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Museums & Heritage

Frick Collection takes its jewels on a Brutalist sojourn

Evocative surprises await: while its Gilded Age home is closed for renovation and expansion, the Frick displays its masterworks in austere Modernist surroundings on Madison Avenue

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Museums

'It feels slightly surreal!' German museums can open from Monday—but with complicated caveats

In a surprise ruling, the government prioritises museum openings ahead of restaurants and sports facilities

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Greece

Archaeologists appeal to Greek prime minister to halt restructuring of five big antiquities museums

Experts oppose culture ministry's proposal to separate Greece's major museums from the state archaeological service

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Science

Dr Fauci’s 3-D printed coronavirus model given to Smithsonian

The educational aide will be part of a forthcoming exhibition at the National Museum of American History

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Museums & Heritage

As state restrictions drag on, pressure grows for more California museums to reopen

With lockdown lifted for nail salons and zoos, anger rises over arts institutions’ continued closure, estimated to cost the sector $22m a day

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Diary of an art historian

'Autism made me an art historian. But museums must do more to welcome disabled and neurodiverse communities'

Museums were quick to implement Covid-19 safety measures and now they need to apply that same rigour to improving accessibility

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Venice

Billionaire collector Nicolas Berggruen takes steps to buy historic Venetian palace and turn it into a cultural thinktank

If the sale goes ahead, La Casa dei Tre Oci will be the Berggruen Institute's space for its European programming with plans to partner with major museums such as Tate and MoMA

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Jacob Lawrence

Travelling Jacob Lawrence show spurs discovery of a second missing painting in New York

Museums now appeal for information on three unlocated panels in the artist’s 1950s “Struggle” series

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Arts funding

UK Budget 2021: further £408m boost for struggling culture sector

Chancellor Rishi Sunak digs deep, adding £300m to the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund, £90m more for museums, and £18m for cultural community projects

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Walk through the 2,000-year-old Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome's first emperor

The circular tomb—used through history as a fortress, a sculpture garden and an entertainment venue—reopens as a museum after an €11m restoration

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A to say goodbye to departments by material—woodwork, metalwork etc—and 20% of its curators

Museum's director Tristram Hunt says that government help has not been enough to cover all costs incurred by pandemic and admits “curators will be more stretched”

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Museums & Heritage

Local researchers work to uncover story behind mysterious mural in English church

Residents of a Surrey village are piecing together the history of the colourful and detailed paintings done by a local woman more than 100 years ago

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Museums & Heritage

From Goya to Goldin: new museum puts Spanish city of Cáceres on the art world map

Dealer Helga de Alvear has donated her entire collection of 3,000 works, which include pieces by Tacita Dean, Louise Bourgeois, Olafur Eliasson and Wassily Kandinsky

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Museums & Heritage

Swiss museums can reopen from 1 March as country eases lockdown restrictions

Fondation Beyeler will shows Arp and Rodin while Kunstmuseum Bern has a show on Latin American political art

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Museums & Heritage

A gift of blue-chip Modern art comes to the Seattle Art Museum

The Friday Foundation, run by the heirs of collectors Jane Lang Davis and Richard E. Lang, has donated 19 works by artists including Bacon, Rothko, Krasner, Pollock, Frankenthaler, Kline and de Kooning

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Museums

Are museums as Covid-risky as saunas? Culture leaders outraged over late reopening of English art spaces

Commercial galleries, non-essential retail, and even gyms have been given the green light to open before museums under the UK government's "roadmap" to lift coronavirus restrictions

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Museums & Heritage

Lintels at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco to return to Thailand

Museum director says Justice Department’s legal case only served “to cloud the respectful and serious process of deaccession and repatriation”

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Arts funding

‘Many museums will be lost’: US association appeals to Congress to support funding for institutions

Invoking the pandemic, advocates seek federal money for agencies that support museum programmes as well as operations grants and charitable tax deductions

