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Museums & Heritage

National Gallery of Canada director Marc Mayer bids adieu to Ottawa

After ten years at the post, he has plenty of accomplishments, including bringing Indigenous art into the canon, and few regrets

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African art

Africa’s pre-colonial ‘crown jewels’ to find a home in new South African museum

Javett Art Centre at University of Pretoria will display 800-year-old gold collection excavated in the 1930s

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Antiquities & Archaeology

The Met’s antiquated views of antiquities need updating

The new Greek and Roman curator at New York’s Metropolitan Museum should rejuvenate its displays with honest, better stories

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Heritage

Lush historic gardens bloom once more in Agra, India

The World Monuments Fund announces the completion of a four-year conservation effort

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Museums

New Museum staff hold rally in support of unionising

Petition to form union was filed with the National Labor Relations Board last week

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Museums

Is an art Cold War thaw coming? US and Russian museum leaders and diplomats to discuss loan freeze

Public conversation to be held in February will address long impasse on museum loans

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In the frame

Museums battle it out on Twitter to have the greatest BDE (ahem.. Big Duck Energy)

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Appointments & departures

Stedelijk Museum issues conciliatory statement insisting that feud with Beatrix Ruf is over

Unusual press release is latest twist in long-running dispute between Amsterdam institution and its former director

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Restitution

Eurocentrism still sets the terms of restitution of African art

A selective view of African cultural heritage continues the colonialist paradigm

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Appointments & departures

Marc-Olivier Wahler steps down as director of MSU Broad Art Museum

The Swiss curator is resigning from the Michigan institution for family reasons

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British Museum

British Museum realises 'vase' is in fact an ancient mace-head displayed upside down

Curators discovered old mistake during research for No Man's Land exhibition

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Museo del Prado

Prado at 200: director Miguel Falomir on the museum's reinvention and the death of the blockbuster

Released from the shackles of state control in 2003, the Madrid institution has reason to celebrate its bicentenary

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Museums & Heritage

Delacroix and Beyoncé bring record-breaking Louvre visitor figures

After attendance dips, 10.2 million people flocked to the Paris museum last year

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Museums & Heritage

LA stories: Deborah Marrow looks back

The Getty Foundation’s leader, who retired in December, discusses her feminist credentials and the broader challenges in cultural philanthropy

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Openings

Polish collector Grazyna Kulczyk unveils ‘off-grid’ private museum in Swiss Alps

Muzeum Susch aims to bring a “disruptive outlook” to the historic Engadin valley pilgrimage site

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Acquisitions

Why a six-ton scholar’s rock is making its way from China to Texas

A low-key request from the San Antonio Museum of Art director resulted in a big gift from Lake Taihu near Wuxi

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Cultural policy

Mikhail Piotrovsky—Hermitage chief for 26 years—is an Old Master of diplomacy

Russian museum is pursuing global expansion with long-term plans under way for Barcelona and China

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Museums & Heritage

Charles Dickens’s great expectations about his attire

The esteemed 19th-century author was also a renowned dandy whose passion for fashion increased with his fame and fortune

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Mexico

What happened to all the art in Mexico’s presidential palace?

A largely emptied Los Pinos opened to the public on 1 December, leaving many in the country wondering where the collection of paintings and decorative objects went

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Museums

Artist duo Hesselholdt & Mejlvang says Danish museum did not pay them

The artists showed in a group exhibition and delivered two lectures at Aros Aarhus Art Museum

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Conservation

Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive art, preserved for the ages

Getty scientists explore the artist’s use of gunpowder and other materials for a definitive new book

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Herculaneum’s museum of relics finally opens its doors, 44 years on

Inaugural show presents jewels and precious objects excavated in the early 20th century alongside more recent discoveries

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Conservation

Restoration for early Renaissance pulpit will get the big-screen treatment

The 1301 carved pulpit will undergo a two-year intensive monitoring programme

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The Year Ahead 2019

Top ten new museums and major extensions due to open in 2019

A MoMA expansion, the opening of the Humboldt Forum, the unveiling of the National Museum of Qatar and a new Bauhaus Museum are just some of the highlights of the year ahead

