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British Museum

Mary Beard wades into restitution debate in her first blog post as a new British Museum trustee

"Museums have always been controversial. Who should be allowed in? And on what terms?" asks the celebrated classicist

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Coronavirus resources

Coalition of US arts organisations launch ongoing relief fund for artists affected by coronavirus

With $10m in funding already, Artist Relief will offer individual $5,000 unrestricted grants through September

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Artsy donates 10% of proceeds from new series of 'collections' to the World Health Organisation's coronavirus response fund

The Give Back series features works by artists whose shows were cancelled or postponed due to Covid-19

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Commissions

Inspired by Italy's spontaneous singing, museums commission artists to make 'balcony art' during coronavirus crisis

Fourteen artists have been asked by the L’Internationale museum group to participate in the project, which supports artists with "quick, modest commissions"

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Museums

Fire breaks out at Berlin’s Humboldt Forum

Fire service says one person was injured in the blaze caused by a gas cylinder exploding

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Museums are chronicling the coronavirus pandemic for future generations

The New-York Historical Society and others are soliciting donations of objects and ephemera to document the "unprecedented times in which we are now living"

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Museums & Heritage

New York’s Met renounces ‘outdated’ divisions of encyclopaedic museums for its 150th anniversary

Awaiting reopening, the institution’s birthday displays reveal the interconnectedness of world cultures

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coronavirus

'Thank god for immigrants': Jeremy Deller creates poster to raise funds for refugees and food banks

The A2 print pays homage to the foreign workers who have carried on working during the coronavirus crisis

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Arts funding

'Save Italian culture from suffocation': art world leaders sign petition calling for national art fund in the wake of coronavirus crisis

Signatories include leaders at Rome's MaXXI Museum and Venice’s civic museums as well as the artist Paola Pivi

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'Like a permanent bank holiday': museums at greater risk of break-ins during lockdown

Reduced security staff and distracted police forces could lead to a rise in art thefts—but there are measures that can be taken to protect collections

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Openings

Opening of Cairo's greatly anticipated $1bn Grand Egyptian Museum delayed again because of coronavirus

Huge new complex for Egypt's antiquities—which was originally scheduled to open in 2011—will be delayed until 2021

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coronavirus

Billionaire art collector Adrian Cheng to distribute free face masks in vending machines throughout Hong Kong

The K11 Art Foundation founder is donating millions of masks aimed to help low-income communities in their fight against Covid-19

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Connecticut arts foundation mobilises to help healthcare workers as the state risks becoming a new coronavirus 'hotspot'

Grace Farms has launched a $2.5m relief fund and an initiative to deliver protective equipment to local medical centres as Covid-19 cases in the state spike

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Heritage

Unesco denounces construction project near Lebanon's ancient archaeological site Nahr El-Kalb

In an open letter, the organisation criticises building work in the historic area, which is on the nomination list to become a World Heritage site

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Auctions

Charity auction raises more than €2m for French healthcare workers

Paris-based auction house Piasa hosted online sale of 370 works donated by artists, designers and galleries

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Art market

Forgery, drugs and sex abuse in the Canadian art world exposed in new documentary

There Are No Fakes connects a forged Norval Morrisseau painting to a crime ring behind "the greatest art scam in Canadian history"

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coronavirus

Whitney and New Museum lay off staff members as coronavirus economic fallout continues

Employee cuts come three weeks after institutions shut down

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Appointments

Laura Raicovich is named interim director of Leslie-Lohman Museum

Politically minded figure left helm of Queens Museum amid tensions with its board

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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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Art market

La Biennale Paris relies on government funding bailout to support dealers during coronavirus crisis

Exhibitors at the art and antiques fair in September will not have to pay the usual advance deposit and allowed to spread out payment over four months

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Middle East

UAE government promotes existing Art in Embassies acquisition scheme as a coronavirus relief plan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested its AED 1.5m in purchases were part of a new initiative following the suspension of Art Dubai due to Covid-19

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coronavirus

Getty sets up $10m fund for small and mid-size Los Angeles-area arts organisations reeling from virus

The trust anticipates that grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000

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Yayoi Kusama

New York Botanical Garden forced to postpone blockbuster Kusama show due to coronavirus

