Tim Cornwell

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Syria

New London gallery shows work by only-known artist to have worked secretly under Islamic State

The Stories Art Gallery champions artists who take a non-political approach in their work to challenge violent stereotypes of Syria

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Discoveries

Did Pieter Bruegel the Elder create the earliest Scottish landscape?

Coastal rock formation in 16th-century engraving resembles the famous Bass Rock at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, art historian argues

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Private Museums

Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi designs new Lebanese private museum

The Nabu Museum collection combines antiquities with Modern and contemporary art

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Art market

Abraaj Group liquidators to sell 200 works from art collection at Bonhams

Middle Eastern and South Asian works owned by embattled Dubai-based private equity firm carry much lower estimates than prices paid a decade ago

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Art market

Beirut Art Fair gives helping hand to embattled Egyptian galleries

Lebanese event cuts 'special offer' to help Egypt's galleries exhibit abroad and invests $100,000 in outreach to encourage collectors from further afield

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Museums

MoCA Toronto set to open in new industrial home that hosts both art and artists

New works by Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera and Awol Erizku will be presented in Canadian museum's first year

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Art market

Lebanon’s history revealed in photo show at Beirut Art Fair

Across Boundaries is an exhibition of around 100 works of Lebanese photography from 30 collections

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Law

Parviz Tanavoli banned from leaving Iran over legal dispute with former gallery owner

Maryam Goudarzi claims that the artist should return six 1972 sculptures worth $6m to her, but Tanavoli says they were swapped legally for five newer works

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Openings

Edinburgh's Collective to unveil new art space in old City Observatory this autumn

Opening of restored 19th-century complex on Calton Hill has been delayed by dry rot

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Law

Iranian gallerists released on bail after two years in Tehran prison

Karan Vafadari and Afarin Neyssari paid a bail of around $10m according to sources but still await appeal request

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Theatre

Great Apes: when Planet of the Apes meets a White Cube opening

A new play in London based on Will Self’s 1997 novel is a viciously literate satire that imagines an art world populated entirely by chimpanzees

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Exhibitions

New exhibition at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum shows irreverent side of the Fatimids

Too little of its art survives, but the World of the Fatimids still reveals a remarkable dynasty

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Exhibitions

From Hirst's Medusa to Quinn’s marble bust: new London show explores how classical art inspires contemporary artists

Exhibition at King's College draws largely on private collection of Christian Levett

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Art market

Abraaj Group's partnership with Art Dubai to continue, despite reorganisation

Founder Arif Naqvi's departure from the private equity firm's asset management business in February followed claims the company had misused investor funds

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Art market

Middle Eastern artists are charging a lot of money to certify—or condemn—their works

But when does protecting a creative legacy go too far?

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Art market

Bond Street gallery exodus continues as London's Fine Art Society sells lease after 140 years

Soaring rents due to competition from fashion houses leads to reluctant decision to move from historic five-storey townhouse

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Museums

Iran’s first museum for a female artist honours nonagenarian

"Life’s work" of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian goes on show in former palace in Tehran

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Education

New lease of life for life drawing classes?

Age-old practice is being ‘gradually reinvigorated', but new frontier is seemingly in 3D reprographic skills

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Art market

Middle East anti-fake drive triggers refund

Bonhams returns £176,500 for piece attributed to Egyptian sculptor

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Private Museums

Pioneers of Lebanese painting star in private museum near the Syrian border

Collector Emile Hannouche has opened his family mansion in the Bekaa Valley to the public

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Art market

Collectors tackle rise in fake Modern Middle Eastern art

Dalloul Art Foundation investigates authenticity of some Middle Eastern works before museum opening

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Museums

Former Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis remaps Lisbon's Gulbenkian

Freed from Tate's "tough agenda" of blockbuster shows, sculpture scholar is opening up Portuguese museum's Islamic collections

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Museums

Beirut’s Museum of Memory opens first exhibition—minus a director or board of governors

Against a backdrop of political wrangling, Zena el Khalil’s show focuses on the missing of Lebanon’s civil war

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Exhibitions

Exhibition shines light on painter who gave up art to run London’s National Gallery

Frederic Burton spent late career acquiring some of museum’s best-known masterpieces

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Beirut Art Fair

Arab artists respond to dictatorship, surveillance and civil war at Beirut Art Fair

Strong showing of Syrian art across the event including by artist Saad Yagan whose Aleppo studio was destroyed in 2012

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Art market

In a troubled region, Lebanon is a growing hub for artists

Beirut Art Fair includes a loan exhibition drawing on the country’s rich collections

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Museums

Scotland's pioneering Inverleith House gallery saved from closure

Exhibition space in Edinburgh's botanic gardens has reopened after public outcry

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Museums

India's new Partition Museum opens near Pakistani border

Crowdsourced collection of survivors’ artefacts includes identity cards, steamer trunks and clothing carried by refugees

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Exhibitions

Edinburgh Art Festival: artists look to Maori traditions, 19th-century botany and jellyfish

Jupiter Artland’s new permanent piece by Pablo Bronstein joins two ten-metre-high pavilions in a Gothic and Chinoiserie style

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Conservation

Protesters target Dutch firm involved in removal of 550-year-old tomb from ancient town of Hasankeyf

Site in Turkey is due to be flooded after completion of giant Ilisu Dam

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National Gallery of Ireland’s grand reopening worth the protracted wait

Hundreds of works were restored during Dublin museum's refurbishment

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Fourth Plinth artist Michael Rakowitz to serve up Iraqi-Jewish ‘ghost feast’ in London

Three-night event will be part of Shubbak festival in July

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Exhibitions

Political art withers as Mamut 5 opens in Istanbul

All-Turkish art project sees artists retreat to their studios

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Contemporary art

Polish artist Pawel Althamer creates first commission for Bangladesh sculpture park

Giant female figure made of bamboo was made with the help of the local community in Sylhet

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Let there be light

The UAE’s first OMA-designed space launches with a survey of Syrian art

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Exhibitions

Art world reels from Trump’s immigration ban

New policies on course to undermine exhibitions and exchange programmes

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Exhibition offers antidote to Trump's view of Iran

Major survey of Iranian contemporary art opens in Toronto this week against backdrop of US President's immigration ban

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The artists who have chosen to stay in Syria

While most have fled the conflict, some remained to document the suffering