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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

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Appointments

Tim Marlow leaves Royal Academy of Arts to head London’s Design Museum

Announcement of RA artistic director's new appointment comes after Deyan Sudjic and Alice Black stepped down as co-directors

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Museums

Staff quit in droves at Russian museum as ‘starvation wages’ bite

Deputy director’s swingeing salary cuts trigger resignations of around 50 employees at Moscow theatre museum

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Unions

New Museum and union reach agreement on a contract

After a strike threat, a marathon bargaining session results in an average pay increase of 8% for full-time employees

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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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Museums & Heritage

'We are in a time of crisis: now is the time to assert our moral and ethical principles'

Cultural institutions need to decide what they stand for, says London's ICA director Stefan Kalmár

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Openings

Centre Pompidou’s satellite space in Shanghai to open early November

New offshoot joins Málaga and Brussels in French museum’s burgeoning international network

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Museums & Heritage

British Museum knocks Tate Modern off top spot as UK's most popular attraction after miscalculation

Over 300,000 visitors had been missed in the financial year 2018/19 because of 'incorrect light levels caused by a broken light fitting'

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Peabody Essex Museum's $125m expansion includes new displays shaped by its neuroscience research

Institution in Salem, Massachusetts, opens new wing to display maritime and Asian art collection

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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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Museum ethics. Plus, the Chicago Architecture Biennial

We discuss the increased scrutiny museums face over their sponsorship policies and the architectural heritage of Chicago

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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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Museums & Heritage

Middle East think-tank opens art gallery in Washington, DC

New space for Modern and contemporary art from the Arab world will put on five exhibitions a year

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Russia

Pushkin State Museum to take control of nine contemporary art centres across Russia

Handover from Russian culture ministry is expected to be completed in early 2020

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Building projects

Oakland’s ‘museum of the people’ launches $85m capital campaign

Renovation aims to reflect the demographic diversity of the birthplace of the Black Panthers

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Museums & Heritage

Reem Fadda takes the reins at Abu Dhabi cultural foundation—but where is the emirate's Guggenheim?

Historic culture centre in UAE re-opens after 10 years with survey of trailblazing woman artist Najat Makki

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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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Restitution

Icom Kyoto 2019 conference: key takeaways from the decolonisation and restitution panel

Discussion argued for community empowerment, new skillsets, and focus on contemporary colonialism

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International Council of Museums

Vote on Icom's new museum definition postponed

Decision over the controversial update was made at the general assembly in Kyoto on the weekend

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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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Art crime

Art Recovery International calls on Icom to step in and investigate 'stolen' Reynolds painting on show in Japan

The portrait was allegedly stolen from the home of a menswear magnate in 1984

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Exhibitions

Christian Marclay communes with Snapchat in a barrage of sounds and images at Lacma

Visitors undergo a chain of experiences generated by engineers’ algorithms

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Climate Change

V&A director Tristram Hunt defends sponsorship from fossil fuel companies

The former Labour MP sides with Science Museum group's director Ian Blatchford in saying companies such as BP can 'be part of the solution' to climate change

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Australia

Can Australia support two new Aboriginal art museums?

Proposals for Alice Springs and Adelaide have political support but concerns have been raised over competing projects and lack of Indigenous involvement

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Restoration

Monumental Veronese painting—once cut into 32 pieces by Austrian soldiers—to undergo fourth restoration

Work on the battle-scarred 39 sq. m Papal feast scene, housed in a monastery in Vicenza, should be completed by early 2021

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Ethics

How ethical can museums afford to be? We ask five major UK art institutions about funding challenges

We find out how mounting public scrutiny of private money could affect the bottom line of London's National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery and the Tate

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Renaissance

Science provides first deep dive into overlooked female Old Master Lavinia Fontana's work

After a grant enabled conservation on a much-loved painting, researchers at the National Gallery of Ireland are learning more about the artist’s technique

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Museums

Art Gallery of Ontario acquires a Caillebotte after long legal struggle

A government grant for works of importance helps to block departure of the painting from the country

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Germany

Danger! High voltage: former German power station sparks back to life as green arts centre

E-Werk Luckenwalde will be powered with locally sourced biomass, with excess energy sold back to the grid

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Museum directors

Udo Kittelmann will leave Berlin Nationalgalerie next year

The museum director, who manages five Berlin museums in his current role, will not renew his contract which expires in October 2020

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Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono controversy | Government agencies cannot dictate museum programming

The revelation that New South Wales's tourism chief questioned the Sydney MCA's inclusion of a Yoko Ono show crosses a dangerous line

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Exhibitions

An early start to celebrating the US centennial of women’s suffrage

San Jose Museum of Art celebrates visionary female artists

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Museums

What exactly is a museum? Icom comes to blows over new definition

As 50-year-old statement is overhauled, feuds over new description could "seriously weaken" the International Council of Museums

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Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter to donate works for a room devoted to his art in new Berlin museum

Announcement comes after the German artist turned down proposals for his own museum in Cologne

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Historians bake sourdough bread with yeast that could date to ancient Egypt

The loaf, made with yeast extracted from an artefact at the MFA Boston, could provide valuable insight into ancient civilisations

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Museums

London mayor Sadiq Khan supports proposal for new slavery museum in the capital

Liverpool slavery museum keen to collaborate on project highlighting UK’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade

