Richard Unwin

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Museums & Heritage

Hungary presses ahead with sprawling culture hub in Budapest city park

Vast collections centre for 300,000 objects inaugurated as construction continues on ambitious museums quarter for Hungarian capital

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Krakow City Council rejects mayor’s plan to merge the city’s two leading contemporary art spaces

Councillors vote down proposal to combine the longstanding Bunkier Sztuki gallery with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków

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Politics

Poland’s right-wing government accused of hijacking prize-winning museum

Heated dispute over European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk taking place in the aftermath of the killing of the city’s mayor, Paweł Adamowicz

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Politics

Ukrainian nationalists target lecture at Kiev arts centre as far-right activity rises

Protesters accused of leaving behind swastika graffiti at talk organised by Izolyatsia arts centre

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Acquisitions

Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest unveils €6.6m Van Dyck

Portrait of Charles I’s daughter was purchased at Christie’s, London in December

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Venice Biennale

Naiza Khan to represent Pakistan in country’s first-ever participation at the Venice Biennale

London- and Karachi-based artist's show will explore life on Manora Island

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Prizes

Works by finalists competing for $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize go on show in Kiev

The winner will be announced in March and an updated version will go on show in Venice during the Biennale

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Venice Biennale 2019

Veteran Romanian artists to represent their country at Venice Biennale

Three artists who endured communist era will show new versions of installations

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Gustav Klimt

Experts pour cold water on Klimt discovery in Hungary

Designer who unearthed the plaster relief attributes it to the Austrian artist

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Openings

Budapest museum's Romanesque Hall returned to former glory

The Szepmuveszeti Muzeum restoration ushers in a series of ambitious art projects in Hungarian capital

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Collecting

Central and Eastern European artists come together to collect anti-populist works

Collection Collective launches new website as part of initiative that hopes to challenge institutional and private models of collecting

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Controversies

Authorities destroy sculptures in the Maldives

Destruction of Jason deCaires Taylor's Coralarium installation came after condemnation by local Muslim leaders and politicians