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coronavirus

Colourist painter and Royal Academician Philip Sutton opens new gallery—at the age of 92

Artist—who is now blind in one eye and lives in a sheltered care home—is launching a space in Bridport, England, to sell his own works

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Museums

Friends forever? Museums rely on generosity of paying members and loyalty schemes to survive pandemic

Many UK institutions are hoping members will continue to support them despite limited benefits and recurring closures

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Arts funding

Will UK government furlough extension make museums rethink redundancy plans?

Petition launched calling for Southbank Centre staff to be reinstated in light of Chancellor’s announcement while Royal Academy confirms coronavirus funding snub

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Artists

Portrait of Tracey: how Emin's cancer diagnosis hasn't stopped her from being an artistic dynamo

With exhibitions at the Royal Academy and Xavier Hufkens, as well as her return to Margate, the artist is doing more in convalescence than most people manage in full health

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Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academicians band together to release portfolio of prints made in the midst of lockdown

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The Buck stopped here

Delayed Royal Academy Summer Exhibition delivers powerful diversity statement and an Okwui Enwezor tribute

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Sell the Michelangelo or lose 150 staff? The Royal Academy of Arts’s Covid-19 conundrum

Plus, the curator Legacy Russell talks about her new book Glitch Feminism

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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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Exhibitions

The Big Review: Gauguin and the Impressionists at the Royal Academy of Arts

The London exhibition has many highlights, but viewing this long-planned show is unlike anyone could have envisaged before the coronavirus pandemic

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Royal Academy of Arts

London’s Royal Academy of Arts plans to slash 40% of jobs

Cuts have been announced as the institution aims to make savings of £8m a year and awaits news on government grant

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Exhibitions

Major Francis Bacon show to explore how animals fuelled artist's fascination with flesh

The exhibition Francis Bacon: Man and Beast at the Royal Academy of Arts in London next year will include the artist's final work—a painting of a bull

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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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Marina Abramovic

‘It is dangerous for artists when the events of the day change their work’: Marina Abramovic on art and the coronavirus pandemic

The performance artist has been in lockdown in Austria and spoke to us exclusively about making work in isolation and following Matisse’s example as a response to the crisis

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coronavirus

Royal Academy of Arts cancels Angelica Kauffman and Paul Cézanne exhibitions amid coronavirus crisis

As the London institution announces its revised exhibition schedule, we reveal the international knock-on effect triggered by the changes

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Museums & Heritage

'There is no fast track back to normal': museums confront economic fallout of the pandemic

Closed museums are losing millions in income, ushering in job cuts, appeals for emergency relief and lasting changes in strategy

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Three to see

Three social media feeds to scroll through this weekend

From hilarious tweets from Tim of the National Cowboy Museum to trivia and doodle challenges from the Royal Academy of Arts

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Art's Most Popular 2020

What were the most visited ticketed shows in London, Paris and New York last year?

Londoners stuck to the tried-and-tested and New Yorkers showed their patriotic sides, while Parisians were drawn in by golden treasures

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Exhibitions

No stone unturned: an exhibition explores Cézanne’s fascination with rocks

Princeton show charts the artist’s enduring pursuit of geological compositions

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Exhibitions

Léon Spilliaert’s doom and gloom to light up the Royal Academy of Arts

The first major UK show will include 80 works by the little-known Belgian artist who has always "escaped easy categorisation"

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Exhibitions

Angelica Kauffman, who was lauded in her lifetime but later largely ignored by art historians, gets new show

Travelling Kunstpalast exhibition will feature the only known ceiling paintings created by a woman in the 18th century

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Ruth Asawa's delicate structures to a revelatory show of Picasso's paper works

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Pablo Picasso

Royal Academy of Arts to show rare Picasso drawings from ground-breaking 1956 film of the artist at work

Most of the works, created with felt tip pen on newsprint, have been lost, but two have been specially restored for London show

