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Catherine Hickley

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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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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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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

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Appointments

Uffizi’s Eike Schmidt cancels move to Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna

Move comes just one month before the German art historian was due to take the reins of the prestigious museum

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Restoration

King of bling’s magnificent home—destroyed by Allied bombing—is recreated in Dresden

Splendid royal state apartments of Augustus the Strong are opening to visitors again after a lavish reconstruction

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Exhibitions

Woven conflicts: Hannah Ryggen's fascist-fighting tapestries go on show in Frankfurt

Textile-works showing Nazi prison camps and Mussolini with a spear through his head will feature in first German survey of Swedish artist

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Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for climate

The Danish-Icelandic artist has long been addressing environmental issues in his work

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Restitution

Namibian artefacts travel home in Berlin museum research project

But return of the objects permanently to Namibia is not the immediate goal, says Hermann Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

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Austrian politics

Austrian election campaign turns forest art stadium into political battleground

Unveiled earlier this month, Klaus Littmann's tree installation is Austria's biggest ever public work of art

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Museums

Costs soar for Berlin’s planned Museum of the 20th Century

New estimate puts potential cost at €450m versus previous estimate of €200m

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Restoration

Restorers discover shield fragment is 1,700 years old, making it the oldest German panel painting

Researchers at the Landesmuseum in Halle found fragments of paint on the ancient wooden object

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Protest

Ai Weiwei was not 'thrown out' of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, artist confirms

Activist was demonstrating in support of workers' rights in the face of cost-cutting at the museum

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see during Berlin Art Week

From an artist occupation in an abandoned building to Ai Weiwei's return to his roots

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Photography

Germany plans photography archive to preserve 'visual memory of our society'

Culture minister Monika Grütters enlists international experts to help create a central institution but critics question necessity and feasibility

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Bauhaus

'Black box' dedicated to Bauhaus opens in Dessau

Museum celebrates the German design school in the city most closely associated with founder Walter Gropius

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Controversies

Nazi design exhibition at Dutch museum braces for protests

The show called Design of the Third Reich features the Volkswagen Beetle and Riefenstahl’s films

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Museums & Heritage

Kaiser's heir angers German public over huge restitution claims

Demands by the emperor's great-great grandson for the return of thousands of works from two German states threatens the future of at least two museums

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Germany

Berlin celebrates fall of the wall with art installations, projections and an app

A week-long festival for the 30th anniversary includes a banner of messages floating near the Brandenburg Gate

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Museum directors

Udo Kittelmann will leave Berlin Nationalgalerie next year

The museum director, who manages five Berlin museums in his current role, will not renew his contract which expires in October 2020

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Heritage

Artists demand rethink in rebuilding of Potsdam church where Hitler cemented power

Open letter describes the Garrison Church, damaged in the Second World War, as the symbol of an “unholy alliance” between church, military, and state

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Restitution

German Nazi loot panel divided on Max Stern painting—but returns it to his heirs anyway

For first time, advisory team stipulates that work must not be sold for ten years in case evidence emerges that contradicts its ruling

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Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter to donate works for a room devoted to his art in new Berlin museum

Announcement comes after the German artist turned down proposals for his own museum in Cologne

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Law

Family claims quarter share of disputed Isleworth Mona Lisa

The painting, long the subject of an attribution dispute, is now at the centre of a legal conflict over ownership

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Exhibitions

Revisiting the 1989 revolution that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall

Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig looks at how East German artists responded to tumultuous times

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Restitution

Austria promises to return ancient artefacts to Russia that were taken as war trophies

An Austrian army officer took the 2,000-year-old objects from a war-damaged museum in the port of Temryuk at the end of the Second World War

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Obituaries

Frieder Burda—leading German collector of Modern masters including Picasso and Pollock—dies aged 83

Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden is home to the philanthropist's collection of around 1,000 works

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Politics

Leipzig exhibition ousts artist with alt-right sympathies

Axel Krause’s support for anti-immigration party AfD was a step too far for the organisers, but others say his exclusion suppresses freedom

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Nazi loot

Berlin museums appeal to US Supreme Court in dispute over €200m Guelph Treasure

The case 'shouldn't be heard in a US court', argues the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

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Jewish Museum Berlin director steps down after a tweet misfires

Germany’s Council of Jews said Peter Schäfer “lost the trust of the Jewish community”

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Humboldt Forum

Humboldt Forum opening delayed until 2020

The opening festivities were to begin this year, but the final stage of construction is behind schedule

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Nazi loot

Mass theft of art from East German citizens revealed in new report

Study reveals that up to 8% of museum acquisitions were looted from private citizens

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Heritage

Planned cable car attraction over Belgrade historic fortress ‘should be suspended’

Kalemegdan served as a military site for the Roman Empire and is a candidate for Unesco World Heritage status

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Exhibitions

Exhibition resurrects East Germany's demolished Palast der Republik

Kunsthalle Rostock, the only museum built under the GDR, remembers Berlin's asbestos-riddled parliament building and culture hub

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Heritage

Anti-Semitic 'Jewish Sow' relief may be removed from Luther’s church

Medieval sculpture on façade of Unesco World Heritage site in Wittenberg is one of around 30 similar pieces across Europe

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Restitution

Netherlands to restitute two paintings sold by Jewish businessman in Nazi era

Restitutions Committee recommends return of two Golden Age works to heirs of Jacob Lierens