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Museums & Heritage

Beloved Smithsonian building returns to its pioneering roots

Celebrating an anniversary, Arts and Industries landmark will revisit its beginnings as an incubator of new ideas

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layoffs

Whitney lays off 15 more staff members, citing ‘extremely low’ attendance

Museum’s director notes that it may take until 2025 for tourists to return in force to New York

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Museums & Heritage

Officials confirm: museums in England can reopen from 17 May under Boris Johnson’s lockdown roadmap

Commercial galleries will be permitted to open from 12 April under the new plan to gradually lift Covid-19 safety measures

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Appointments & departures

Charles Venable, president of Indianapolis museum, resigns after controversial job post

The board has issued an apology and pledged to improve its representation of the local community

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Internships

Asserting a quest for more equity, the Met introduces its first crop of fully paid interns

Students talk about their career goals and how being compensated proved to be an incentive

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Unions

After long talks, Guggenheim’s unionised employees sign agreement with the museum

Accord includes average pay increases of 10% and annual bonuses for on-call workers

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Heritage

Bavarian frescoes are confirmed to be among the oldest in northern Europe

New examinations of John the Baptist wall paintings in Augsburg cathedral date them to more than 1,000 years ago

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diversity

Indianapolis museum apologises for posted job description describing a ‘core, white art audience’

Institution edits wording of director’s job opening to eliminate “white” after an outcry

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Statues

Keep problematic monuments and ‘explain them’, UK government to tell cultural leaders

Opponents argue that some public statues reinforce racism, chauvinism, sexism and homophobia

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Stonehenge: could a road tunnel ruin the ancient site?

Plus, French museums revolt against lockdown closures and artist Crystal Fischetti on Karla Black

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National Gallery of Victoria

That's my grandad! Descendant of sheep shearer depicted in one of Australia's best-loved paintings sees work for first time while it visits rural Victoria

To celebrate the 130th anniversary of Tom Roberts’ 1890 painting Shearing the Rams, the National Gallery of Victoria sends work to Wangaratta Art Gallery, close to where the painting was conceived

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Museums & Heritage

Royal British Columbia Museum CEO Jack Lohman resigns, after internal report finds a ‘dysfunctional and toxic workplace’

An investigation into management was prompted by the departure of the museum’s head of Indigenous collection, who complained of racism and discrimination

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Museums & Heritage

Lacma ends director’s free housing perk

The museum is selling a smaller property it bought last year as a residence for Michael Govan, as pandemic continues to squeeze finances

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Museums & Heritage

Oaxaca museum in Mexico is locked in standoff with private foundation

Director spends night inside as the institution’s funders fail to pay salaries

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Openings

Fast forward: revamped Australian Centre for the Moving Image promises a high-tech experience

The Melbourne museum of screen culture reopens with a contactless device that allows visitors to curate virtual collections

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Deaccessioning

Rumbles of dissent emerge over Met’s proposal to expand deaccessioning

As the museum mulls art sales to finance collections care, critics worry that its example could open the floodgates for US art institutions

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Immerse yourself in V&A’s new digital platform of 1.2 million objects

Collections website unites technical data, open-access images, videos and even sewing patterns from the museum of art, design and performance

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Acquisitions

Acquisitions round-up: flag and sledge from British polar expedition saved from leaving UK

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter international museum collections

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Conservation & Preservation

Foundation that championed women’s art in Florence will close down after restoring 70 works by artists including Artemisia Gentileschi

The philanthropic organisation Advancing Women Artists will halt conservation projects due to lack of funds

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Wallace Collection

Art library and archives at London's Wallace Collection could close to public as part of cost-cutting plans

Petition claims management want to ‘orientate the museum to income generation’

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Museums & Heritage

Exhibitions at new $450m Hong Kong Palace Museum will offer ‘a fresh, contemporary interpretation of Chinese culture’

Director Louis Ng insists that the institution—due to open in 2022—will be distinct from its namesake in Beijing's Forbidden City

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Diary of an art historian

Museums have hastily cut their staff to save money—what will happen when visitors return and they need them back?

