Preview

Tim Cornwell

News
Exhibitions

As demonstrations return to Cairo, Egyptian protest artist goes on show in new London space

Exhibition of street artist Bahia Shehab's work opens at Aga Khan Centre Gallery in King's Cross

News
War & Conflict

Art in the time of airstrikes: Yemeni artists urge international donors for support

Symposium at the British Museum, part of the Shubbak festival of contemporary Arab culture, will include artists from war-torn Yemen and Syria

News
Art market

Tehran's art fair opens despite sanctions and growing tensions with US

Second edition of Teer Art Fair aims to foster domestic Iranian art scene at a time when international sales increasingly difficult for the country's galleries

News
Collectors

Sikh Empire collector hopes to open dedicated museum

The London-based collector Davinder Toor holds one of the most significant collections of Sikh works in the US and the UK

News
Arab Image Foundation

Arab photography archive releases 22,000 historic images online

Arab Image Foundation completes $255,000 digitisation initiative and will reopen its Beirut building this summer

News
India

David Adjaye chosen to design 'game-changing' contemporary art museum in India

Planned Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi will open up 6,000-strong collection to the public

Review
Venice Biennale 2019

Venice Biennale 2019: the must-see pavilions around the city

An indoor beach, Mongolian throat singing and ceramic vaginas—where to go beyond the Arsenale and Giardini

Analysis
Venice Biennale 2019

National pride, national shame and the ‘post-national’: the question of identity at the Venice Biennale

National pavilions in Venice have long been criticised as anachronistic. But for nations newer to the event, such quibbling can seem like a luxury

News
Venice Biennale 2019

Iranian works will abound at the Venice Biennale despite US sanctions

Complications around shipping and insurance have not stopped artists and curators from the country to make their presence felt at this year's edition

News
Exhibitions

'Shameful scar': Centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre marked in New Delhi exhibition

Show exploring the fateful event that saw hundreds of people killed by British soldiers aims to commemorate "forgotten martyrs"

News
Openings

New contemporary art space opens in impoverished area outside Tunis

B7L9, founded by the Kamel Lazaar Foundation, shows works by international and Tunisian artists but also engages the local community

News

Major museum designed by V&A Dundee's architects to open in Turkey

Odunpazari Modern Museum designed by Kengo Kuma, which will show the collection of architect Erol Tabanca, will open in the university city of Eskişehir in June

News
Venice Biennale 2019

South Africa finally announces Venice Biennale artists

Mawande Ka Zenzile, Dineo Seshee Bopape and Tracey Rose will explore themes of social, political and economic resilience in post-Apartheid South Africa

News
Africa

Zimbabwe makes Venice Biennale selections amid political turmoil

Cosmos Shiridzinomwa and Georgina Maxim are the first artists to be confirmed

News
Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe biennial postponed amid political turmoil

As civil unrest and internet shutdowns continue, organisers say they now hope to hold event in 2020

News
African art

Africa’s pre-colonial ‘crown jewels’ to find a home in new South African museum

Javett Art Centre at University of Pretoria will display 800-year-old gold collection excavated in the 1930s

News
Syria

New London gallery shows work by only-known artist to have worked secretly under Islamic State

The Stories Art Gallery champions artists who take a non-political approach in their work to challenge violent stereotypes of Syria

News
Discoveries

Did Pieter Bruegel the Elder create the earliest Scottish landscape?

Coastal rock formation in 16th-century engraving resembles the famous Bass Rock at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, art historian argues

News
Private Museums

Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi designs new Lebanese private museum

The Nabu Museum collection combines antiquities with Modern and contemporary art

News
Art market

Abraaj Group liquidators to sell 200 works from art collection at Bonhams

Middle Eastern and South Asian works owned by embattled Dubai-based private equity firm carry much lower estimates than prices paid a decade ago

Review
Art market

Beirut Art Fair gives helping hand to embattled Egyptian galleries

Lebanese event cuts 'special offer' to help Egypt's galleries exhibit abroad and invests $100,000 in outreach to encourage collectors from further afield

News

MoCA Toronto set to open in new industrial home that hosts both art and artists

New works by Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera and Awol Erizku will be presented in Canadian museum's first year

