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Museums & Heritage

The Huntington Library acquires two collections of US slavery and abolition records

The historic documents highlight the complexities of documenting America’s "peculiar institution"

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Whitney Museum acquires 88 works by biennial artists

The works, by 40 artists, are among 250 that have entered the collection since the spring

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Jayne Wrightsman leaves over 375 works of art and $80m to the Met

From European paintings to the decorative arts, the patron and her oil tycoon husband, who both served as trustees for decades, gave the New York museum more than 1,275 works in all

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Orazio Gentileschi

London's National Gallery launches public campaign to fund last £2m to buy Orazio Gentileschi masterpiece

The 17th-century painting The Finding of Moses was painted in London for Charles I and represented the birth of Charles II

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New York's Morgan Library receives ‘transformational’ trove of manuscripts and bindings

Bequest comes from New York collector Jayne Wrightsman, who amassed an 18th-century library to complement her celebrated French furnishings

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Getty acquires Bronzino’s Madonna and Child with Saints, a twin of National Gallery in London’s

The brightly coloured painting, depicting the same family scene, has been in private hands for decades, most recently the Chilean Alana Collection

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Art fairs

Bada sells majority stake in Chelsea fair to Masterpiece founders

The event will be renamed The Open Art Fair and will launch in March next year

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Museums & Heritage

The William Blakes that got away—and why

As the Tate Britain show opens, we reveal the inside story of the Tate’s failure to acquire 19 watercolours from a portfolio that turned up in a Glasgow bookshop

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Museums & Heritage

UK's most valuable museum acquisition in a decade? National Gallery set to buy Gentileschi masterpiece

The Finding of Moses, currently on loan at the London museum, is owned by sofa-billionaire Graham Kirkham

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Ivory

UK museums lose opportunity to buy rare renaissance casket

Cabinet of curiosities cannot go to US because of tough ivory regulations

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In the frame

Happy Birthday Ellsworth Kelly!

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From Venice to California: Lisa Reihana’s post-colonial ‘digital scroll’ is acquired by FAMSF and Lacma

The massive work, shown at the 2017 Venice Biennale, re-interprets 19th-century wallpaper depicting native Pacific peoples

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Rembrandt

Louvre bids to buy Rembrandt masterpiece from Rothschild collection in France

The state has deferred the painting's export licence giving the museum 30 months to find the funds

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Photography gallery at Victoria and Albert Museum renamed after Elton John following 'significant' donation

The Rocket Man will organise a photography exhibition at the London institution with his husband David Furnish

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Bumper haul of 26 acquisitions head to UK's regional contemporary art galleries

Fig-futures project brings works worth £80,000 to four venues

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Museums & Heritage

The Boca Raton Museum of Art acquires seven works by George Segal

The US artist’s daughter shares memories behind the sculptures and drawings

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Museums & Heritage

Dallas Museum of Art boosts Latin American focus with new curator and acquisitions

The museum aims to show the diversity of the region, where art and cultures have mixed for centuries

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Museums & Heritage

National Museum of African American History and Culture to unveil rediscovered Harriet Tubman photo

She is “relaxed and very stylish” in the portrait

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Kimbell Art Museum fêtes International Women's Day with Anne Vallayer-Coster acquisition

Still Life With Mackerel demonstrates the French 18th-century artist's virtuosity in the genre

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Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest unveils €6.6m Van Dyck

Portrait of Charles I’s daughter was purchased at Christie’s, London in December

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Met receives donation of ten ‘exceptional’ colonial Latin American works out of the blue

The São Paulo collector James Kung Wei Li, whose father was a Chinese ambassador in South America, says the donation is his family’s repayment for American educational largesse

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Ivory

Frankfurt museum acquires more than 200 ivory sculptures

Liebieghaus sculpture museum says the acquisition of Reiner Winkler’s collection is the largest in its history

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Spot the difference: newly acquired Cranach painting joins earlier work at London’s National Gallery

Moral painting of Venus and Cupid by the German Renaissance master shows the young god of desire being attacked by bees

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Whitney acquires Abstract Expressionist painting by Norman Lewis

The museum will show the underrecognised African American artist's work alongside pieces by his contemporaries

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Museums & Heritage

MacKenzie Art Gallery given 1,000 works by contemporary indigenous artists from Canada and the US

Collectors Thomas Druyan and Alice Ladner were drawn by the Saskatchewan museum’s dedication to indigenous and aboriginal art from around the globe

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Why a six-ton scholar’s rock is making its way from China to Texas

A low-key request from the San Antonio Museum of Art director resulted in a big gift from Lake Taihu near Wuxi

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Vienna

Albertina Museum director defends landmark gift of Essl collection

Klaus Albrecht Schröder says contemporary art acquisitions, criticised by Austrian Court of Audit, will fill a gap in country’s public museums

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Dallas school given largest collection of Swiss art outside of Switzerland

The University of Texas at Dallas is building its first museum to house the gift

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Donations

Major coup for Paris’s Institut du Monde Arabe as it receives one of its biggest ever donations of works

Gallerist Claude Lemand and his wife France also set up a fund to support the museum

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Architecture

Thermal spa developer buys Frida Escobedo's Serpentine Pavilion 2018

Structure will be re-installed as part of Therme Group's art and architecture initiative

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Frieze London 2018

Tate acquires four works at Frieze London’s VIP opening

Contemporary Art Society buys Kehinde Wiley film for The Box in Plymouth, while first Camden Arts Centre Emerging Artist prizewinner is also announced

