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Louvre and French museums close, while German museums await clarity in second coronavirus lockdown

Closing German museums would be “a hard blow for the institutions and society,” the country's museums association says

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Museums

Tate suspends curator for publicly criticising its decision to delay Guston show

Mark Godfrey has been disciplined after posting a long statement on his Instagram account describing postponement as "extremely patronising to viewers"

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Museums

Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie to open after six-year renovation with Calder exhibition

Mies van der Rohe’s steel-and-glass building is undergoing modernisation by David Chipperfield, including new air-conditioning, security, lighting and visitor facilities

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India

Indian museum hopes to reconcile bitter saga of sectarian conflict near disputed holy site

A planned mosque and cultural centre will celebrate the syncretic culture of Hinduism and Islam in the northern city of Ayodhya

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Deaccessioning

Sale of more than 250 works from Jerusalem's Islamic art museum raises ethical questions

Israeli museum professionals fear deaccessioning auction could set a dangerous precedent

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Museums

Mondrian’s heirs file US suit to recover four paintings worth $200m from a German museum

The complaint also demands compensation for four further works by Mondrian no longer at the Krefeld museum

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Art Market Eye

A flood of art? The market issues around museum deaccessioning

A flurry of museum pieces is heading to auction, but will there be enough buyers for them?

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Museums

Attacker sprays oil in Berlin museums, damaging sarcophagi, sculptures and frames

Sixty-three objects were sprayed with an oily liquid on 3 October at the Pergamon, Neues Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie

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Appointments & departures

'We are not a suburb of Paris': incoming director of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts champions a North American identity

Stéphane Aquin is taking over after Nathalie Bondil’s controversial dismissal

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coronavirus

New York lawmakers to discuss the economic impact of Covid-19 on cultural institutions

"The arts and cultural sector has been especially hard hit," says Senator José Serrano

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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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coronavirus

Exhibitions need a perfect storm to succeed—but shows opening during Covid-19 are getting a disappointing drizzle

With no group student visits, no art-world private view, and limits on public access, the buzz of new exhibitions has potentially been short-circuited

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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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Museums

Scottish museum joins Tate in cutting ties with dealer Anthony d’Offay

Hundreds of works will be returned following harassment allegations dating back to 1997

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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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Museums & Heritage

Hermitage plans ‘exchange of outstanding and significant exhibits’ with National Museum of Iran

Despite pandemic, Russian and Iranian museum directors met online to discuss future cultural collaborations

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Museums

Berlin’s Humboldt Forum to open in phases beginning in December

Plans include a show about ivory and a “critical approach” to colonial legacies

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Diary of an art historian

I finally went to see some art—and caught Covid-19

A trip to the National Gallery was eerie and alien—although a newly restored Van Dyck painting briefly shook off my anxiety

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Museums & Heritage

Visionary leaders, big business and the digital boom: 30 years that changed museums

On The Art Newspaper’s anniversary, Donatien Grau reflects on the radical expansion of museums' financial, political and cultural influence

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Frieze London 2020

Your guide to London's Frieze Week 2020

Including: the seven best shows • align your chakras, Frieze Week is getting spiritual • the challenges of making sculpture during a pandemic and more

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Museums & Heritage

Charity gives £2.5m Covid-19 rescue grants to 66 UK arts organisations including Tate and British Museum

Clore Duffield Foundation funds are designed to relaunch learning and community programming

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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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Deaccessioning

Done right, selling museum pieces can work—but probably not with Michelangelos

UK museums may deaccession collection objects with curatorial justification and transparency, but it cannot be treated as a quick financial fix

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Museums & Heritage

Royal Academy of Arts considers selling Michelangelo marble to plug financial hole—and not for the first time

Some academicians argue that instead of cutting almost half of the institution's jobs, it should consider selling the Taddei Tondo—worth several hundred million pounds

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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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Museums & Heritage

As US blocks TikTok, Italy's Uffizi claims the platform has doubled its number of young visitors

