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coronavirus

Significant art emerged from traumas of the past—will the pandemic prove different?

As the coronavirus crisis stretches on, we look at how artists have captured confinement in recent history and what is being done now

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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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Heritage

France proposes new global fund for endangered heritage sites

The $100m initiative, inspired by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, will be presented at a conference in Abu Dhabi this week

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Heritage

France joins international treaty to protect cultural heritage in war zones

The Second Protocol of the Hague Convention was met with strong resistance from Western military powers when it was adopted in 1999

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Public art

British artist Idris Khan creates UAE’s first war memorial

This product of the country’s first war stresses the unity of the seven emirates

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Disasters & destruction

Ancient Nimrud ziggurat bulldozed by Isil

Islamic extremists razed massive 2,900-year-old Assyrian structure to the ground

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Islamic extremist sentenced to nine years in prison for destroying Timbuktu mausoleums

Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi was first to face war crimes trial in The Hague over cultural destruction

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Exhibitions

Syria before the war: nomads and foundry workers in Berlin photo exhibition

Photographer Mohamad Al Roumi offers a peaceful alternative view of his home country

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Review

The stones cry out: on Medieval art in war-torn Syria

The Ayyubid glories of Syria, now mostly in ruins

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Berlin’s lost Renaissance sculptures rediscovered in the Pushkin Museum

The 59 sculptures were among treasures seized by Stalin’s “Trophy Brigades” after the Second World War

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Contemporary art

Baghdad-based Ruya Foundation launches first online database for Iraqi artists

Website will provide a platform for contemporary artists to show—and possibly sell—works

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Exhibitions

For the record: 18th-century drawings of Palmyra on show in Cologne

Louis-François Cassas documented many of the ancient Syrian city’s buildings, including the Temple of Bel that Isil destroyed last year

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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

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Art

Gurlitt task force wraps up with ‘meager’ results

162 works suspected to be Nazi loot, but just five have been identified as definite plunder

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Art

UK creates £30m fund to fight cultural destruction

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Artists help refugees build shelters in Calais camp

Anglo-French co-operation to alleviate misery in the Jungle

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Museums

Italian museums forge ties with Bardo after Tunis attack

The National Museum in Tunis will share loans and exhibitions with Italian institutions

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Art

Human rights group raises fears over artists imprisoned in Tunisia

Five men have been sentenced under Law52, the anti-drugs legislation enforced by the country’s former president

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Francis Alÿs to work with refugees in Iraq and meet Isil’s victims

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Art

Isil threat mounts against Roman site in Libya

Pro-Isil fighters temporarily occupied Sabratha

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Art

Pussy Riot among artists behind new charity building shelters in Calais for refugees

Refugee Response Foundation, founded by artist duo The Connor Brothers, is also due to help with legal and living costs

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Dutch artist helps Kurds’ grassroots democracy grow

“People’s parliament” built for revolutionaries fighting Isil in northern Syria

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Cultural policy

Louvre's director draws up 50-point plan in response to Isil's destruction

Jean-Luc Martinez calls for safe havens for antiquities, European centre to combat smuggling and reconstruction fund

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Matisse portrait claim rejected by National Gallery

Greta Moll’s heirs argue painting was “misappropriated” in 1947

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Looted marble bust returned to Poland

Jean-Antoine Houdon's sculpture of the goddess Diana was taken by the Nazis during the Second World War

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British Museum helps ‘prepare for aftermath’ of Isil

Iraqi archaeologists to be trained in reconstruction of heritage sites under scheme funded by £3m government grant

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Disasters & destruction

Isil extremists blow up Palmyra's Arch of Triumph

Syrian antiquities head confirms destruction of ancient Roman archway

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Photography

Getty seeks to preserve memory of Palmyra's Roman ruins through acquisition of rare photography collection

French naval officer Louis Vignes took images of Beirut, Lebanon and Syria in 1864

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Disasters & destruction

‘This war is worse than the Mongol invasion’

Unique insight into the destruction at Palmyra from the last US archaeologist to leave the site

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Politics

A grass-roots biennial for the new Ukraine

The School of Kiev opened against the odds to focus on knowledge rather than art and breathe new life into old institutions

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Heritage

Satellite image confirms Isil's destruction of Palmyra's Temple of Bel

Second building reduced to rubble by extremists controlling ancient site in Syria

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Heritage

Isil destroys ancient temple in Palmyra

Bombing, reported yesterday, may have happened a month ago

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Exhibitions

When mourning becomes its own reward: on the work of Doris Salcedo

The Colombian sculptor finds inspiration in grief and channels it into new inventions

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Heritage

Isil beheads archaeologist in Palmyra

Syria's antiquities ministry condemns killing as "cowardly and criminal act of appalling brutality"

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War

Hold the front page: VJ Day

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Heritage

Restoration work on Timbuktu's historic tombs to finish this month

Ancient sites were targeted by extremist groups

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Artists

Separatists in eastern Ukraine blow up art installation

Pascale Marthine Tayou’s 40m-tall piece was dedicated to the women of Donetsk

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Exhibitions

Afghan street artist who fled Taliban gets first solo show in UK

Malina Suliman taught young people how to spray-paint in Kabul

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Auctions

Klimt portrait to be auctioned

Proceeds will be shared between the Klimt Foundation and the heirs of the sitter

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Auctions

First work from Gurlitt hoard goes under the hammer

Sotheby’s to auction looted painting by Liebermann that was returned to heirs last week

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Islamic State brings in bulldozers and explosives to reduce Nimrud to rubble

Assault on the seat of Assyrian King Ashurnasirpal II could be the worst case of deliberate destruction of an archaeological site in living memory

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Politics

Reflections on art as an (ineffective) social expression

Jane Jakeman on art since the Arab Spring

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Exhibitions

Complex talent needs greater understanding

Denmark’s Asger Jorn was far more than a painter