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MaXXI

MaXXI to open new museum in earthquake-ravaged L'Aquila in October

Contemporary art outpost of Rome museum will be housed in an 18th-century palace rebuilt with Russian government funds

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Disasters & destruction

Beirut's art world mourns widespread death and destruction following explosions

With homes, galleries and studios entirely destroyed, Lebanese artists respond in the aftermath of Tuesday’s carnage

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Disasters & destruction

After CCTV footage is released, tourist who damaged Canova sculpture turns himself in

Italian court may press charges after three toes on the statue were broken

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Disasters & destruction

Huge explosion in Beirut decimates city and leaves art scene in disarray

Several galleries and museums have been destroyed or severely damaged following the blast and fire that shook the Lebanese capital on Tuesday

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Disasters & destruction

Snap! Tourist takes a selfie on a 19th-century Canova sculpture—and breaks off two toes

Concerns raised about how the visitor gained access to the Paolina Bonaparte cast

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Disasters & destruction

Rescue and assessment efforts underway for gutted Brazilian museum

Maintenance was under par at Museum of Natural History and Botanical Gardens of the University of Minas Gerais

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Disasters & destruction

The unluckiest museums in the world? Croatia faces string of natural disasters

Zagreb was hit by an earthquake in March at the height of Covid-19, and now by a severe storm

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Disasters & destruction

Security questions remain after Nantes cathedral blaze: 'There's no European country where church fires are this common'

An arson investigation has been launched into the fire at the Gothic St Peter and St Paul Cathedral in western France

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Law

International Criminal Court trial begins of Jihadist police chief accused of destroying Timbuktu’s cultural heritage

Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud is on trial for war crimes in Mali

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Controversies

With demolition of Oslo's Picasso-Nesjar murals imminent, Norwegian sculptor’s daughter speaks out

Carl Nesjar’s daughter talks about the Norwegian sculptor’s long collaboration with the Modern master and shares exclusive images of the pair

Podcast

The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

Plus, art under threat in Putin's Russia and George Shaw on Thomas Jones. Produced in association with Christie's

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Public art

Suspected arson damages Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire in San Francisco’s Presidio park

The 100ft-tall sculpture is still standing after a major blaze, but crews will determine if it can remain in place

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Mosul

Unesco's plan to ‘revive spirit’ of devastated Mosul gets under way

Initiative involves local communities in rebuilding their historic landmarks and neighbourhoods

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Disasters & destruction

Mining company Rio Tinto apologises for destruction of 46,000-year-old Aboriginal site

Blasting of two ancient rock shelters at Juukan Gorge was authorised in 2013 by Western Australia state government

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coronavirus

Significant art emerged from traumas of the past—will the pandemic prove different?

As the coronavirus crisis stretches on, we look at how artists have captured confinement in recent history and what is being done now

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Venice

Explosion in chemicals factory threatens Venice with cloud of toxic smoke

The fire is now under control, but the mayor warns people to stay indoors and keep their windows closed

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Heritage

Battle to save concrete Picasso murals in Oslo intensifies after MoMA steps in

“Workers at the Y-Block site have started drilling, but it’s worrying as once they start moving the mural, it will crack,” says co-creator’s daughter

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Disasters & destruction

The disaster of being hit by an earthquake in a time of Covid-19

Over a third of Zagreb’s museums are unsafe or dangerous to use

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Restoration

Glasgow School of Art will be back as a 'working art school' but restoration is mired in delays

Almost two years after fire ravaged the Mackintosh building, debate intensifies over future plans for the site

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Museums

Fire breaks out at Berlin’s Humboldt Forum

Fire service says one person was injured in the blaze caused by a gas cylinder exploding

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Thieves arrested for stealing stones from Notre Dame in Paris

Drunk perpetrators may have wanted to sell the items on the black market

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Disasters & destruction

Zagreb Cathedral’s spire damaged in major earthquake

City is "fighting two enemies" as it continues to deal with the spread of coronavirus

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coronavirus

Mass museum shutdown in northern Italy—including Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Fondazione Prada—as coronavirus spreads

Public and private institutions in Venice, Milan and Turin will stay closed for at least a week as more than 200 cases of Covid-2019 are confirmed

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China

Where is the West? Art world should be supporting China during coronavirus crisis

Our beleaguered art colleagues need our help and we must not turn our backs on Chinese art institutions, says Philip Dodd, head of Made in China

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coronavirus

Coronavirus impact on China’s art world now eclipses Sars

The region’s art scene has experienced relentless growth since the 2002-03 epidemic. Will it be able to recover from the latest health crisis as quickly as it did almost two decades ago?