Experts predict that alternative platforms such as Byte App and Dubsmash will now go mainstream and museum's director says it is "ready to jump onto new social media"

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Museums

Paris court case shines a light on growing cosiness between curators, state museums and galleries

Marlborough gallery and a retired Guimet Museum curator are accused of bribery in their promotion of the artist Chu Teh-Chun—but say they broke no rules

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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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Chair of Montreal Museum of Fine Arts steps down as former director sues over unfair dismissal

Michel de la Chenelière is not seeking term renewal as controversy over Nathalie Bondil's departure rumbles on

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Citing pandemic, V&A and Smithsonian drop plan to co-curate a gallery in London

After cancellation of project for V&A East, the institutions say they still plan to cooperate on an internship programme

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Indian museum celebrating Muslim dynasty renamed after Hindu king

The museum, located in Agra, will show art, jewellery and fashion of the Mughal Empire

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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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Museums

Oxford museum removes 'racist' shrunken heads from display after 80 years

Exhibiting Tsantsas "reinforced racist and stereotypical thinking that goes against the museum’s core values,” says the Pitt Rivers Museum's director

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Man arrested after protesting against Benin Bronzes display at London museum

Defendant was charged with using “threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress” during incident in January

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Tate and Anthony d’Offay agree to cut ties permanently

Museum will return loaned works and remove the retired dealer’s name from the building nearly three years after allegations of sexual harassment emerged

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Smithsonian Institution

‘Estamos unidos’: proposal for a new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino awaits Senate consideration

After passage in the House, planners try to line up support for an institution that would fill in an incomplete US narrative

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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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Restitution

Berlin returns tattooed Maori heads to New Zealand

Human remains in museums have attracted widespread criticism

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Museums

Museums grapple with ethics of China projects

Institutions including Tate, V&A and Pompidou are forging partnerships with the country despite terrible human rights abuses

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European museums defend their partnerships in China

As China faces growing criticism over its detention of Uyghers and crackdown in Hong Kong, Tate, V&A and the Pompidou explain why it is important to continue working in the country

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Whitney Museum cancels show following artists' accusations of exploitation

Many black artists objected to an exhibition after they discovered their work had been acquired by the museum through discounted sales to benefit anti-racism causes

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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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Books

Image and impotency: book reveals the palaces and pictures of some particularly hapless Habsburgs

The Mexican Emperor Maximilian, Crown Prince Rudolf and Archduke Franz Ferdinand all came to sad ends, but amassed vast estates and works of art

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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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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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International Council of Museums

Icom in turmoil after row over new definition of museums

Wrangling over "ideological" text prompts resignations from International Council of Museums

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Museums

Tate will axe more than 300 jobs from its commercial arm next month

Director Maria Balshaw says the organisation has been left with “no option” but to resize as visitor figures and revenues plunge due to the pandemic

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Unions

Strike action looms at Tate and Southbank Centre as unions fight restructuring plans

Around 600 jobs are set to be axed across both sites as financial fallout from coronavirus pandemic intensifies

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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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Southbank Centre

'Brutal' planned redundancies at London's Southbank Centre called out in open letter

Signatories claim cuts will disproportionately affect Bame staff and question chief executive’s salary

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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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House of Illustration

House of Illustration closes in King’s Cross but museum expands to historic north London site

The £8m Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration is on track to open in late 2022 despite Covid-19 pandemic, officials say

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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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Museums

Tate Modern reopening overshadowed by protests over job cuts

Due to the pandemic, around 300 jobs are at risk at Tate Enterprises, which operates retail, catering and publishing services across all of the Tate sites

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Museums

Pests run amok as UK museums struggle with lockdown

Limited capacity and undisturbed venues create ‘playground’ for vermin

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Prizes

Five museums will share £200,000 as Art Fund reboots 2020 prize to battle coronavirus crisis