With vaccines now being deployed and a return to normality on the horizon, institutions may find they have been shortsighted in letting their employees go

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Museums & Heritage

Museum revolution: 100 French directors call for 'essential' reopening

Petition urges culture minister to lift coronavirus restrictions on museums and galleries so they can "take care of visitors now"

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Museums & Heritage

Spanish government signs deal securing €1bn Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

New arrangement, to last 15 years, means key works by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso have been saved for the nation

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Museums & Heritage

Adversity forces reinvention: Matthew Teitelbaum on turbulent times at the MFA, Boston

After charges of racism levelled at his museum in 2019, Teitelbaum had to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. And then there was the Guston controversy

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Museums & Heritage

Photo collector and ophthalmologist William Tsiaras gives 500 works to Colby College Museum of Art in Maine

The Greek-American started acquiring photography for museums through his personal friendships with artists such as Lucas Samaras, Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan

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Mosul

Mosul’s artists, resurgent, speak out on new Google platform

Through videos, audio clips, 3D models of destroyed sites and images of their works, Iraqis describe what they endured and their hopes for the future

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Acquisitions

When everything turned upside down: Georg Baselitz donates six pathbreaking paintings to the Met

Portraits date from 1969, a pivotal point for an artist departing from conventional motifs

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Nazi loot

An arms dealer casts a shadow over Kunsthaus Zurich

Petition calls for more transparency in planned display of the collection of Emil Georg Bührle, who bought Nazi-looted art with a fortune built on weapons

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Attribution

Its attribution restored, a Rembrandt portrait goes on view in Pennsylvania

A scientific analysis and conservation effort unveiled signature brush strokes and other marks of the master

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Building projects

National Arts Club in New York opens new galleries renovated during the pandemic

Restoration work uncovered the original plaster from the building’s former occupant, New York governor and 1876 presidential candidate Samuel Tilden

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Pompeii

From Roman dining to the victims of Vesuvius: Pompeii hails reopening of archaeological museum

The Antiquarium reveals treasures and recent discoveries charting the ancient Roman city's rich history before deadly volcanic eruption

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Museums & Heritage

Centre Pompidou will close from the end of 2023 for three-year renovation

The plan is to finish essential maintenance on the building in time for its 50th anniversary in 2027

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Raphael Cartoons are ready for their close-up on V&A website

High-resolution images of Renaissance treasures go online, revealing the tiniest details of Raphael’s creative process

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Museums & Heritage

A year after fire, Museum of Chinese in America launches digital platform with Google to celebrate its historical treasures

Viewers can track the recovery after the blaze and view hundreds of images of the New York museum’s artefacts

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Acquisitions

Trove of Surrealist publications and paintings donated to Dutch museum

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's gift from collectors Laurens Vancrevel and Frida de Jong “opens up new horizons on surrealist activities”, says expert

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coronavirus

Museums around the world step up to be transformed into vaccination centres

London's Science Museum and a West Midlands museum where Peaky Blinders was filmed are just some of the venues doubling up as Covid-19 vaccine hubs

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Appointments

Orange County Museum of Art names Heidi Zuckerman as director

Former leader of Aspen Art Museum says she was beguiled by the California institution’s history and new building by Morphosis

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Heritage

From mummies to mosques—new Google Arts & Culture initiative brings Egypt’s archaeological treasures to the masses

New online platform aims to turn traditionally scholarly subject into something "easily digestible and fun to explore"

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Museums & Heritage

Smithsonian downsizes $2bn expansion of its south campus in Washington

The institution unveils planned changes to its historic Castle and Arts and Industries Building

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US Capitol riot

‘Shameful vandalism and desecration’ : Met leaders condemn right-wing crowd's assault on US Capitol

