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Berlin

As one private collector shuts down Berlin space, Julia Stoschek threatens to follow

Closure of Thomas Olbricht’s Me Collectors Room comes after collector Friedrich Christian Flick’s announcement he is ending his museum loan

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Private collections

Berlin museums announce ‘painful’ end to loan of 'one of the world’s most outstanding contemporary art collections'

Prestigious private Flick collection, including works by Giacometti, Duchamp and Bruce Nauman, has been on loan to Berlin for 17 years

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Art market

Goodbye Gerhard: Deutsche Bank shrinks art collection

Troubled firm offloads some major works, but vows to continue buying emerging artists’ work

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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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From the archive

In search of art out of Africa: an interview with Jean Pigozzi

“I feel that at the time of the Medici they had my kind of rapport with their artists”

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Art market

'Olyvia's soirées': adviser launches private selling events in format devised by Adam Chinn

Olyvia Kwok launches series of invitation only events in London and New York offering financing against big-ticket works for collectors looking to circumvent auctions

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Otto Dix

Germany's attempt to permanently retain Otto Dix print collection belonging to George Economou fails

Tycoon keeps 500-strong collection after German campaign to include it in national heritage list is thwarted

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Exhibitions

What happens when artists step into buyers' shoes: New Barbican exhibition "Magnificent Obsessions" showcases curio owned by the likes of Warhol and Hirst

Cookie jars and seven-legged lambs invite us to consider how distinctive styles emerged from the building blocks of various visual languages

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Rubell Collection

The Rubells: 50 years and looking to the future

The collectors celebrate their wedding anniversary with a new exhibition

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Digital Age

Digital access to Italian banks’ art

300,000 works owned by banks belonging to the Associazione Bancaria Italiana to become available to view online

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Collectors

Manchester collector Frank Cohen and Danish adviser Nicolai Frahm launch a London gallery in a former dairy

After facing a brick wall of bureaucracy in Manchester, the pair looked to the capital to share their collections with the public

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Obituaries

Bettina Looram dies

The last surviving child of Baron Alphonse von Rothschild, of the Austrian branch of that family, dies aged 88.

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Toronto

Toronto theatre mogul David Mirvish to stage his own shows

Will the Canadian collector showcase his expansive modern art collection?

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Art Basel in Miami Beach

Rubells team up with Beijing’s Ullens Center

Collaborative show will open in December 2013

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Charles Saatchi

On the eve of his gallery’s 20th anniversary and its complete reinstallation with paintings, Charles Saatchi answers questions on the record for the first time ever

“I primarily buy art to show it off”

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Malta

Polish-born collector Zdzislaw Bieganski to found museum in Malta

Works include Picasso and Van Gogh, but many are yet to be authenticated

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Private Museums

Artipelag, Astrup Fearnley and co: why once-rare private museums are on the increase in Scandinavia

Private spaces show that tall poppies can grow in a Nordic climate

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Books

Impressive publication on the anonymous 'RA' collection of Chinese porcelain

Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos' three-volume catalogue is painstakingly researched and beautifully presented

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Interviews

Interview with collector Marc Straus on transitioning to dealing: “The gallery business is a terrible concept”

Despite reservations, the former oncologist and “fierce” collector has become a dealer in contemporary art

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Rubell Collection

Rubells loan works to Fundación Banco Santander

"American Exuberance" is on view in Madrid 9 February to 27 May

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Dubai

Ramin Salsali's new private museum opens in Dubai with tongue-in-cheek 'Show Off'

The space is based on a former warehouse and will exhibit works biannually from his own collection as well as from other private collections around the world

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November 2011

Vanity, vanity: the problems facing China’s private museums

Spaces bloom and then wither as founders’ commitment quickly fades

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Collectors

Who’s buying? Art collectors in LA

Many have private museums, serve as trustees and lend to public museums

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François Pinault

Pinault sends his collection across the globe

Modern and contemporary works are on the way to Korea and Brazil

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Exhibitions

Jean Pigozzi's expansive collections in Congolese and Japanese art come together in new show

Jean Pigozzi convinces artist Carsten Höller to mix and match the French collector’s art in 'JapanCongo'

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New Museum

Los Angeles Broad Art Foundation aims at ultra accessibility

Los Angeles collectors Eli and Edythe Broad open their doors

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Collectors

Christen Sveaas is showing part of his collection at his Oslo restaurant

Collector hangs his art by the hors d’oeuvres

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Decorative arts

Invitation to a hanging

The story and study of the remarkable Toms Collection of tapestries

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Art market

Trends in collecting: Are domestic collectors ready to take on the world?

