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Gareth Harris

Chief contributing editor at The Art Newspaper

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The Year Ahead 2020

New museums and major expansions opening in 2020

From Tutankhamun's new king-sized home in Cairo to Munch's sleek space in Oslo, here is our pick of the big openings this year

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Cuba

Hunger strike against Cuba's human rights abuses left artist in ‘critical condition’

Activists and artists were trapped in Havana building following demonstrations against police action

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UK politics

Spending Review: UK museums to receive £320m during ‘biggest economic decline in 300 years’

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces slight boost to culture department's budget, but some institutions face extended closure under new tiered system

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Museums & Heritage

'Rent has increased by 3,100% since 2012': London heritage society says it may sell collection after UK government hikes costs

The Society of Antiquaries is launching a campaign to stay in historic home of Burlington House, close to Piccadilly

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Pompeii dig unearths incredible preserved remains of two men engulfed in volcanic ash

Plaster casts were made of the newly discovered victims of Vesuvius eruption, which are believed to have been a wealthy landowner and his slave

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Book Club

In Pictures | Andy Warhol's explicit drawings from the 1950s that he never got to publish

New book brings together hundreds of images of nude young men, which “are imbued with an emotional vulnerability that few of his later works exhibit”

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Museums

Where next for museums? Four key takeaways from Louvre Abu Dhabi symposium on the post-pandemic future

Event marking anniversaries of the Emirati museum and New York University Abu Dhabi looked at museum collections, buildings and people, and the impact of coronavirus

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Museum entry fees

London's National Gallery charges £8 for virtual tour of blockbuster Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition

Move reflects how museums could cash in on digital initiatives

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Gwangju Biennale

Gwangju Biennale artistic directors discuss Korean shamanism and planning in a pandemic

13th edition of the biannual Korean art exhibition will look at queer theory, feminism and how centuries of tradition collide with contemporary art

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Collectors

Actor Samuel L. Jackson and footballer Samuel Eto’o pay tribute to art collector Sindika Dokolo during six-hour televised memorial

Dokolo was buried at Brompton Cemetery in West London yesterday following his funeral at Westminster Cathedral

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Museums

Friends forever? Museums rely on generosity of paying members and loyalty schemes to survive pandemic

Many UK institutions are hoping members will continue to support them despite limited benefits and recurring closures

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Books

Prizewinning Gainsborough publication shines light on lives of painter's female sitters

New book, which reveals how the Old Masters influenced the 18th-century British artist, has won the William MB Berger Prize for British Art History

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Biennials & festivals

UK's £120m post-Brexit festival selects teams—including art organisations—for next step of controversial initiative

Serpentine Galleries, Tate and historian David Olusoga are on the shortlist for £3m research and development funding

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Heritage

New heritage body aims to keep Unesco in check by calling on public to report sites in danger

Our World Heritage says it is stepping in to save at-risk locations as “safeguarding has become a secondary concern” for Unesco

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colonialism

Somerset House to dig into its colonial past

Move follows release of National Trust’s slavery report, which was accused of following a ‘woke agenda’

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Heritage

Plans for £1.7bn tunnel under Stonehenge—approved by UK government—sparks criticism

Unesco opposes the scheme which could result in "total loss" of archaeological treasures but English Heritage says it will "reconnect the site with its prehistoric landscape"

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Philanthropy

Freelands Foundation awards £1.27m in diversity funding—including Windrush education programme

The move follows the foundation's launch of a diversity action plan which aims to stamp out racial inequality in the visual arts

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Performance art

Popular apocalyptic beach performance from 2019's Venice Biennale will pop up in Berlin Bauhaus swimming pool

Sun & Sea (Marina) won the Golden Lion for Lithuania

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coronavirus

Uffizi director Eike Schmidt has contracted coronavirus

Museum chief is asymptomatic and says he will continue working in quarantine

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Museums & Heritage

From the Dalai Lama’s tailoring to beekeeping in Kenya, British Museum saves world's dying skills

Endangered Material Knowledge Programme will be extended for seven more years with £8.8m grant from Arcadia fund

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Arts funding

Will UK government furlough extension make museums rethink redundancy plans?

