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Exhibitions

Major Kandinsky show opens in Saudi Arabia as Vladimir Putin arrives for rare state visit

Cultural programme of Russian art launches to coincide with president's trip to the Gulf state to sign over $2bn worth of deals

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Politics

Nearly 500 protesters stage Anti-Columbus Day history tour at New York museums

After being blocked from entering the American Museum of Natural History, decolonization demonstrators took to the streets, ending at the Metropolitan Museum’s steps

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‘Extraordinary’ Rubens show opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto

The blockbuster exhibition gathers early works by the Flemish master from museums in North America and Europe

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Caravaggio and Bernini show promises to be about more than just its titular #barockstars

Exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum will highlight the multiple trends and rich aesthetics of early Baroque art in Rome

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Exhibitions

Urs Fischer makes wax portrait of Leonardo DiCaprio and his family for Gagosian show

One edition of the work has already been set alight and will gradually melt away over the course of the exhibition

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Politics

'No chance for art institutions': fears for freedom of speech as populist party set to win Polish elections

Expected victory for ruling Law and Justice party raises concerns that minority voices will be silenced as museums increasingly come under state control

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Obituaries

Artist, activist and Andy Warhol muse John Giorno has died, aged 82

Tributes paid to key figure of US counterculture whose work was “groundbreaking for its time”

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Agnes Denes: environmental art pioneer. Plus, Rembrandt-Velázquez and De Hooch

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Mark Bradford addresses modern-day xenophobia through Greek mythology and a Motown classic

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Frieze week: Ai Weiwei, Mark Bradford, Peter Doig, Melanie Gerlis, Hettie Judah

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Museum ethics. Plus, the Chicago Architecture Biennial

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Cartoons

Badiucao: meet the Chinese artist illustrating the Hong Kong protests

China’s ‘artful dissident’ has attracted worldwide attention through his drawings of protests, but he is still little-known in the art world

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Museums

Italy extends Eike Schmidt’s leadership of Uffizi for four years

Sylvain Bellenger is reappointed in Capodimonte, Cristiana Collu remains at Rome Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna

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Museums & Heritage

Southampton's new art space takes over tower of 700-year-old city gateway

Exhibition venue and heritage attraction inside Grade I-listed monument God's House Tower is called GHT

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Back to the future: Nam June Paik's chapel and TVs take over at Tate Modern

London exhibition brings together more than 200 works by the Korean-born video and installation pioneer

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Arts funding

Cash-strapped museums and libraries across England get £250m government funding boost

Lobby group warns of crumbling buildings and leaking roofs following “decades of underinvestment”

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In the frame

Queen bees from Cornwall give Pierre Huyghe’s Malta sculpture a buzz

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Art heaven or hell? Museum’s epic £15m tunnel brings to life Dante’s Divine Comedy

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How Dada inspired William Kentridge’s The Head and the Load

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Damien Hirst

Exclusive: Damien Hirst channels Jackson Pollock for latest works

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Openings

Ruby City: collector Linda Pace's dream museum becomes reality in Texas

Wizard of Oz vision inspires new $15m contemporary art centre in San Antonio designed by David Adjaye

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Controversies

Aichi Triennale show embroiled in censorship row reopens—but only for visitors selected by lottery

Visitors had to sign a consent form promising not to post works on social media

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Elias Sime

Wellin Museum presents second major US exhibition devoted to Ethiopian artist Elias Sime

The artist, who will be awarded the Smithsonian's African Art Award later this month, has also been commissioned by the Ethiopian prime minister to create a public garden in the royal palace

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Museums

After accusations of racism, MFA, Boston takes steps to become more inclusive

Museum conducts training sessions, changes procedures and plans a new hire

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The Buck stopped here

Jennifer Binnie and Andrew Logan unite once more for collaborative London show

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Pompeii

Fresco of two fighting gladiators discovered in Pompeii

Italy's culture minister Dario Franceschini says the find shows the site is an "inexhaustible mine for archaeological research"

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Arles to Tokyo: Van Gogh exhibitions in 2020 that Vincent aficionados won't want to miss

Detroit’s Van Gogh in America will be the highlight, with more major shows in Amsterdam, Padua, Santa Barbara and Columbus

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see during Barcelona Gallery Weekend

From an expansive exhibition on colonial legacy to a torn apart racing car channelling Tiepolo and Top Gear

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Agnes Denes: environmental art pioneer. Plus, Rembrandt-Velázquez and De Hooch