Preview
Art market

Lebanon’s history revealed in photo show at Beirut Art Fair

Across Boundaries is an exhibition of around 100 works of Lebanese photography from 30 collections

News
Law

Parviz Tanavoli banned from leaving Iran over legal dispute with former gallery owner

Maryam Goudarzi claims that the artist should return six 1972 sculptures worth $6m to her, but Tanavoli says they were swapped legally for five newer works

News
Openings

Edinburgh's Collective to unveil new art space in old City Observatory this autumn

Opening of restored 19th-century complex on Calton Hill has been delayed by dry rot

News
Law

Iranian gallerists released on bail after two years in Tehran prison

Karan Vafadari and Afarin Neyssari paid a bail of around $10m according to sources but still await appeal request

Review
Theatre

Great Apes: when Planet of the Apes meets a White Cube opening

A new play in London based on Will Self’s 1997 novel is a viciously literate satire that imagines an art world populated entirely by chimpanzees

News
Exhibitions

New exhibition at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum shows irreverent side of the Fatimids

Too little of its art survives, but the World of the Fatimids still reveals a remarkable dynasty

Review
Exhibitions

From Hirst's Medusa to Quinn’s marble bust: new London show explores how classical art inspires contemporary artists

Exhibition at King's College draws largely on private collection of Christian Levett

News
Art market

Abraaj Group's partnership with Art Dubai to continue, despite reorganisation

Founder Arif Naqvi's departure from the private equity firm's asset management business in February followed claims the company had misused investor funds

News
Art market

Middle Eastern artists are charging a lot of money to certify—or condemn—their works

But when does protecting a creative legacy go too far?

News
Art market

Bond Street gallery exodus continues as London's Fine Art Society sells lease after 140 years

Soaring rents due to competition from fashion houses leads to reluctant decision to move from historic five-storey townhouse

News

Iran’s first museum for a female artist honours nonagenarian

"Life’s work" of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian goes on show in former palace in Tehran

News
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

News
Art market

Middle East anti-fake drive triggers refund

Bonhams returns £176,500 for piece attributed to Egyptian sculptor

News
Private Museums

Pioneers of Lebanese painting star in private museum near the Syrian border

Collector Emile Hannouche has opened his family mansion in the Bekaa Valley to the public

News
Art market

Collectors tackle rise in fake Modern Middle Eastern art

Dalloul Art Foundation investigates authenticity of some Middle Eastern works before museum opening

News

Former Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis remaps Lisbon's Gulbenkian

Freed from Tate's "tough agenda" of blockbuster shows, sculpture scholar is opening up Portuguese museum's Islamic collections

News

Beirut’s Museum of Memory opens first exhibition—minus a director or board of governors

Against a backdrop of political wrangling, Zena el Khalil’s show focuses on the missing of Lebanon’s civil war

News
Exhibitions

Exhibition shines light on painter who gave up art to run London’s National Gallery

Frederic Burton spent late career acquiring some of museum’s best-known masterpieces

News
Beirut Art Fair

Arab artists respond to dictatorship, surveillance and civil war at Beirut Art Fair

Strong showing of Syrian art across the event including by artist Saad Yagan whose Aleppo studio was destroyed in 2012

News
Art market

In a troubled region, Lebanon is a growing hub for artists

Beirut Art Fair includes a loan exhibition drawing on the country’s rich collections

News

Scotland's pioneering Inverleith House gallery saved from closure

Exhibition space in Edinburgh's botanic gardens has reopened after public outcry

News

India's new Partition Museum opens near Pakistani border

Crowdsourced collection of survivors’ artefacts includes identity cards, steamer trunks and clothing carried by refugees

News
Exhibitions

Edinburgh Art Festival: artists look to Maori traditions, 19th-century botany and jellyfish

Jupiter Artland’s new permanent piece by Pablo Bronstein joins two ten-metre-high pavilions in a Gothic and Chinoiserie style

News
Conservation & Preservation

Protesters target Dutch firm involved in removal of 550-year-old tomb from ancient town of Hasankeyf