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Museums

UK national museums lent almost half a million objects around the world last year

Most were scientific materials, but 69,000 went to cultural venues

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Museu Coleção Berardo

Berardo museum stays open in Lisbon despite uncertainty over future of ‘Portuguese Saatchi’s’ collection

Portuguese government has stepped in and seized art assets following protracted legal battle, press reports say

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Baltimore Museum of Art dedicates a year of exhibitions to women

From Georgia O’Keeffe to Mickalene Thomas, museum will aim to address diversity gaps

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Museums & Heritage

For its centennial, Oriental Institute weds ancient artefacts with contemporary art

Three artists enter a dialogue with Middle Eastern antiquities at the University of Chicago

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Building on credit: why museums like Lacma use bonds to fund ambitious expansions

Being rated by a credit agency can help an institution secure support for costly construction projects—and avoid over-extending itself

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Dutch government gives money for new centre on Netherlandish art at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

Prime minister takes the unusual step of pledging $200,000 to the US museum

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Baltimore Museum of Art to create a Matisse study centre

Museum will draw on its 1,200 works by the artist to help further scholarship

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V&A

Extinction Rebellion designs go on show at Victoria and Albert Museum

Flags, pamphlets and logos by the climate activists were acquired for museum's Rapid Response Collecting gallery, which also includes Pussyhats and emojis

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum vice chairman Warren Kanders steps down after months of protests

His company Safariland has been criticised for manufacturing tear gas canisters that have been used on asylum seekers along the US-Mexico border

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Ivory

UK museums lose opportunity to buy rare renaissance casket

Cabinet of curiosities cannot go to US because of tough ivory regulations

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With Jean Pigozzi's contemporary African art donation, MoMA to become a 'leader' in the field

The museum says the gift will play an important role in the reconfiguration of its permanent collection

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Beijing's art scene gets much-needed boost as M Woods opens second space

Private museum is due to open a new venue in capital's historic Longfusi area

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Appointments & departures

Emma Lavigne lined up as new president of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris

Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz would be first woman to hold the position

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In the frame

On a medieval-style tapestry, the last season of Game of Thrones unfurls

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Appointments & departures

In damning online critique of British Museum's ethics, trustee Ahdaf Soueif announces resignation

Prominent Egyptian-born writer cites the institution's BP sponsorship, treatment of workers and its silence over restitution as key issues

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Exhibitions

‘Less is a Bore’: ICA Boston takes Maximalism to the max

Exhibition celebrates patterns yet transcends decoration

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Museums & Heritage

St Fagans National Museum of History wins Art Fund Museum of the Year award

The Cardiff museum is the first Welsh winner of the £100,000 prize, beating other finalists including V&A Dundee and Pitt Rivers Museum

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Civil Rights

State of Massachusetts investigates reported racism at the MFA Boston

"Experiences like this are literally taking away from academic growth", says principal of students who filed a complaint during a class trip

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Obituaries

Barbara Hunt McLanahan, the executive director of the Children's Museum of the Arts, has died aged 55

Her tenure reflected her "steadfast belief in the transformative power of art", the museum says

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Museums & Heritage

New chief executive takes the reins at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art

Steven Parissien is not horsing around as he trots us through the forthcoming programme at the Newmarket museum

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Building projects

New Museum unveils Rem Koolhaas design for addition

Building to rise next door that will double the museum’s exhibition space

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Appointments & departures

MoMA PS1 hires former Garage Museum curator as its director

Kate Fowle, known as a champion of artists and curatorial innovation, succeeds Klaus Biesenbach

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Unions

Employees at the Guggenheim seek to unionise

Labour representative says the organisation is engaged in “union-busting” tactics

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Exhibitions

US collectors send Dutch Old Masters on world tour

Leiden Collection due to open at the Louvre next year before travelling to Shanghai, Beijing and Abu Dhabi through 2018

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Will Les Demoiselles d’Avignon return to Paris?

Vuitton museum to show Modern masterpieces from MoMA

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Museums

Berlin cancels show of Tehran’s Modern art

Iranian authorities miss German deadline to issue export permits

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Exhibitions

The future is now: mobile phone photos are coming to the Met

Museum invites 24 artists to exchange images through their phones “in a game of visual ping-pong”

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Museums

Hong Kong will build branch of Beijing's Palace Museum

Deal signed to show Imperial treasures in new West Kowloon museum<br>

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Islamic art

Islamic art takes centre stage in Dallas

Keir collection of 2,000 works is one of the world's largest

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Appointments & departures

New York-based collector Ronald Lauder joins Getty board of trustees

The billionaire businessman is experienced in museum management, philanthropy and international affairs

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Collectors

Gilbert collection returns to the V&A with one notable absence

Curators to bring collector's waxwork out of storage in 2018

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Three to see: New York

From opulent ancien régime metalwork to Dubuffet's elegant drawings

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Museums

Chattering classes cause an almighty row at the Musée d’Orsay

National storm in France as warden orders pupils from disadvantaged school to be quiet in the galleries

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Restitution

Bern inherits Gurlitt collection as court rejects cousin's challenge to will

Munich Higher Regional Court concludes that Gurlitt was mentally capable of articulating his final wishes