309 February 2019

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Syria

Berlin's Pergamonmuseum reveals the crowdsourced archive preserving Syria's war-torn heritage

New exhibition presents documents that lay the foundations for reconstruction of Aleppo and other sites ruined by civil war

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Rembrandt

Paper trail: how watermarks illuminate Rembrandt's creative process

By analysing and categorising watermarks, a new online tool will allow researchers to connect prints to specific batches of paper

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Grimani

Grimani antiquities collection comes home to Venice palazzo after four centuries

Cardinal Grimani’s classical Greek and Roman sculptures—given to the Venetian Republic in 1587—will be reassembled in theatrical palace gallery

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Object lessons

Object lessons: from Egon Schiele's nod to Gustav Klimt to black magic by René Magritte

Our highlights from upcoming fairs and auctions

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Art market

Blue chip galleries partner with London's Selfridges store to sell art

Shop's programme highlights Crossrail artists’ commissions including Chantal Joffe, Yayoi Kusama and Darren Almond

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Exhibitions

Burst of Venetian colour in largest show of Titians in Germany

Exhibition about the Venetian Renaissance at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum also includes works by Giovanni Bellini and Jacopo Tintoretto

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Nazi loot

Holocaust-era art restitution: more complex than you think

A rush to judgement has resulted in notable errors with some "Nazi-looted" art having been purchased legally

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Renaissance

Restored Raphael cartoon gets new display at Milan’s Biblioteca Ambrosiana

The full-scale preparatory drawing for the Vatican’s School of Athens fresco is going back on view after a four-year restoration

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Art market

Economic growth spurs Africa’s art market—but slowly

Fledgling local client base and rising international interest fuel Cape Town and Marrakech shows

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Virtual Reality

Hong Kong, we have lift off—moon-walking VR comes to Art Basel

The immersive lunar experience will commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing

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Art market

European Parliament calls for restitution overhaul

Resolution includes proposals for database of looted art, support for provenance research and exemptions from statutes of limitations

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Rembrandt

Lucian Freud’s Rembrandt project that never was

The late artist wanted to use a work by the Dutch master as inspiration for one of his final paintings

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Forgeries

Fake Marsden Hartley found in medical giant’s collection points to a larger scandal

Abbott Laboratories suspects fakes found their way into its collection during conservation process

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Exhibitions

Iranian artist and activist Siah Armajani builds bridges in New York

The artist will recreate one of his best-known works in Brooklyn Bridge Park to coincide with his retrospective at the Met Breuer

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Rembrandt

Trimmed, splashed and slashed: the anatomy of Rembrandt's The Night Watch

As the Rijksmuseum prepares to restore the Dutch master’s most-celebrated painting in full view of the public, we look at its chequered conservation history

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Artists

Long Island home and sculpture park of Ernst Neizvestny—who designed Khrushchev's tombstone—at centre of legal row

A dispute between Neizvestny’s wife and daughter threatens the late Russian artist’s estate and monumental works

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

How a protest poster by David Wojnarowicz may have inspired Basquiat's Defacement

Artist's 1983 depiction of an infamous case of police brutality goes on display at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in June

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Attribution

Former politician questions authenticity of Khnopff sculpture

Sculpture is currently the centrepiece of a major Paris survey

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Conceptual Art

Danish artist sells rough sleepers in ‘human Tamagotchi’ project

Kristian von Hornsleth enables collectors to track London homeless

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Exhibitions

Botticelli’s violent stories have a contemporary resonance in #MeToo era

“Spalliera” panels depicting parables are reunited at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for the first time in 500 years

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Rijksmuseum

Interview: the Rijksmuseum's Taco Dibbits on Rembrandt's pulling power

We speak to the general director of the Dutch museum ahead of its exhibition on "all" of the works by the master in its collection

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Art fairs

Will Frieze Los Angeles succeed where others have failed?

Shrugging away doubts, the city’s art dealers are cautiously optimistic of the fair’s future

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Art Fund

Museums—just places for a bit of peace and quiet?