Petition launched calling for Southbank Centre staff to be reinstated in light of Chancellor’s announcement while Royal Academy confirms coronavirus funding snub

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US politics

Kara Walker kicks Donald Trump to the curb and more of the best Instagram art responding to the US election

From Jules de Balincourt's painting of Kamala Harris to Rania Matar's photograph of Boston celebrations, we look at artists' reactions to Joe Biden's win

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia continues relentless cultural drive with Jean Nouvel subterranean desert resort

The plans are part of a ten-year agreement between France and Saudi Arabia to develop the AlUla region into a tourism destination

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Book Club

Extract | How artist couple Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore resisted the Nazis with their ‘paper bullets’

New book outlines the campaign led by the gender-fluid artists on the island of Jersey during the Second World War

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Public art

Marina Abramovic work to show on 'world's largest digital canvas' in London

Curator Marco Brambilla says public art programme on vast screens off Tottenham Court Road will rival Tate's Turbine Hall commissions in impact

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Museums

Museums and galleries to close across England as second coronavirus lockdown announced

Exhibition schedules disrupted and concerns raised over funding after institutions required to shut down until 2 December

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Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama on 2020: ‘O demons of unwonted fate. We will stand and face you’

New publication—described as “most personal book to date”—will focus on artist’s use of language

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Digital Age

The Art Newspaper at 30: how has art criticism changed in the digital age?

Through blogs, websites and social media, there is more writing than ever on the arts. But whether it adds meaningful insight, or just noise, is a matter of debate

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Art market

Richard Saltoun Gallery builds entire 2021 exhibition programme around late political philosopher Hannah Arendt

Her work addresses relevant issues today such as tyranny, fascism and totalitarianism, dealer says

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Heritage

Historic Book of Lismore returns to Ireland from Britain

Medieval vellum manuscript has been donated to University College Cork by Chatsworth, seat of the Dukes of Devonshire

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Obituaries

'King of colour': tributes paid to Moroccan artist Mohamed Melehi who has died of Covid-19, aged 84

The abstract painter transformed the art scene in post-colonial Morocco

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Art crime

Man tries to take artefact from Louvre—just two weeks after being charged for the same crime at Quai Branly

Congolese activist Emery Mwazulu Diyabanza, fined €1,000 earlier this month, will go to court again later today

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US politics

Shepard Fairey—creator of famous Obama 'Hope' poster—makes new Time cover image ahead of US election

For first time in 100-year history, magazine replaces logo with the imperative to vote

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Protests

Art X Lagos fair supports frontline photographers in Nigeria who are documenting anti-police brutality protests

Images capturing unrest will be shown during the next edition of the fair

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Prizes

Actor Russell Tovey to judge 2021 Turner Prize

Award's exhibition moves to Herbert Art Gallery and Museum as part of the year-long UK City of Culture 2021 festival

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Gustav Klimt

Stolen Klimt painting—buried for 20 years—to go back on show at Italian museum

Discovered by the gardener at the Ricci Oddi gallery last year, Portrait of a Lady will be the star of a series of exhibitions on the much-loved artist

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Art crime

Criminal claims 13 works from legendary Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist are hidden in a Dublin house

BBC4 documentary—released today—unpicks theory that the stolen art was shipped to Ireland

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Art market

Fancy a free Takashi Murakami work? Perrotin gallery launches art treasure hunt in Paris

French gallery is hiding 20 valuable works in the empty nave of the Grand Palais—and the public have 48 hours to find them and take them home

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Pace Gallery

Talking Heads singer David Byrne sells his quirky quarantine illustrations

The images, known as dingbats, are offered by Pace Gallery in New York for $3,000 each

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Venice Biennale

Nordic pavilion gets political for 2022 Venice Biennale as space is renamed after Indigenous Sámi people