We speak to the artist behind the extraordinary Wheatfield work and visit two new shows in the Netherlands. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Openings

Paris Museum of Modern Art unveils €10m revamp of Art Deco home

Redesign by h2o architectes opens up 1930s building—with monumental murals by Matisse and Dufy—to disabled visitors

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Art market

Is this a Raphael? Madonna and Child painting to be auctioned at Dorotheum in Vienna

The work, previously unknown to scholars, was until now in a private ducal collection

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Lempicka’s first US show in nearly six decades to Jacolby Satterwhite’s intimate and immersive environment

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In the frame

Kerching! Mark Carney and Tracey Emin reveal £20 note featuring JMW Turner

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Opioid Crisis

Nan Goldin brings Pain to Purdue Pharma bankruptcy hearings in New York

Demonstrators at the White Plains courthouse kept up the pressure to hold Sackler family accountable in opioid crisis, as a $10bn settlement hangs in the balance

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Studio Voltaire

Phyllida Barlow sculpture to pop up in partially ruined, gothic chapel in London cemetery

Studio Voltaire’s ambitious off-site programme also includes commissions by Monster Chetwynd and Dawn Mellor

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Private Museums

François Pinault's long-awaited Paris gallery will open next June

The refurbishment of the Bourse de Commerce space, designed by Tadao Ando, costs $170m

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Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford addresses modern-day xenophobia through Greek mythology and a Motown classic

US artist talks on The Art Newspaper Podcast about his London exhibition Cerberus at Hauser & Wirth

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Art education

Art school shake up: London's Courtauld Institute to offer Modern and contemporary African art degrees

New Tate curator calls the development "a bold decision" in a "burgeoning field"

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Rembrandt-Velázquez: a match made in curatorial heaven

Exhibition at the Rijksmuseum reveals both artists as masters of psychology and technique

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Art crime

Money laundering, trafficking, ivory: crackdown on art crime intensifies

Wave of sentencing and changes in legislation puts pressure on art world

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Conservation

Expert finds lost dress of Queen Elizabeth I in English village church

Rare 16th-century fabric to go on show at Hampton Court Palace after three-year study

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Photography

The media industry 'has changed beyond all recognition': Magnum's new CEO on adapting to the digital landscape

Caitlin Hughes has also promised to “bring the voices of its members together” as the photo agency targets a "more nimble" approach to client partnerships

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MoMA expansion 2019

'Art history isn’t the neat package you think it is': first look at MoMA's $450m expansion

How the New York museum has remixed its unrivalled collection ahead of its 21 October re-opening

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Museums & Heritage

ICA Boston’s Watershed to reopen in May with massive ‘underwater’ installation by Firelai Báez

The Dominican-born New York-based artist will create her largest project yet at the seasonal space on Boston Harbor

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Redevelopment

Cultural figures rally to save Reading Prison—where Oscar Wilde was once incarcerated—as it goes up for sale

Locals hope to prevent historic site "being gutted and turned into luxury flats" as building is put on the market

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Prizes

Ikon Gallery wins £125,000 grant to put on 'dream' show of overlooked Renaissance master Carlo Crivelli

Birmingham institution is first recipient of new Ampersand Foundation Award that enables UK museums to realise a major project

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James Tissot: the 19th century painter who swapped high society for the Holy Land

Long dismissed for its religiosity, Tissot’s biblical work will be given new context in San Francisco

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Photography

Photography exhibition revisits Iceland’s most notorious murders

Jack Latham’s “forensic photography” exhibition coincided with the reopening of a criminal investigation dating to 1974

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italian court blocks loan of Leonardo's Vitruvian Man to Louvre

The ruling also suspends the wider agreement for the exchange of works of art between France and Italy

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Prizes

Canada’s largest art prize, the Sobey Art Award, heads west

An exhibition of the shortlisted artists is now on view at Edmonton’s Art Gallery of Alberta

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Law

Letter calls attention to domestic assault allegations against Swiss artist

Signatories have asked New York's Swiss Institute to address “troubling claims” about an artist included in current group show

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Indigenous art

National Gallery of Canada presents global pulse of contemporary Indigenous art

The museum plans to acquire many of the works in its survey devoted to Indigenous artists

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Desert X

Three board members resign as Desert X announces collaboration with Saudi Arabia, Los Angeles Times reports

Ed Ruscha, Yael Lipschutz and Tristan Milanovich have resigned over the decision to launch the sculpture biennial in Al-Ula next year

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Art crime

It’s 50 years since Caravaggio’s Nativity was stolen in Palermo: have the police been chasing red herrings all this time?