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Openings

After year-long rain check, Rijksmuseum Schiphol prepares to reopen

Airport branch of Amsterdam museum closed in January due to a leaky roof

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Museums & Heritage

Moscow residents petition Garage Museum to reject sponsorship from property developer

Activists say PIK Group's high-rise developments are environmentally unsafe and only aimed at making "super profits"

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Exhibitions

London's National Gallery plans major Artemisia Gentileschi show in 2020

Exhibition of Europe’s greatest female Old Master will include museum's freshly conserved acquisition

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Ethics

University of North Carolina rejects plan for museum to house toppled Confederate statue

UNC Chapel Hill seeks another solution to preserve Silent Sam, described as a “monument to white supremacy”

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Technology

Moscow's Tretyakov Gallery develops blockchain app to bring Russian art to the world

Digital initiative will invite users to explore and sponsor more than 190,000 works in the collection

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Brazil

Brazil’s National Museum closes the year on a poignant note

With partnerships with the Smithsonian and Google as well as donations, the institution soldiers on

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Heritage

Restorers of Nîmes arena expand their sights

Conservation effort now includes passageways and interior

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Heritage

How pioneering climate-change science dated one of Britain's oldest houses

Landmark Trust's restoration finds that oak timber used to build Welsh house was felled in the winters of 1418-19 and 1420-21

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Exhibitions

Berlin's 200-year-old replica workshop finds a niche at new Museum Island hub

First-ever exhibition on the Gipsformerei, which copies works for museums and Jeff Koons, will open the James Simon Gallery next summer

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Exhibitions

Revamped UK gallery gets major Paula Rego retrospective that will tour to Scotland and Ireland

MK Gallery in Milton Keynes will also host a George Stubbs survey

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Museums & Heritage

The women taking charge in the Gulf's rising art scene

With many of the region’s museums, fairs and festivals under female leadership, we talk to three key decision-makers

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Museums & Heritage

Staff at State Russian Museum take legal action to halt renovation

Senior employees claim the $17m project threatens the Mikhailovsky Palace building and its collections

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Museums

DR Congo to request restitution of works from former coloniser Belgium

Country's president Joseph Kabila made the announcement ahead of opening of revamped Africa Museum outside Brussels

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Museums

Protesters stream into Whitney, calling for removal of board vice chairman

They assailed the trustee's business ties to the tear gas fired by US border agents

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Museums

You have to renovate to accumulate: three South Florida museums expand in very different ways

The Norton Museum of Art, the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College show that museum expansions can take different sizes and forms

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Museums

Pitzhanger Manor, the country estate of Sir John Soane, to open in west London next Spring

The English architect’s “jewel box” weekend retreat has been restored to its original condition

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Museums

Italian court says Getty Museum must surrender prized bronze Statue of a Victorious Youth

The Los Angeles institution counters that it will keep on fighting to maintain the linchpin of its collection

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Appointments & departures

Galleria Borghese director Anna Coliva reinstated after suspension over gym visits

Decision to take case to court prompted a public outcry and an online petition

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Unesco

Goodbye Venice, goodbye Ravenna, goodbye Ferrara, goodbye Carthage?

Many World Heritage Sites around the Mediterranean are at grave risk from sea-level rise by 2100, report says

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Amedeo Modigliani

Forensic examination of all Modigliani works in French museums gets under way

Comprehensive analysis of 29 pieces from ten institutions could be “the best weapon against forgery”

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Museums

Cambridge Museums to pilot LGBTQ+ tours

Visitors at the Polar Museum might learn incidence of homosexuality among penguins

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Vienna

Albertina Museum director defends landmark gift of Essl collection

Klaus Albrecht Schröder says contemporary art acquisitions, criticised by Austrian Court of Audit, will fill a gap in country’s public museums

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Restitution

Legal challenges remain for restituting African artefacts from French museums

Getting around the inalienability of public collections is dealt with in the report—but it might not work legally and practically

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Conservation

Wallace Collection crowdfunds to conserve Canaletto works in room with many views

Museum aims to clean and analyse all 28 of its vedute paintings of Venice by spring 2020

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Architecture

Hala Wardé dismissed as architect of planned Beirut Museum of Art

Difficulties began when the museum asked HW Architecture to work pro bono

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Museums & Heritage

V&A opens up towering replica of Trajan's column in revamped Cast Courts

New-look galleries invite visitors to explore inside Victorian plaster cast of Roman monument