Museum joins other institutions in assailing protestors' rampage and hate-inspiring imagery as a threat to democracy and equality

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Archaeology

Archaeologists have discovered world's oldest animal cave painting

The warty pig painting was found in a cave in Indonesia and is thought to be at least 45,500 years old

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Diary

The Met invites you to play a game, and then ‘borrow’ a work of art

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Museums & Heritage

Hirshhorn Museum is under pressure to reconsider redesign of its sculpture garden

Critics and city planners question changes to a historic reflecting pool and addition of stacked stone walls in a Modernist environment, while the artist Hiroshi Sugimoto defends his designs but says he is open to negotiating

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Commissions

This Victorian house in London hides remarkable Islamic interiors—now it is getting its first contemporary work

Leighton House Museum—which was once the home and studio of artist Lord Leighton—is undergoing restoration and will reopen in 2021

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Conservation & Preservation

From lockdowns to looting: how Covid-19 has taken a toll on world's threatened heritage sites

Sites of major importance—many in regions already ravaged by conflict—are contending with security problems and funding shortfalls

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Conservation & Preservation

Volunteers plan to return ‘Albert Hall of the North’ to its glory days

After years of neglect, ornate Victorian auditorium in northern seaside town of Morecambe is being saved

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Venice

Culture war erupts over Venice mayor's closure of Doge's Palace and other civic museums until April

Luigi Brugnaro's "entrepreneurial" decision violates Venice's historic agreement with Italian state to keep the landmark open to the public

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Museums

Closure of London's Florence Nightingale Museum fuels fears that the pandemic will force smaller UK institutions to shut

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum in Birkenhead is also under threat of closure as part of cost-cutting measures by local council

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India

India's Supreme Court approves Modi's £2bn 'vanity project' to redevelop Delhi parliament complex

The reconstruction of the Central Vista is a significant step in the prime minister's efforts to sever the nation from its colonial past

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Pinault Collection

Bourse de Commerce: opening of Pinault's long-awaited Paris museum is—pandemic permitting—finally around the corner

Two decades since the billionaire started planning a home for his collection in the French capital, the spectacular space is due to open on 23 January

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reopenings

Five Philadelphia museums jointly announce that they are reopening this month

Institutions act on go-ahead from the city after their second closing in November

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Museums & Heritage

Australian museum boom: as most institutions face cuts, National Gallery of Victoria’s massive expansion flies in the face of coronavirus

New NGV Contemporary building is the latest ambitious construction project planned in the country

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The Year Ahead 2021

Major museum openings and expansions in 2021

From the much-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum to the Frick’s move to a Brutalist landmark, here are the building projects aiming to change cultural landscapes around the world

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Museums & Heritage

'Long overdue': US will build national museums for American Latinos and women's history after Congress approves historic bill

Bipartisan effort, decades in the making, permits Smithsonian Institution to move ahead with plans

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Openings

Amid Covid-19 adjustments, Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles delays opening by five months

The museum’s debut, repeatedly postponed, is now anticipated in September of next year

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Museums & Heritage

Can mediation save a sharing settlement over Nazi-looted Pissarro?

A Paris court has ordered Léone-Noëlle Meyer and the University of Oklahoma to return to the negotiating table

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Museums & Heritage

California needs a plan to restart the arts

There is not a person in the arts who wants to open until it is safe to do so, but we cannot even prepare to start without state guidelines

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Appointments & departures

Peabody Essex Museum director is resigning after just 17 months

Brian P. Kennedy says he will seek a “new challenge” but offers no further details

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Museums & Heritage

Peace offering: how museums help in troubled times

Amid the turmoil of the pandemic and the recent elections, US institutions with Tibetan Buddhist holdings respond with mindfulness events

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Museums & Heritage

Sneak peek: Snarkitecture designs new gallery in Detroit for Library Street Collective

The art space in a historic building in the Belt neighbourhood will open with a show curated by the street artist Kaws

