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Openings

Revamped, renamed, reopened: Musée Ingres Bourdelle honours Montauban's masters

After €13m expansion, French museum brings together works by painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and sculptor Emile-Antoine Bourdelle

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The Year in Review 2019

From the MoMA expansion to ‘artwashing’ ill-gotten wealth: the major museum moments of 2019

We look back at the biggest stories of the year

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Accessibility

How to make museums more accessible for disabled people? Ask them

Research groups have designed new technologies and initiatives for the V&A, Kunsthistorisches Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza

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Museum attendance

Influx of millions of Chinese tourists wreaks havoc for Russian museums

Electronic visas pave the way for ever greater visitors numbers, creating major logistical problems at Tsarskoe Selo and the Hermitage

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Museums

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston names new director

Hesse McGraw has served at San Francisco and Nebraska art institutions

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Diary

Salvator Mundi-mania comes to Brooklyn

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Museums

Freer/Sackler rebrands its identity as the National Museum of Asian Art

Museum officials say the decision is unrelated to protests over the Sackler family's ties to Purdue Pharma

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Museums

The Leslie-Lohman Museum announces its first director of curatorial programmes

Stamatina Gregory will take the new position as the LGBTQ art museum undergoes a series of changes

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'Xavier Bray, end low pay!': Wallace Collection staff fight for London Living Wage

Museum is in discussion with trade union after 'final offer' 1.5% salary increase was deemed too low

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Musee du Quai Branly–Jacques Chirac

Quai Branly to send fragment of feather belt worn by first King of Tahiti back to Polynesia

Rediscovered maro 'ura will go on show at Museum of Tahiti and the Islands on long-term loan from 2021

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Museums

Strikes hit France: here are the museums that are affected

Several institutions have closed, others have cut back their opening times as protests against Macron's retirement reforms sweep the country

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Obituaries

Stephen Garrett, inaugural director of the Getty and the Hammer, has died, aged 96

“Bon vivant” took over at museum villa and expanded its mission after J. Paul Getty died in 1976

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China

Yuz Museum and Lacma confident they can show Middle Eastern art in China—despite crackdown on Islam

Joint exhibition programme under way between Shanghai and Los Angeles will soon involve Qatar Museums

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China

Why museum partnerships between China and the West are booming

Cultural institutions have embraced mutual benefits of collaboration, despite challenges of communication and censorship

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Michael Rakowitz wants to pause his video work at MoMA PS1 as a protest against museum's ties to 'toxic philanthropy'

"It's censorship", the artist says of curators' denials to suspend work that is part of show on the artistic legacy of the Gulf War

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Hong Kong

Police use tear gas on protestors outside newly re-opened Hong Kong Museum of Art prompting safety fears for visitors and works

Substance was used during a rally calling for the government to meet the protestors' “five demands”

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Hungary

Budapest’s green mayor puts brakes on €250m New National Gallery

Local politicians block construction on cultural quarter backed by right-wing government, citing “enormous impact on environment”

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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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Uffizi galleries

Hong Kong plans 2020 Botticelli exhibition in unprecedented deal with Italy's Uffizi

This is the first time the Florentine museum has formed a long-term partnership with a foreign institution

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Openings

British architect David Adjaye to build a church, mosque and synagogue on a united site near the Louvre Abu Dhabi

The future House of Abrahamic religions in Abu Dhabi shows how the UAE differs from Saudi Arabia

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Diary of an art historian

Why was the National Portrait Gallery so secretive about its closure?

