302 June 2018

Review
Books

The tortuous story of Gustav Klimt’s Nazi-looted, 100ft-wide Beethoven Frieze uncovered

New book exploring work's provenance is a must-read for those interested in the contentious field of art restitution

Review
Books

How to force historians to use their eyes: book urges academics to 'take art more seriously'

Princeton University's Theodore K. Rabb says more visual materials—not only written records—should be explored

Review
Books

Thinking with pictures: how images were used for philosophical thinking in the Early Modern period

A rich and fascinating book on what can rightly be called the art of philosophy

News
Restitution

Ethiopia claims Ten Commandments tablet hidden in Westminster Abbey

Sacred object taken by British troops in the 19th century is concealed inside an altar

Review
Books

Cottaging—an acquired taste? New book looks at England’s once-popular Cottage Orné style

An enlightening survey on the story of English architecture and the quintessential country house

News
Openings

Copenhagen's new kunsthalle for 'huge site-specific art installations' opens in refurbished shipyard

Gallery's inaugural exhibitions go to Danish collective Superflex and US artist Doug Aitken

Preview
Exhibitions

Can’t beat it? Michael Jackson’s impact on contemporary art explored in London show

Artists participating in National Portrait Gallery exhibition explain why the King of Pop matters to them

Preview
Exhibitions

The Medici touch: exhibition shows how Florence fell for Islamic art

Six centuries of city’s connection to Muslim world explored in rare Uffizi and Bargello collaboration

News
Conservation

Russia opens new exhibition centre dedicated to icons

The Grabar Art Conservation Center has launched the Ovchinnikov Ikonoteka space, which is named in honour of renowned restorer

Preview
Exhibitions

Unbridled enthusiasm for the art of horse racing on show in France

Exhibition at Domaine de Chantilly is the first on the development of the painting tradition

News
Conservation

Pharmaceutical company pledges to restore beauty at the Hermitage

The Hungarian firm Gedeon Richter to fund three-year project to restore works from the Russian museum that relate to the concept of female beauty

News
Art market

Have gallery representation and exclusivity had their day?

Increasing numbers of young artists are choosing to go it alone

News
Art market

Masterpiece grows in London, but new international fair locations not confirmed

New stakeholder MCH Group brings capital and contacts to an event shaking off its try-hard image

News
Openings

New cultural hub set to open in West Bank amid political tension

Omar Al-Qattan, chair of the A.M. Qattan Foundation, explains the many challenges of building an arts space under occupation

News
Art market

How did Adrian Ghenie conquer the art market?

The Romanian painter’s prices have increased 160-fold over the past decade. But who, or what, is behind this steep rise?

News
Conservation

Britain's Post-Modern architecture receives protected heritage status

From a private residence inspired by the cosmos to a commercial building with curves: Historic England adds 17 "PoMo" buildings to register

Blog
Diary of an art historian

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

The art world has yet to tackle issues around works like Picasso’s $115m child-prostitute portrait

Feature
Artist interview

Trevor Paglen lets you view the world as the machines see it

Ahead of his retrospective at Washington, DC's Smithsonian American Art Museum, the artist discusses his interest in the social and political implications of technologies, including mass surveillance systems and artificial intelligence

Preview
Exhibitions

Ai Weiwei retraces his father's steps to Marseille in 1929 for new show

Chinese artists unveils new commissions alongside 50 works at the Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

News
Conservation

World Monuments Fund gives $1m for post-quake restoration of Mexican archaeological site

Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people, was damaged by earthquakes in 2017

News
Art law

Top experts dispute Italian police claims about seized ‘antiquities’

“I cannot imagine where a terracotta life-size horse head could come from in antiquity,” a specialist says

News
Museums

Siberian museum memorialises the Romanovs in house where they were imprisoned

Museum of the Family of Emperor Nicholas II in Tobolsk is Russia's first devoted to 'royal martyrs'

News
Conservation

The amazing technicolour Chippendale: museum injects colour back into 18th-century work

Show at Leeds City Museum is one of this year's many events commemorating the tercentenary of the furniture maker’s birth

News
African art

Contested Asante trophy head to shine in new Wallace room

Seized during the Ashanti war and long held by the London museum, the prized Ghanaian work is to be displayed in a new permanent gallery

Preview
Exhibitions

Step into Frida Kahlo’s ‘secret’ wardrobe

Frida Kahlo's Making Her Self Up opens at Victoria and Albert Museum in June

News
Art market

Art dealers slam proposed European Union licence regulations

Revising import controls on cultural goods could impact negatively on trade, dealer organisations say

News
Art market

Art Basel tests Turner Prize’s sway with foreign buyers

Is the UK’s premier award a big draw for international collectors?