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Unions

Employees at the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh vote decisively to form a union

Goals include better pay and benefits, Covid-19 safety and a role in the institutions’ decision-making

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Philanthropy

Billionaire Leonard Blavatnik donates £10m to the Courtauld Institute of Art

Suite of galleries in refurbished Courtauld Gallery will be named after the Ukraine-born industrialist

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Museums & Heritage

Museum of Fine Arts Boston and other US institutions announce a second wave of pandemic closures

Some say they hope to reopen in January, while many others have remained shut for nearly a full year

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Appointments

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art appoints former nonprofit executive as its new director

Alyssa Nitchun hopes to advance New York museum’s role as a queer sanctuary and “provocateur”

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Amedeo Modigliani

Revealed: the secrets behind Antonia, Modigliani’s ‘most complex work’

Researchers at C2RMF give an exclusive preview of their forensic study of all the artist's works in French museum collections

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Museums & Heritage

Museums and galleries in London to close from Wednesday under new Covid Tier 3 restrictions

But arts professionals heavily criticise the government decision, saying there is “no logic” behind the move

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Greece

Huge historic tobacco factory in Athens to be renovated into cultural space by 2021

Arts organisation Neon are working on the project with the Greek government to mark 200 years since the country’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire

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Museums

Kunsthaus Zurich counts down to ‘quantum leap’ for Swiss art scene after Chipperfield expansion

City hopes the $230m new building will raise its profile as an art destination to match Basel

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Heritage

Europe's 12 most endangered heritage sites announced

From a steam cog railway to the baroque Venetian palazzo abandoned by the Armenians , Europa Nostra chooses candidates for its 2021 Seven Most Endangered Sites list

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Museums & Heritage

Lone senator blocks US bills creating museums that would celebrate American Latinos and women

Utah Republican says that such museums would “divide an already divided nation”

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Museums

Leeds museum makes history by hosting Covid-19 vaccination hub

High-risk patients get Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine at Thackray Museum of Medicine

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Heritage

Quest begins to buy £4m house where Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit

Campaign, which hopes to turn the Oxford home into a literary centre, has been backed by actors from the film adaptation Ian McKellan and Martin Freeman

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Funding

Historic Royal Palaces gets £40m lifeline loan and Southbank Centre gets £11m in latest round of UK Covid-19 funding

Rem Koolhaas’ Factory arts hub in Manchester—scheduled for completion in 2022—gets £21m grant

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Museums & Heritage

Freshman art history student uncovers identity of Mughal miniature

Connections have been made between the Colby College Museum of Art’s Man with a Flowered Coat and portraits of the 17th-century commander Sayyid Muzzafar in international collections

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Musee d'Orsay

French politicians want Musée d’Orsay named after late French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing

Former minister Rachida Dati calls on Emmanuel Macron to authorise the change

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Acquisitions

Ronald Lauder presents major gift of European arms and armour to the Met

Describing the donation as the most significant to the department in nearly 80 years, museum will rename galleries after Lauder

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Museums & Heritage

Victoria and Albert museum to close for two days a week due to coronavirus financial crunch

Visitor numbers will take years to recover with a drastic impact on income, the London institution reports

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Acquisitions

Yuichiro Ukai’s manga monster drawing acquired by American Folk Art Museum

The 25-year-old Japanese self-taught artist’s densely layered Yokai is his first piece to enter a museum’s collection

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Conservation & Preservation

New hope that Istanbul orphanage—Europe's largest timber building—can be saved from ruin

After decades of neglect, a fundraising drive could restore Prinkipo Orphanage as an environmental research centre

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Museums & Heritage

Rio museum recovers Afro-Brazilian art works confiscated more than a century ago as ‘black magic’

The objects were seized by police from places of worship at a time when the practice of religions such as Candomble and Umbanda was a crime. They will now be housed at the Museu da Republica in Rio de Janeiro and displayed with guidance from religious representatives