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Antiquities & Archaeology

Fingerprints help identify age and sex of prehistoric painters in southern Spain

Researchers studied the Neolithic rock art in the Los Machos rockshelter

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Law

US appeals court rules—with regret—that Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation can keep Nazi-looted Pissarro

Judges noted the Spanish government, which signed the Washington Principles in 1998, “can preen as moralistic in its declarations”, yet not be bound by them

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coronavirus

Letter from Spain: Arco exhibition centre is now a coronavirus hospital

The 'panorama is desolate' for the country's culture sector, says Manuel Fernández-Braso, president of the association of Madrid art galleries

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Madrid

Collector Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza invests in Madrid after leaving Vienna

Austrian patron donates work to Reina Sofia and commissions new piece by Ragnar Kjartansson to be shown at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Art market

Business as usual as Arco opens in Madrid against a backdrop of coronavirus anxiety

Spanish art fair celebrates the work of Cuban-American artist Felix González-Torres, who died of Aids in 1996

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Museums & Heritage

Barcelona rejects plans for outpost of Russia’s State Hermitage Museum

Hermitage officials dismayed after city council refuses planning permission for new venue, citing multiple concerns

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Art fairs

Arco Madrid reforms selection process following criticism of lack of transparency

The 39th edition, opening tomorrow, has exhibitors from across Latin America, including Peru, Cuba, Chile and Colombia

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Pablo Picasso

Caught smuggling Picasso on his yacht, Spanish billionaire collector gets €52m fine and 18 months in prison

Jaime Botin, of the Santander dynasty, did not have a permit to export the painting

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Openings

Eduardo Chillida’s Basque museum and sculpture park announces full reopening

Hauser & Wirth has helped to develop “sustainable model” for Chillida Leku, which partially closed amidst Spanish economic crisis

Review
Exhibitions

Madrid's small but perfectly formed Bartolomé Bermejo show is 'art history at its best'

Museo del Prado’s show on the 15th-century Spanish painter is elegant, intellectually incisive and rich in both news and rarely seen art

Interview
Museo del Prado

Prado at 200: director Miguel Falomir on the museum's reinvention and the death of the blockbuster

Released from the shackles of state control in 2003, the Madrid institution has reason to celebrate its bicentenary

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Exhibitions

Surrealist Dorothea Tanning finally gets long-merited major survey

Show of artist whose work “undermines old idea of Surrealism being about the objectification of women” opens in Madrid before travelling to London

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Conservation & Preservation

Spain tells vandal to Kiss off after Santiago de Compostela statue defaced

Authorities vow to find rock fan who damaged Medieval statue

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Exhibitions

Under the skin of Jusepe de Ribera’s ‘extreme violence’ at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

First major UK exhibition of Spanish artist aims to show how his brutal realism was informed by classicism

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Exhibitions

Secret lives: new show recasts Gala Dalí as 'much more than a muse' to artists

Exhibition in Barcelona looks at the life and work of the Russian best known for being the wife of Salvador Dalí

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Contemporary art

From Brussels to Bogotá: where will the Pompidou pop up next?

As museum's teaser show opens in the Belgian capital, its president, Serge Lasvignes, tells us about branching out from Paris

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How San Antonio snagged masterpieces from Madrid for its 300th anniversary

Exhibition that looks at the city's Spanish links will include 25 works never shown in the US

Interview
Collectors

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros: From Miami to the world

The collector and champion of Latin American art tells us why she is closing her warehouse space and giving works to Spain

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Family feud forgotten as Thyssen-Bornemisza plans contemporary shows

Madrid museum's collector-trustees, Carmen Cervera and Francesca von Habsburg, turn conflict into collaboration

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Art market

Cyborgs and utopias: Arco looks to the future

Arco Madrid is changing strategy for its 37th edition (21-25 February)

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Conservation & Preservation

Murillo's dramatic altarpiece back on display in Liverpool after a major clean-up

The restored Virgin and Child in Glory at the Walker Art Gallery reveals Spanish master's "exquisite skills"

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Spain

Gaudi's first masterpiece opens as public museum in Barcelona

Amidst political turmoil in Catalonia, opening of Casa Vicens could bring "a moment of peace"