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Native American

President Trump blows up Native American grave site for his border wall

“Sacrilegious” act on Unesco-recognised site in Arizona which contains remains of Indigenous peoples

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Australia

Street art auction in aid of Australian bushfire clean-up includes works by Banksy and Shepard Fairey

The Bushfire Relief Auction in Melbourne has been organised by the collectors Sandra Powell and Andrew King and prices start at £200

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Venice

The cost of Venice's worst floods since 1966

We survey the multi-million-euro impact of the disaster on the city's cultural heritage sites—and the funds pledged for restoration so far

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Museums & Heritage

After fire, Museum of Chinese in America hopes to salvage much of its collection

Curator says that conservators might be able to dry many wet objects in the museum’s archive

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Museums & Heritage

Museum of Chinese in America starts fund-raising after loss of its archive in a fire

An estimated 85,000 items are feared lost, including letters, antique wedding dresses and photographs

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Disasters & destruction

National Gallery of Australia closes due to bushfire smoke around Canberra

Director says that decision was taken to protect public and works

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Venice

Governing body of St Mark’s basilica wants to build a Perspex anti-flood wall

Officials warn cathedral cannot take any more damage after the record-breaking floods that hit Venice in November

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The Year in Review 2019

From trafficked treasures to the ravages of climate change: the heritage headlines of 2019

We look back at the biggest stories of the year

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Venice

Venice is in peril: Unesco should come to the aid of Venice as it did after the great flood of 1966

Its official international role, to which Italy signed up, enables it to mobilise world expertise and funds

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Venice

Works of art in Venice museums and the Biennale undamaged by floods, but major attrition to buildings with great loss of private property

Most cultural institutions open to the public again today

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Venice

Where are the flood barriers, cry the citizens of Venice after its second worst flood since records began

More evidence has emerged that the flood barriers have serious technical problems

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Art market

Art storage demands flare as California fires rage

Calls for emergency art storage are putting pressure on art shipment and insurance firms

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Iraq

As protests rage in Iraq, experts say culture is key to long-term reconstruction

Iraqi culture ministry announces new national museum in Baghdad as Mosul restoration plan is extended to historic churches

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Conservation & Preservation

Citing daunting threats, World Monuments Fund lists 25 endangered sites

Bears Ears in the US, a Peruvian valley near Machu Picchu and Notre Dame in Paris join the 2020 roster

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Getty Center

Wildfire spread close to the Getty Center, but an official says the art is ‘just fine’

The campus in the Santa Monica Mountains was designed to resist fire, with a powerful irrigation system, million-gallon water tank and air conditioning that pushes smoke out instead of letting it in

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National Museum of Brazil

Phoenix project rises amid the wreckage of Brazil’s National Museum blaze

The museum is seeking $30m to reopen one wing in 2022 for the bicentennial of Brazilian independence

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Politics

Drawing with the ashes of Isis-ravaged buildings: Piers Secunda on the art of destruction

Artist’s works on iconoclasm in Mosul are currently on show at the Imperial War Museum in London

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Museums & Heritage

Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum requests emergency funding for recovery efforts after fire

As pieces of its ancient Egyptian collection are salvaged, the museum’s director says it can no longer afford storage facilities

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame: experts explain why Macron's five-year restoration deadline is impossible

Complex conservation issues mean it could easily take a decade or more to rebuild the Medieval cathedral

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Heritage

Sri Lankan government steps in to rebuild St Anthony’s church after bomb attacks

Crowdfunding campaigns have also launched to support victims and restore heritage sites after deadly blasts

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

In Notre Dame, we find a heritage that invites us to breathe and reflect

A spire competition is the wrong approach

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Around the world, the Notre Dame fire inspires sadness, solidarity and anger

The Art Newspaper network, which includes the Giornale dell’Arte, The Art Newspaper France, The Art Newspaper Russia, and The Art Newspaper China, has gathered together comments from three continents

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Britain’s historic house owners pledge ancient trees for Notre Dame rebuilding

The cathedral’s roof, wholly destroyed in the fire, was built of some 1300 great trees

