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Openings

Netherlands gets first 'startup' museum for new media art

Nxt Museum to open in Amsterdam on 29 August with immersive installations by pioneering artists, designers, technologists and scientists

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Museums

Send the religious art in museums back to the churches, says the director of the Uffizi gallery

Eike Schmidt says up to a thousand works are languishing in state-run stores all over Italy

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Museums & Heritage

What would you do to keep your museum afloat? The Garden Museum director is swimming 50 miles in the Atlantic Ocean

The swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly aims to raise £100,000 for the London museum, which is planning shows on Derek Jarman and Lucian Freud

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Protests

Monuments across the US are toppled, damaged as protests over George Floyd's death continue

Lawmakers mobilise the National Guard to quell destruction while demonstrators deface Confederate memorials and public works emblematic of white supremacy

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Protests

Nelson-Atkins Museum director pledges to re-establish trust after police use campus to stage response to protests

After asking that squad cars leave the grounds, he says police presence caused deep “hurt”

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Nazi loot

US government recommends that the Supreme Court hear German museums’ appeal on Guelph Treasure claim

The solicitor general’s recent filing suggests the Nazis’ looting of Jewish collections in Germany was a domestic rather than international crime

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Protest

Art world presses pause for #BlackOutTuesday

Mixed reactions for the social media campaign, whereby millions are posting black squares in support for the Black Lives Matter movement—but is it reductive?

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Antiquities & Archaeology

How Germany’s 4,000-year-old answer to Stonehenge shows that Brexit is 'nonsense'

Pömmelte, sacred site that was used by the ancient Unetice culture, is opening up to tourists

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Museums & Heritage

Amid turbulent US protests, Smithsonian's African American museum opens a conversation about race

Goal of online portal is to spur dialogue about racism and its “corrosive impact”

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Protest art

George Floyd's final words flown across five cities as protests erupt across the US

Artist Jammie Holmes aims to "underline a need for unity" as the country reels from another incident of police brutality

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coronavirus

New outbreak of coronavirus in Seoul has caused the re-closure of its museums, perhaps a sign of things to come

Some art institutions foresee a rolling series of partial lockdowns in future

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Obituaries

'A healing machine meant to bring people together': art world figures pay tribute to Christo's vision

Pamm director says Miami island project brought the community together after 1980s race riots

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Obituaries

Christo, who wrapped the Reichstag and installed The Gates in Central Park, has died, aged 84

With his late wife and partner Jeanne-Claude, the artist created monumental interventions on architecture and landscape

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Obituaries

Alice Negley 'Lisa' Dorn, Texas arts philanthropist, has died, aged 69

The granddaughter of Alice Pratt Brown was part of a long line of patrons, and her daughter Fairfax Dorn founded Ballroom Marfa

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China

Will the loss of Hong Kong’s special trade status and stricter oversight from Beijing end its appeal as Asia’s biggest arts hub?

A new draconian law against protests imposed by Beijing and the end of a more open trade agreement with the US has the city’s arts community worried

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Museums

French museums reveal plans to re-open in June and July

Louvre is "is working towards a planned reopening on 6 July" with strict rules for social distancing and 70% of the museum open to the public

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Art market

Art Basel's September fair thrown into further doubt

In frank letter, organisers scrap Monday deadline for exhibitors as Swiss authorities delay decision on large-scale events until 24 June

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Art market

Freshly graduated from art school? New online platform aims to help emerging artists sell work amidst pandemic

Inaugural show on Kovet.Art features eight graduates with prices under £10,000

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Street art

A 20,000-foot mural in Queens honours doctor who died on the frontline of Covid-19

The monumental street painting by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is meant to raise awareness of the pandemic’s disproportionate toll on communities of colour

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Landscape architecture

Board will revisit vote that would allow demolition of site-specific work at National Geographic Society’s home in Washington, DC

Board members say they were unaware that renovation plan would sacrifice Elyn Zimmerman’s installation

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Politics

'Blatant censorship': Polish government issues artists with fines—then withdraws them

Ahead of Poland's ghost election earlier this month, a group of artists carried a 14-metre letter to parliament

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Art fairs

No boys allowed: this year’s Chart art fair will only exhibit women artists

Event across five Nordic cities tackles issue of male-dominated art world head on

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Unesco World Heritage Site

Religious sites in Russia and Ukraine hit hard by coronavirus thanks to pilgrims and poor social distancing

Many Unesco World Heritage sites that are also working monasteries have been accused of reacting slowly to the pandemic

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Art market

Code-cracking lot: Second World War Enigma machine on offer at Vienna’s Dorotheum

The Germans believed Enigma was uncrackable; cryptographers at Bletchley Park broke the code, contributing to the Allies’ victory

