317 November 2019

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong Museum of Art to reopen in spite of escalating violence of pro-democracy protests

Launch of revamped government-run museum to go ahead as planned following $119m facelift

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Commercial galleries

Cheap rents and larger spaces: Barcelona suburb tries to entice dealers out of the city

Some galleries have moved to the industrial warehouse L’Hospitalet but others say it is too far out of the commercial centre

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Art fairs

After years of debt and disaster, Puerto Rico’s Meca art fair offers economic boon

Opening this week in San Juan, the third edition of the event hopes to help the region on the road to recovery

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Exhibitions

Troy meets world: London show reconciles myth and reality of ancient city

British Museum exhibition will display work inspired by epic stories alongside artefacts from 19th-century archaeological excavations

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Politics

What is art for? Why, to help sell arms, silly!

October saw full deployment of culture in Russian and French political and commercial diplomacy with Saudi Arabia

Analysis
Climate Change

Three ways museums can face up to the climate crisis

No issue is more relevant—and relevance is the cultural sector’s current leitmotif

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Exhibitions

Queen Nefertari’s tomb brought back from the dead in Kansas City

Although the “Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt” is more than 3,000 years old, a new show aims to enliven it with sculptures, sarcophagi and a little help from a video game

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Exhibitions

King of the monarch collectors: George IV's lavish collection goes on show in London

The royal amassed works of art in every field from Rembrandt paintings to Sèvres porcelain

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Exhibitions

Dublin show presents Derek Jarman as you've never seen him before

The first major survey of the film-maker’s work includes experimental set design and never-before-seen paintings

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Exhibitions

Christian Boltanski’s labyrinth: Centre Pompidou show takes viewers on an immersive journey

Plans for the French artist’s retrospective show he is still open to taking risks and charting new territory­­

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Russia

Moving to the suburbs: vast museum collections centre destined for 'New Moscow'

State Tretyakov Gallery among 23 Russian museums planning to store and show works near former killing field Kommunarka

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Academia

St Petersburg art school explores tie-up with China

Head of Repin Institute, which is popular with Chinese students, says it has "a lot in common" with Chinese art academies

Blog
Diary of an art historian

UK national museums could learn a lot from their regional cousins

When it comes to having a historian rummaging in their stores, smaller institutions tend to be more enthusiastic and accommodating

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Exhibitions

South Asian group show brings post-partition politics to Cambridge

Exhibition at Kettle’s Yard brings together 11 artists from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to explore issues of borders and migration

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Art market

Abuse of diplomatic privilege? How missing art has been linked to embassy officials

Recent cases involving stolen art have raised questions over the behaviour of diplomats

Analysis
Auctions

Countdown to the auction block: one Rodin's journey from consignment to sale room

How a work of art comes to auction is far from a simple process and its place in the eventual sale order is crucial

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Museums & Heritage

Goulandris collection of Modern masterworks finally revealed in new Athens museum

Dream museum of collectors Basil and Elise Goulandris brought to life almost three decades after original proposal

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Smithsonian Institution

Interview | Lonnie Bunch on founding the Smithsonian's African American history museum and drawing inspiration from Lincoln

As his new book is released, the new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution talks of extending its reach beyond Washington

Interview
Art market

In person | Cheyenne Westphal on swapping the drama of Sotheby’s for the challenge of growing Phillips

The chairman of Phillips explains what it takes to succeed in the auction business

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Art market

Confidence may be low, but New York's auctions are aiming high

Can the quality of the smaller works coming up during "gigaweek" quell economic jitters?