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The Year Ahead 2020

The biggest exhibitions around the world in 2020

From Artemisia to Abramović, Old Masters to Olmecs, and Richter to Roman antiquities—here are next year's must-see shows

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Appointments

Rebecca Salter elected president of London’s Royal Academy—the first woman in its 251-year history

The printmaker replaces Christopher Le Brun who stepped down after eight years in the post

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Lucian Freud's stunning self-portraits at the Royal Academy of Arts to King Tut's treasures at the Saatchi Gallery

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Tim Marlow

‘I won’t be bringing in a load of artists’: Tim Marlow on leading the Design Museum

Royal Academy’s artistic director is an unexpected choice

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Exhibitions

Lucian Freud's self-portraits sure to pack a punch in London show

The artist’s altercation with a cab driver produced one of many revealing paintings being exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Appointments

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

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

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Exhibitions

High tension: metal guru Antony Gormley pushes the limits for Royal Academy show

London exhibition tells a complex story of body, space and boundaries

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Exhibitions

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Helen Beard's sexually fluid paintings to Helene Schjerfbeck's unique Nordic Modernism

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Exhibitions

Bare necessities: would you brush up against naked performers to get inside Marina Abramovic’s 2020 London show?

Artist's famous nude performance—first done with Ulay—to be recreated in her retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts next year

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Exhibitions

Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch joint show on its way to London’s Royal Academy of Arts

Exhibition first opens at Norway’s new Munch Museum, where Emin’s giant bronze The Mother will be permanently installed outside

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Exhibitions

The lauded Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck finally gets major UK show

Although her greatest work was painted in St Ives, the artist is little known in the UK—but a survey at the Royal Academy of Arts hopes to change that

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In the frame

Lucian Freud's model David Dawson looks forward to artist biography and self-portrait smorgasbord

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the little-known Renaissance painter Bartolomé Bermejo at the National Gallery to the Hayward Gallery's huge group show exploring gender fluidity

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In the frame

A ban on Banksy? Anti-Brexit work at the Royal Academy is on/off limits

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Bob and Roberta Smith takes council sell-off protest to the Royal Academy

The artist’s work submitted to the Summer Show denounces Hertfordshire’s decision to auction more than 400 works

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Art's Most Popular 2019

Art's Most Popular: here are 2018's most visited shows and museums

Fashion continues upward trend in the US, shooting to the top of The Art Newspaper's chart, while the British Museum slips from the top spot in the UK

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Henry Moore’s Helmet Heads at the Wallace Collection to Renaissance nudes at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From exquisite Elizabethan portrait miniatures at the National Portrait Gallery to Franz West's playful sculptures at Tate Modern

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Royal Academy of Arts

Axel Rüger, director of Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, appointed new chief executive of Royal Academy

He succeeds Charles Saumarez Smith who stepped down in July 2018

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Artist interview

Back to basics: Michael Craig-Martin on his new show in Windsor (Florida)

The conceptual artist brings a range of recent works stateside in a presentation co-organised by the Royal Academy of Arts

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Pierre Bonnard's colours-turned-up-to-11 at Tate Modern to Bill Viola's dust up with Michelangelo at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Bill Viola

Kira Perov: the ‘guardian angel’ in Bill Viola’s life and work

As the Royal Academy in London prepares to open a show uniting the US video artist with Michelangelo, his wife and collaborator discusses her pivotal role in his process

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Jock McFadyen announced as co-ordinator of Royal Academy's 251st Summer Exhibition

The Scottish painter will lead a committee of fellow artists to organise the annual contemporary art show

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Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy widens outreach with exhibition by homeless people

Art is Part of the Equation forms part of the institution’s push to make art more accessible

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The Year Ahead 2019

Which exhibitions will be the blockbusters of 2019?

