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Lucian Harris

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Delhi

“Oldest Muslim palace” bulldozed by developer

Lal Muhal in Delhi was demolished on 30 October

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Art theft

Indonesian antiquities thefts show no sign of abating

Fakes left in place of stolen artefacts in elaborate webs of deceit

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Environment

Government looks to China as Europe suspends funding for Ilisu dam

Authorities fail on environmental and social impact conditions

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Private Museums

Devi Art Foundation is India’s first private museum of contemporary art

Anupam Poddar and his mother Lekha have assembled a collection of over 7,000 works of art

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Unesco

Samarra shrine must be rebuilt: Unesco says reconstruction will help unite warring factions

The site is considered one of the holiest in Iraq, containing the remains of two of the Prophet's descendants

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Unesco

Samarra mosque at risk from new police barracks

There are fears that the new station will be a target for insurgents; Unesco powerless to protect the World Heritage site

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Japanese art

Illuminating lacquer maker Onishi Isao, one of Japan's Living National Treasures

“The beauty is in the process and the final object is the sum of the path"

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Iraqi Prime Minister pushes for Samarra rebuild after mosque loses final minarets in second attack

At least 18 shrines have been attacked since last February, says antiquities head

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Collectors

Seven of the most prolific Indian art collectors

Four based in India, one New York Indian, one US couple and one Japanese buyer

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Iran

Iran loses UK court battle over Persepolis fragment

Iranian lawyers argued that any rights to the fifth-century bas-relief should be relinquished to its country of origin

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Art market

New York-based Indian gallery comes to London

Aicon joins growing number of London-based dealers selling South Asian work

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Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery accused of “self-censorship”

Lenders to a Hans Bellmer exhibition say works were withdrawn from display for fear of causing offence

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Unesco to step in to examine so-called “pyramids”

Academics claim that the dig is “pseudo-archaeology”

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Art market

Modern Indian art fetches top prices at Sotheby's

But older decorative arts of the subcontinent fail to excite buyers

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Asia Week

Asia week: Fakes overshadow contemporary Indian sales

Sotheby’s and Christie’s did well but concerns are growing about the scarcity of top end buyers

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Iran

Iran takes first step in reconstruction of Samarra mosque, a casualty of sectarian reprisals in Iraq

The shrine's restoration, which will be paid for by private sector investment, has been the subject of a deal brokered between ICHTO and the Iraqi Ministry of Culture

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Imports and Exports

China and Italy team up to fight illicit trade

The joint effort will use satellite technology to help protect archaeological sites

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Kosovo

Unesco reconstruction plan for Kosovo

Lack of trust between Serbs and Muslims continues to hinder restoration efforts

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Collectors

C.I. Kim to open New York gallery, following spaces in Beijing and South Korea

The Korean collector is being compared to Charles Saatchi

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Books

'The destruction of memory: architecture at war', by Robert Bevan

This book argues that the deliberate destruction of buildings and cultural artefacts is a human rights issue

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Collectors

The eccentric Korean art collector and supermarket mogul C.I. Kim is to open a new branch of his Arario Gallery in Beijing

Arario Beijing claims to be “the world’s largest gallery”

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Iraq

Invasive US security measures place Samarra’s heritage at risk

A giant embankment built around the city has reduced attacks on US troops, but may have compromised important sites

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Edouard Vuillard

Landmark Vuillard exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Rather than sticking to his traditional oeuvre, the show demonstrates how Vuillard embraced stylistic risk-taking and the avant-garde

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Antiquities & Archaeology

US snipers co-opt Samarra mosque’s spiral minaret

The US military says “military necessity” takes precedence over the safeguarding of this Islamic landmark

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Collectors

Collector profile: The unstoppable Mr Kim

Businessman, artist, collector—and dealer?

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Iran

Archaeologists given more time to survey Iran's Bulaghi valley before dam waters cause it to submerge

Experts at the ancient site of Izeh in the Karun River valley have not been afforded the same privileges

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Iran

36 arrested and 940 objects reclaimed as Iranian authorities apprehend antiquities smuggling ring

Iran has clamped down on illegal trade in antiquities, which has led to archaeological sites being promptly denuded post-discovery

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Iran

National Museum of Iran exhibition to tour five Japanese cities

The costs of bringing "Iranian splendour" overseas will be covered by the Japanese royal family

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Villa Borghese

Villa Borghese Orangery to be renamed the Bilotti Museum

Rome says yes to collector’s demands

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Afghanistan

First show at Kabul Museum since war

Austria finances the restoration of wooden idols chopped up by the Taliban

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Construction of dams in Iran submerges crucial archaeological sites

“To see this happen breaks my heart”, says archaeologist Dr Henry Wright

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Illegal & Illicit

Iran sentences Jiroft smugglers to death

It is the first time that Iranian courts have issued a harsh punishment for the illicit exportation of goods from an archaeological site

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Nazi loot

Bavaria reveals its paintings from Göring’s collection

The State collection is the first in Germany to publish the source of works acquired during the Nazi era

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Illegal & Illicit

How the contents of Iran’s Western Cave were dispersed

Many of the objects, some extant since the first millennium BC, were looted from the site and entered the international market

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Art market

The work of young Indian artists is entering the Western market with collectors itching to obtain this contemporary art

Prices are rising for a new generation of Indian artists

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War memorial

Work resumes on Berlin Holocaust Memorial after halt in construction when it emerged that company profited from the production of Zyklon B gas during the war

Peter Eisenman's monument was being coated with an anti-graffiti paint made by Degussa AG, which once owned a stake in a firm that made the hydrogen cyanide gas pellets used at Auschwitz

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Iran

New York's Asia Society hosts 'Hunt for paradise: Court arts of Iran, 1501-76. Asia Society'

The exhibition illustrates how monarchical patronage in the 15th century paved the way for an age of artistic accomplishment in Iran