Museums & Heritage

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Union organising

Curators, conservators and educators at the Guggenheim seek to unionise

A United Auto Workers local that represents employees at several other museums files a petition on their behalf for a union vote

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Deaccessioning

Amid financial adversity, can a museum association emerge as an innovative leader on deaccessioning?

Association of Art Museum Directors should permanently recognise “direct care” of collections as a proper use of art sale proceeds

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Appointments & departures

Timothy Rub to step down as director of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Leader oversaw an ambitious series of construction projects but has also contended with reports of midlevel management abuses and equity issues

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Historic houses

Eccentric Wentworth Woodhouse estate—home to centuries-old camellias—gets set to bloom again in Yorkshire

The rambling 365-room mansion is being rescued from near collapse, starting with its tea house

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Disasters & destruction

Warehouse of the Cinemateca Brasileira is struck by fire

Lawsuit was filed against the Brazilian government earlier this month citing the imminent risk of a blaze

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Museums

Greta Thunberg says Science Museum ‘killed its reputation’ after it is revealed Shell sponsorship came with gagging order

Culture Unstained activists say contract clause is ‘chilling’ but museum group says cutting ties with energy groups is ‘unproductive’

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Climate Change

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announces its first round of climate grants to art institutions

Stipends, ranging from around $7,000 to $100,000, will help museums jump-start clean energy, climate disaster protection and sustainability projects

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Covid-19

American Museum of Natural History sues insurer over Covid-19 coverage

New York institution says it lost over $37m when it was forced to shut down, but insurance company caps potential coverage at $200,000

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Appointments

French culture ministry names 39-year-old Xavier Rey director of Centre Pompidou’s national museum of modern art

Current director of Marseille museums will take up coveted post under newly appointed Pompidou president Laurent Le Bon on 1 October

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Appointments

After soul-searching, Guggenheim names a Black ‘culture and inclusion’ officer and a human resources chief

Appointments follow accusations of “systemic racism” in hiring and programming at the museum

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Acquisitions

American Folk Art Museum acquires 40 significant works by self-taught artists

Gift includes examples by Horace Pippin, Sister Gertrude Morgan and Bill Traylor

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Union organising

Workers at the Hispanic Society vote overwhelmingly to unionise

Employees at the struggling New York institution join a phalanx of museum workers in the region seeking representation

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Museums & Heritage

American Gothic landmark Lyndhurst Mansion opens unrestored pool building as exhibition space

The artist and preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos has created a site-specific installation that provides a glimpse into the Gilded Age in the Hudson Valley

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Museums

France enforces vaccine passports for over-18s visiting museums and cultural venues

Controversial “health pass” introduced to fight a fourth wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the Delta variant

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Museums & Heritage

No luck getting tickets for immersive Van Gogh show? San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum opens with more cutting-edge projections by teamLab

The pandemic-delayed expansion features an interactive exhibition by the Japanese contemporary art collective that was designed to disorient

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Prizes

From village life to vaccine centre: Museum of the Year 2021 shortlist announced

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry, Experience Barnsley, Firstsite, Thackray Museum of Medicine and Timespan chosen as five finalists for Art Fund's coveted £100,000 prize

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Conservation

Your carriage awaits: Beekman Family Coach undergoes live conservation at the New-York Historical Society

Research on the historic piece of decorative art has revealed some surprising evidence that many of its original materials are intact

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Appointments & departures

Macba in Barcelona dismisses key curatorial staff shortly after appointing new director Elvira Dyangani Ose

Museum's move to sack Tanya Barson and Pablo Martínez prompts art world backlash on social media

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United Kingdom

England's Freedom Day has arrived—and museums are fighting to keep crowds at bay

Despite lockdown restrictions lifting today, most institutions will maintain capacity limits and distancing rules until at least end of August

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Museums & Heritage

Further cuts at SFMoMA end its film programme, art loan gallery and publishing platform

Seven staff will also lose their jobs as tightened budgets and low attendance impact operations