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Architecture

Nazi site in Nuremberg to be preserved but not restored

German city launches €85m plan to prevent further decay of infamous rally grounds

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Czech culture minister resigns amid outrage over dismissals of museum chiefs

Antonin Stanek’s sudden firing of National Gallery director Jiri Fajt sparked international protests and a petition

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Discoveries

Hidden Cupid resurfaces in one of Vermeer’s best-known works after two and a half centuries

Laboratory tests revealed "sensational" discovery that the figure in Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window was overpainted decades after the artist’s death

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Video, film & new media

Berlin collector turns Nazi-era Luftwaffe building into home for video art

Software entrepreneur Markus Hannebauer opens Fluentum to the public with Dutch artist Guido van der Werve

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Berlinische Galerie forced to close suddenly because of structural problems

“Safety comes first,” the building’s manager says

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Politics

US museum criticises use of Gérôme’s Slave Market in German right-wing campaign

Anti-immigration party AfD is using provocative 19th-century work on its posters for the upcoming European elections

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Art market

Bonn library recovers 600 books missing since the Second World War

Sotheby's assisted the return of the books, including 11 medieval manuscripts, which were found in Belgium

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European Union

EU adopts new rules on cultural heritage imports

Regulation is designed to protect against smuggling and cut off a source of terrorist financing

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Restitution

Indigenous human remains returned to Australia by five German institutions

Australia is pursuing further repatriations from Germany, ambassador says

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Germany

New Berlin exhibition exposes Emil Nolde’s Nazi ties

Show at the Hamburger Bahnhof explores how the German artist hid behind Hitler's "degenerate" label

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Museums & Heritage

Weimar—birthplace of Bauhaus—opens new museum dedicated to the influential design school

On the same day, the nearby Neues Museum Weimar will open a new permanent exhibition on early Modernism

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Sponsorship

Jewish Museum Berlin says it would no longer accept Sackler family donations

But the Sackler Staircase in the museum will keep its name

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Contemporary art

German art collective under investigation by state prosecutor

Zentrum für politische Schönheit sees artistic freedom under attack

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Private Museums

Software billionaire plans to turn decaying Potsdam restaurant into museum for East German art

Hasso Plattner also plans to put his Impressionist works on permanent display in his Barberini Museum

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Norwegian foundation bought $22m Kirchner that the Guggenheim restituted last year

Painting acquired for Oslo's National Gallery was bought at auction from heirs of Jewish dealer persecuted by the Nazis

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Angela Merkel to open James Simon Galerie in Berlin

The entrance building to Museum Island is the German capital’s answer to the Louvre Pyramid

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Restitution

Panel urges return of Hitler’s Bellotto paintings to heirs of Jewish retail magnate

German advisory commission on Nazi-looted art says paintings in government collection should be restituted to the descendants of Max James Emden

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Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono requests photographs of women's eyes for Leipzig retrospective

The exhibition opening in April at the Museum of Fine Arts is billed as the artist’s biggest-ever solo show in Germany

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Art Basel in Hong Kong 2019

David Chipperfield on his design for West Bund Art Museum in Shanghai

The UK architect talks about working in China and the decline of its "funny-shaped" buildings

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Nazi loot

German cathedral returns Nazi-looted Dutch Old Master to heirs

Dutch Square is one of many paintings Bavaria returned to the families of the looters instead of the original Jewish owners after the war

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Auctions

Going, going, gone online: Europe's auction houses go digital

Online-only auctions may tend to focus on the lower end of the market, but they are key to expanding clientele. We survey ten auction houses to find out their strategy

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Obituaries

Okwui Enwezor, curator of Documenta and Venice Biennale, has died aged 55

Enwezor inspired a global, inclusive view of art history

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Cornelius Gurlitt

Signac painting in Gurlitt hoard identified as Nazi loot

Restitution discussions with descendants of Jewish owner are underway

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Restitution

Culture ministers from 16 German states agree to repatriate artefacts looted in colonial era

Joint declaration is “a statement of historical responsibility,” says Culture Minister Monika Grütters

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Restitution

Dutch museums take initiative to repatriate colonial-era artefacts

Rijksmuseum opens talks with Sri Lanka, ethnology museums publish guidelines

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Museums & Heritage

Austrian exhibition to reveal story of Wolfgang Gurlitt, art dealer for the Nazis turned museum director

Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz confronts the legacy of its controversial first director, cousin of Hildebrand Gurlitt

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Auction

Van Ham to auction 4,000 contemporary works from SØR Rusche collection

Dutch Old Masters in the retailer’s corporate collection are to be sold at Sotheby’s

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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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Adolf Hitler

Faking Hitler: the story behind a sinister market

Despite the failure of five of the dictator-to-be’s watercolours to sell at auction last month, a market for his works—both real and forged—remains

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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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Documenta

Documenta appoints Indonesian artists cooperative Ruangrupa to lead 15th edition

Group says it will focus on urban structures in Kassel with links to other sites

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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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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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Censorship

Ai Weiwei’s contribution to Berlin movie scrapped amid censorship fears

“It was infuriating to find our involvement had been erased,” Ai says

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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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Fakes & copies

Nuremberg prosecutor seizes 63 Hitler works from auction house on forgery suspicions

Twenty-six of the seized works were to be auctioned at Auktionshaus Weidler tomorrow

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Looting

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