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Austrian politics

Austrian election campaign turns forest art stadium into political battleground

Unveiled earlier this month, Klaus Littmann's tree installation is Austria's biggest ever public work of art

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Conservation & Preservation

Getty plans sweeping $100m initiative to promote the world’s cultural heritage

Projects will range from exhibitions about the classical world to conservation and excavations and a book about “heritage and mass atrocities”

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David Hammons

Whitney Museum breaks ground on public installation by David Hammons

The museum celebrated the project, due to be completed in 2020, with a NYPD fireboat performance and specially commissioned jazz composition

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Museums

Costs soar for Berlin’s planned Museum of the 20th Century

New estimate puts potential cost at €450 million versus previous estimate of €200 million

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Prizes

Mona Hatoum and William Kentridge among international recipients of £100,000 Japanese art prize

The Praemium Imperiale Award will be presented in Tokyo in October

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Restoration

Restorers discover shield fragment is 1,700 years old, making it the oldest German panel painting

Researchers at the Landesmuseum in Halle found fragments of paint on the ancient wooden object

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Art fairs

'It was painful, it was hardship': Marina Abramovic on her ill-fated, epic walk towards Ulay across the Great Wall of China

Three decades after the artists made the journey, in the dying throes of their relationship, PhotoFairs Shanghai is showing the work for the first time in the country

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Conservation & Preservation

Probing nine paintings, conservators in Amsterdam unlock Chagall’s secrets

Research project at the Stedelijk Museum sheds light on some of the artist’s techniques

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Education

Free arts education programme started in Harlem expands to major US cities

ProjectArt fills a void in the American public school system, adding initiatives in New Orleans and San Francisco this autumn

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Climate Change

Columbia University launches year-long programming on climate change

Artists such as Olafur Eliasson will participate in the university’s Year of Water initiative

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Laser scan may one day aid Notre Dame’s restorers

A 2010-12 effort to map every inch of the cathedral could help the post-fire reconstruction

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Public art

Officials reject reports of permanent Prince Philip statue for London's Fourth Plinth

Mayor of London’s office says contemporary art series will continue with Heather Phillipson sculpture planned for 2020

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Protest

Ai Weiwei was not 'thrown out' of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, artist confirms

Activist was demonstrating in support of workers' rights in the face of cost-cutting at the museum

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Exhibitions

Simon Starling tells the tale of a Turin car tycoon and his Old Master sliced in half

Exhibitions in Glasgow and Turin explore legacy of Fiat patriarch Gianni Agnelli

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Art theft

'I wish it was a prank': Maurizio Cattelan on the surreal theft of his golden toilet

Man arrested after 18-carat lavatory was forcibly removed from Blenheim Palace

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Art market

Xenophobic attacks prevent Nigerian galleries exhibiting at Art Joburg

Nigerian artist Sheila Chukwulozie makes her voice heard with protest piece at the fair

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Museums & Heritage

Middle East think-tank opens art gallery in Washington, DC

New space for Modern and contemporary art from the Arab world will put on five exhibitions a year

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Musée du Louvre

Bad bedfellows? French politician blasts Louvre over partnership with Airbnb

Paris deputy mayor Ian Brossat says that teaming up with the online rental giant is “disastrous and shocking”

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Art & Design 2019

Form and (dys)function: new objects question the role of 'usability' in design

Artists at London Design Festival are taking a swipe at the foundations of Modern design

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Exhibitions

Faena Festival aims to spiritually awaken Miami Beach

The second annual arts festival explores spirituality and ritual

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the Met’s first façade commission to Jean-Marie Appriou’s surreal equines

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Giuliano Ruffini

Old Master fakes scandal: warrant issued for dealer Giuliano Ruffini as painter Lino Frongia arrested

Suspect has been jailed in northern Italy over case that has embroiled major international museums and dealers

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre to train refugees as tour guides with funds from Saudi foundation

Supported by undisclosed donation from Alwaleed Philanthropies, French museum’s newly renovated Islamic galleries reopened this week

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Russia

Pushkin State Museum to take control of nine contemporary art centres across Russia

Handover from Russian culture ministry is expected to be completed in early 2020

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Art fairs

Paris fair struggles to move on from forged furniture fiasco

Criminal investigation launched three years ago into Parisian dealers at La Biennale continues to diminish confidence in the event's integrity

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Climate Change

Art world impact just 'a drop in the ocean': Istanbul biennial curator takes on climate crisis

Nicolas Bourriaud examines the Anthropocene in 16th edition of the exhibition and says the “real issue is mass tourism"

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Obituaries

Vancouver street photographer Fred Herzog has died, age 88

The German-born Canadian captured a view of the city that has since been lost, but he did not receive major recognition until late in life

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Politics

Tom Watson, deputy Labour leader, wants to put 'creativity back at the heart of our classrooms'

Politician also says Brexit will have 'disastrous' consequences for creative industries

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Art market

Is this $30m portrait the 'last Botticelli'?