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Museums

Museum dedicated to man who deciphered the hieroglyphics opens in France—full of Ancient Egyptian treasures

Musée Champollion in the south east of France—once owned by descendants of Egyptologist Jean-François Champollion’s family—is also exhibiting 82 artefacts on loan from the Louvre

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Conservation & Preservation

Nailed it: Kizhi Pogost church is finally restored on Russian island of remarkable wooden buildings

Newly reopened 18th-century Church of the Transfiguration, topped with 22 domes, is said to have been built without a single nail

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Venice

Now is the time for Unesco to call Venice's authorities to order

For decades, short-termism and conflicting interests have prevented a sustainable plan for Venice from being developed or enacted

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Museums

London's National Gallery appoints architect Annabelle Selldorf for its major renovation

First phase of the work is due to be completed by May 2024, in time for the gallery’s 200th anniversary

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Canada

Rembrandt loan show will finally launch in Ottawa as National Gallery of Canada reopens to the public

Ontario museums have been shut for months because of surge in Covid cases this April

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Museums & Heritage

Richard Serra steel work to get its own art cabin in the woods at Glenstone

The artist is collaborating with the architect Thomas Phifer to design the new stand-alone gallery

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Even past the pandemic, New York museum directors plan to continue collaborative conversations

During a regular conference call, the heads of the city’s institutions will keep conferring on finances, social justice concerns, and community needs

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Museums & Heritage

Influential Singapore arts centre the Substation closes down permanently after 30 years

Venue's board announced closure "with profound sadness" in March after losing sole tenancy of the theatre and gallery space

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Museums & Heritage

Hiroshi Sugimoto’s new Hirshhorn sculpture garden will create a more open and artistically inspired future for the museum

The artist’s designs for the sunken sculpture park creating a more inviting space for visitors coming from the National Mall

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Museums & Heritage

We tackled Dutch slaving history—the Rijksmuseum's exhibition could serve as a model of its kind

The Netherlands needs to collectively examine how its past has shaped today's society, says the director of the Amsterdam museum

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A new ‘winsome wench’ for the Cutty Sark: how London's famed 19th-century ship got a literal face lift

Tea clipper's original figurehead has been replaced with a carving based on the recently rediscovered original drawings

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Museums & Heritage

Archaeologists find ruins of vast Medieval Nubian cathedral in Sudan

Polish team used remote sensing techniques to detect the building, the largest of its kind in the region, as well as a possible tomb of an archbishop

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Museums

Why are top jobs in Chinese museums going to white men?

Local professionals continue to be overlooked for highly paid leading roles

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Conservation & Preservation

Ageing plastic from Communist East Germany comes under the microscope in Getty research project

Scientists will study how Soviet-era household objects "made to last 30 or 40 years" can be preserved

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Museum expansions

New-York Historical Society presents plans for $140m expansion, including a home for a new LGBTQ museum

Design envisages over 70,000 sq. ft of space for classrooms, collection study areas and the fledgling museum, as well as underground library storage

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Museums & Heritage

Ai Weiwei’s animals feel the heat as conservators treat them to al fresco waxing at Lacma

Sculptures arrived from China ahead of a show of works of Chinese contemporary art

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Diego Rivera

Diego Rivera’s kaleidoscopic Pan American Unity mural takes up residence at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

The monumental work, on loan from a local college and always meant to be mobile, was painstakingly transported across town

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Appointments & departures

James Cuno will retire as mastermind of the Getty Trust’s art endeavours

President and chief executive has led the institution for a decade, bolstering its reputation

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Hong Kong

Cinematic revival: Hong Kong's post-war landmark State Theatre to be restored by 2026

Billionaire collector and property developer Adrian Cheng is leading the project to reopen the defunct 1950s cinema as a "cultural oasis"

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Outsider art

Art Preserve: first museum devoted to America’s homegrown ‘art environments’ opens in Wisconsin

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center has built the new facility to house more than 25,000 "life-specific" works, created over years by untrained artists using found materials

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Museums

Visitor figures: how many people are actually returning to London museums post-lockdown?

