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Museums & Heritage

Princeton artist-fellow Mario Moore celebrates African American workers

The university has acquired five portraits of men and women who hold blue-collar jobs on campus

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Acquisitions

National Portrait Gallery acquires 20 works from collecting couple

Ian and Annette Cumming set out to commission likenesses of people who would remain renowned

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Museums

Tokyo’s treasure house of Impressionist painting reopens as Artizon Museum

Former Bridgestone Museum of Art will have new focus on creativity through the ages after a three-year renovation

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Museums

Will new €50m Albertina Modern museum revolutionise Vienna’s contemporary art scene?

Satellite venue of historic Albertina is to focus on Austrian and international art made after 1945

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Museums & Heritage

Director is out at Erie Art Museum

Departure follows New York Times article describing objectionable behaviour with female employees

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Appointments

Nazi loot expert joins Louvre to investigate its wartime acquisitions

Hire of French art historian Emmanuelle Polack suggests a more proactive stance on Nazi-era provenance research at Paris museum

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Africa

Why Africa’s future museums should forget Western models

The time is ripe for artists and curators to reconfigure what can actually be done within the walls of a museum

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British Museum

Climate activists urge British Museum to reject BP funding, as Arctic exhibition announced

Planned show seeks to raise awareness of climate change, but London museum dogged by controversy over partnership with oil and gas giant

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Museums & Heritage

Five years after Charlie Hebdo attack, France plans centre dedicated to satirical cartoons

In honour of the victims and to promote the medium, the French culture ministry will create "a meeting, training and exhibition place"

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Heritage

Trump retracts threats against Iranian culture sites saying: ‘I like to obey the law’

The US president’s reversal comes after widespread condemnation and defense officials’ assurances that military would abide by international law

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Museums & Heritage

Cultural heritage officials condemn Trump’s threats against Iranian sites

Meanwhile, an impromptu tribute to the country’s cultural heritage broke out on Twitter, as users posted images of their favourite places

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Yemen

Museum restoration offers rare glimmer of hope in war-torn Yemen

Yemeni authorities and World Monuments Fund team up to repair ruined National Museum in Taiz

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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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Museums & Heritage

As Nazi objects and fakes enter collectors’ market, should museums show them?

Highly publicised sales and seizures of Nazi memorabilia raise questions about whether such items should be exhibited

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2019: the year in review

The Art Newspaper team ponder 2019's biggest art stories. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Exhibitions

Here come the 'angels of anarchy': Surrealist women to steal the shows in 2020

Exhibitions in UK, Europe and US speak to growing public appetite for scholarship on the women of art history

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Museum collections

Rotterdam's Boijmans museum wants to make entire collection accessible to visitors

Vast €85m storage centre will show off thousands of works of art previously hidden from view

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Restoration

Ghent Altarpiece: latest phase of restoration unmasks the humanised face of the Lamb of God

Second stage of open-access restoration of Van Eyck brothers’ masterpiece strips away 16th-century overpainting to reveal an abundance of fine details

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Video, film & new media

Reality check: is VR set to revolutionise museums?

With the Louvre revealing its virtual reality Mona Lisa, museums ponder the power of tech experiences

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Museums

Edinburgh's Fruitmarket Gallery to transform nightclub into new art venue

Karla Black survey will fill both spaces, including former fruit and veg warehouse next door

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The Year in Review 2019

From trafficked treasures to the ravages of climate change: the heritage headlines of 2019

We look back at the biggest stories of the year

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Openings

Swedish photography hub Fotografiska opens long-awaited New York exhibition space

The franchise’s ambitious global expansion will continue in 2020 with launch of London gallery

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Conservation & Preservation

Tefaf awards conservation grants for a Wright interior and a colonial Bolivian painting

V&A and Lacma plan to stabilise and restore works to their original appearance

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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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Russia

Russian museums follow Putin’s call for satellites in the regions

The Hermitage has opened a branch in Siberia, the Pushkin is renovating a Constructivist landmark in Samara and more agreements are in the works

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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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Museums & Heritage