Painting will be exhibited at Frieze Masters next month, after a "style of Botticelli" sleeper sold for over £6m at Zurich auction in June

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Building projects

Oakland’s ‘museum of the people’ launches $85m capital campaign

Renovation aims to reflect the demographic diversity of the birthplace of the Black Panthers

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Museums & Heritage

Reem Fadda takes the reins at Abu Dhabi cultural foundation—but where is the emirate's Guggenheim?

Historic culture centre in UAE re-opens after 10 years with survey of trailblazing woman artist Najat Makki

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Obituaries

Robert Frank, the foreigner who framed America in photographs, dies aged 94

Swiss-born photographer, best know for his series The Americans, had a wide and enduring impact on photography

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Photography

Germany plans photography archive to preserve 'visual memory of our society'

Culture minister Monika Grütters enlists international experts to help create a central institution but critics question necessity and feasibility

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United States

Sackler family agrees to give up 'entire value' of Purdue Pharma in bid to settle opioid cases

But state attorneys general predict an imminent bankruptcy filing as settlement talks break down

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Museums & Heritage

Lack of space at the British Museum sees major loan of Assyrian collection to Getty

Since the closure of a basement gallery in 2006 there is little room to store the whole collection

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Antony Gormley

Antony Gormley criticises huge carbon footprint of the art world—but admits he is part of the problem

British sculptor says there is no doubt that art fairs are "a profligate use of resources”

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Art market

Sean Scully to take over Picasso’s Château de Boisgeloup

Sprawling exhibition marks Irish artist’s first with Almine Rech gallery

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Art fairs

Bada sells majority stake in Chelsea fair to Masterpiece founders

The event will be renamed The Open Art Fair and will launch in March next year

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Art dealers

Banksy's former agent quits gallery world citing snobbery and the death of subculture

Steve Lazarides leaves Lazinc in Mayfair to pursue solo projects

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International Council of Museums

Vote on Icom's new museum definition postponed

Decision over the controversial update was made at the general assembly in Kyoto on the weekend

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Museums & Heritage

The William Blakes that got away—and why

As the Tate Britain show opens, we reveal the inside story of the Tate’s failure to acquire 19 watercolours from a portfolio that turned up in a Glasgow bookshop

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Obituaries

Francisco Toledo, renowned Mexican artist and activist, has died, aged 79

Known for powerful imagery rooted in his native Oaxaca, he was also a cultural benefactor

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Law

Families express frustration over trial outcome in California's Ghost Ship fire

Acquittal for one man and deadlock on another shifts focus to pending civil lawsuit

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Washington, DC mayor's office attempts to take control of the city Arts Commission's collection

Staff members found their keys to the city's Art Bank abruptly deactivated as tensions rose between Mayor Muriel Bowser and the commission

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Environment

Jeppe Hein's ‘breathwork’ is headed to the United Nations headquarters

The project will be launched on the heels of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York

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Bauhaus

'Black box' dedicated to Bauhaus opens in Dessau

Museum celebrates the German design school in the city most closely associated with founder Walter Gropius

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Controversies

Nazi design exhibition at Dutch museum braces for protests

The show called Design of the Third Reich features the Volkswagen Beetle and Riefenstahl’s films

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Art crime

Art Recovery International calls on Icom to step in and investigate 'stolen' Reynolds painting on show in Japan

The portrait was allegedly stolen from the home of a menswear magnate in 1984

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the Rubin Museum's meditation on “power” to the Costume Institute's celebration of camp

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Auction houses

Sotheby’s shareholders approve $3.7bn sale to telecoms tycoon Patrick Drahi

With an overwhelming 91% of shareholders in favour, the publicly traded auction house will go private after three decades on the New York Stock Exchange

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Climate Change

V&A director Tristram Hunt defends sponsorship from fossil fuel companies

The former Labour MP sides with Science Museum group's director Ian Blatchford in saying companies such as BP can 'be part of the solution' to climate change

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Exhibition

Dora Maurer: 'a lack of market was positive for my work'

White Cube announces representation of the Hungarian avant-garde artist with an exhibition of paintings from the past 30 years

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Funding

Funding for culture to rise by 4.1% according to UK government's spending review

Treasury says there will be “over £300m to support the UK’s world-class national museums and galleries” in 2020-21

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Australia

Can Australia support two new Aboriginal art museums?