While the Russians are branching out, Indian collectors don't stray far from home

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François Pinault

François Pinault poaches leading Paris fair director

Martin Bethenod to head collector’s Venice venues as disquiet grows over stalled exhibition programme

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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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Exhibitions

Directors say OK to collectors’ shows

In response to The New Museum's current exhibition

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Collectors

Swiss collector show for Asia and Europe

Monique Burger plans to take her works on an Asia tour

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Collectors

After loans and offers of first refusal Portugal may lose billionaire's collection to Brazil

José Berardo doubts government will buy, and plans new art deco museum

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Victor Pinchuk

Pinchuk to build new arts centre in Ukraine

The space will display Pinchuk's own collection as well as loaned exhibitions

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Exhibitions

New Museum show of trustee's collection is an insult to scholarship and curators

Private-collector museums

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Fakes & copies

Rodchenko and Tatlin fakes force closure of Russian avant-garde exhibition at Finland's Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art

Operations were halted after multiple experts questioned the authenticity of the exhibition's content, which had been sourced from private collections

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Interviews

The most important collectors you’ve never heard of: The Van Otterloos

Next year their collection of Dutch and Flemish 17th-century paintings goes on display for the first time in Europe and the US. The couple gave us their first ever interview

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Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Ullens buys Tayou at Venice Biennale

The collectors add work by Pascale Marthine Tayou to their extensive collection

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François Pinault

Pinault’s electric chair Christ upsets the French; black version to be shown in London

Paul Fryer's work was installed in the city of Gap over Easter weekend

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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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Victor Pinchuk

Pinchuk stages Hirst show in Kiev

His Pinchuk Art Centre will play host to over 100 works

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Robert Rauschenberg

Tomlin says ta-ta to Rauschenberg

The long time friend and collector of Rauschenberg has seven up for sale

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Joseph Beuys

German gallery tries to block sale of works by Joseph Beuys

Director says moving the pieces, installed by the artist, would be a “catastrophe”

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India

Plans for Kolkata Museum of Modern Art: India's answer to Tate Modern?

A major new museum to be built in eastern India is being largely supported by commercial galleries and corporate collections

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Private Museums

Devi Art Foundation is India’s first private museum of contemporary art

Anupam Poddar and his mother Lekha have assembled a collection of over 7,000 works of art

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Collectors

Private equity millionaire Adu Advaney to open a London gallery

Indian collectors are starting to buy contemporary art by their compatriots

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Collectors

Russian art collector could face seven years in prison

Vladimir Nekrasov has been charged with corporate tax evasion

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February 2008

Comment: The problem with privately-funded museums

There is a danger that the conservatism of the museum sector will be challenged by a new generation of board members who feel that “rules are for other people”

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Restitution

New York collector Shelby White returns antiquities to Italy

White's restitution of the illegally excavated objects is a first for the US

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Museums & Heritage

Swiss collector to open her own museum in Arles

Maja Hoffmann wants to hire Frank Gehry to design her gallery

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David Walsh

David Walsh reveals art for new private Tasmanian gallery

Walsh, described as “every casino owner’s nightmare”, owns around 1,300 antiquities and 300 contemporary works

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Interviews

In search of purity out of Africa: Interview with collector Jean Pigozzi

“I feel that at the time of the Medici they had my kind of rapport with their artists”

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Books

Sotheby's James Stourton glazes over the more cut-throat tendencies of private collectors in new book

This account by the UK chairman of Sotheby’s is enthusiastic but superficial

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Charles Saatchi

Charles Saatchi’s art to go on rotating display at Hermitage

Works on loan from the British collector will go on display in a room named after him; Tate to send Turner Prize retrospective to Moscow

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Auctions

Phillips de Pury plans seven-hour sale during Frieze week

The sales include the private collection of Marino Golinelli

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Antiquities & Archaeology

UCL damned over handling of looted Aramaic antiquities

A report which concluded that ancient bowls on loan from a Norwegian collector “must have been illegally excavated in Iraq” has not been made public

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Collectors

Collectors have turned a limestone cave in a Napa Valley hillyard into a unique private gallery space

The first curated cave installation is comprised of 19 works including pieces by Christopher Wool

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Collectors

France finally gets to see Pinault’s art in new exhibition

The owner of Christie's to show works from his personal collection for the first time

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Collectors

Steve Cohen, billionaire hedge fund manager, is lending works to US and UK museums

This change of stance has attracted controversy

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Rubell Collection

Devonshires team up with Rubells for exhibition at Lismore Castle

Contemporary art from the Miami collection heads to Ireland

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Collectors

Elton John granted permission to build gallery at his Windsor home

Curator explains they are in desperate need of additional space

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Collectors

Nazi bunker transformed as private collectors put their art on display

German advertising guru to show over 500 works from his private collection on a rotating basis

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Private Museums

Australian collectors build their own museums

New museums in Sydney and Tasmania are in the works

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Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault, luxury goods billionaire, to show his art in new private foundation in Paris

But what is in the collection of LVMH chairman?