Museum of the Year prize has been changed from £140,000 awards and the shortlist will be announced in October

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Museums

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts placed on 'concerned status' over sacking of director

Canada Council for the Arts will monitor the crisis following Nathalie Bondil’s dismissal, which could put the museum's public funding at risk

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Museums & Heritage

'Museums need to press the reset button and become more radical'

Directors and curators should consider this challenging moment as an opportunity diversify the stories they tell and the staff that tell them

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Museums & Heritage

Cultural love-in between Italy and Russia sets ‘soft power’ alarm bells ringing

Growing unease as the special relationship between the two countries gains momentum during the Covid-19 crisis

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Exhibitions

'Corona-proof plan': Dutch museum launches drive-by art show

Exhibition visitors must drive electric cars through an arena housing major works by artists including Bas Princen, Bruce Nauman and Anselm Kiefer

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Staff cuts: are museums protecting their workers?

Plus, curator Emily Butler on Rhea Storr's video art. Produced in association with Christie's

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Controversies

Musée d'Orsay cuts ties with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts over sacking of director Nathalie Bondil

International museum leaders speak out against the treatment of "the best, most dynamic, and most innovative art museum director in North America"

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Museums

UK museums face far bigger revenue drop than reported

Creative Industries Federation originally estimated a coronavirus fall of only 9%, but now says it will be 45%

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coronavirus

London’s Southbank Centre will make up to two thirds of its staff redundant due to Covid-19

But Hayward Gallery is expected to reopen in August

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Restitution

France takes first legal step towards restitutions to Benin and Senegal as cabinet examines new law

Twenty-six objects looted from Abomey Palace to return to Benin, Omar Tall’s sword to be transferred to Senegal

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Museums

The Metropolitan Museum of Art to reopen five days a week beginning in August

A bellwether for the New York's other museums, the 5th Avenue flagship location will operate at 25% capacity while the Met Cloisters will not open until September

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Museums & Heritage

Museums in western Massachusetts reopen

Big campuses and outdoor displays at Mass Moca and the Clark allow for easier social distancing

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Museums

More money, less hierarchy: Germany’s biggest arts employer faces major overhaul

Hermann Parzinger, the president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, says he hopes the organisation will no longer exist in five years

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Museums & Heritage

‘Racist’ gallery in Liverpool museum to be overhauled in light of Black Lives Matter

World Cultures Gallery at the World Museum ‘privileges the actions of white colonial collectors’, says curator

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Exhibitions

Return of a blockbuster: delayed Artemisia Gentileschi show to open on 3 October at London's National Gallery

Exhibition will include the never previously exhibited transcript of the Rome trial when Artemisia accused a fellow artist of rape

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Royal Academy of Arts

Picasso show sells out before it even reopens—but Royal Academy of Arts is still making a loss

The London institution has reopened after four months of coronavirus lockdown but under very different circumstances

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Museums

UK museum leaders distance themselves from controversial Creative Industries Federation's report on coronavirus impact

The Art Newspaper questions the federation’s 9% fall in revenue this year, suggesting it is more likely to be around 50%

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Museums

Panel recommends dissolution of 'dysfunctional' Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

With 2,000 employees, the foundation is the biggest arts employer in Germany

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Museums

Musée Rodin in Paris casts new bronzes to offset losses from Covid-19 crisis

With an estimated shortfall of €4.4m in revenue, the museum is looking to "increase the offer and opportunities for sales to new markets"

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Conservation & Preservation

Turkish government on collision course with Unesco over turning Hagia Sophia into mosque

President Erdogan’s plans to convert the museum have drawn fire from Greece and the US

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Museums

Half of British public not comfortable visiting museums or exhibitions post-lockdown

As museums begin to reopen across the UK this month, a new poll by Ipsos Mori suggests many are simply not ready for visiting exhibitions

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Museums

German government seeks to buy Hamburger Bahnhof museum from investor

Move means the venue can continue to operate as Berlin’s main contemporary art museum