Proposals for Alice Springs and Adelaide have political support but concerns have been raised over competing projects and lack of Indigenous involvement

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National Gallery

Filmmaker Rosalind Nashashibi is National Gallery's latest artist in residence

Initiative is part of London gallery’s developing Modern and contemporary art programme

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Restoration

Monumental Veronese painting—once cut into 32 pieces by Austrian soldiers—to undergo fourth restoration

Work on the battle-scarred 39 sq. m Papal feast scene, housed in a monastery in Vicenza, should be completed by early 2021

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Art market

US-China trade war expands to books and maps as increased tariffs hit art imports

Trump's newly increased tariff of 15% on Chinese goods now applies to the antiquarian trade, further affecting dealers and auction houses

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Exhibitions

Bare necessities: would you brush up against naked performers to get inside Marina Abramovic’s 2020 London show?

Artist's famous nude performance—first done with Ulay—to be recreated in her retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts next year

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Exhibitions

Columbia University exhibition retells the story of America by foregrounding 'black genius'

Featuring archival documents, vintage images and contemporary art, 20 and Odd aims to correct a narrative about a nation's power and identity

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Istanbul Biennial

Monster Chetwynd’s monstrous children’s playground to open in Istanbul

Sculptural project, part of the 16th biennial, looks to the mythical creature Medusa

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India Art Fair

MCH Group sells India Art Fair to Angus Montgomery Arts

Swiss-based owner of Art Basel sells majority stake in Delhi event as part of wider withdrawal from regional art fairs programme

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Exhibitions

Dior show smashes total attendance record at the V&A—but Alexander McQueen exhibition had more daily visitors

Exhibition of the late French designer had 594,000 visitors overall but was on for seven months

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Ethics

How ethical can museums afford to be? We ask five major UK art institutions about funding challenges

We find out how mounting public scrutiny of private money could affect the bottom line of London's National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate

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Exhibitions

David Bowie’s Tintoretto returns to Venice after more than 200 years

Belgian collector Marnix Neerman revealed as buyer as exhibition of masterpieces from Flemish collections opens at the Palazzo Ducale this week

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National Museum of Brazil

Phoenix project rises amid the wreckage of Brazil’s National Museum blaze

The museum is seeking $30m to reopen one wing in 2022 for the bicentennial of Brazilian independence

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Museums & Heritage

Kaiser's heir angers German public over huge restitution claims

Demands by the emperor's great-great grandson for the return of thousands of works from two German states threatens the future of at least two museums

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Censorship

Instagram censorship U-turn? Female nude posted by Palazzo Strozzi finally given greenlight

Museum officials say that the 1910 image by Russian artist Natalia Goncharova, on show at Tate Modern, was initially censored by the social media giant

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Law

London art dealer Joseph Nahmad spared jail after banging ex-partner’s head against wall during drunken row

Nahmad received a suspended sentence on Friday and must attend 20 days of rehab

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Law

‘Completely unacceptable’: Nan Goldin attacks proposed settlement in opioid crisis

Artist says the reported deal is a cynical attempt to avoid significant restitution

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Brazil

Inhotim's attendance stabilises months after tragic collapse of nearby mining dam

The arts and botanical centre is a vital source of economic welfare for the rural region

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UK politics

Too much politics? UK Green party MP and anti-Brexit campaigner Caroline Lucas turns curator

High-profile UK politician will organise a show of works at Towner Art Gallery that focus on the environment

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Politics

The artists at the forefront of Russia's democracy protests

Street art and digital art used as tools of subversion, as artists themselves bear the brunt of a brutal government crackdown

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Restitution

Trump opens door to restitution claims on art seized by Cuba

While the president is the first to allow Title III of Helms-Burton Act to be used, some whose collections were taken doubt it will have an impact

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Art market

'Outrageous coup': art world shocked as Boris Johnson suspends parliament

Trade condemns the move and prepares for mayhem of no-deal Brexit

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Hong Kong

US-China trade war and protests bring uncertainty as Hong Kong auction houses head into busy autumn season

Sweeping demonstrations are putting people off buying art, but relations with the US are likely to have a greater long-term effect