Comment
Hong Kong

Hong Kong art market profits despite protestors’ pain

If not immune to geopolitical unrest, then perhaps art is a refuge for money that is struggling to find its way into other assets

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Exhibitions

Marcel Duchamp’s box of delights opens at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Readymades, miniature reproductions, collaborations with Man Ray, and games of chess to feature in new show

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Discoveries

Revealed: the story behind the Gauguin paintings buried with a young boy in Tahiti

The artist befriended the child of his neighbours, and had given two paintings for the boy’s nursery

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Art market

'The nothings that threaten everything': how Banksy, Kaws and other street artists are shaking up the art world

Instagram power and the rise of the consumer collector are turning the art world upside down

Feature
Media

From 'piecemealing' medievalist to TV darling: how Janina Ramirez is championing slow media about culture

The shows Raiders of the Lost Past and Handmade in Bolton on the BBC and the scholar's popular podcast reflect a thirst for in-depth knowledge

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Fairs

Paris Photo turns its lens on youth in preparation for 2020 New York launch

Photography fair opens this week in French capital with a section focussing on marginalised artists

Comment
US politics

Museums must engage more with Indigenous peoples

There is a direct connection between how predominantly white curators have categorised Indigenous peoples as part of “natural history” and how we are misrepresented in contemporary art spaces

Review
Exhibitions

The Big Review: the new MoMA

After a $450m expansion and radical rehang, has the 20th century’s emblematic museum found a place in the 21st?

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Exhibitions

Women artists take over museum schedules in 2020 to coincide with US presidential election

Coalition of curators organise events and exhibitions of art by women at 50 museums

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Conservation & Preservation

Castle opening crowns £150m revival of Bishop Auckland

Millionaire Jonathan Ruffer’s ambitious regeneration of a small former mining town in northern England reveals 1,000 years of history and art

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Commercial galleries

Private view: three must-see gallery shows opening in November

Conceptual videos by Teresa Margolles and the boys of the Beaux Arts Generation are among our picks of the best commercial exhibitions this month

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Performance art

Artist reimagines Louisiana slave uprising with a different outcome

Hundreds to take part in re-enactment of America’s largest slave rebellion, ending with a victorious celebration in New Orleans

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Banksy

How Banksy is vying for control of resales as his market goes ape

Stunt suspicions swirl after Sotheby’s auction sees 2009 work by street artist sell for far more than its £2m high estimate

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Politics

London's Roundhouse turns down £1m Sackler grant

The arts and performance venue has refused to accept a £1m grant from the Sackler Trust because of risk it would "distract from its work with young people"

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MoMA expansion 2019

MoMA gears up for its next big collection rehang

After grand expansion, New York museum is already planning to swap out more than 700 works next spring

Interview
Exhibitions

‘Public art is propaganda, frankly’: Hank Willis Thomas discusses gun violence and the urgent need for alternative memorials

A host of the artist’s exhibitions and public projects open in various locations across the US open this year

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Biennials & festivals

Performa 19 to take viewers on a utopian journey back to the Bauhaus

The latest edition of New York’s performance art biennial commemorates the centenary of the ground-breaking art school

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Conservation & Preservation

In a conservation triumph, a 15th-century tapestry highlights the age of chivalry

“It’s the most spectacular representation of a tournament of that time,” a Met curator says

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Iraq

As protests rage in Iraq, experts say culture is key to long-term reconstruction

Iraqi culture ministry announces new national museum in Baghdad as Mosul restoration plan is extended to historic churches

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Law

Who really owns this Schiele watercolour Portrait of the Artist's Wife?

A three-way battle is brewing in New York courts as the heirs of two Holocaust victims take on the work’s current owner

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MoMA expansion 2019

Dissecting a gallery in a remade MoMA

Among the most striking examples of the museum's more global and inclusive approach is a gallery with the theme War Within, War Without

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Law

A 13-year fight over cardboard: Kippenberger restoration drama finally comes to a close

Inadvertent damage to paintings’ frames triggered a drawn-out, multi-million dollar lawsuit

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Exhibitions

‘Cursed’ horn trumpets among highlights of King Tut show opening in London this week

Instrument with "magical properties" among the 150 artefacts found in King Tutankhamun’s tomb that will go on display at the Saatchi Gallery

Interview
Tim Marlow

‘I won’t be bringing in a load of artists’: Tim Marlow on leading the Design Museum

Royal Academy’s artistic director is an unexpected choice

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Spanish politics

Spain begins exhumation of General Franco's remains from civil war memorial

Country's ruling Socialist party has argued that far-right supporters attracted by the former dictator's tomb distract from the monument's real purpose

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Linda on the loose

The new MoMA makes New York—and its artists—proud