We asked English institutions to provide figures for the four-week period from 17 May to gauge current demand

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Appointments

Centre Pompidou in Paris names new president as Brussels branch backtracks over ‘sexist’ appointment

The Kanal-Centre Pompidou in Belgium has responded to outcry over decision to make Bernard Blistène a co-director alongside Kasia Redzisz

Podcast

Should the Science Museum stop taking money from oil companies?

Plus, Michael Landy's exhibition at Firstsite and artist Shahzia Sikander on a manuscript miniature

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Openings

Come for the art, stay for the night at collector's south of France foundation

Provençal offshoot of Hubert Bonnet’s Brussels art space doubles as a five-room guest house

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Appointments

Appointment of former UK Chancellor George Osborne as new British Museum chairman draws criticism

Ex-politician, who presided over austerity cuts to culture, takes up the position on 4 October

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Centre Pompidou

A departure, a side move, and a new appointment: Centre Pompidou in flux as leadership shuffle causes controversy

Belgian art world outraged after curator Kasia Redzisz, who won a vote to be appointed director of Brussels outpost, will have to share the job with current director in Paris, Bernard Blistène

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Appointments

Saint Louis Art Museum appoints its first woman director

Min Jung Kim, who now leads the New Britain Museum of American Art, will succeed 22-year veteran Brent Benjamin

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Openings

LUMA Arles: boundary-breaking creative campus opens in the south of France with a glittering Gehry jewel in its crown

The initiative aims to collapse the boundaries between art, culture, human rights and environmental issues

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Openings

Italian Futurist's Rome apartment—a 'total fusion of art and life'—revealed by MaXXI museum

The small flat inhabited and decorated by 20th-century artist Giacomo Balla is open to the public for the first time as part of a new exhibition

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Museums & Heritage

'Think first of the walls!' With its tantalising William Morris creations, Emery Walker's House in London reopens

Home boasts the largest collection of the designer's hand-printed wallpapers as well as a wealth of Arts and Crafts treasures

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Museums & Heritage

Unesco warns that Stonehenge will go on its danger list unless plans to build tunnel beneath it are modified

World Heritage Site status may also be removed from Liverpool's waterfront after excessive development

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Venice

The damnation of Venice: locals are being systematically driven out by officials who are selling off sites for tourism

Venetians are leaving the city in thousands because rents are unaffordable, yet over 11% of social housing stands empty

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Acquisitions

National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC announces gift of exceptional photographs dating from the 19th to 21st centuries

Stephen G. Stein’s donation includes notable examples of images by Gustave Le Gray, William Eggleston, Brassaï, Robert Frank, Sally Mann and others

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Museums & Heritage

Original 1978 rainbow flag designed by Gilbert Baker acquired by San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society

The banner, thought lost for more than 40 years, was recently authenticated by a vexillographer who had worked with the artist

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Museums & Heritage

Revising a mostly white ‘greatest hits’ narrative, Seattle Art Museum will overhaul its American art galleries

Museum invites three artists to serve as co-authors of collection displays and enlists 10 local experts to help generate inclusive stories

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Appointments

Raphaela Platow to take over as director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky

The experienced curator and leader comes from the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, where she grew attendance by 400%

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Statues

'Geffrye must fall': Labour MP Diane Abbott leads protests demanding slaver statue be removed from London museum

Former UK shadow home secretary led protests at the Museum of the Home in Hoxton, which reopened to the public at the weekend

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Museums & Heritage

Paris's landmark Hôtel de la Marine opens to visitors—and co-working offices—after four years of restoration

The 550-room palace has undergone a €132m makeover by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux

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Appointments

Museum hiring rebounds? US institutions announce a string of appointments to leadership and curatorial positions

It is still not clear how quickly the lower levels of staff, which were hardest hit by pandemic job losses, will recover

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Robert E. Lee’s former Virginia mansion reopens to the public with an enlightening focus on the enslaved

Arlington House, where wealthy white privilege contrasts with bondage and suffering, has undergone a $12.3m rehabilitation and reinterpretation