The Art Fund's latest report concludes that museums and galleries offer a way to de-stress—but they should not just a place for calm and comfort

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Nazi loot

Max Stern: dealer's heirs still fighting for looted art justice

With works from the forced liquidation of his gallery by the Nazis still regularly turning up in Germany, two current restitution claims by his heirs could have major ramifications for all those seeking to recover looted art

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Exhibitions

Diane Arbus's nudists, drag artists, carnival folk and street urchins are laid bare in London show

Exhibition at the Hayward Gallery uses a distinctive layout to encourage visitors to get up close to US photographer’s early 35mm works

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Openings

Norton Museum of Art opens grand expansion

$100m project highlights museum's growing commitment to contemporary art

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Exhibitions

15 must-see Rembrandt shows during the 350th anniversary of his death

Two exhibitions to be held at the Rijksmuseum this year will provide a cohesive overview of Rembrandt’s life and work

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Museums & Heritage

National Museum of Scotland completes 15-year makeover revealing 'whole world under one roof'

The £80m masterplan has created 50% more public space and unveiled 6,500 forgotten objects

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African art

Brooklyn Museum's detective work reveals original owners of African mask

Family elders give blessing to new exhibition of Yorùbá masquerade costume, stolen from Nigerian shrine room 70 years ago

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Loot

Heirs of Baron Herzog continue battle for Nazi-looted art collection despite US Supreme Court dismissal

Decades-long case to reclaim works held in Hungary’s museums will now go through US District Court

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Africa

Zimbabwe makes Venice Biennale selections amid political turmoil

Cosmos Shiridzinomwa and Georgina Maxim are the first artists to be confirmed

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Exhibitions

Have Brooklyn and Boston bagged Frida Kahlo blockbusters?

Shows at the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston explore the Mexican artist’s love of fashion and “arte popular”

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Private Museums

Grand opening of Russian billionaire’s power-plant museum is postponed to 2020

GES-2 will be part of Moscow's Museum Mile, linked to Garage, the Tretyakov and the Pushkin

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Commercial galleries

Private View: our pick of February gallery shows around the world

New commercial gallery shows—from figuration to incarceration

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Art market

Enigmatic Gino De Dominicis subject of complex fakes investigation in Italy

Market for Italian artist’s works slows as police investigation into alleged forgeries scares off some collectors

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Object lessons

Object lessons: from a heart-shaped meteorite to a censored image of Joséphine Baker

Our highlights of works being sold over the next fortnight

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Diary of an art historian

Speculation over Leonardo says more about us than the art

Facts seem no longer to matter with the famous picture

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Photography

Reportage storms the citadel: documentary photography joins the canon of British art

A Don McCullin exhibition at Tate Britain symbolises the shift in photography's significance in British museums

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Copyright

Las Vegas-based artist claims that Ariana Grande plagiarised his work

Vladimir Kush is suing the 7 Rings singer for copyright infringement

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Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro's slave wharf museum gains ground

The Unesco-listed site is due to receive a museum of Afro-Brazilian culture

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Linder

Linder: scalpel-sharp dissections of society

Speaking to the artist about her work with punk bands in the 1970s to a series of recent public performances

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Adventures with Van Gogh

San Francisco’s Van Gogh is the real deal

The still life of fruit and chestnuts, until recently dismissed as a fake, was painted in Paris

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Banksy

Kerching! Banksy-note enters British Museum

Di-faced Tenner is artist’s first work to join the collection officially—unlike his 2005 cave painting prank

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Exhibitions

Don McCullin on why he is showing at Tate Britain even though he is ‘not an artist’

The photojournalist also reflects on his career and reveals the most important stories he covered

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Ukraine

Ivan the Terrible returns to Ukraine

19th-century oil painting, stolen during the Second World War, was found in the US

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Leonardo da Vinci

Twelve Leonardo shows to open simultaneously in the UK to mark 500th anniversary of artist’s death

Drawings from the Royal Collection go on show around the country this week before larger surveys in London and Edinburgh later in the year

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Fashion

Princess Margaret’s delicate Dior dress conserved for Victoria and Albert Museum show

Stains on the lavishly decorated gown—made for royal's 21st birthday—show that it had gone to some good parties

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Rembrandt

The year of Rembrandt with Simon Schama

The art historian gives a personal view of Rembrandt's extraordinary achievements as the world celebrates the 350th anniversary of the Dutch master’s death

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Controversies

Tory peer involved in controversial sale of Iraqi antiquities

Reliefs from Ashurnasirpal II’s Nimrud palace, fixed to the walls of a Scottish mansion, have been removed, stripped and sold abroad

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Obituaries

'Authority, concision and style': historian Theodore K. Rabb dies, aged 81

The specialist of the Early Modern period was a regular contributor to The Art Newspaper

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Exhibitions

Bicentenary events aim to reignite John Ruskin’s radical flame

The work of the influential—but now underappreciated—polymath, whose followers included Gandhi, is the subject of several shows this year