The artist says the passion she and the garden put into the exhibition is "still burning"

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Magazzino Italian Art Foundation commissions eight Italian artists to produce new work in response to coronavirus

The New York-based foundation says there is an "absolute need to support artists" as the Covid-19 pandemic shutters exhibitions around the world

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Helen Frankenthaler Foundation plans $5m coronavirus relief effort

Multi-year effort will start with $1.25m in grants to a contemporary art foundation, an Artist Relief Fund and New York arts groups

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Art's Most Popular 2020

The exceptional piece of calligraphy at the centre of one of 2019's most popular—and most controversial—exhibitions

Tokyo National Museum’s show on Chinese artist Yan Zhenqing ranks 15th in our latest visitor attendance survey despite contentious loan from Taipei museum

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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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Art market

Redundancies, pay cuts and staff furloughs at Sotheby's as coronavirus impact bites

Christie's is also making salary cuts and furloughing staff as lockdown closes auction houses and forces sales online

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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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Vincent Van Gogh

How Van Gogh’s handwritten texts were tragically chopped up

The artist copied poems and hymns into an album that belonged to his London landlady; our investigations reveal that, around 100 years later, an unknown perpetrator cut the pages into pieces in order to make a quick buck

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Dubai

Expo 2020 Dubai—the Arab world's biggest ever event—now likely to open in 2021 due to coronavirus

Major visual arts programme still planned for multidisciplinary culture and science showcase in the United Arab Emirates

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Coronavirus resources

Warhol Foundation offers $1.6m in emergency relief grants to artists affected by the coronavirus crisis

Grants will be allocated to artists in 16 US cities through the foundation's regional regranting partners and can be used to cover expenses like food and rent

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Private galleries give some profits to public health organisations battling coronavirus

Hauser & Wirth is donating 10% of profits from its online exhibitions to “both local and global causes” as part of its new #artforbetter initiative

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Coronavirus complicates US Census—and the arts funding tied to it

Art + Action has launched a multi-pronged initiative to reach Bay Area residents in hard-to-count communities, and galvanise the art world to get behind the national headcount

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Art market

Sotheby's postpones New York May 'gigaweek' sales due to coronavirus

Move is in line with Christie's and Phillips which postponed their sales to late June, but Sotheby's is yet to announce when its auctions will actually happen

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Museums

Anish Kapoor fan gets stuck in virtual exhibition

The man was looking for the “blackest black” in Malevich painting but says he fell “into a glitch hole”

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Art market

London’s young galleries fight for survival during lockdown

But being smaller can mean lower overheads and more nimble business models, with some venues more upbeat than others as the shutdown hits

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Art fairs

Frieze offers full refunds to exhibitors after cancelling its New York fair due to coronavirus

The fair will also launch a new online viewing room feature at no cost to planned exhibitors and will apply reimbursements to future editions

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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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Brazilian galleries and museums to remain closed despite Bolsonaro's draconian stance on coronavirus

As the Brazilian president calls for businesses to re-open despite a growing number of Covid-19 cases, some refuse to follow "politically-influenced" advice

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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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Art's Most Popular 2020

Manga beats Rembrandt and Captain Cook to be named the British Museum’s most popular show last year

The exhibition on the global phenomenon was the largest ever to be staged outside Japan

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Ghost town: eerie images of London in lockdown

Our picture editor Katherine Hardy used her exercise allowance to capture the UK capital's empty streets

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Salvator Mundi

How the Louvre concealed its secret Salvator Mundi book

Publication with new scientific analysis of the picture was withdrawn after the Saudi authorities refused to loan Leonardo’s $450m painting to Paris

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Exhibitions

‘On the Edge’: de Young plans juried show for artists this summer in San Francisco

No firm date is set amid quarantine, but museum is inviting Bay Area artists to take part and sell their work

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Art theft

Birthday heist: Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum on anniversary of artist's birth

The Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands is currently on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

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Tracey Emin

Tracey Emin shares her lockdown life on Instagram

British artist says we need “all kinds of art in these scary times”

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Art market

New York galleries seek rent relief from state government in the wake of coronavirus shutdowns

Some dealers are "prepared for a rent strike" if Governor Cuomo does not address a new bill offering rent suspensions to small businesses before 1 April