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Precious works rescued from Notre Dame to be transferred to the Louvre

Crown of Thorns and St Louis tunic are among the artefacts to have been saved, while paintings inside the cathedral will be removed and restored

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Trump’s tweets on Notre Dame blaze fall foul of French fire officials

US President proposed water bombing the cathedral but this risks weakening the structure, say experts

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Stone is cool: Gothic vaulting probably saved Notre Dame from total destruction

Tragic fire destroys the roof, but vaulting saves the interior

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame will be rebuilt, President Macron confirms

As the extent of the damage continues to be assessed, investigation into cause of devastating fire begins

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame benefits from the battle of the billionaires

Competitive philanthropy can help save France’s flagship cathedral

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Museums & Heritage

Fire destroys roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

The spire has collapsed on the medieval landmark

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Museums & Heritage

Cause of Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum fire revealed

An overheated air conditioning unit was the starting point of the inferno that destroyed the building last year

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Disasters & destruction

Tributes pour in for Italian marine archaeologist Sebastiano Tusa who died in Ethiopian Airlines plane crash

He was was an expert on the battle of Egadi of 241BC

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Disasters & destruction

Inhotim arts centre reopens in wake of deadly Brazilian dam collapse

As one of the biggest employers in the area, the vast open-air culture complex wants to support victims

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The Year In Review

2018 in museums: big ethics questions dominate the field

Museums are facing greater scrutiny over sponsorship and the artists they choose to display

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Los Angeles

Artists’ homes and work destroyed in California wildfires

It was not just Malibu’s celebrities who lost their property in the Woolsey Fire that ravaged the beachside community

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Architecture

California wildfires threaten architectural landmarks and historic sites

The 19th century Sepulveda Adobe and western movie set Paramount Ranch have been destroyed, but the fate of many other buildings remain unknown

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Disasters & destruction

Flood-damaged tapestries by Miro return to Venice museum in time for exhibition opening

The two works at Palazzo Zaguri were found submerged in water on Monday night

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Disasters & destruction

Venice museums reopen after worst floods in 10 years

High tide may have been prevented by barrier that is still under construction

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Disasters & destruction

New York cemetery opens its doors to art to honour dead migrants and victims of Hurricane Maria

Artist creates an altar incorporating objects from Puerto Rico and invites visitors to add their own

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Fire consumes depot at Deutsches Museum

Burned storage depot housed 8,000 exhibits; museum fears “heavy damages”

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Conservation & Preservation

Titian's Crucifixion work torn after falling from the wall in Spain's Royal Monastery

Sixteenth-century painting of Christ on the cross was rushed immediately for conservation

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National Museum in Rio starts rebuilding efforts with temporary exhibitions

While most of its collection is still buried under rubble, the institution begins the long road to restoration with displays of stored works that were spared from the fire

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What will it take to restore Rio's National Museum to its former glory?

This will be no easy task and will require a broad coalition of forces

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Kindling for the fire: why Brazil’s lost research archives are irreplaceable

Much more was lost than objects and papers when the National Museum burned down

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Exhibitions

Art made from Isis bullet hole damage goes on show for first joint UK project between Iraq and Kurdistan

Piers Secunda’s exhibition on destroyed ancient Assyrian objects is part of ongoing attempts to bring peace to a divided region

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Architecture

Renzo Piano designs replacement for collapsed Genoa bridge

Since the Morandi tragedy, architect "can’t think of anything else but that bridge"

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Conservation & Preservation

Syria's Palmyra to be ready for tourists by summer 2019 as cost to rebuild Homs reaches $2bn

Authorities says they have received "good offers from the world powers" to help conserve ancient sites

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Architecture

'This was no accident', says architect Renzo Piano about Genoa bridge collapse

Italy lacks effective site diagnosis, he tells Italian newspaper La Repubblica

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Vandalism

List of 34,361 dead refugees and migrants goes back on show in Liverpool after being destroyed

Reasons and perpetrators behind the removal of the key biennial work remain unclear

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Disasters & destruction

Syrian museums seek Russian expertise to restore destroyed Palmyra sculptures

Ancient city occupied by Islamic State was retaken by Syrian army with Russian support in 2017

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Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei remembers the Sichuan earthquake, ten years on

On the anniversary, the artist reflects on the disaster and China's response