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coronavirus

Five European museum directors explain their reopening strategies

From capped visitor numbers to surgical gloves and temperature checks, here's how cultural institutions are getting ready to leave lockdown

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Opioid Crisis

Nan Goldin and Pain are helping opioid crisis victims file claims against Sackler-owned Purdue Pharma

The artist says the coronavirus health crisis “has made life even more difficult" for drug users and recovering addicts

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Museums & Heritage

Baltimore Museum of Art diverts $100,000 from cancelled speaker series to help local artists, galleries and audiences

In a fortunate position of financial security, the institution is finding ways to continue its efforts towards accessibility, social justice and equity

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Biennials & festivals

AI you ready for this? Bucharest Biennale to be curated by artificial intelligence called Jarvis

The 2022 edition will exist in virtual reality and use data harvested from universities, galleries and art centres to select artists

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Appointments

'As reassuring as Mr Bean'? London's National Portrait Gallery appointment attracts criticism

Conservative MP Chris Grayling has been named a trustee of the museum

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Exhibitions

London's National Gallery extends Titian and delays Raphael blockbusters amid Covid-19 crisis

The museum is expected to reopen in July or August

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Heritage

Steve Bannon wins first major battle for medieval monastery

Italy retaliates with criminal prosecution of right-wing religious group funded by US President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist

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Acquisitions

A valentine to New York City, in a gift of 130 urban scenes by Chagall, O'Keeffe, Hockney and other artists

Philanthropic couple’s promised donation to New-York Historical Society boosts collection’s 20th-century holdings

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Indigenous art

Kent Monkman issues apology for painting that depicts the 'sexual assault' of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

After outcries against the work on social media, the Cree artist says that the image "failed" in its message to address the victimisation of Indigenous women

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Unions

Workers at Philadelphia Museum of Art seek to unionise

Entreating management to recognise the union voluntarily, employees emphasise goals of equity, diversity and inclusion

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Prizes

Turner prize 2020 is cancelled and replaced with £100,000 fund for artists

Ten £10,000 "Turner Bursaries" to be announced late June

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Obituaries

Adam Henein—the Egyptian sculptor who spent a decade restoring the Great Sphinx—has died, aged 91

Rose Issa, curator and friend of the artist, shares the life story of one of the most important sculptors in the Arab world

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Museums & Heritage

X-appeal: millennial collectors open private museum in Beijing

Founded by Michael Xufu Huang and Theresa Tse, the X Museum opens in the Chinese capital this weekend after Covid-19 delay

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Landscape architecture

National Geographic Society defends disputed plan to remove sculptural installation

Organisation argues that Elyn Zimmerman’s site-specific 1984 work does not deserve protection

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Museums

London’s Southbank Centre may stay closed until April next year due to massive financial pressure

Arts centre, which includes the Hayward Gallery, has already used up its reserves amid the coronavirus crisis

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Art market

As most of the world's art fairs have been cancelled or postponed, Hong Kong launches a new one

Unscheduled will take place in June in the revamped Central Police Station compound

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Conservation & Preservation

‘A resting time for the art’: with museums shut, US conservators seize on strategies to safeguard their collections

Experts embrace a blend of remote monitoring and on-site tours, while marvelling at diminished levels of dust

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Climate Change

Inverleith House reinvents as climate crisis venue in partnership with Serpentine Galleries

Historic Edinburgh gallery will become ‘Climate House’ following £150,000 lifeline funding award from Outset

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Conservation

Getty Conservation Institute helps museums rethink stringent guidelines on conservation

New initiative helps institutions move towards a more tailored and sustainable approach to maintaining collection environments

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Obituaries

Emma Amos, figurative painter whose work confronted racism, has died, aged 83

The artist's work dealt head-on with what it meant to be an African American woman amidst the civil rights movement, and she was a member of such collectives as Spiral and the Guerilla Girls

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Sculpture parks

US sculpture parks shift seasonal programming as they grapple with state re-opening mandates

As more states across the US lift lockdown measures, many outdoor art centres are unclear on how to implement and enforce social distancing guidelines

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Auctions

Sotheby’s offers major works by 20th century female artists in $50m Ginny Williams Collection sale

Coinciding with the auction house's New York sale room re-opening in June, the sale marks the first time female artists will comprise over two-thirds of the value of an evening auction

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Art market

Art SG cancels inaugural fair—again

After postponing last year, first edition planned for this autumn will now happen in November 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic

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Art market

Strong sales as France restarts live auctions

Artcurial, the first auction house to reopen, doubled its sale estimate as lockdown seems to have "sharpened" buyers' appetite

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Protest

'Impeach Bolsonaro': artist hangs black cloths on Brazilian Embassy in Paris to protest against president

Julio Villani's banners symbolise his “ongoing determination, revolt and despair” at the Brazilian leader's handling of the coronavirus crisis