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Museums & Heritage

Rain threatens recovery effort at Brazil’s National Museum

Meanwhile, the museum partners with a Chinese tech firm to digitise its catalogued collection

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Museums & Heritage

Washington Principles: the restitution of Nazi-looted art is still a work in progress, 20 years on

Major conference in Berlin this week marks anniversary of landmark agreement

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Openings

Astronomy, unknown trailblazers and failed monuments: new Collective space opens in Edinburgh's old observatory

Works by Dineo Seshee Bopape and Klaus Weber go on show in the revamped 19th-century neoclassical complex

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Conservation

Restored, but demoted: stained-glass window not by Tiffany, expert says

River of Life depiction has been newly reattributed to J & R Lamb Studios

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Building projects

Couple donates $40m for MoMA's renovation and expansion

Acknowledging gift, museum names a film center after Debra and Leon Black

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Museums & Heritage

The Met looks back at Max Hollein’s first 100 days as director—and forward to its 150th birthday

The museum will mark its anniversary in 2020 by launching a renovation of the Rockefeller Wing and celebrating its permanent collection

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Conservation

Portrait of Gainsborough's nephew will sparkle in National Portrait Gallery show thanks to conservators

The painting, which took the artist less than an hour to paint, was restored for the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition opening in London this week

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Museums & Heritage

Mass Moca adds another decade to its long-running Sol LeWitt show

The museum celebrates the tenth anniversary of the installation, which is still "full of surprises"

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Contemporary art

Rachel Whiteread’s breakthrough work Ghost gets complex conservation treatment

Structural engineers and architects were among those restoring the room-sized cast at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

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Exhibitions

The Getty’s Renaissance Nude explores issues of power and sexuality—but don’t expect a #metoo reckoning

The show includes male and female examples for historic accuracy, its lead curator says

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Conservation

Back from the brink: Jean Tinguely’s beloved music machine

Sculptor’s Méta-Harmonie II is ready for action after a year-long conservation effort in Basel

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Appointments & departures

SculptureCenter’s Mary Ceruti named as new executive director of the Walker Art Center

The Minneapolis museum’s former director, Olga Viso, announced her departure a year ago

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Conservation

Restoration of rare English Medieval altarpiece reveals a history of serial vandalism

The Battel Hall retable, which survived the fury of 16th-century iconoclasts, bears later scars of graffiti and "witchmarks" against evil spirits

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Dubai

Jameel Arts Centre: Dubai gets first non-governmental contemporary art space

Four solo shows of female artists are part of efforts to “redress the gender balance” in the Middle East, says director

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Museums & Heritage

Berlin’s Natural History Museum receives an eye-watering €660m of public funds for rebuild

Vast sum outstrips budget for reconstruction of city’s royal palace and creation of Humboldt Forum

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Museums & Heritage

In a Met protest, an artist posts her own labels next to a Picasso and Gauguin

She calls on museum to incorporate misogyny into the art historical narrative

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Museums & Heritage

Grand Egyptian Museum pushes full opening to 2020

Egyptian government hopes vast museum near Pyramids of Giza will win back international tourists

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Conservation

Houston museum reattributes painting to Velázquez

After conservation effort, Museum of Fine Arts decides its hunch was correct

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Renaissance

Isenheim Altarpiece restoration finally back on track after public outcry

More than 30 conservators will treat paintings and sculptures, seven years after French culture ministry halted reckless cleaning of two panels

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Conservation

Modernism award honours preservation of a French school dating from 1933

Prize goes to firm for restoration of a monument to ‘civic Communism’

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Museums & Heritage

Native American group denounces Met’s exhibition of indigenous objects

The Association on American Indian Affairs says the "first mistake was to call these objects art" and that tribal representatives should have been consulted

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Photography

Martine Franck comes into focus at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson's new Paris space

Inaugural show honours Belgian photographer and Cartier-Bresson's wife, who created the foundation to preserve their legacy

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Acquisitions

Dallas school given largest collection of Swiss art outside of Switzerland

The University of Texas at Dallas is building its first museum to house the gift