"It is a symbolic reversal of colonial claims that have sought to erase Sámi land and culture," says a project statement

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Venice Biennale 2022

Simone Leigh will be first Black woman to represent US at Venice Biennale

Brooklyn-based artist acknowledges 'depth of white supremacy in America' on social media

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Funding

'Publicise your grants online': UK culture minister wades into row over rescue funding demands

Oliver Dowden confirms recipients were "encouraged" to acknowledge fund on websites and social media

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Heritage

Machu Picchu all to yourself? Japanese tourist gets special solo tour of ancient site

Culture ministry gives Jesse Katayama access after being stranded in Peru for seven months because of coronavirus

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Funding

First government grants for UK art spaces announced with £789,000 for London's ICA and £804,000 for Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Whitechapel, Whitworth, Mary Rose Trust and Photo London are also among the recipients for long-awaited Covid-19 rescue funds

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Art market

Christie's sale in collaboration with cancelled La Biennale Paris fair flops

Online auction of art and antiques that would have been exhibited at Parisian fair achieves €1.5m with 21 of 91 lots sold

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the National Gallery's long-awaited Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition to Damien Hirst's career-spanning show at his own Newport Street Gallery

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National Trust

National Trust—UK's largest conservation charity—to cut 1,300 jobs

The coronavirus-hit heritage body looks to save around £100m through redundancies

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Book Club

‘The looting was a chaotic free-for-all’: Dan Hicks on the pillaging of the Benin Bronzes and how museums can address colonialism

The curator and University of Oxford professor tells us about his new book, The Brutish Museums, which details how museums themselves were “used as a unique type of weapon”

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Book Club

Extract | The Guerrilla Girls say ‘get mad and keep up the fight’

An exclusive excerpt and images from a new book chronicling 35 years of “creative complaining” by the US-based feminist art collective

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Deaccessioning

'The public need to know the truth': company that valued Sekhemka statue before its controversial sale speaks out

Dealer offered to buy the Egyptian artefact for £4m and save it for the nation, claims Art & Antiques Appraisals

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Exhibitions

Trump descends into hell—the state of America as seen by artist Jim Shaw

New London show at Simon Lee Gallery also takes a swipe at art world excess

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US politics

Ahead of US elections, artist group highlights 'devastating impact' of Trump's travel ban three years on

The controversial executive order issued by the US president three years ago continues to affect artists from countries throughout the world

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Louvre Abu Dhabi

Virtual symposium streamed from United Arab Emirates explores why museums matter in the age of Covid

The webinar will feature speakers including Max Hollein and Mikhail Piotrovsky and will be co-hosted by Louvre Abu Dhabi and NYU Abu Dhabi

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Philip Guston

Directors of Tate and the National Gallery of Art defend controversial decision to delay Philip Guston show

“An exhibition with such strong commentary on race cannot be done by all white curators,” says NGA chief Kaywin Feldman

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African art

Trial of Quai Branly protestors in Paris centres on ‘political’ aspect of activist action

Court erupts after attendee shouts that African funeral pole "belongs to us"

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Southbank Centre

Can London’s flagship arts centre survive?

Union says years of mismanagement are to blame for current crisis at the Southbank Centre, home to the Royal Festival Hall and Hayward Gallery

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Exhibitions

Blockbuster JR show will travel to London's Saatchi Gallery from Brooklyn Museum

Murals, photographs and films by the French artist from past two decades will explore issues such as immigration and gun control

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Philip Guston

'They fear controversy': open letter condemning museums for delaying Guston show signed by 100 artists and intellectuals

“The people who run our great institutions do not want trouble,” say signatories

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Slavery

Links to the slave trade found in more than 200 works belonging to UK Parliament, survey says

Review of state art collection is part of move to make it “more representative of diversity”

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Museums & Heritage

London's Victoria and Albert Museum set to cut at least 103 jobs to 'ensure its survival', director says