The London museum will close between 2020 and 2023, but the announcement was buried in the fourth paragraph of a press release

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong Museum of Art to reopen in spite of escalating violence of pro-democracy protests

Launch of revamped government-run museum to go ahead as planned following $119m facelift

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Museums

Togo opens ground-breaking arts centre in former colonial palace

Palais de Lomé is the west African country's first major contemporary art centre and is unique on the continent for being financed by the state

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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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China

Guangzhou museum given three days’ notice to evacuate before demolition

Privately funded Redtory Museum of Contemporary Art says its forced closure follows “a long period of disputation” with the local authorities

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Conservation & Preservation

Conservators to restore Michelangelo’s Florence Pietà in full view of visitors

Restoration will remove centuries of grime and stabilise the sculpture at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

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Paris

Special delivery: Musée de la Poste reopens in Paris—with art to boot

Museum's little known, 6,000-strong Modern and contemporary art collection includes a ball gown made of 2,000 stamps

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Artists

Former factory in Iraqi Kurdistan stirs hope for cultural tourism

From studio spaces to museums, a future complex holds the promise of galvanising artists

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Sponsorship

Protestors disrupt VIP preview of British Museum's Troy exhibition

Members of the climate activist group BP or not BP? blocked entry to the museum's show dressed as statues based on Greek mythology

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Art law

French court upholds suspended sentence for Picasso's former electrician

Pierre Le Guennec and his wife Danièle hoarded 271 works for 40 years

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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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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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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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Acquisitions

Whitney Museum acquires 88 works by biennial artists

The works, by 40 artists, are among 250 that have entered the collection since the spring

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Museums

Meadows Museum in Dallas teams up with local and Madrid opera companies

Opera sets will evoke the museum’s collection, and soloists will perform at the museum

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Rio Art Museum could close due to lack of federal funding

Two directors left the museum last week, and 126 employees have received a dismissal notice

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Russia

Moving to the suburbs: vast museum collections centre destined for 'New Moscow'

State Tretyakov Gallery among 23 Russian museums planning to store and show works near former killing field Kommunarka

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Diary of an art historian

UK national museums could learn a lot from their regional cousins

When it comes to having a historian rummaging in their stores, smaller institutions tend to be more enthusiastic and accommodating

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Museums

Chiara Parisi lined up as new director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz

The Rome-born curator will oversee the gallery’s tenth anniversary programme and events

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Savoy/Sarr Report

One year after the Sarr-Savoy report, France has lost its momentum in the restitution debate

It recommended the restitution of African artefacts in French museums, but the country has not returned a single item to Africa

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National Galleries of Scotland to no longer host BP Portrait Award

Museums officials say that the association with the oil company is at odds with a "responsibility to do all we can to address the climate emergency"

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From the archive

From the archive | Louvre pyramid architect I.M. Pei on the church-like museum he designed for the Goulandris collection

In this 1994 interview, he reveals how he likes art to be displayed, such as natural lighting for Impressionists

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Smithsonian Institution

Interview | Lonnie Bunch on founding the Smithsonian's African American history museum and drawing inspiration from Lincoln

As his new book is released, the new secretary of the Smithsonian Institution talks of extending its reach beyond Washington

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Orazio Gentileschi

London's National Gallery launches public campaign to fund last £2m to buy Orazio Gentileschi masterpiece

The 17th-century painting The Finding of Moses was painted in London for Charles I and represented the birth of Charles II

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Museums

Gus Casely-Hayford, director of Smithsonian’s African art museum, to lead V&A East

The British cultural historian will take up his role at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s new branch in the spring

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Museums

'We are the opposite of Starbucks': Pompidou chief on the challenges of setting up a Shanghai satellite

The French museum's president on censorship threats and settling the costs of the new project

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China

Museum dedicated to Picasso and Giacometti to launch in Beijing

Paris-based institutions Musée National Picasso and the Fondation Giacometti will open space in 798 district next June

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National Portrait Gallery

London’s National Portrait Gallery to close for three years with ‘some job losses’

Museum plans to send 300 portraits a year on tour around the country during £35.5m redevelopment

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Openings

UCCA Center for Contemporary Art to open space in Shanghai

New outpost of the Beijing-based institution is due to open in 2021

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Tutankhamun

Archaeologist Zahi Hawass creates Tutankhamun opera to mark opening of Grand Egyptian Museum

Outspoken former minister also wants to stage the show in Valley of the Kings in 2022

