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Coronavirus resources

Building on Covid-19 effort, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation details $1.5m in grants for small museums, artists and equity initiatives

Recipients range from Grey Art Gallery at NYU to a truck that transports art books to underserved communities

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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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Philanthropy

Amid pandemic, foundations marshal $156m to support minority arts organisations in the US

Funds are intended to counter the devastation that the coronavirus has wrought in the national arts landscape

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diversity

Rockefeller Brothers Fund plans $1.5m in grants to help New York museums promote diverse artists

Financial aid will help eight institutions “disrupt dominant narratives” and “build back a more equitable culture” after Covid lockdown

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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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Philanthropy

Metropolitan Museum of Art commits to paying all interns after $5m gift

Adrienne Arsht's donation will fund the museum’s internship programme and the MetLiveArts performance series

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Banksy

Banksy triptych—estimated at £1.2m—to be sold at Sotheby's in aid of Palestinian hospital

Artists has donated the works, which were previously on display in his Walled Off hotel in Bethlehem

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Philanthropy

Citing devastating coronavirus impact, five US foundations plan to increase payouts to strapped nonprofits by $1.7bn

In a novel strategy, at least three of the foundations will borrow money to finance giving

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coronavirus

Getty sets up $10m fund for small and mid-size Los Angeles-area arts organisations reeling from virus

The trust anticipates that grants will range from $25,000 to $200,000

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Philanthropy

Please send help: a letter to the Getty Trust

Our Los Angeles correspondent Jori Finkel asks the world's richest cultural organisation to support the city's struggling arts community during the coronavirus pandemic

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coronavirus

Donors set up $75m fund to help cultural groups and other non-profits in New York City

Fund will disburse grants and loans to small and midsize organisations impacted by coronavirus

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Madrid

Collector Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza invests in Madrid after leaving Vienna

Austrian patron donates work to Reina Sofia and commissions new piece by Ragnar Kjartansson to be shown at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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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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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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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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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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Philanthropy

Pew Center for Arts and Heritage announces over $8.4m in grants

Fellowships and project stipends go to 12 artists and 27 cultural projects in the Philadelphia area

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Museum of Modern Art New York

Seven arrested at protest during MoMA’s public opening

Demonstrators blocked the museum’s entrance and sat in the street as they demanded the removal of Steven Tananbaum — a financier whose company owns $2.5bn in Puerto Rican debt — from its board of trustees

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Nigeria

Yoruba prince donates more than 1,000 works of art to establish university museum in Nigeria

Yemisi Shyllon hopes other Nigerian collectors will follow his example and help found teaching museums that promote art education

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Acquisitions

New York's Morgan Library receives ‘transformational’ trove of manuscripts and bindings

Bequest comes from New York collector Jayne Wrightsman, who amassed an 18th-century library to complement her celebrated French furnishings

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Cultural policy

World Cities Culture Forum and Bloomberg Philanthropies announce the second Leadership Exchange Programme

International leaders are invited to apply to the initiative which aims to advance cultural projects and explore the ways art can improve the quality of life for urban residents

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Museums & Heritage

A victory for righteousness or just a performance of it?

We need to acknowledge the complexity of our time and not hide in simple political polarities, says the director of the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

It's official: French tycoons finalise €300m donations for fire-ravaged Notre Dame

Foundation secures funds from Bernard Arnault and François Pinault towards the reconstruction of the cathedral

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre to train refugees as tour guides with funds from Saudi foundation

Supported by undisclosed donation from Alwaleed Philanthropies, French museum’s newly renovated Islamic galleries reopened this week

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Law

Sacklers in talks over multibillion-dollar settlement of opioid crisis lawsuits

Proposed settlement calls for family's company Purdue Pharma to file for bankruptcy and become a public trust distributing profits

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Museums & Heritage

Collectors are now collecting museums, not the other way around

Seats on boards offered by major museums are increasingly being used to serve the narrow agendas of the ultra-rich