Museum says it is in "its worst financial position on record" because of coronavirus

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Museums & Heritage

Centre Pompidou could close for three years for 'essential' renovations

French government also considering option of a seven-year overhaul that would allow the Paris gallery to stay partially open

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Grand Palais

Grand Palais's long-awaited renovation curtailed over soaring costs

Following government intervention, the historic Parisian exhibition space will now undergo a more 'sober restoration'

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Philip Guston

Critics, scholars—and even museum’s own curator—condemn decision to postpone Philip Guston show over Ku Klux Klan imagery

Move is deemed “cowardly” and “patronising” after joint statement from host museums including National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and London’s Tate Modern

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Book Club

Ka-boom! How art history is embracing the comic book genre

Publishers looking for ways to draw in wider audiences to the lives and careers of famous artists are increasingly turning to graphic novels

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Museums & Heritage

Discover Raphael’s creative process with new state-of-the-art renovation of V&A's Cartoons Court

New 3D imagery reveals secrets of the Renaissance masterpieces as space reopens in time for 500th anniversary of Old Master's death

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Art market

Class of 2020: five picks from Art Basel's online viewing room (another one)

The latest virtual fair, OVR:2020, limits 100 galleries to showing six works each, all produced this year—we pick our highlights

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Acquisitions

What Beatrix Ruf did next: former Stedelijk director oversees new fund that will donate works to the Netherlands

Dutch entrepreneur Rob Defares has donated €10m to the new initiative

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Museums

Plans for world's biggest Picasso museum in south of France scuppered

Aix-en-Provence city council says that sale fell through after negotiations with artist’s stepdaughter broke down

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Funding

New £25m fund aims to help UK museums ‘get back on their feet’

The Garfield Weston foundation is offering grants of up to £2m while Historic England is launching a £7.4m initiative for artist projects that help boost high streets

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Art fairs

Online market place for art continues to grow as new digital fair announced during Frieze week

Daata fair is dedicated to video and digital works and aims to reach collectors who “simply don’t have the patience” to watch films at real-life fairs

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Museums & Heritage

Fotografiska complex in London—world’s ‘largest photography venue’—is dropped

Investment group behind the project blames Brexit and Covid-19

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Appointments & departures

Six women, one foreigner: Italy appoints 13 new museum and heritage directors

Culture minister Dario Franceschini reverses trend for appointing foreign leaders for its leading institutions

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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia pushes soft power by launching new teamLab digital art museum in Jeddah

The hi-tech Tokyo-based collective will create trademark immersive experiences for the new space

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Danh Vo's millennia-spanning pastoral show at White Cube to Abbas Zahedi's rosewater sprinkler system at South London Gallery

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Art market

2021 art fair calendar already in flux after Taipei Dangdai moves from January to May

Delay and cancellation of events early next year prompts the question: will Frieze Los Angeles still take place in February?

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Venice Biennale

Wanted—curator of the British Pavilion at Venice Biennale (who will work for £12,500)

Collector Shane Akeroyd sponsors post for ten-year period

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Brexit

Post-Brexit UK festival chief seeks country’s 'brightest talents' amid criticism over £120m cost

The project, planned for 2022, promises £3m in total to successful applications

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Exhibitions

Saatchi Gallery exhibits London’s graduate artists deprived of degree shows

The exhibition forms part of the education programme at the collector’s gallery which has now ‘transitioned into a charity’

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Antony Gormley

Waste of money? New Antony Gormley sculpture in British seaside city rattles residents

Plymouth city council unable to reveal cost of public project after signing confidentiality agreement with the artist

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Awards

French tech entrepreneur funds new €150,000 award for European cultural institutions focused on 'digital and environmental impact'

Public and private European organisations—including UK and Switzerland— are encouraged to apply before the deadline later this month

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Museums & Heritage

Bailout fail? Fewer than half of museums in England apply for government’s £1.57bn rescue package