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Museums

A US-China-Arab partnership: Lacma, Yuz Museum and Qatar Museums team up on exhibition projects

The Los Angeles and Shanghai institutions say their joint foundation is still in progress

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Lucas Museum names a Met department chairman as its new director

Sandra Jackson-Dumont will take over in January as leader of George Lucas’s $1bn project in Los Angeles

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Grand Palais

Paris to build temporary venue near Eiffel Tower to host Grand Palais's shows when it closes in 2021

Culture chief Chris Dercon says the new space will hold events during the museum's three-year refurbishment, including a collaboration with Unesco

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Parasol Unit

Parasol Unit to close east London gallery

From next spring the foundation will hold exhibitions "in whatever part of the world I feel the dialogue is needed”, says founder Ziba Ardalan

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GES-2

Russian billionaire's huge Moscow art hub—designed by Renzo Piano—will open in September 2020

Leonid Mikhelson says that the "frightening" cost that he had initially anticipated for the GES-2 complex has doubled

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Contemporary art

Ragnar Kjartansson re-creates US soap opera for vast GES-2 culture complex opening in Moscow

GES-2 complex is located in a former power plant, built in 1907, located near the Kremlin

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Tim Marlow

‘I won’t be bringing in a load of artists’: Tim Marlow on leading the Design Museum

Royal Academy’s artistic director is an unexpected choice

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Artists

San Diego artist wins top prize in US portrait competition with immigration-themed animation

Washington's National Portrait Gallery will display finalists’ work in a contest that helped to vault the reputation of Amy Sherald

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Museums

TeamLab to open spaces in Shanghai and Macao after breaking attendance records in Tokyo

Multimedia collective's first permanent gallery in Japan was the most popular single-artist museum of 2018, beating Picasso and Van Gogh museums

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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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Museums & Heritage

As Brexit looms, new gallery on England's south coast promises to be 'outward facing'

Brighton CCA, run by the University of Brighton, launches with exhibitions on German artist Franz Erhard Walther and south London collective Dog Kennel Hill Project

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MoMA expansion 2019

Off the wall: MoMA opens spaces for visitors to get up close and personal with Modernism

Museum unveils experimental Studio for live art and invites public participation in the Creativity Lab

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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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MoMA expansion 2019

What art world figures think of MoMA's $450m makeover

Curators and dealers perceive a “new metabolism” in the permanent collection galleries

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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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MoMA special: our verdict on the museum opening of the year

We speak to two of the museum's curators leading the expansion and our New York team sit down to discuss the highs and lows of the new space. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Green light for Leonardo's Vitruvian Man to go to Louvre

An Italian appellate court has overturned the ban on the loan of the celebrated drawing

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Centre Pompidou

Centre Pompidou to expand and move collections to new satellite venue in southern Paris

The “art factory” will be a conservation, exhibition and storage space and is expected to open in 2025

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Appointments

Emilie Gordenker appointed new general director of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum

The current director of the Mauritshuis in The Hague is taking over from Axel Rüger who now leads the Royal Academy of Arts in London

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Politics

'No chance for art institutions': fears for freedom of speech as populist party set to win Polish elections

Expected victory for ruling Law and Justice party raises concerns that minority voices will be silenced as museums increasingly come under state control

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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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After accusations of racism, MFA, Boston takes steps to become more inclusive

Museum conducts training sessions, changes procedures and plans a new hire

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Prizes

Ikon Gallery wins £125,000 grant to put on 'dream' show of overlooked Renaissance master Carlo Crivelli

Birmingham institution is first recipient of new Ampersand Foundation Award that enables UK museums to realise a major project

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Indigenous art

National Gallery of Canada presents global pulse of contemporary Indigenous art

The museum plans to acquire many of the works in its survey devoted to Indigenous artists

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Exhibitions

MoMA will celebrate reopening with six site-specific works in its public spaces

Installations range from Haim Steinbach’s phrases and slogans to Yoko Ono’s blue sky