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Collectors

Anita Zabludowicz plans a new contemporary art space in a former chapel in Chalk Farm

Project Space 176 will host both the Zabludowicz collection and commissions by resident artists

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J.M.W. Turner

Dealer who sold Turner masterpiece says it will go on public view in UK

Both the US National Gallery and Tate wanted to acquire The Dark Rigi but it was sold to a private collector

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Joshua Reynolds

Owner of Reynolds’ Portrait of Omai has also loaned Modigliani to Dublin’s National Gallery

Horse breeder John Magnier has given seven other paintings to the institution for at least six years—exempting him from tax should the works be sold

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François Pinault

Pinault brings new life to Palazzo Grassi

French billionaire François Pinault finally reveals his art

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Russia

Billionaire to open first private museums in Russia

Viktor Vekselberg will establish galleries in St Petersburg and Moscow to display his own art as well as works belonging to other private collectors

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Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi evicted from County Hall

The British collector has lost the case over his lease on the riverfront space

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Commercial galleries

Russia’s largest private gallery opens

Collector and dealer Alexander Yakut's new enterprise is his most ambitious yet

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Collectors

Russian billionaires are spending hundreds of millions of dollars on art. None of them has spoken to the press about what drives their collecting—until now

Russian collector Pyotr Aven shows his hand

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Art market

Court finds Peter Brant really does own Warhol’s Red Elvis

The decision ends a dispute that started in 2000

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Andy Warhol

US aluminium giant sends Warhol to Russia

The Alcoa Corporation is marking its entry into Russia by funding the tour of a Warhol Museum show

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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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Puerto Rico

Inspired by collectors in Florida, a Cuban-born couple have opened a private museum

Bringing a little Miami to San Juan

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Exhibitions

UBS art goes on show at MoMA

Founder Donald Marron has been instrumental in the acquisition of classic Modern and contemporary art

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Tate

Tate refused previous offer from Saatchi

Serota said no to 100 works in 1998, but is still keen to buy “major” pieces

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Tate

Did Tate miss its chance to get the Saatchi Collection?

The greatest contemporary art collector in Britain says he was ready to offer all his art to gallery director Nicholas Serota—but his proposal was not pursued

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Miami

Rubell family transform their private collection into major museum complex

In the space of just a year, a former US Drug Enforcement Warehouse has been expanded to 40,000 square feet and now includes 18 new galleries, a conservation laboratory, a library and a sculpture garden

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Collectors

Collector profile: Norman Braman and the Indian Creek residence furnished with contemporary masterpieces

The car tycoon has put together one of the greatest private collections of classic American art. Where does it go now?

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Collectors

Collectors in Washington State targeted in art tax enquiry

Agents are looking at art in museums to determine whether “use tax” was paid

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Kunstmuseum Basel

Top Swiss collection of Modernist art on long-term loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel

Up until this point, the works were in the custody of a foundation established by the Im Obersteg family subsequent to their purchase

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Collectors

Andrew Lloyd Webber as collector: A Henry Tate for the 21st century?

The man behind hit musicals such as “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera” has been buying Victorian art assiduously for the last 40 years. This month his extraordinary collection goes on public view at the Royal Academy

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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys on show at Gagosian Gallery

Works from a private collection will tour both the London and New York arms of the super-gallery

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Exhibitions

One of the oldest and largest collections of classical antiquities in the US is now on view in a new installation

Worlds intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans

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Collectors

Berlin museums consider the Flick collection rejected by Zurich

The contemporary art belongs to the grandson of Nazi industrialist, Friedrich Flick

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Exhibitions

The Joule Archive to go on show at Barbican: Will the real Mr Bacon please stand up?

A second exhibition of Barry Joule’s collection, left to him by Francis Bacon his former neighbour, is still a matter of dispute with the Bacon Estate

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Las Vegas

Is Steve Wynn’s fabled art collection in play as MGM Grand bid for Mirage Resorts?

Casinos at war: art in the crossfire

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News

Lloyd Webber pre-Raphaelite export exhortation

The 300 paintings and drawings include works by Millais, Holman Hunt, Rossetti and Burne-Jones

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Frida Kahlo

Copenhagen gets treated to exhibition of substantial private Kahlo collection

The Dolores Olmedo Patiño collection—the world’s largest of the artist’s work—is on tour

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José Berardo

José Berardo’s collection goes public

Financier unveils his new museum in Sintra’s former Casino with a collection formed in just four years

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Collectors

Collector profile: Raymond Nasher, the world’s biggest private collector of modern sculpture

The shopping-mall millionare has been wooed by museums all over the world, but Dallas looks set to benefit from generosity in the great American tradition

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Collectors

The Queen Mother is revealed to be a top collector

Clarence House is full of treasures

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Exhibitions

The collectors and the artists they choose to collect

Gemma de Angelis Testa, Eliana Guglielmi, Corrado Levi, Marcello Levi, Marco Rivetti, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

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Collectors

Turin shows hidden talent at Castello di Rivoli as six top collectors go public this month

Italy's most discreet city has always favoured the avant-garde, now celebrated by this elegantly cerebral exhibition

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Collectors

Does art still need collectors? Where these days should the notion of collector end and that of custodian begin?

Several stakeholders weigh in

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Collectors

“The world cannot afford many more collectors with a passion for antiquities”

As the Getty Museum opens an exhibition of the Fleischman collection of antiquities, Ricardo Elia, professor of archaeology at Boston University, argues that showcasing private collections only encourages the looting of archaeological sites.

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State Pushkin Museum

Collecting and collectors are the material of a new museum opening this month as part of the Pushkin Museum

Russia changing stance: It was all a terrible mistake, we love collectors really!