Site in Turkey is due to be flooded after completion of giant Ilisu Dam

News

National Gallery of Ireland’s grand reopening worth the protracted wait

Hundreds of works were restored during Dublin museum's refurbishment

News

Fourth Plinth artist Michael Rakowitz to serve up Iraqi-Jewish ‘ghost feast’ in London

Three-night event will be part of Shubbak festival in July

News
Exhibitions

Political art withers as Mamut 5 opens in Istanbul

All-Turkish art project sees artists retreat to their studios

News
Contemporary art

Polish artist Pawel Althamer creates first commission for Bangladesh sculpture park

Giant female figure made of bamboo was made with the help of the local community in Sylhet

News

Let there be light

The UAE’s first OMA-designed space launches with a survey of Syrian art

News
Exhibitions

Art world reels from Trump’s immigration ban

New policies on course to undermine exhibitions and exchange programmes

News

Exhibition offers antidote to Trump's view of Iran

Major survey of Iranian contemporary art opens in Toronto this week against backdrop of US President's immigration ban

News

The artists who have chosen to stay in Syria

While most have fled the conflict, some remained to document the suffering

News

Tapestry of Sabra and Shatila massacres could hang next to Picasso’s Guernica

Palestinian art collector has commissioned a wall hanging based on Iraqi artist Dia al-Azzawi’s drawing, which is now in the Tate

News
Restitution

Two mosque lamps stolen from Egypt's national collection returned to Cairo

Medieval artefacts surfaced in the United Arab Emirates

News
Biennials & festivals

India’s leading Kochi-Muziris Biennale overcomes country’s ‘demonetisation’ crisis

State government pledges to build permanent venue for the event

News

Looters exploit the political chaos in Libya

Illicitly excavated artefacts are “gushing out” of the country, experts warn

News

‘Rescue archaeologists’ head to Iraq

First group of Iraqis trained by British Museum staff return home

News
Exhibitions

Toronto's Aga Khan Museum to celebrate Syria's heritage

Foundation behind museum has committed $200m to post-war reconstruction

News
Antiquities & Archaeology

Almost 70% of smuggled objects seized in Syria and Lebanon are fakes, antiquities chief says

In a wide-ranging interview, Maamoun Abdulkarim discussed the realities of illegal trafficking, restoration efforts in Palmyra and his concerns over destruction in Aleppo

News
Politics

Turkey’s Çanakkale Biennale to forge ahead despite attempted coup

Immigrant artists are due to take centre-stage in the September exhibition

News
Art market

Sotheby’s moves Middle East auctions to London

News
Collectors

Marion Lambert: collector with a cause

The independent-minded philanthropist whose life was touched by tragedy

News

German collector warns he will end loans to English institutions in event of Brexit

Heiner Pietzsch will lend works to Scotland instead

News
Photography

Tehran museum’s historic photography collection emerges from the shadows

Lewis Carroll’s photographs of Alice Liddell and Steichen’s portrait of Rodin among images collected before the Iranian revolution

News
Contemporary art

Wim Delvoye unveils plans for museum in historic Iranian city

Belgian artist restores palatial buildings in Kashan and creates works with Isfahan metalworkers

News
Exhibitions

Dry times: Tehran gallery show draws attention to national drought

As the Iranian President pushes to improve state water management, curators ask artists to respond to the environmental crisis

News
Exhibitions

Proposal to privatise Tehran’s Modern art museum causes alarm

Director denies that politicians want to transfer collection to private foundation

News

Indians and Pakistanis work together to realise Partition Museum

Project leaders announce fundraising goals before conference in Delhi

News
Conservation

Sea change in Turkey’s attitude towards its Byzantine heritage

Opening of two specialist study centres—a first for the country—begins era of Greek-Turkish collaboration

News

India’s rivers will flow through Kochi Biennale

Artist Sudarshan Shetty to curate exhibition that has drawn a million visitors

News
Contemporary art

Syrian photographer: 'We refuse to die as a number in the international media'

Issa Touma vows to return to Aleppo amid the fighting

News
Art market

Stolen mosque lamps to return to Egypt as Cairo museum houses new database

Authorities confirmed the objects had been taken from national collection and fakes left in their place

News

Historic Koran show to open in US capital in time for election

What will Donald Trump think?