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Museums

National Gallery will be first major London museum to reopen after coronavirus closure

Visitors will be requested to wear masks and stay two-metres apart from 8 July

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Crime

Teenager who threw boy from Tate Modern is given a life sentence with minimum term of 15 years

Jonty Bravery intended to kill, judge says

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Diary

Still running: Kara Walker’s fountain will go back on show at Tate Modern post-lockdown

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Museums

UK museums can reopen from 4 July—but for some it's too soon

News of the government's latest easing of lockdown measures today has been welcomed by the art world but "huge problems still remain for the sector"

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Restitution

National museum in Stockholm to return stolen 16th-century painting to Poland

Officials in Poland and Sweden piece together provenance of work by School of Lucas Cranach the Elder

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Museums

'Alarmingly at odds with reality': museum directors attack Creative Industries Federation's report on impact of coronavirus

Report estimates virus is causing 9% drop in revenue, but chairman of the UK National Museum Directors’ Council says 50% loss is more accurate

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coronavirus

Beijing art world starts shutting down again amid new coronavirus cluster

M Woods among private museums closing as China reports 137 new infections in wholesale food market

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coronavirus

Oxford Economics report: an emergency fund for the UK creative sector 'needs to come soon'

It is time for a Creative New Deal amid the coronavirus crisis, says Caroline Norbury the chief executive officer of the Creative Industries Federation

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coronavirus

UK creative industries face 'a cultural catastrophe'—but museums may not be hit as hard

New report by Oxford Economics predicts that the culture sector will lose 30% of its revenue due to Covid-19

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Museums

Berlin’s Humboldt Forum to open this year despite pandemic delay

Exhibition of Berlin city history is to be among the first to open

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Funding

Museums will need ethical funders all the more after the coronavirus crisis

As institutions reopen their doors to a world that has changed significantly, public scrutiny of private money is not going away

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The Art Newspaper Live

The Art Newspaper Live: Funding Matters Registration Now Open

In our first live virtual event on 25 June, part of a new online series, we bring together institutional leaders to discuss the challenges ahead

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Diary of an art historian

Museums are about to reopen—but should they?

Social distancing measures mean a lot of money will be spent on a small number of visitors, institutions should be focusing on their online presence instead

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Museums

Eight ways museums could make the most of the coronavirus crisis

Failure to seize this opportunity to make changes would be a graver error than any breach of etiquette

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Museums

'Time to give back the swag, guys!' British Museum unleashes Twitter storm with statement on Black Lives Matter

London institution was criticised for proclaiming that it "stands in solidarity with the Black community" while continuing to resist calls to restitute colonial-era loot

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colonialism

Edward Colston monument: 'UK must face the truth of what helped it become a mighty power'

Once it is fished out of the water in Bristol, the statue of slave trader Edward Colston should go in a museum. But what kind of a museum?, asks writer Bonnie Greer

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Lawsuits

Insurers hit by art-world class action lawsuit as coronavirus crisis bites

Claimants including major museums and art galleries accuse companies of failing to pay out on Covid-19 pandemic

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Exhibitions

Must London always win? National Gallery of Scotland cancels Titian show for all the wrong reasons

By bowing out of the Renaissance blockbuster tour, the Edinburgh museum has not only let down the Scottish public but shown its priorities are misplaced

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Maria Balshaw

London's Tate museums set to open early August—here's how it will work

Director of the Tate, Maria Balshaw, tells us about financial concerns, coordinating openings with other institutions, and how many visitors they are expecting

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Museums

Send the religious art in museums back to the churches, says the director of the Uffizi gallery

Eike Schmidt says up to a thousand works are languishing in state-run stores all over Italy

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Museums & Heritage

What would you do to keep your museum afloat? The Garden Museum director is swimming 50 miles in the Atlantic Ocean

The swim from Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly aims to raise £100,000 for the London museum, which is planning shows on Derek Jarman and Lucian Freud