Major Leonardo and Rembrandt anniversaries mean a wealth of shows focusing on the Old Masters, but Tintoretto, the Bauhaus or Bill Viola could be dark horses

In association withQatar Museums

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The Buck stopped here

Sir Charles steps down as chief-executive of the RA and settles a few old scores along the way

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Exhibitions

The Getty’s Renaissance Nude explores issues of power and sexuality—but don’t expect a #metoo reckoning

The show includes male and female examples for historic accuracy, its lead curator says

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From the erotic drawings of Klimt and Schiele at the Royal Academy to a last chance to see two hard-hitting shows by Mika Rottenberg and Hannah Perry

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Books

Reputations redeemed by art: two books examine what made Charles I and II great collectors but bad rulers

Despite the failings of the Stuart kings, their art collections stand in their favour, as exhibitions in the UK this year have shown

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Exhibitions

Looted ‘cannibal’ bowl served up in Royal Academy of Art’s Oceania show

Artefact is one of around 200 on show in largest exhibition on the region in almost 40 years

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The Buck stopped here

Bob and Roberta Smith’s family values and pencil power at the Royal Academy of Arts

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In the frame

No to Nigel—picture of Brexiteer Farage left on the shelf at Royal Academy

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Exhibitions

A match made in heaven: Bill Viola to be shown alongside Michelangelo at the Royal Academy

The exhibition will examine themes of spirituality and mortality in both artists’ work

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Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018

The Postal Museum: a ride into the story of mail that really delivers

The newly opened museum takes visitors on a journey underground and reflects major shifts in the nature of human connection

In association withArt Fund

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The Buck stopped here

'Cut into your finger and sprinkle urine on bad dreams': Marina Abramovic shares her spiritual recipes

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The Buck stopped here

A Riot of Subversion: Welcome to the House of Fun

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Royal Academy launches new £34,000 postgraduate course. But who can afford it?

The institution is entering the lucrative world of branded education

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From rejuvenated “killed negatives” to a new lease of life for the UK’s only Michelangelo marble

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Podcast episode 32: David Chipperfield on the new Royal Academy

The Academy’s £56m project opens, with subtle additions and revamps by the British architect. Chipperfield talks about the subtleties of architecture, the RA’s chief executive Charles Saumarez Smith discusses funding and the quirks of the institution and we review the buildings and its displays with Jane Morris.

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Michelangelo

The UK's only marble Michelangelo takes pride of place at new Royal Academy

The Taddei Tondo has not always been treated as a masterpiece

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The Buck stopped here

From Shrimp Eyes to Tom Odell: Royal Academy's collection (and VIPs) serenaded at opening party

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Royal Academy of Arts

How the Royal Academy Schools shook off their fusty image

Once seen as a bastion of tradition ignored by young artists, the institution's postgraduate fine art course has become the most desirable in London

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Royal Academy of Arts

Ignominy to influence: a history of women at the Royal Academy

London institution’s founders included two women, but a long period of male domination has only recently been challenged

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The Buck stopped here

The private life of the Royal Academy revealed in TV documentary

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Royal Academy of Arts

We go behind the scenes as the Royal Academy celebrates 250 years

Delve into the heart of the revamped London institution—expanded, embellished and eccentric as ever

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In the frame

A New Spirit of Painting makes a comeback (with one woman artist this time)

Artists

Michelangelo: The Art Newspaper's editor talks about a British treasure

HENI Talks: Alison Cole examines the Taddei Tondo—the only marble sculpture by the Italian master in the UK

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Three to see

Three to see: London

Monet takes on the city at the National Gallery and it is the final week of the once-in-a-lifetime Charles I show at the Royal Academy

Podcast

Podcast episode 23: The death of Venice?