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Getty acquires archive of Betye Saar

Purchase is part of a new programme known as the African American Art History Initiative

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Podcast

Van Gogh’s postman didn't deliver: how Samuel Courtauld swapped portrait for famous Sunflowers

In this week’s podcast, hear how the British collector changed his mind and acquired the National Gallery's star attraction

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Auctions

Bonhams auction house bought by Epiris private equity group

The British auction house brings in former Sotheby’s financial executive Bruno Vinciguerra as part of the deal

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Salvator Mundi will not go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi this month, for reasons unknown

$450.3m Leonardo da Vinci painting was due to be unveiled at museum in two weeks but its display has now been delayed

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Italy revokes export licence for the Frick Collection’s princely portrait by Gérard

Italian government claims licence application did not state portrait was of Prince Camillo Borghese

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Dallas Museum of Art says thank you to a life-long patron

Institution recognises the “transformational” final gift of its late trustee Margaret McDermott with a special exhibition and new wall labels for more than 400 works she helped acquire

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London’s National Gallery acquires painting by Artemisia Gentileschi for £3.6m

Piece by Italian Baroque painter boosts number of works by female artists in the museum's collection

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Leonardo da Vinci’s $450m Salvator Mundi to go on show at Louvre Abu Dhabi on 18 September

The painting will be loaned to the Louvre in Paris next year for an exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of artist's death

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MFA Boston acquires photographs by Graciela Iturbide ahead of major exhibition

The works, which came from Iturbide's own collection, include gifts from the Mexican artist

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Lichtenstein Foundation gives hundreds of works to the Whitney and Smithsonian

The organisation wants to get its collection "out into the world", the director says

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Dallas Museum of Art acquires Derick Baegert panel, a first for a US museum

The Descent from the Cross is the museum's first acquisition backed by the Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund, a hefty $17m endowment

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Leaders

Displaying the ruins of demolished social housing at the Venice Architecture Biennale is not ‘art-washing’

The V&A acquired a fragment of London's Robin Hood Gardens before it was demolished

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In the frame

Beatz goes on (collecting)

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American University Museum gets 9,000 works from Corcoran Gallery of Art’s collection

The defunct museum has given the last of its 20,000 works to 22 institutions in Washington, DC

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Cultural policy

The blueprint for Saudi Arabia's multi-billion-euro project with France

We exclusively reveal the details of the plans for a “historic” collaboration

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Lacma acquires major works by women through lively Collectors Committee Weekend

Ten works are added to the permanent collection, including a striking slavery themed installation by Betye Saar and the museum's first sculpture by Ruth Asawa

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Controversial 'hip-hop version' of the Virgin Mary given to MoMA

Chris Ofili's work—donated by hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen—was once at the centre of a New York culture war

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George Lucas gives Rockwell fans new hope with acquisition of Shuffleton’s Barbershop

The work will first goes on loan in Massachusetts and possibly elsewhere

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Dresden receives gift of 1,200 contemporary works from private collector Erika Hoffmann

Gift includes Polke, Warhol, Twombly, Emin, Tillmans

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Leaders

The mirage of riches in museums’ vaults

Putting aside museum ethics, Martin Gammon looks at the financial viability of museums deaccessioning their collection as a quick fix for financial trouble

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Palestine

Gifts multiply for fledgling Palestinian museum’s solidarity collection

Sixty works donated by European and Arab artists will stay at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris until a permanent home is built

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Widow of Hitler’s art dealer, Erhard Göpel, bequeaths Max Beckmann works to Berlin

Initial research into provenance 'gave no concrete cause for suspicion that these works were looted', Berlin State Museums says

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Architecture

Ellsworth Kelly’s final work—and only building—opens in Texas

Artist donated his design for Austin to the Blanton Museum in 2015, the year he died

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Estate of Nazi propaganda film-maker, Leni Riefenstahl, donated to Berlin museums

Trove of photographs, films, manuscripts and letters date back to the 1920s

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UK-based Hyman Collection donates 125 photographs to Yale Center for British Art

James Hyman hopes the gift will improve the status of British photography both at home and abroad

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Tacita Dean’s film of Hockney smoking bought by Royal Academy and National Portrait Gallery

Acquisition heralds triptych of London shows dedicated to Dean

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Exhibitions

French museums' new hoard of sculptures by Camille Claudel go on show at Musée d’Orsay

State stepped in and purchased major pieces by important female sculptor at auction

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Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros gives 200 works of Latin American contemporary art to six museums

The 90 works given to MoMA take the museum “in a new direction”, says director Glenn Lowry

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The top ten museum acquisitions of 2017

We look back at some of most important purchases and donations that entered public collections this year

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Serpentine 2017 pavilion snapped up by Malaysian buyer

Francis Kéré’s structure in London will head to Kuala Lumpur next year in deal struck with Ilham Gallery

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

The Pérez Art Museum Miami acquires skateboard drawing with help from Nada

It's the first work acquired as part of the fair's new acquisition fund for the Miami museum

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Zimmerli Art Museum in New Jersey gets treasure trove of Soviet dissident art

The collection of more than 20,000 works by 1,000 artists from throughout the former USSR was secretly amassed over decades by the US economist Norton Dodge

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Rockefeller's Matisse and Léger fireplaces reunited in Houston

Museum of Fine Arts confirms acquisition to bring together Modern masterpieces originally commissioned for billionaire's Manhattan penthouse