institutions to cut back on staff costs

Nearly 75% of staff will be placed on unpaid leave and senior leadership at the Oregon museum will take salary cuts

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coronavirus

Guggenheim furloughs 92 employees in New York

Museum will also reduce salaries for those making over $80,000

Podcast

Art theft: are museums safe under lockdown?

Plus, Laura Cumming on Breugel. Produced in association with Christie's

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Museums

Fire breaks out at Berlin’s Humboldt Forum

Fire service says one person was injured in the blaze caused by a gas cylinder exploding

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Art crime

Don't let your guard down: three things you can do now to protect your art during the pandemic

With sparse personnel and visitors, some criminals will try to see if the “closed” sign actually means “open”, say K2 Intelligence FIN's art crime experts

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Arts funding

'Save Italian culture from suffocation': art world leaders sign petition calling for national art fund in the wake of coronavirus crisis

Signatories include leaders at Rome's MaXXI Museum and Venice’s civic museums as well as the artist Paola Pivi