News
Conservation

Mauritshuis invites visitors to watch conservators clean its oldest painting

Dutch museum will remove yellowed varnish from Van der Weyden's The Lamentation of Christ

News
Copyright

French dealer awarded rights to Chinese artist T'ang Haywen's work

Paris court decision ends legal saga that began in 1991, when the artist died without an heir

News
Art market

A word with Marc Spiegler

Art Basel’s global director on collector behaviour, auction price databases and the complexity of the art market

News
Art Basel 2018

Giacometti’s chaotic Paris studio brought back to life

Reconstruction at heart of new research centre preserves spirit of artist’s cluttered creative space

News
Controversies

Once bitten, twice shy: Canadian artist caught using comedians' photos without permission promises no more funny business

Despite controversy over public art project in Calgary, Derek Michael Besant has been commissioned to create a similar work in Ottawa

News
India

Indian supreme court verdict could spark new wave of sectarian riots between Hindus and Muslims

Leader of powerful Hindu organisation has threatened nationwide protests if long-awaited ruling "goes against Hindus' faith"

News
Art Basel 2018

Gender politics to the fore at Basel satellite fairs Liste and Volta

“The personal is political—this is a clear and present undercurrent,” says Volta artistic director Amanda Coulson

Feature
Marcel Duchamp

What was it like to conduct Marcel Duchamp's only live television interview?

Fifty years on, Joan Bakewell remembers speaking to the pioneering artist for the BBC, shortly before his death

News
Research

Palestinian stories reconstructed through films, photographs and artefacts confiscated by Israel

An Israeli art historian has spent 20 years trawling the country’s archives for Palestinian cultural property

Preview
Exhibitions

Juergen Teller tackles football’s highs and lows in Moscow show

Exhibition at Garage Museum includes stalker-like snaps of Pep Guardiola and live work charting Germany’s World Cup success—or failure

Analysis
Museums

Museums too: what should institutions do when artists are accused of abuse?

As the #MeToo movement grows, US museums find themselves embroiled in ethical dilemmas

News
Museums

German museum and auctioneer Im Kinsky tussle over looted glass goblet

Object was returned to consigner not museum from where it was looted at the end of Second World War

News
Art market

Iran’s art market defies expectations in face of US sanctions with new fair

In a first for Iran, the Teer Art fair is set to open in June amid a growing but fragile market environment

Preview
Exhibitions

Key figure of the Chicago Black Renaissance, Charles White, finally gets his due

Chicago, New York and Los Angeles to celebrate artist and activist after lengthy search for works

Blog
In the frame

Dressing for dystopia: funky fashion sources in The Handmaid’s Tale

Preview
Exhibitions

From Riga to Los Angeles, biennials are searching for answers in troubled times

Manifesta 12, Made in LA, Riboca and the tenth Berlin Biennale explore whether art can make a difference in a rapidly changing world

News
Attribution

Leiden Collection shows off two ‘new’ Rembrandts in Amsterdam

Rediscovered portraits are due to travel to Louvre Abu Dhabi in early 2019

Comment
Leaders

Sydney’s flagship museum is entirely focused on building a costly extension. Why?

Unless the Art Gallery of New South Wales begins to focus more on exhibitions, there is every reason to believe that Sydney Modern will be a gigantic and costly flop

News
Cultural policy

UK permits Nazi-looted Meissen figure to leave for Japan despite spoliation claim

There appear to be no winners in what the Arts Council refers to as an “extremely unusual” case

News
Art market

Are Sergei Skripal sanctions hitting Russian buying and selling at UK auctions?

Hostile relations between Russia and the West following attempted poisoning of former MI6 spy may dampen bidding at London's Russian sales

News
Research

New hope for lost Frida Kahlo painting

Expert says new evidence could reveal location of Mexican artist’s biggest work, which “disappeared into thin air”

News
Politics

Peace between North and South Korea puts an end to sculpture by artist eL Seed

Artwork in the demilitarised zone remains unfinished and could be destroyed after the countries pledged an end to the war

Comment
Saudi Arabia

Letter to the Editor: Saudi Arabia will collaborate with the world, not only France, to make its cultural heritage accessible

Al-Ula, the most important cultural heritage site in the north-west of the kingdom, will benefit from international standards in heritage preservation and planning