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reopenings

London's Courtauld Gallery to reopen in November with new exhibition spaces and a commission by Cecily Brown

LVMH Great Room and Blavatnik Fine Rooms reflect generous backing from sponsors

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Museums & Heritage

Paris's indebted Fan Museum at risk of folding

Income losses during the pandemic have pushed the private museum and fan-making workshop to the brink

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Openings

Home truths: east London's museum of domestic life emerges from lockdown after £18.8m makeover

Museum of the Home reopens on 12 June with double the public space in its 18th-century almshouse buildings

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Museums & Heritage

Centre Pompidou plans to open a satellite museum in Jersey City in 2024

The venue, the French institution’s first in North America, will exhibit borrowed works and serve as an “art laboratory”

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Conservation & Preservation

Neglected corners of US history: National Trust for Historic Preservation designates 11 most endangered places

Places range from Alabama farms where civil rights marchers once camped to a Utah site where Chinese railroad labourers stayed

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Museums & Heritage

Minneapolis Institute of Art announces over $19m in gifts, including funds for a diversity officer, Latin American curator and deputy director

Museum, under pressure to embrace equity while facing revenue losses, says the money will shore up its endowment and operating budget

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Museums & Heritage

Pressure mounts for Italy to buy Torlonia marbles—world's finest collection of Greco-Roman antiquities still in private hands

As a landmark exhibition in Rome draws to a close, government's plans for long-hidden group of ancient sculpture remain unclear

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Union organising

Whitney voluntarily recognises a union local, sparing employees the need to organise a vote

From curators to porters, more than 180 workers are involved in the effort as labour campaigns multiply among US art institutions

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Tulsa Race Massacre

Calls for reparations lead the commemoration of Tulsa Massacre

US President Biden acknowledged during visit that "some injustices are so heinous… they cannot be buried"

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Stand by your man—or don’t: Ragnar Kjartansson will dissect the patriarchy of pop music at the Guggenheim for Independence Day

Women and non-binary musician will perform non-stop love songs in the museum’s rotunda over the holiday weekend

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Museums & Heritage

After warnings that a third of US museums could close, a survey indicates that just 15% are at significant risk

Poll conducted in April yields optimism that financial fallout from the pandemic will be less severe than feared

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Museums & Heritage

Door still open to Hermitage Barcelona after city council calls for revised project

Ongoing negotiations for a new satellite of the Russian museum will focus on a collaboration with the Barcelona opera house

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Race

The Greenwood Massacre, America’s ‘single worst incident of racial violence’, is remembered 100 years on

The historic example of domestic terrorism, when white mobs killed hundreds of Black residents and destroyed businesses, finally gets due recognition

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Openings

MaXXI L'Aquila hopes to kickstart cultural revival in earthquake-damaged Italian city

New branch of Rome's national contemporary art museum opens next week in a restored 18th-century palace

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Exhibitions

The David and Goliath of art collections team up—London’s National Gallery loans nine works to Southampton

Maverick museum chief Kenneth Clark helped shape the Southampton City Art Gallery's collection

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Conservation

Twelve down, one to go: epic restoration of 16th-century, English tapestries nears completion after 20 years

Conservation of the panels—bought by Elizabethan noblewoman Bess of Hardwick—has been National Trust's "most lengthy and expensive textile project"

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reopenings

Smithsonian will reopen its remaining 10 museums on a staggered schedule starting next month

Venues in Washington, DC and New York will require masks and many will have reduced hours

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Conservation & Preservation

Woolworth Building in San Antonio, a landmark in civil rights history, is spared from demolition

1921 former dime store, which peacefully desegregated its lunch counter in 1960, will house an Alamo museum

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Appointments & departures

Laurence des Cars will be the first woman to lead the Louvre in its history

A seasoned director with an emphasis on the social role of museums, she replaces Jean-Luc Martinez as the Louvre's president-director on 1 September

Analysis
Museums & Heritage

What it's like to visit museums now—and how Covid-19 has fundamentally changed them long term

Coronavirus restrictions have dramatically altered the visitor experience, but the changes run deeper than mask-wearing and one-way systems

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Unions

Brooklyn Museum employees seek to form a union bargaining unit

The labour chapter would represent 130 curators, conservators, front-desk staff and others

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diversity

Exclusive survey: what progress have US museums made on diversity, after a year of racial reckoning?