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Museums

Here are the US and European museums that have announced when they are reopening

As governments loosen lockdown restrictions, institutions map out ways of seeking to limit the spread of coronavirus

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Conservation & Preservation

Flooding threatens Mies van der Rohe’s minimalist Farnsworth House in Illinois

Site braces for another onslaught of heavy rain starting this weekend

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Lawsuits

New York dealer Adam Lindemann sues real estate titan Aby Rosen to get out of his lease

The owner of Venus over Manhattan gallery is withholding rent and demanding his $365,000 security deposit back due to coronavirus lockdowns that have shuttered the space

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Coronavirus resources

Some of the best places to buy art for a good cause

During the pandemic, buying art delivers the double whammy of donating to charity and owning a work by artists including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and Chantal Joffe

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UK politics

UK government appoints commissioner to get culture sector 'back up and running'

Neil Mendoza is heading up a taskforce to help revive the arts after the coronavirus pandemic

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Media & broadcast

BBC Four—UK's specialist arts TV channel—saved from the chop

Critics say new strategy means station will become a home for repeats with less investment in arts programming

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Public art

'Victimised and rejected': new work explores the history of artists working in New York and the need for public art

Julia Weist's project embedded in the New York public records reveals the uneven relationship between the city and its creatives

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Art education

Solange's creative agency spotlights work of Parsons School of Design graduates in online festival

Graduating fashion students will collaborate on a new 3D work with artist Jacolby Satterwhite as end-of-term exhibitions are cancelled due to coronavirus

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Museums & Heritage

Director of Akron Art Museum resigns after negative reports on management

Staff members had leveled allegations of racism, sexism and bullying by managers

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Charity

Put your art where your mouth is: leading British artists design masks for charity

David Shrigley, Linder, Eddie Peake and Yinka Shonibare have created facemasks to raise funds for UK museums and artists

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coronavirus

Letter from the publisher

The Art Newspaper Group will emerge as a stronger organisation once Covid-19 related health concerns subside, says its publisher Inna Bazhenova

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coronavirus

The Met will not reopen until mid-August at the earliest

The museum also cancels tours, talks, concerts and events through the end of the year

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Hobby Lobby sues Christie’s for selling it an antiquity authorities say was looted

The auction house knew that the provenance of an ancient cuneiform tablet inscribed with the Epic of Gilgamesh was made up, lawsuit claims

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Museum acquisitions

Nevada Museum of Art acquires Judy Chicago’s full 'fireworks' archive

The museum aims to rewrite the legacy of the historically male-dominated Land Art movement

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Art market

Art dealers across the US struggling to survive as new report projects a 73% loss in revenue

A survey conducted by the Art Dealers Association of America also reveals a 74% reduction in employment of contractors and freelancers due to coronavirus

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Obituaries

Susan Rothenberg—painter who shifted the art world away from minimalism—has died, aged 75

Using horses as a central motif, the artist broke down the figure in her canvases to explore emotional expression

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Digital Age

DIY curating: UK galleries mount virtual shows on lockdown using new digital tool

Art UK's Curations initiative enables “anyone anywhere with internet access” to create an exhibition using the national image database

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Artists

Masses of artists rejected by UK government’s self-employment support scheme

Many are turning to benefits and emergency grants to plug some of the deficit

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Exhibitions

Major Raphael show in Rome returns for three-month run

Securing the loan extensions was “really easy” says director of the Scuderie del Quirinale

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coronavirus

After two-month shutdown, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is reopening this weekend

Institution adopts new policies to foster “the safest possible conditions”

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sound art

From cheerful clapping to screaming sirens: an artist captures the sounds of a pandemic

A crowd-sourced project by Yuri Suzuki at the Dallas Museum of Art aims to "connect people through the sonic experience" during the coronavirus crisis

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Biennials & festivals

Venice Art Biennale delayed until 2022, now the same year as Documenta

Organisers say "it is impossible to move forward within the set time limits in the realisation of such a complex and worldwide exhibition"

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International Council of Museums

Happy International Museum Day! Why today's digital event matters now more than ever

Suay Aksoy, president of Icom, says museums closed by Covid-19 lockdowns "need to champion themselves because their survival may depend on it"

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Social media

What are some of Tracey Emin's favourite works? Musée d'Orsay invites artists to delve into its collection on Instagram

British artist chooses some of the Paris museum's sexiest art in new lockdown project

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Public art

Sculpture confronting Germany's colonial past installed at Berlin’s long-awaited Humboldt Forum

Kang Sunkoo’s bronze Statue of Limitations shows a black flag at half-mast

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Museums

Italian museums start to reopen from today after €55bn lifeline from government

National spending package includes emergency support for state museums, arts organisations and cultural businesses