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Museums & Heritage

Philanthropy, but at what price? US museums wake up to public's ethical concerns

Daniel Weiss, Adam Weinberg and other museum leaders speak out following the fallout from the resignation of the Whitney’s vice chairman and the ongoing Sackler affair

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Sackler family

Musée du Louvre removes all mention of Sackler name from its galleries following protests

Activist group Pain says Paris museum has taped over or taken down plaques dedicated to the eponymous family whose pharmaceutical company is accused of fuelling the US opioid crisis

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Obituaries

Frieder Burda—leading German collector of Modern masters including Picasso and Pollock—dies aged 83

Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden is home to the philanthropist's collection of around 1,000 works

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Art market

UniCredit to sell off one of world's largest corporate art collections

The Italian bank, which just announced €1.4bn profit in first quarter of 2019, will offload some of the 60,000 works of art in order to fund social initiatives

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Obituaries

Philanthropist Henry Wollman Bloch has died aged 96

Bloch was an avid collector who made important contributions to the Nelson-Atkins Museum

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Director of Pinault Collection proposes controversial 90% tax breaks for Notre Dame donors

But Pinault family says it is not seeking tax relief for its €100m donation towards the reconstruction effort

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Private Museums

Software billionaire plans to turn decaying Potsdam restaurant into museum for East German art

Hasso Plattner also plans to put his Impressionist works on permanent display in his Barberini Museum

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Conservation & Preservation

Fragile inheritance: US museums bridge skills gap in conservation of Chinese paintings

Philanthropic funding assures new training for the next generation of masters to emerge

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Sackler Trust

Sackler Trust charity in UK suspends all new gifts

The move is a “face-saving” measure says US photographer and activist Nan Goldin

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Appointments & departures

Terra Foundation’s transformational leader Elizabeth Glassman to step down

During her two-decade tenure, the Terra closed its Chicago museum and turned its attention to grant-making and collaborations

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Conservation & Preservation

American donations shore up conservation efforts in France

From Paris to Chartres, US philanthropy makes its mark

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Collecting

Collector's Eye: an interview with Wallis Annenberg

The Los Angeles-based philanthropist tells us what she's bought and why

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Building projects

Couple donates $40m for MoMA's renovation and expansion

Acknowledging gift, museum names a film center after Debra and Leon Black

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Donations

Major coup for Paris’s Institut du Monde Arabe as it receives one of its biggest ever donations of works

Gallerist Claude Lemand and his wife France also set up a fund to support the museum

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Philanthropy

Sackler family—major cultural patrons—amassed $31.2m in offshore HSBC bank accounts, investigation finds

Mortimer Sackler opened a handful of accounts in Switzerland one month before federal prosecutors filed a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma in 2005

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Dallas Museum of Art says thank you to a life-long patron

Institution recognises the “transformational” final gift of its late trustee Margaret McDermott with a special exhibition and new wall labels for more than 400 works she helped acquire

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Private Museums

Moscow's Garage Museum still going strong at ten, despite co-founders’ split

Roman Abramovich and Dasha Zhukova will continue to fund their contemporary art museum

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Funding

Will museums stop accepting Sackler money in wake of Massachusetts lawsuit?

Eight members of the family are being sued for helping to fuel the opioid epidemic through their pharmaceutical company

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Philanthropy

Art for Justice Fund gives out $10m in new grants—including to art projects

The second round of funding will support works themed around incarceration by Xaviera Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas and Titus Kaphar, and a planned installation on the High Line

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Philanthropy

Russian billionaire’s Peri Foundation will keep paying for culture after arrest

It is business as usual, says the organisation’s director, as its founder, Ziyavudin Magomedov, remains in custody awaiting trial on racketeering charges

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Protest

Nan Goldin leads anti-opioid protest at the Met's Sackler Wing

In their first direct action, the artist and her activist group PAIN tossed prescription pill bottles labelled OxyContin into the moat surrounding the Temple of Dendur and staged a die-in

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Philanthropy

Meet the collector who signed away her masterpiece to reform the criminal justice system