Salvatore Settis on the moral revival that could save Italy's sinking city, plus Tacita Dean on her three major London shows

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Features

Tacita Dean on her three major London shows

From genre fluidity to the British artist's love of analogue film

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Diary of an art historian

The National Gallery’s issue of trust

I only found out by accident how well off the museum really is

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The Buck stopped here

Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramovic battle it out at launch of new VR works

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JMW Turner

UK government places export bar on Turner’s Ehrenbreitstein

Arts minister Michael Ellis has stepped in to prevent the painting from being exported

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Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts tried to borrow $450m Salvator Mundi for its Charles I exhibition

New London show has received glowing reviews but there is one conspicuous absentee

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From a triumphant show of Charles I's collection at the Royal Academy to an Andreas Gursky retrospective at the revamped Hayward Gallery

Podcast

Podcast episode 16: Charles I at the Royal Academy—an exhibition fit for a king

We pick apart the latest smash hit show to open in London with art historian Bendor Grosvenor, then complete our 2018 preview with a look at the big exhibitions coming to the US this year

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Exhibitions

Fit for a king? What the British press is saying about the new Charles I exhibition

Royal Academy of Arts show has received near unanimous reviews

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Exhibitions

British invasion: Royal Academy teams up with Florida art space

Grayson Perry kicks off a series of three solo shows by RA artists at the Gallery at Windsor

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Exhibitions

Royal Academy of Arts reunites masterpieces from Charles I's collection—many for first time since his execution

Exhibition will include paintings by Titian, Mantegna and Van Dyck

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Acquisitions

Tacita Dean’s film of Hockney smoking bought by Royal Academy and National Portrait Gallery

Acquisition heralds triptych of London shows dedicated to Dean

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Diary of an art historian

Stop reading, start looking: today’s art history students are not getting a grounding in connoisseurship skills

When I put an image of a well-known Titian on the screen, only one of 40 could identify the artist

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The Year Ahead 2018

Our guide to the most important new museums and expansions in 2018

From striking new spaces in France and the US to major revamps of old favourites in London and Los Angeles

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Three to see

Three to See in London in 2018

From King Charles I to the King of Pop

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Exhibitions

Life drawing from George III to Iggy Pop

Royal Academy of Arts exhibition explores the history of drawing the human figure and how artists depict it today

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Education

New lease of life for life drawing classes?

Age-old practice is being ‘gradually reinvigorated', but new frontier is seemingly in 3D reprographic skills

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Exhibitions

Richard Wentworth and Kenneth Baker on Jasper Johns's retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts

“So many tropes going on in his work, it would make a lovely laundry list,” says the British artist of his US counterpart

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In the frame

George Frederic Watts’s Physical Energy horseman rides into the RA—again

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Three to see

Three to see: London

From the British Museum's Lion Man to Matisse's studio studies at the Royal Academy

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In the frame

Scoop: image surfaces of hacks at Royal Academy press view—in 1892

Chief executive Charles Saumarez Smith was surprised by rediscovered illustration

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Exhibitions

First major UK survey of Oceanic art comes to the Royal Academy in 2018

London institution will also host shows on Klimt and Schiele, Charles I and Tacita Dean as part of its 250th anniversary year

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Leonardo da Vinci

Oxford to return RA’s copy of The Last Supper

The copy by Leonardo's student is the most faithful extant work

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Vatican

The V&A and the RA compete to present a Vatican show timed to coincide with the first state visit to Britain of Pope Benedict XVI

V&A will reunite Raphael’s Sistine tapestries with their cartoons for first time in 500 years

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Art exports

Prince of Liechtenstein cancels Royal Academy show

Ruler angry over block on Coello masterpiece

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Liechtenstein

Prince of Liechtenstein threatens major Royal Academy show

If one of his works is not released by the UK authorities, an exhibition drawn from his collection will be pulled

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Johan Zoffany

Zoffany at Tate cancelled

The 2010 exhibition may instead be shown at the Royal Academy

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Exhibitions

Council's Pre-Raphaelite collection saved for public display

London's Hammersmith & Fulham was considering selling the works

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Georg Baselitz

Royal Academy retrospective brings Baselitz to Frieze

The spotlight placed on Baselitz by the exhibition has induced two dealers to display his work