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Centre Pompidou

Serge Lasvignes re-appointed as president of Centre Pompidou

French government endorses his strategy of establishing satellite branches overseas

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coronavirus

More than 40 UK museums and conservators donate personal protective equipment to help NHS fight coronavirus

Conservation departments are sending gloves, masks and Tyvek suits to hospitals and ambulance services

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coronavirus

Irish Museum of Modern Art to be used as mortuary to cope with coronavirus pandemic

Museum will house a temporary structure in its grounds as the “country prepares Public Health facilities to deal with Covid-19”

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Museums & Heritage

All eyes on Asia: normality is still a long way off as museums emerge from lockdown

Visitor numbers at some of the world’s most popular art venues have nosedived and uncertainty for the future remains

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Museums

Tasmanian museum live streams 'human canvas' whose artist-designed tattoos are worth €150,000

Tim Steiner, whose entire back is covered in an ink piece created by Wim Delvoye, will sit in the empty Mona museum until the end of April

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coronavirus

Patrick Devedjian—French politician and driving force behind new museum dedicated to the Sun King—has died of coronavirus

Devedjian was leading plans for a museum project in Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, about the reign of Louis XIV

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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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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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coronavirus

Turkish government slammed for crowds at heritage sites as ticket collector reportedly dies from coronavirus

Worker at Istanbul's Dolmabahce Palace is believed to have contracted Covid-19, leading state to be criticised for not closing tourist attractions quick enough

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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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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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coronavirus

With the coronavirus shutdown, smaller heritage sites such as the Mary Rose face a fight for survival

The charity that runs the historic battleship needs help from the government and the public, says its chief executive Helen Bonser-Wilton

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Museums & Heritage

Seeking answers from Lacma, Ahmanson Foundation threatens to take its largesse elsewhere

Long-time patron wants ‘a clear understanding’ of how a new building can accommodate the permanent collection highlights it has funded

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coronavirus

Met anticipates a $100m shortfall and remaining closed until July—and smaller museums in the US could be hurt even more by pandemic

“Everyone is really whipsawed,” says the New York institution’s president Daniel Weiss, who expects staff reductions

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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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coronavirus

Led by Metropolitan Museum of Art, a flurry of US museums say they are shutting down because of coronavirus

Institutions in New York, Boston and Washington underline the need to control the spread of Covid-19

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Covid-19

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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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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Acquisitions

Cleveland Museum of Art receives art gifts valued at more than $100m

Works donated by a collecting couple include paintings by Bonnard, Vuilliard, Matisse, Braque, Caillebotte and many others

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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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Museums & Heritage

Four North American museums cancel exhibition of masterworks from Liechtenstein’s princely collections

National Gallery of Canada cites use of forced labour on royal estates in wartime

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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 & Heritage

New York workers mount rescue operation for Chinese-American artefacts after fire

Salvaging effort focuses on the remaining 80 percent of the archives of the Museum of Chinese in America

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Musee d'Orsay

Anonymous €20m donation kickstarts Musée d’Orsay transformation

Radical revelopment of former train station building will make way for more Impressionist works and visitors

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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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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

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 & Heritage

In the Met’s British galleries, a tale of artisans spurred by entrepreneurial forces

Installation weaves a 400-year narrative with global and sometimes dark threads

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Openings

Semperbau museum in Dresden, home to Vermeer's hidden cupid painting, reopens after €49m renovation

The 19th-century palace is returning to the idea of showing sculpture alongside its Old Masters

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Van Gogh’s Sunflowers caught up in Tokyo coronavirus quarantine

Japanese government instructs national art museums to close for two weeks — shutting the door on London’s National Gallery travelling show, on the eve of opening

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Museums & Heritage

EMST—National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens finally opens its doors

The institution welcomes the first visitors to its renovated home in the former Fix brewery this week, after years of delays

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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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Museums & Heritage

Hollywood dreams really do come true: the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures beckons

The museum will open on 14 December in Los Angeles with 50,000 sq. ft of exhibition space and two theaters

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Terra Foundation for American Art

Terra Foundation for American Art recruits new leader from Colby College Museum

Sharon Corwin aims to help forge partnerships with arts organisations and interrogate histories of American art

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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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Openings

Green energy company powers Madagascar's first contemporary art non-profit

Hakanto Contemporary, sponsored by the eco-friendly Filatex group, is directed by the artist Joël Andrianomearisoa

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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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coronavirus

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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Diane Arbus

Capitalising on its acquisition, Art Gallery of Ontario unfurls a Diane Arbus retrospective

Exhibition is the first that Canada has devoted to the photographer in almost three decades

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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 & Heritage

Face-off with a founding father: Brooklyn honours African art by placing it amidst its other collections

New exhibition seeks to “fill in the blanks that are still present in museums and art history books”

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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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Heritage

Hidden LGBTQ histories of London's royal palaces to come out in new guided tours

Immersive performances will begin this month at Tower of London, with more planned at Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace

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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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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A dusts off Louis Vuitton trunk of American beauty for handbags exhibition

New conservation brings society hostess Emilie Grigsby's travelling case into limelight after decades in storage

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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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Climate Change

Heritage on the edge: new Google project reveals climate change damage to Unesco sites

Digital visualisations gathered for online exhibit will be a “blueprint” for heritage managers planning climate adaptation in the future

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Venice

The cost of Venice's worst floods since 1966

We survey the multi-million-euro impact of the disaster on the city's cultural heritage sites—and the funds pledged for restoration so far

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Museums & Heritage

Seattle Asian Art Museum's $56m expansion reframes the question: ‘What is Asian art?’

The refreshed museum will soon reopen with diverse collection displays informed by the local Asian Pacific Islander community

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Restoration

Light relief: could new lighting technology avert the need for restoration?

Precision illumination can draw out a work’s fine details without physical intervention, but some doubt it will ever replace traditional conservation

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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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Museums & Heritage

After fire, Museum of Chinese in America hopes to salvage much of its collection

Curator says that conservators might be able to dry many wet objects in the museum’s archive

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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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Museums & Heritage

Museum of Chinese in America starts fund-raising after loss of its archive in a fire

An estimated 85,000 items are feared lost, including letters, antique wedding dresses and photographs

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Museums & Heritage

Thomas Campbell, former Met director, sizes up challenges for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

After more than a year in his new job, we interview the director about his priorities

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Acquisitions

Highlighting a shift, Art Gallery of Ontario acquires works by prominent women artists

With works by Judy Chicago, Tacita Dean, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Silke Otto-Knapp, the museum is one of many prioritizing acquisitions of art by women

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Museums & Heritage

International Center of Photography prepares to reopen in a far bigger home in New York

Lower East Side location will unite exhibition space with the institution's school of 3,500 students

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Museums & Heritage

Princeton artist-fellow Mario Moore celebrates African American workers

The university has acquired five portraits of men and women who hold blue-collar jobs on campus

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Acquisitions

National Portrait Gallery acquires 20 works from collecting couple

Ian and Annette Cumming set out to commission likenesses of people who would remain renowned

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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

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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Museums & Heritage

Director is out at Erie Art Museum

Departure follows New York Times article describing objectionable behaviour with female employees