Switzerland

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Museums

Blockbuster Edward Hopper show is relaunched as Swiss museums come out of 'recent slumber'

Museums in South Korea and Hong Kong have also started reopening after coronavirus lockdowns

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coronavirus

MCH Group postpones Baselworld watch fair as Swiss authorities ban large events over coronavirus fears

Several other trade fairs have also been cancelled in Switzerland

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

New art space in Basel will offer free shows

The opening exhibition of the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger, during next year's Art Basel fair, will focus on Caribbean artists

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Conservation & Preservation

Aliph global protection fund announces 14 projects across multiple war zones

The Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, Syria’s Raqqa Museum and Mosul libraries all safeguarded

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Politics

Arty Swiss diplomacy? Embassy of Switzerland in London seeks mediator who can use art for peace

The successful candidate must organise an international symposium in 2021

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Art market

UK art market recovered in 2018, with hike in exports to UAE while trade with Switzerland declines

Global art and antiques imports and exports in and out of the UK increased last year but are yet to reach the levels seen during the 2015 peak

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Art market

Artgenève bridges Switzerland's language divide

Eighth edition of fair attracts more blue-chip and German-speaking Swiss galleries keen to meet Geneva's Francophone collectors

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Art market

Swiss prosecutor returns 'Mesopotamian' terracotta animal made by dealer's 11-year-old-daughter—along with 5,000 seized antiquities

A further 6,000 items belonging to Ali Aboutaam of Phoenix Ancient Art are still held by authorities in Geneva

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Switzerland

Swiss centre set to open in Lens to honour Pierre Arnaud

The new arts centre will present two annual exhibitions, starting with 'Divisionism'

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Unesco

Switzerland to implement 1970 UNESCO Convention legislation on 1st June

Switzerland’s is known for its pivotal presence in the underground network that moves illicitly excavated artefacts from country to country

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Art Basel

Harald Szeemann remembered at Art Basel

At a function in honour of the prolific curator, friend Guido Magnaguagno recounted their time together fondly

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Restitution

Books: Restitution justice, American style

Two books reveal the complexities involved in restitution

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Unesco

Long the hub of the illicit antiquities trade, Switzerland is moving towards ratification of the 1970 Unesco Convention

Switzerland also debating new national legislation to make the movement of art and artefacts more transparent

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Letters

Delacroix fraud warning from catalogue raisonné author

Lee Johnson advises that false documentation bearing his name is being circulated

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Alberto Giacometti

Giacometti's expressions of moment-to-moment mortal experience to be subject of centenary exhibition at the Fondation de l'Hermitage

While the retrospective spans every stage of his career, his portraits of Robert Sainsbury and other members of the Sainsbury Family constitute the focal point

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Collectors

Swiss say philanthropist collector is senile and have blocked his foundations, art and money

Legal battle over Dr Gustav Rau’s paintings, which he wants to give to Unicef, and which are on loan to Paris

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Joseph Beuys

Beuys display on view at Museum für Gegenwartskunst

Don't miss the Beuys next door

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Switzerland

Collection withdrawn from Swiss museums in protest against Unidroit

Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth gets twenty-six works from the blue-chip Staechelin collection on a three-year loan

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Restitution

Swiss bank accounts trace Nazi art deals

Newly declassified records track the deposit of Nazi assets in Swiss banks—they include references to works of art

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Exhibitions

What's on in Switzerland: Good Rothko and Mark Tobey shows

In a quiet month a chance to see some classic modern art

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Switzerland

What's on in Switzerland: Johns, Gorky, Modigliani and light

The arts continue to flourish despite deep cuts to grants