Survey by The Art Newspaper also reveals that the Serpentine and Barbican have been left in limbo while the Southbank Centre is already £20m in debt

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British Museum

Trove of 'lost' Hokusai drawings acquired by British Museum

103 forgotten works by the renowned Japanese artist resurfaced at a Paris auction after slipping out of sight for more than 70 years

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Residencies

New York-based residency for Russian artists goes ahead as 'East-West divide' intensifies

US-Russia tensions heightened in the run up to November's US presidential election

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Book Club

Can’t make it to the Met? Dive into a new book for an unconventional look at the museum's collection

Publication aims to open up 6,000 years of art history using objects as a springboard—but is it worth the effort?

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Biennials & festivals

How to organise a biennial in the Covid era

Bangkok Art Biennale director on grappling with coronavirus constraints and displaying "sensitive" works

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Exhibitions

Basel’s new culture hub puts Caribbean artists, Picasso and Klaus Littmann’s nature project in the mix

Delayed by coronavirus, the new Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger has opened with the promise of free entry and catalogues for visitors

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Frans Hals

Frans Hals painting stolen from Dutch museum for the third time

Two Laughing Boys with a Mug of Beer was taken in previous heists with a work by Jacob van Ruisdael

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#ArtistSupportPledge

#ArtistSupportPledge—what happened next to the ‘lifeline’ that helped artists survive during lockdown?

Instagram scheme rallying art community in the wake of the pandemic has so far generated £60m

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prizes and contests

Venice Biennale awards Golden Lions to the late curators Okwui Enwezor and Germano Celant

Honour bestowed on four previous artistic directors of the international exhibition

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Art crime

Man who punched £20m Picasso painting at Tate Modern is jailed for 18 months

Repairing the piece—on long-term loan from a private collection—will take more than a year and cost up to £350,000

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Museums & Heritage

Debate flares as British Museum moves bust of slave-owning founder Hans Sloane

As part of the museum's efforts to address Britain’s colonial past, officials acknowledge that the collector "exploited slaves"

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Book Club

Misogyny and making art in the shadow of Jackson Pollock—how Lee Krasner was shut out of art history

New digital publication argues that the late US artist is the “unacknowledged equal” of her superstar husband

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Museums & Heritage

First Hagia Sophia, now Turkey's 'Sistine Chapel of Byzantium' will be turned back into mosque

The 14th-century mosaics at Chora Church—which was converted to a museum in 1945—risk being covered up and remaining part-restored

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Ragnar Kjartansson

Ragnar Kjartansson’s 'never-ending lullaby' to be performed in Milan church for the Covid era

Singers will perform The Sky in a Room every day for six hours next month at the church of San Carlo al Lazzaretto

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Tate

Ten artists who won Turner bursaries from Tate 'fully support' museum's striking workers

Open letter says that redundancies contradict Tate’s commitment to "champion the richness of art for everyone"

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Museums

The next Tate Modern? Helsinki power plant to become vast new arts hub under city masterplan

Hanasaari plant will be at the heart of burgeoning Suvilahti culture district

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Politics

German activist art group sells 'anti-fascist' works on eBay to support left-wing organisations

Peng collective auctions off ten objects bought from committed anti-fascists for €10,000

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Private Museums

Vacuum cleaner billionaire James Dyson plans to build art gallery in his garden

Planning permission has been submitted for a building in the grounds of Dodington Park

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Beirut

Unesco, Icom and Louvre rally to help Beirut as museums tackle extensive explosion damage

A coalition of international museums and heritage organisations are working to provide expertise to Lebanese institutions

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Racism in the art world

Paint names like 'Flesh Tint' are racially biased says UK fine art supplier

Jackson’s says it is campaigning to help dismantle “exclusionary culture” that privileges caucasian skin tones as the "default"

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Book Club

Why Jeff Koons is so difficult to please, the strange Venice Biennale selection process and which collector is a game changer

A new book by Matthew Israel gives an insider’s view of the art world over the course of a year