New enquiries suggest a US or Swiss connection through the mafia heroin trade

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Art market

'This is not the end, this is not doomsday': Hong Kong fairs survive escalated violence in city

Law banning face masks sparks more protests and brings Metro and buses to a halt, but Fine Art Asia chief says impact on fair is minimal

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A New York salute to Rube Goldberg and his outlandish contraptions

Queens Museum celebrates a cartoonist who seems more relevant than ever

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Exhibitions

MoMA will celebrate reopening with six site-specific works in its public spaces

Installations range from Haim Steinbach’s phrases and slogans to Yoko Ono’s blue sky

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Appointments

Tim Marlow leaves Royal Academy of Arts to head London’s Design Museum

Announcement of RA artistic director's new appointment comes after Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black stepped down as co-directors

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Controversies

Candice Breitz pulls work from South African museum that is exhibiting convicted murderer's art

Curator at newly opened Javett Art Centre defends decision to show drawing by artist who killed a sex worker in Cape Town in 2013

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Museums

Staff quit in droves at Russian museum as ‘starvation wages’ bite

Deputy director’s swingeing salary cuts trigger resignations of around 50 employees at Moscow theatre museum

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Censorship

Feminist exhibition in China suddenly axed following alleged governmental pressure

Show in Shanghai cancelled after being deemed "too sensitive" to run during 70th anniversary of country's founding

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Crossrail

Latest Crossrail commission unveiled at Canary Wharf

Michal Rovner's video features some of London's best known landmarks

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Research

Gauguin’s Tahitian lover may be more fantasy than reality

As the National Gallery's exhibition opens in London, an expert speculates that the teenager in his Polynesian works could be a composite of women the painter encountered

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LGBTQ

Designs for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum are unveiled amid debate

While early reactions have been mostly positive, a group of activists and victims’ families would rather see a support centre on the site

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UK politics

'London’s resilience, creativity and innovation will help us to keep open for the world'

As the art world turns out in the capital during Frieze, Justine Simons, London's deputy mayor for culture and the creative industries, wonders what the rest of the world must be thinking

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Art market

Christie’s plods to a sturdy end to Frieze week

Post war, contemporary and Italian art sale notched up £89m, topped by a £7.4m Jean-Michel Basquiat

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Friezescope: what the stars have in store for Air Signs during Frieze week

Our resident mystic has some sage predictions for Gemini, Libra and Aquarius art lovers

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Mark Leckey

Mark Leckey on using Victorian techniques to evoke magical memories

For his new Tate Britain show, the artist used illusion to recreate his childhood experience beneath a motorway

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Art market

Running a contemporary gallery is tough: we look at London's lost commercial art spaces

There is a long list of innovative ventures to have fallen by the capital’s waysides but some have left a lasting legacy

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Appointments & departures

Co-directors step down from London's Design Museum after more than a decade

Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black will leave in January

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Climate Change

Extinction Rebellion target Tate Modern

The climate activist group projected “Time’s up, act now” on the side of the London museum's chimney

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Censorship

'I wanted to break down white male ideas': sexually explicit Johannesburg show is pulled

Work by artist Anton Kannemeyer has also been removed from London's 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair after complaints

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Frieze London 2019

Frieze returns to safe haven of painting amid threat of recession and political instability

Traditional medium is back in fashion amid looming Brexit

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Corning Museum of Glass

Glass artist Deborah Czeresko wants to elevate the role of women in the field

Following her triumph in the Netflix show Blown Away, the artist has a two-week residency at The Corning Museum of Glass

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Conservation

The Sistine Chapel's system upgrade: Nam June Paik's immersive video to be recreated for Tate

The late artist’s award-winning Venice Biennale presentation has been painstakingly reconstructed at Tate Modern—clunky old tubes and all

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Commissions

New Rolls-Royce initiative encourages artists to make video, animation and VR works

Scheme is part of the luxury car manufacturer's new vision for its art programme to “encourage artists to expand the limits of the imaginable”

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Appointments & departures

Uffizi's Eike Schmidt reveals why he cancelled move to Kunsthistorisches Museum at the eleventh hour

Uffizi director says he is able to pursue reforms at Florence museum under Italy's new centre-left government