305 October 2018

Comment
Art law

Cultural 'matrimony' could resolve heritage disputes

We need to rethink our perceptions of an artist or an artefact as having a single, unified or homogenous heritage

News
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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Education

Oxford museums train refugees as tour guides and community curators

Berlin’s Multaka programme of Arabic-language tours is spreading to the UK—and beyond

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Conservation

Warship figureheads restored ahead of opening for new Plymouth arts complex

Royal Navy statues are being made shipshape and ready for installation at The Box, opening in 2020

Preview
Exhibitions

Niko Pirosmani: the ‘vagabond’ who inspired the Russian avant-garde

The self-taught artist, whose work commands surprisingly high prices at auction, is the subject of an exhibition at Vienna's Albertina museum

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Conservation

Warhol's newly restored 102-canvas work Shadows goes on show in New York

Dia's presentation coincides with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s retrospective on the artist

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Exhibitions

Highlights from Duke of Orléans collection brought together for 300th birthday of New Orleans

Exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art will include works by Veronese, Reni and Rubens

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Art market

Could sales slow at Artbo as political conservatism deepens in Colombia?

The divisive election of conservative president Iván Duque in August and resulting political tension may stymie sales at Bogotá's Artbo

Preview
Exhibitions

Show turns a spotlight on the black female figure in Modern art

Exhibition at the Wallach Art Gallery includes works by Manet, Matisse and Mickalene Thomas

Analysis
Art market

Will the market for AI art take off?

With no auction precedent and little primary market data, Christie's sale of a work made by an algorithm tests demand

Analysis
Digital art

Who needs artists? Rise in works made by AI raises real questions for the art market

A new portrait produced by an algorithm, expected to sell for around $10,000 at Christie’s, prompts new debates over authorship

News
Museums

MO good news for the Baltic art scene

New private museum in Vilnius flies the flag for contemporary Lithuanian artists

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Art market

Can an increase in two-artist booths spur sales at Paris's Fiac?

Artist pairings have grown in popularity for this year's edition of the fair at the Grand Palais

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Exhibitions

'Prime minister of taste': Horace Walpole's collection reunited at Strawberry Hill

Exhibition in collector's former Thames-side home follows a successful (and ongoing) treasure hunt

Interview
Museums

Neil MacGregor: why the Humboldt Forum is ‘an amazing opportunity to attract new audiences’

The former British Museum director, who steered the project for three years, discusses its Enlightenment roots and ambition to engage a wider public

Interview
Humboldt Forum

Berlin's Humboldt Forum: how its director plans to confront Germany’s colonial past

Hartmut Dorgerloh says institution will discuss presentation of non-Western art “together with critical friends and the communities”

Blog
Diary of an art historian

Tate, WTF is up with you using Wikipedia?

Once an expert authority on Van Dyck, the museum now has nothing more to say about him than a link to an unverified website

Review
Books

Jackson Pollock's art gets lost in academic theory in new book

This scholarly overview of the artist’s work is modishly opaque

Review
Books

Reputations redeemed by art: two books examine what made Charles I and II great collectors but bad rulers

Despite the failings of the Stuart kings, their art collections stand in their favour, as exhibitions in the UK this year have shown

News
Conservation

Family reunited: US exhibition brings together the pieces of cut-up 17th-century Frans Hals portrait

Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio shows three paintings confirmed as one original work by recent conservation

News
Museums

High Museum of Art’s new galleries honour their public

Non-white visitors have jumped from 15% to half of the museum’s attendance in just three years

Feature
Anni Albers

Paul Smith gets wrapped up in the work of the Bauhaus

After a life of collaborating with commercial brands, Anni Albers' foundation has posthumously licensed a design to be used by the UK fashion designer

News
Museums

Sweden's Nationalmuseum reopens—and goes free

Government waives charges after funding five-year, £100m refurbishment

Preview
Exhibitions

Hilma af Klint, the ‘mother of abstraction’, gets first major US show

More than 100 years after a spirit commanded her to break with naturalism, the vision of the Swedish artist is realised at the Guggenheim