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Fakes & copies

Spanish brothers implicated in sale of fakes to Knoedler & Co to be extradited

Spain have consented to sending José Carlos and Jesús Ángel Bergantiños back to the US where they can be charged

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Conservation

Why art conservation needs to be left to the experts

A Spanish grandmother’s handiwork recently made headlines, but Ajax and rainstorms have contributed to other botched treatments by amateurs

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Salvador Dalí

Pushkin Museum exhibition cited for rise in Russian tourism in Catalonia

Mr and Mrs Dalí draw Russians to Spain

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Valencia

Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración director steps down

Follows censorship controversy

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Restitution

Restitution case targets Thyssen museum

But it may not be legally possible to sue Spain in the US courts

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Films

Art on the big screen: When Dalí and Lorca were lovers—perhaps

"Little Ashes" tells one side of a very contentious story

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Art fairs

Private collectors active at Arco but museums too quiet

We look at the talking points and early sales

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New galleries

Lady Foster opens gallery and bookshop in Madrid

A former garage becomes an art space, as the Ivory Press publisher inaugurates building designed by her husband

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Art Basel

Art Cologne sets up subsidiary fair in Palma de Mallorca

By following Art Basel's example, organisers hope to rival their prosperity

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Restitution

V&A sends stolen monstrance on long-term loan to Spain

The 16th-century silver object had been taken from a church in Toro in 1890

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Spain

¡Viva España! Spanish market comes of age alongside strengthening economy

Interest in the field is surging as new collectors enter the fray

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Politics

Disagreement between France and Spain on cultural protectionism

President Aznar of Spain stated that cultural protectionism was “the refuge of a country whose culture is in decline”

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Restitution

Potential changes to state law could affect claims relating to Armenian massacres

Californian law may make restitution harder

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Law

Art lover claims c1.25 million Old Master should not have left country

Private collector vs State in Spain

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Artist interview

Interview with Angela de la Cruz on the physicality of her paintings: “I like sex a lot”

How her paintings have the limitations of bodies

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Forgeries

Spanish art forgery network busted

Arrests followed an investigation sparked by the concerns of the Joan Miró Foundation

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Museums

New direction for Spanish archaeology museum

New director, new direction.

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Books

Books: Capa's photographs of the Spanish Civil War

Tales of stoicism in the face of extreme adversity

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Salvador Dalí

Descharnes wins back Dali rights from Spanish State

Dali's former secretary has been successful in his appeal

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Art fairs

Optimism at ARCO as huge turnout is matched by satisfying sales

However, there is still a marked lack of Spanish collectors

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Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

Madrid's Thyssen Bornemisza Museum appeals to the ladies, visitor figures find

Dutch Landscape exhibition proves popular

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Salvador Dalí

Dalí’s former secretary Descharnes fights back against governmental meddling in estate rights

“The Spanish State cannot cancel a private agreement which is valid until 2004”

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October 1994

Luis Monreal, director of La Caixa, has a national-sized budget to spend

The Spanish savings bank, had an operating budget of $67.64 million in 1993, of which $11.87 million was spent on visual arts projects

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Salvador Dalí

Divorce in casa Dalí as Gala-Dalí Foundation and Spain seize control

State and Foundation cancel their contract with Descharnes, the artist’s former secretary and administrator of copyright

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Conservation & Preservation

Spain's greatest tapestries cleaned by aerosol

The oldest working tapestry weavers in Flanders apply high-tech to some of the finest royal hangings

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Collectors

Spain has no official record of Islamic collector

Negotiations between David Nasser Khalili and British government ongoing

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Salvador Dalí

Furore over sale of Dalí rights to British financial group

Henry Ansbacher is said to have paid $15m (£7.5m) for the Spaniard’s copyright

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Spanish Art Market

Spate of Spanish art fakes recently discovered in the market

Watch out for Millares, Chillida, Domìnguez and Barceló. Interpol find “French connection”

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Museums & Heritage

Museum boom planned for Spanish capital

Vast collections emerge: archaeology, ethnographic and waxworks.