KAWS joins board of American Folk Art Museum

The contemporary artist is among four new trustees elected

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Conservation & Preservation

Science illuminates art in Detroit’s celebration of Bruegel’s The Wedding Dance

Conservators discover that the 1566 painting was once bluer and revisit the exposure of the notorious codpieces

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Conservation & Preservation

Looted in Germany by Stalin’s brigades, a restored goddess goes on view at the Hermitage

Bronze sculpture gets new wings in a collaboration with Berlin’s Antikensammlung

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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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Museums & Heritage

Brighton Pavilion gets its glitter back as fanciful treasures return on long-term loan from the Queen

More of the startling objects collected by George IV will return from Buckingham Palace in early 2020

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Major Jon Rafman show planned for Hirshhorn Museum

And Mickalene Thomas goes Pop in NYC

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Conservation & Preservation

Conserving canvas: from tear-mending to 'mist lining’, conservators share their techniques

Hundreds gather as the Getty convenes the first major international conference on the issue in 45 years

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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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In the frame

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

'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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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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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

What will cultural philanthropy look like in the 21st century? A new forum aims to find out

A survey of 500 art world professionals conducted by the Arts Funders Forum could help museums stay relevant to new patrons

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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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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

Cuzco paintings meet colonial Cuban culture in Allapattah

Founders of museum of Latin American art believe they may also have a work by Raphael

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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2019

New art space in Basel will offer free shows

The opening exhibition of the Kulturstiftung Basel H. Geiger, during next year's Art Basel fair, will focus on Caribbean artists

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Turkey

Court ruling converting Turkish museum to mosque could set precedent for Hagia Sophia

Decision that Kariye Museum must become a Muslim house of worship again could imperil its Byzantine art and have repercussions for other early Christian monuments

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Museums

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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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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Conservation & Preservation

Cold War-era mosaic sees light of day again in eastern Germany

Reappearance of a Josep Renau mural hints at a greater acceptance of East German public art

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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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Restitution

Cambridge college returns Benin bronze to Nigeria

Statue of a cockerel was looted by the British in 1897 from the Court of Benin

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Artists

Noguchi Museum launches digital archive about the globe-trotting artist’s life and career

Online trove includes 60,000 photographs, manuscripts, records and drawings and an updated catalogue raisonné

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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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Conservation & Preservation

Derelict iron flaxmill is brought back to life in Shrewsbury

Building was considered an audacious architectural experiment when it was built in 1797

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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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Private Museums

The Marciano masquerade is exposed

The art foundation, which has closed its doors, was never more than the shell of a museum

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Exhibitions

Terra Foundation plans 2024 sequel to Art Design Chicago

Yearlong 2018 effort drew 2.5 million people and brought attention to overlooked artists

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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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Museums & Heritage

New Hampshire museum acquires a rare house by Frank Lloyd Wright

The 1957 home, the Currier Museum of Art's second Wright dwelling, is built in the “Usonian Automatic” style, with rectangular concrete blocks

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Politics

What is art for? Why, to help sell arms, silly!

October saw full deployment of culture in Russian and French political and commercial diplomacy with Saudi Arabia

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

The French general’s advice to Notre Dame's chief architect: ‘Just shut up!’

A public spat between officials erupted this week in Paris over the reconstruction of the fire-ravaged cathedral and whether its historic spire should be restored as it was or a new spire built in its place

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Climate Change

Three ways museums can face up to the climate crisis

No issue is more relevant—and relevance is the cultural sector’s current leitmotif

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Museums & Heritage

The Huntington Library acquires two collections of US slavery and abolition records

The historic documents highlight the complexities of documenting America’s "peculiar institution"

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Museums & Heritage

Opening new galleries and showcasing its sphinx, Penn Museum rebrands its image

Museum at the University of Pennsylvania will open 10,000 sq. ft of reimagined spaces

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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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Acquisitions

Jayne Wrightsman leaves over 375 works of art and $80m to the Met

From European paintings to the decorative arts, the patron and her oil tycoon husband, who both served as trustees for decades, gave the New York museum more than 1,275 works in all

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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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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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Museums & Heritage

Goulandris collection of Modern masterworks finally revealed in new Athens museum

Dream museum of collectors Basil and Elise Goulandris brought to life almost three decades after original proposal

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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