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Catherine Hickley

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Art theft

Birthday heist: Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum on anniversary of artist's birth

The Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands is currently on lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic

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Saving the art world’s self-employed amidst the coronavirus crisis

We explore the devastating effects of the pandemic on art communities and discuss the different support packages in the UK, Germany and the US. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793

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coronavirus

Majority of Berlin artists worried they can't pay rent due to coronavirus, survey finds

German government has introduced emergency measures to support the creative industry

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coronavirus

Here's how to apply for financial aid during the coronavirus pandemic if you're self-employed or a small business in the arts

We have gathered information about grants and loans around the world to help you get through the Covid-19 crisis

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coronavirus

Berlin museums will close to stem spread of coronavirus

Culture ministers from the 16 states to meet today to discuss their response to the virus

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coronavirus

Germany promises financial support to help arts institutions hit by coronavirus

Grütters sees "massive burden" for arts sector as theatres and concert halls close, ticket sales dwindle

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Nazi loot

Hitler’s helpers? German dynasty’s restitution claim hangs on Nazi ties

Hohenzollern family is seeking compensation for thousands of works and expropriated property

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coronavirus

Austria’s federal museums close to prevent coronavirus spread

Albertina delays planned opening of new Vienna museum of modern art

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Art theft

Green Vault guards under investigation in Dresden jewel heist inquiry

Two are suspected of tampering with the alarm system; two more, on duty during the theft, are accused of an inadequate response

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Humboldt Forum

Goethe Institute teams up with Berlin's Humboldt Forum

Joint projects will include exhibitions, exchanges and education programs focussed on post-colonialism and sustainability

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Exhibitions

Topless Beethoven to take centre stage in Leipzig survey of Symbolist artist Max Klinger

Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts hopes to raise awareness of the German sculptor whose work was dismissed by critics as "craft"

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Anniversary

Happy birthday Beuys: German museums band together to celebrate artist’s 2021 centenary

Twenty institutions in 12 cities are planning exhibitions and events for 100th anniversary of Joseph Beuys’s birth

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Openings

Semperbau museum in Dresden, home to Vermeer's hidden cupid painting, reopens after €49m renovation

The 19th-century palace is returning to the idea of showing sculpture alongside its Old Masters

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Exhibitions

Uffizi scientific committee resigns in dispute over Raphael loan

The committee had advised against moving Raphael’s portrait of Pope Leo X; the museum loaned it to Rome’s Scuderie del Quirinale regardless

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Restitution

Italy hands Nazi-looted Renaissance sculpture from the Uffizi to Germany

Andrea della Robbia’s Mary Magdalene was acquired by Hermann Göring in 1941

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Parthenon marbles

Leaked draft of EU paper stirs Parthenon Marbles dispute

But the clause is unlikely to refer to the ancient Greek sculptures in the British Museum, expert says

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Public art

Carousel in Frankfurt to recall the Kindertransport that saved thousands of children from the Nazis

Yael Bartana's public sculpture commemorates those who were shipped out before the Second World War

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Sculpture Park

Sculpture park to show works by Ai Weiwei and Hans Arp at castle outside Berlin

Established by the founders of the Institute for Artists Estates, Loretta Würtenberger and Daniel Tümpel, the display will open in May at Schlossgut Schwante

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Art market

Goodbye Gerhard: Deutsche Bank shrinks art collection

Troubled firm offloads some major works, but vows to continue buying emerging artists’ work

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Nazi loot

German court rules in favour of Nazi-looted art database, although owners say a listing makes works unsellable

Lostart.de is caught between the conflicting demands of claimants and the holders of disputed art

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East German art

Arseholes or artists? How East German art is becoming a new collecting frontier

As a cache of communist pieces stored near Beeskow castle for 25 years is being rehabilitated, the market for such work is growing

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Exhibitions

Angelica Kauffman, who was lauded in her lifetime but later largely ignored by art historians, gets new show

Travelling Kunstpalast exhibition will feature the only known ceiling paintings created by a woman in the 18th century

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Acquisitions

Hitler in Hell: German Historical Museum acquires George Grosz painting

Painted while Grosz was living in exile, the work has remained in the family since 1944

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Exhibitions

Two Iran exhibitions in Germany put on ice amid political tensions

Insurers refused to cover the transport of loans, including salt-mine mummies and Greek and Roman antiquities

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Restitution

Three Nazi-looted works bought by Gurlitt return to Jewish collector’s heirs

Two paintings by Jean-Louis Forain were discovered in Cornelius Gurlitt’s trove; the third work, by Constantin Guys, was restituted by another family member

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Art theft

Five Old Masters return to German castle 40 years after theft

The paintings, including works by Holbein and Hals, were smuggled across the Iron Curtain in the 1980s and recovered in a secret operation last year

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Restitution

Berlin restitutes painting to heirs of 'degenerate' artist for the first time

A portrayal of Lot by Hans Baldung Grien was sold to the Gemäldegalerie in 1937 by Hans Purrmann