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Versailles goes virtual as French government launches digital programme to help history students on lockdown

The palace’s online platform will offer virtual reality experiences and a Game of Thrones-themed quiz

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Take a virtual tour of once-in-a-lifetime Raphael show in Rome that closed after four days due to coronavirus

Video is part of Italy's "Culture never stops!" initiative providing online access to cultural and heritage sites

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Arts organisations produce face masks and other medical equipment to help slow the spread of coronavirus

As museums donate protective supplies to medical centres during coronavirus crisis, grassroots efforts to make masks struggle to meet medical standards

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Goodman Gallery is selling artist-designed blankets to raise funds for a Johannesburg clinic

Artists participating in the project include Broomberg & Chanarin, Nolan Oswald Dennis and Reza Farkhondeh

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Copyright

US copyright law comes under scrutiny as new legislation makes its way before Congress

A planned new mediation system, which aims to streamline copyright breach claims in the US, has loopholes that could deny artists justice, critics say

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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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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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Majority of Berlin artists worried they can't pay rent due to coronavirus, survey finds

German government has introduced emergency measures to support the creative industry

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Exhibitions

A dazzling web by Studio Drift serves as a metaphor for connection

While their set piece is stuck in New York, the Dutch artists upload their L’Orfeo opera to YouTube

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Photography

Photographers are capturing the stark mood of major cities amid the coronavirus pandemic

As many self-employed photographers face work losses due to Covid-19, others document the "seriousness of what is happening on a personal and community level"

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Masterpiece London cancels 2020 June edition as UK cracks down on coronavirus spread

The move follows news that Art Basel will postpone its 50th anniversary edition until September and New York's major auctions pivot to June

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Institutions stand to lose millions as spring fundraisers are cancelled and postponed

Due to losses caused by the coronavirus epidemic, the American Alliance of Museum estimates that one-third of the now shut museums will not be able to reopen without financial assistance from the government

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After much speculation, Art Basel postponed to September due to coronavirus

Swiss art fair is the latest of numerous fairs to be moved to the autumn, as the pandemic decimates the art world calendar

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Tefaf Maastricht comes under fire as Covid-19 cases surge among the fair's attendees

Infected participants criticise fair’s decision to open in March as virus was spreading

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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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Artists and galleries help raise coronavirus relief funds through print edition sales

Eric Fischl is supplying a limited edition print to benefit the closed New York Academy of Art while other sales are being donated to emergency funds and community organisations

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Yale MFA students demand tuition refund as classes move online

In a letter, students cite the shutdown of facilities due to coronavirus

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coronavirus

Museum layoffs begin in Los Angeles at MOCA and Hammer

The two institutions let go a combined 247 part-time employees whose jobs could not be performed remotely

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Restitution

'We want to be part of the solution': UK museum says it is open to discussing fate of Benin bronze after prince demands its return

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery wants to work in tandem with the Benin Dialogue Group, which is made up of institutions that hold the majority of the pieces

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coronavirus

Students slam Royal College of Art's decision to move degree show online because of coronavirus

Unlike other universities, the school has not postponed its courses during the crisis

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Obituaries

Maurice Berger, critic and curator, has died of complications from Covid-19, aged 63

The author and historian penned 11 books, curated a stream of shows and authored his Race Stories column in The New York Times beginning in 2012

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Art schools

San Francisco Art Institute considers suspending classes after May graduation

Citing coronavirus tumult, the 149-year-old school says it has failed to find a partner to ensure its financial survival

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Thieves arrested for stealing stones from Notre Dame in Paris

Drunk perpetrators may have wanted to sell the items on the black market

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Obituaries

Albert Uderzo, the artist behind French cartoon icon Asterix, dies aged 92

"Asterix really showed me that history could be fun and daft,” says the Irish archaeologist Neil Jackman as tributes are paid to the artist

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Art market

Smaller galleries frustrated by digital sales platforms as dealers move business online due to coronavirus lockdowns

Existing online marketplaces like Artsy attempted to raise membership rates as galleries were forced to indefinitely close due to Covid-19

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Obituaries

New York gallerist Paul Kasmin, who helped build the Chelsea gallery scene, has died, aged 60

The London-born dealer first visited the US with his father as a child, and went on to develop the careers of many artists