We asked art institutions around the country about their efforts to diversify their workforces, exhibition programmes, permanent collections and audiences

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Museums & Heritage

Germany launches African museum exchange programme to discuss returning looted objects

New government initiative MuseumsLab aims to foster more international co-operation and consider topics including decolonisation and restitution

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San Diego’s arts institutions cry out as mayor maintains 50% reduction in city funding into 2022

Prolonging the pain will not help the culture sector—a formerly $1bn industry that supported 36,000 full-time jobs—bounce back, leaders say

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Appointments & departures

Culture professionals react to Tony Hall quitting as National Gallery chair amid BBC Princess Diana scandal

John Kingman, the London museum's deputy chair, will temporarily step into the role

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Soviet art

Campaigners fight to preserve monumental Soviet-era murals in Ukraine

Victor Arnautoff’s large-scale 1960s mosaics on public buildings in Mariupol are threatened by neglect and a “decommunisation” campaign

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Museums & Heritage

The first ‘wall to wall’ museum union in the US turns one year old

Staff labour organisers at the Philadelphia Museum of Art reflect on their accomplishments

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'Art is our spiritual oxygen': new shows to see in London and New York

We discuss Matthew Barney, Igshaan Adams, Eileen Agar and Louise Bourgeois

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How a Van Gogh painting was stolen from a Cairo museum—not once, but twice

The Khalil Museum, with its fabled Impressionists in a mansion by the Nile, has reopened after an 11-year renovation—without Vincent’s flower still-life

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Openings

UCCA Edge: Shanghai outpost of Beijing museum opens to China's 'most engaged and active' contemporary art audience

Opening exhibition looks back at the global emergence of the Chinese art world at the 2000 Shanghai Biennale

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Auctions

Newark Museum of Art’s much-disputed sale of Thomas Cole painting nets $988,000

Auction at Sotheby’s yields promising yet mixed results for museum’s drive to fund collections care

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Openings

Chez Victor Hugo: author's former Paris home reopens after revamp

Closed for five months longer than planned, the renovated house-museum can finally unveil expanded spaces, restored treasures and new acquisitions

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A confirms it will keep its focus on materials—but workforce will be reduced by 15% to cut costs

Following backlash over proposed chronological reorganisation of London museum, specialist departments will now remain

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Openings

As French museums reopen, Loire region unveils Modern art collection in a Medieval abbey

The Fontevraud Modern Art Museum, housed in a 12th-century monastery’s former stables, will preserve more than 800 works donated by collectors Martine and Léon Cligman

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Museums & Heritage

Employees at the Whitney and Hispanic Society seek to unionise

Job stability and ongoing inequities have become even more pressing during the pandemic, workers say

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Hermitage Amsterdam close to reaching €1m in urgent crowdfunding appeal to survive Covid-19 crisis

The privately funded Dutch branch of the State Hermitage Museum has attracted 10,000 donations from the public but director says "we're not done yet"

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National Museum of Women in the Arts will close for two-year renovation

The $66m project includes expanding galleries, creating research and education spaces and restoring its landmark 1908 building

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'A vast underwater museum': Greece plans to open shipwrecks and other submerged heritage sites for visitors to explore

Experienced divers and casual bathers alike will gain access to ancient marine monuments, which remain where they were found on the seabed

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Fuelling culture war, UK government forms new 'retain and explain' board for controversial monuments

"Independence cuts both ways," UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden warns museums and heritage bodies

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Off with her head! Infrared technology shows how a 15th-century French king used a paintbrush to replace one wife with another

Francis I of Brittany had his first wife painted over in a medieval prayer book before giving it to his new spouse, research at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum shows