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Restitution

Arts Council England asks for help in returning looted artefacts held in UK museums

Tender opened for guidance around repatriation questions for items including those acquired from former colonies

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Art market

Sotheby’s to auction three Nazi-looted works restituted to Jewish collector’s heirs

Two paintings by Signac and one by Pissarro are expected to fetch as much as £20m

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Restitution

New evidence cited in restitution claim for Panama Papers Modigliani

Dealer Oscar Stettiner’s grandson says painting, now owned by David Nahmad, was looted by Nazis

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Art market

Art Berlin is scrapped due to venue uncertainty and lack of profits

Organiser of German fair describes cancellation as "regrettable"

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Controversies

German art activists apologise for upsetting Holocaust survivors with monument containing human remains

Centre for Political Beauty concedes “mistakes,” says it will veil monument

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Controversies

Art activists anger Holocaust survivors with Berlin monument containing ashes

Centre for Political Beauty says action targets conservatives open to allying with far right

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Conservation & Preservation

Cold War-era mosaic sees light of day again in eastern Germany

Reappearance of a Josep Renau mural hints at a greater acceptance of East German public art

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Restitution

Germany returns indigenous remains of 45 ancestors to Australia in 'long overdue step'

Saxon government acknowledges “years of disregard for their dignity and importance to their communities of origin”

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Jewish Museum Berlin

Hetty Berg is appointed new director of Jewish Museum Berlin

She will take over the German institution following the controversial departure of Peter Schäfer last June

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Restitution

German museum acquires Heinrich Campendonk painting after restitution to Jewish collector’s heir

Work once belonged to the shoe manufacturer Alfred Hess, whose family was forced to flee Nazi Germany

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Art crime

Thieves steal priceless Baroque jewels from Dresden museum

After breaking in through a window at the Green Vault, the intruders grabbed three royal jewellery ensembles containing diamonds and pearls

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Berlin

New Berlin foundation turns AI into immersive art

Light Art Space wants visitors to understand the world through a computer’s eyes

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Restitution

Dr Oetker returns painting to heirs of Jewish tobacco dealer murdered by the Nazis

Leo Bendel was killed at Buchenwald three years after he sold the painting by Carl Spitzweg to fund his escape from Nazi Germany

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Exhibitions

Permanent Documenta exhibition opens at Kassel’s Neue Galerie

The show includes insights into preparations by the Indonesian art cooperative Ruangrupa for the 2022 edition

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China

German art worth €300m disappears in China, media reports

Collector Maria Chen-Tu says she had loaned works by Markus Lüpertz and Anselm Kiefer to a businessman to be shown in museums

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Museums

German parliament approves institute for photographic legacy based in Dusseldorf

Government says institute is necessary to address “considerable backlog in securing the visual memory of our society”

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Restitution

France returns a historic sword to Senegal

The gesture is intended as a symbol of France’s commitment to repatriating African heritage

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Restitution

George Soros's Open Society Foundations pledges $15m to help Africa recover looted heritage

Paid over four years, it will support efforts made by museums, grassroots-organisations and governments

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Museums

German parliament approves extra costs for Berlin Museum of the 20th Century

The €364m budget is “a real pain threshold,” culture minister says

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Collectors

Collector Egidio Marzona buys eastern German castle to host design academy

The property was once home to Paul Schultze-Naumburg, a leading proponent of Nazi cultural policy

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Restitution

Bern museum sells $4m Manet painting from Gurlitt art hoard

National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo agrees to buy the painting, Ships at Sea in Stormy Weather

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Provenance research

'An invaluable resource' for provenance research: German pre-1945 auction catalogues are published online

The database includes 9,000 catalogues from more than 390 auction houses in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

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Restitution

FBI recovers painting suspected as Nazi loot from US museum

Gari Melchers's painting of a winter landscape, which was in the Arkell Museum in the state of New York, belonged to the media mogul Rudolf Mosse

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Exhibitions

Munich exhibition uses X-rays to lay bare Anthony van Dyck's creative methods

Research project conducted by Alte Pinakothek reveals how the Flemish painter developed and reworked his canvases

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Art market

'Close to Raphael' Madonna sells for €1.27m at Vienna’s Dorotheum

A leading Italian art historian attributed it to Raphael and associates before the sale

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Appointments

Tate’s Andrea Lissoni to lead Munich’s troubled Haus der Kunst

Challenges include financial problems and a major planned renovation

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Exhibitions

British Museum to borrow the Nebra Sky Disc, the oldest portrayal of the cosmos

The artefact will be the focus of a joint exhibition with the Halle Museum of Prehistory

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Art crime

'Prominent' Berlin art dealer arrested on suspicion of fraud

Police has raided seven premises in connection with the investigation

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Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson will create 'pan-European' work of art for Germany's EU presidency next year

The project, which is to be designed with participation from children and young people, will be supported by the Goethe Institute

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Colonial art

German states establish help desk to handle artefacts acquired in colonial era

An open letter from scholars and curators, including Bénédicte Savoy and Felwine Sarr, demands greater transparency on collections

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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