Agnes Gund talks to us about how she uses her philanthropy to push for change

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Artists

Artists back Nan Goldin’s call to hold Sackler family to account over US opioid crisis

"Maybe the Sacklers don’t care, but we should give them the chance to discuss solutions, and if they rebuff, then f*** them"—Jeremy Deller

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Protest

Online petition demands Sacklers and Purdue Pharma pay for rehab centres and Narcan dispensers

The activist group founded by the artist Nan Goldin, who revealed her struggles with opioid addiction, says it intends to pressure museums to refuse the philanthropic family’s money

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Miami fairs raise funds for hurricane-hit artists

Art Center/South Florida has matched Art Basel donation

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Design Miami award goes to artist-backed school in Africa

Art classes will be key to the school in Zambia, supported by Rashid Johnson and New York-based charitable foundation

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Prizes

Knight Foundation awards $2.5m in grants to realise 43 Miami art projects

Funding will help bring the Creative Time Summit to South Florida, back a show on the Cuban artist José Antonio Aponte, and finance a “wine club for art” subscription collecting service

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Funding

Culture is compromised by donations from the Sackler family: we must not accept any more of their money

Anna Somers Cocks on the revelations published in the New Yorker magazine

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Funding

Business as usual for museums funded by Sackler opioid money?

Beneficiaries of the family’s largesse deflect or ignore questions about the donors’ role in the drugs epidemic sweeping the US

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Philanthropy

Agnes Gund’s Art for Justice Fund awards $22m in grants to activist groups and social programmes

As well as backing arts-focused initiatives, the money will help support organisations working to make changes in government policy

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Valeria Napoleone's all-female art collection hits the road

The London-based philanthropist partners with Museums Sheffield to show works by women artists

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Homegrown philanthropy fuels the new Speed Art Museum

Decade of renovation ends with marathon opening for expanded gallery

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New programme aims to train future leaders of artist foundations

Seminar to be held in New York at the offices of influential philanthropic groups, including the Roy Lichtenstein and Joan Mitchell foundations

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Philanthropy

Taxing times: private museums under scrutiny by US government

Who benefits most from tax breaks on private art museums: patrons or the public?

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Tax

How do you tell the difference between philanthropy and a tax write-off?

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Abraaj sponsors next generation of artist entrepreneurs

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Artists

Olafur Eliasson launches successful appeal to kickstart Little Sun's next big project

Solar-powered mobile phone charger is designed to fill gap in African market

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Philanthropy

Ford Foundation joins global fight against inequality

Grants of $500m will focus on fairness, president says

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Art

Artists do their bit to help US museums’ bottom line

Los Angeles institution gained $22.5m last month as endowments grow thanks to sale of artists’ gifts

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Foundation taps art-world talent for think tank

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Philanthropy

Studzinski is on board at the Getty

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Leonard Lauder

Leonard Lauder: The man who put Cubism in the Met

The billionaire philanthropist reveals how he amassed a collection of works by Picasso, Braque, Gris and Léger with a museum in mind

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Los Angeles

‘Patience is not one of my virtues’: Eli Broad on his new museum's delayed opening

While construction continues, Broad has been busy buying art

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Eli Broad

LA Mayor spares the city’s cultural department despite financial pressure

The philanthropist Eli Broad will help the organisation focus on attracting tourists

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Eli Broad

The billionaire Eli Broad’s collection of post-war art goes on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Is this where it will come finally to rest?

Thinking Broadly at LACMA

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Eli Broad

Eli Broad leads subway route campaign in Los Angeles

Philanthropist joins group petitioning to expand LA Metro

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Interviews

Interview with Hilary Weston: Grimm in Florida

The importance of meditation, mirages and tuning out.