Interview
Looted art

Meet the amateur art sleuth who is helping India recover its stolen antiques

Shipping company executive S. Vijay Kumar was responsible for recovering a Buddha stolen from India 57 years ago among many other looted works

News
Museums

V&A's new photography centre brings history of the medium into view

Controversial transfer of Royal Photographic Society collection from Bradford has led to a growing "culture of research" at the museum

News
Politics

Artists join forces in bid to swing US midterm elections

Artist-run organisation For Freedoms’ country-wide initiative is a rallying point—even in right-leaning states

Feature
Germany

'Poor but sexy' no more: property boom drives out Berlin's artists

The German capital once attracted talent from across the world with its cheap rents, but gentrification is making an exodus already seen in London and New York

Interview
Art market

Gallery grit: Paula Cooper reflects on 50 years of business

The pioneering New York dealer says the art market is a "different world” to when she launched her gallery

News
Exhibitions

Tate’s most popular ever exhibition not staged in UK—but in China

Visitor numbers at Shanghai Museum eclipse institution’s most successful London exhibitions

Feature
Anni Albers

Weaving walls: how Anni Albers challenged Bauhaus prejudice

Founder Walter Gropius had limited expectations of the school’s “beautiful sex”, but one student quietly subverted them with a new category: the textile artist

Interview
Frieze London 2018

Francis Upritchard: the confessions of a magpie Kiwi

The New Zealand-born artist’s show at the Barbican Art Gallery reflects her diverse approach to materials, including a rare Brazilian rubber called balata

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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

News
Israel

Israeli minister seeks budgetary power to control historical narrative

Miri Regev approves of excavations that tell Jewish stories, but not of institutions offering Palestinian perspectives

News
Heritage

Chunks of British Parliament go on sale

Historic Pugin floor tiles, on which many a prime minister has trodden, available for £200 a piece

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Exhibitions

Metropolitan Museum of Art reclassifies status of Native American art for new exhibition

Donor of artefacts asked New York museum to present them as "American art rather than tribal art"

Comment
Museums

Kindling for the fire: why Brazil’s lost research archives are irreplaceable

Much more was lost than objects and papers when the National Museum burned down

Preview
Art market

Frieze 2018 reveals strong UK-South African ties

South African artists are enjoying a growth in overseas interest, as seen in London this month

Preview
Exhibitions

Largest ever exhibition on Pieter Bruegel the Elder opens in Vienna

Show at the Kunsthistorisches Museum unites more than three-quarters of the artist's paintings

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Art market

US fairs help bring new blood to Tefaf Maastricht

The success of Tefaf New York Spring this year marked a sea-change

News
Conservation

Turin’s Chapel of the Holy Shroud—almost entirely destroyed by fire—reopens after €30m restoration

State-of-the-art conservation project that took 21 years brings masterpiece of Baroque architecture back to its former glory

Analysis
Art market

Fair’s fair? The murky world of stand costs

Research by The Art Newspaper uncovers wide disparity in both fee structures and transparency

Preview
Exhibitions

Mantegna and Bellini go head-to-head in show exploring how they influenced each other’s work

Exhibition at London's National Gallery will compare the early Renaissance artists who were brothers-in-law

News
Art market

Hard, soft or no-deal: how the UK art market is preparing for Brexit

Costs, paperwork and shipping delays are among gallery concerns, but experts say there are solutions

News
Museums

Garage Museum helps new Kazakh venue to get started

Collaboration in Almaty is expected to be long-term, but no money is changing hands

News
Thomas Gainsborough

Murders most foul: Gainsborough family revenge killings trigger reassessment of artist’s early years

New research reveals that two members of Thomas Gainsborough's family were killed over a financial dispute when the artist was a child

News
Private Museums

Glenstone’s giant $200m expansion is ready, but will visitors come?

Collectors’ private museum, scrutinised by US Senate for limited access, could draw 100,000 people a year