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December 2011

UK Treasury rules to stop museums spending donors' cash

National institutions reluctantly set up trusts to gain access to their own reserves

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January 2011

US art sponsorship suffering after economic crisis, survey shows

Corporate giving down 14% over three years according to Business Committee for the Arts

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Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim Helu is world’s richest man

The Mexican billionaire is also a significant art collector

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February 2010

French institutions have lost their integrity by relying on private sponsors, leading fundraiser says

Longtime arts and heritage patron Olivier de Rohan denounces the increasing influence of external bodies on museums' creative decisions

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Collectors

Collector Richard Driehaus's private museum gets a classical makeover

Who said it was all about modernism?

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May 2009

Chicago's industrialist benefactors built the city’s art collections—but can today’s patrons maintain them?

So far the next generation have yet to replicate their parents’ efforts on the same scale

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Collectors

Norwegian dealer's estate to benefit charity

Médecins Sans Frontières will get millions from the sale

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April 2008

Anthony d’Offay deal with Tate and Scotland sets tax precedent for UK philanthropy

For his partial donation of £125m worth of art, the dealer received £26.5m—the price he originally paid for the collection—tax free

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Warhol Foundation report looks back on 20 years of philanthropy

Shedding light on the donations, grants, and gifts given by the foundation since Warhol's death

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May 2007

Seattle Art Museum gets $1bn worth of art from 'incredibly devoted group of collectors'

The gift from 53 local patrons is one of the largest in the history of institutional donations

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Exhibitions

Museums in the US and UK pay tribute to Paul Mellon, collector and benefactor, in the centenary of his birth

Celebrating the greatest Anglophile of them all

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Law

New legislation could lead to the end of partial gifts to museums

Changes to US tax law could discourage collectors from giving

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May 2006

As US museums face mounting legal issues, an annual conference explores what to do with whistleblowers and dodgy donors

Recent corporate scandals have raised concerns that American charities should be examining their ethics policies

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Collectors

The rich list: More than 100 people join global list of billionaires

Many are major art collectors and philanthropists

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Denver Art Museum

Denver Art Museum gets $60m contemporary art gift

The collectors Kent and Vicki Logan donate 300 works of art and an endowment

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University of California

UCLA students get Richard Meier building thanks to $23m from Eli Broad

Philanthropist pays for nearly half the cost of new building

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Eli Broad

Eli Broad breaks new ground at LACMA

Construction starts next month on the collector’s $50 million Modern art gallery at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

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December 2005

Contemporary philanthropy: Conversations with Eli Broad, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Howard Rachofsky and David Rockefeller

Leading philanthropist-collectors gathered in Miami Beach to discuss their personal philosophies

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François Pinault

Loss of Pinault collection is “catastrophe” for Paris

A top museum director and a dealer react to the billionaire’s decision to show his contemporary art collection in Venice

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Interviews

Interview with His Highness the Aga Khan on Al-Azhar Park and the importance of architecture

In a rare interview, the Aga Khan describes his global approach to helping Islamic communities help themselves, while also restoring their past heritage

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Eli Broad

Eli Broad and LACMA set up foundation to run museum’s new wing

Following the philanthropist's $60 million gift to the museum

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Eli Broad

Eli Broad chooses Renzo Piano for Los Angeles County Museum of Art project

The Italian architect will design the institution’s new $50 million wing

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François Pinault

Will François Pinault’s museum on the Seine be built?

Following rumours that Pinault is struggling financially

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Eli Broad

Eli Broad finances new building scheme for Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Total rebuild by Dutch architect, Rem Koolhaas, is scrapped, however

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Collectors

Collector profile: Gustav Rau, Schweitzer redivivus

A doctor in a remote village in the Congo, part of Dr Rau's thousand-strong collection is on display now in Paris.

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Collectors

Collector-benefactor profile: Who owns Sri Lankan, Canadian, cricketing art—and now portraiture?

Christopher Ondaatje has only recently come to public notice with his donation of £2,750,000 to London’s National Portrait Gallery.

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Ronald Lauder

How should billionaire Ronald Lauder be understood; philanthropist, restitution advocate, leader or naive temporiser?

The heir to the cosmetics fortune is creating his own museum and would like to see art returned to Holocaust victims, but how effective is he actually?