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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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Second World War

The cultural consequences of the Second World War carry into today

From art restitutions to how museum adapted to wartime constraints, we continue to feel the fallout 75 years after the conflict’s end

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Second World War

What can we learn from museums during the Second World War?

On the 75th anniversary of VE Day, we look back at how art institutions adapted to wartime constraints, from tours without pictures to child's play

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Conservation & Preservation

Restorers making headway in rehabilitation of Erbil Citadel

After setbacks related to ISIS's offensive, preservationists in northern Iraq report progress

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Performance art

How one artist is using theatre to draw attention to the EU asylum problem

Staging of a refugee trial asking audience to determine the fate of an asylum seeker poses questions about the 'theatrification' of migration issues

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Politics

Drawing with the ashes of Isis-ravaged buildings: Piers Secunda on the art of destruction

Artist’s works on iconoclasm in Mosul are currently on show at the Imperial War Museum in London

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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

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Conservation & Preservation

Aliph global protection fund announces 14 projects across multiple war zones

The Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, Syria’s Raqqa Museum and Mosul libraries all safeguarded

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Monuments

Designs for new D-Day monument in Normandy will go on sale at Masterpiece

David Williams-Ellis' sculpture for the British Normandy Memorial will be unveiled today by May and Macron

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Book Shorts

Book on artists’ opposition to the Vietnam War

Part of the 1960s US anti-war movement, artists then had nothing like the impact they have today

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Nazi loot

Max Stern: dealer's heirs still fighting for looted art justice

With works from the forced liquidation of his gallery by the Nazis still regularly turning up in Germany, two current restitution claims by his heirs could have major ramifications for all those seeking to recover looted art

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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

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London

How the UK has revived its Monuments Men

The CPPU consists of a solitary lieutenant-colonel, but he is recruiting

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Exhibitions

Art made from Isis bullet hole damage goes on show for first joint UK project between Iraq and Kurdistan

Piers Secunda’s exhibition on destroyed ancient Assyrian objects is part of ongoing attempts to bring peace to a divided region

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Starry Night is held by Russian government

Van Gogh drawing had been folded in half in 1945 to fit inside a suitcase

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Artists

Artists in conflict zones get a global platform with new Ruya Maps initiative

Programme to launch in October with show by Venezuelan artist Pepe López in London chapel

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Conservation & Preservation

Aleppo's reconstruction 'deserves international resources'

Aga Khan Trust for Culture calls for condemnation of destruction to be reinforced by help on the ground

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Conservation & Preservation

Damaged art undergoes intensive care in Berlin’s Bode Museum

The institution is using funds from a private foundation to restore works scarred by war

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Heritage

Icom unveils Yemen red list at Metropolitan Museum in bid to halt illegal trade of artefacts

Yemen’s cultural heritage is at serious risk as war and famine ravage the country

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Openings

Wende Museum of Cold War artefacts spills its secrets in California

More than 100,000 Soviet and Eastern European objects find new home in former Armory

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War & Conflict

Letter from Yemen: artist speaks out about his country’s 'forgotten war'

Ahmed Jahaf describes what it is like to live through catastrophic conflict

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In the frame

Here’s looking at the ‘real’ and ‘reel’ Casablanca

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Vorticist

Sotheby’s expect First World War painting by Nevinson to make £1m

Last sold 50 years ago, A Dawn depicts French troops marching to trenches through Flanders in 1914

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Exhibitions

Imperial War Museum explores artists’ responses to war and terror after 9/11

Show of more than 40 artists includes Jenny Holzer, Grayson Perry and Gerhard Richter

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War & Conflict

Iraqi troops in push to recapture old city of Mosul

Heritage bodies face major task in saving historic buildings when Isil extremists are ousted

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War & Conflict

British Museum-trained Iraqi archaeologist assesses Isil destruction of Nimrud

Ancient Assyrian site was almost completely demolished by extremists

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Syria

The plight of Syria’s artists as the conflict enters its fifth year

Artists carry on, even on the front line, but exiles face an increasingly precarious situation

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Art market

Colombian art scene rebounds after civil war

Western dealers and curators look to the South

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Exhibitions

Bode museum finally lays bare its war-damaged collection

An exhibition in Berlin surveys the ethical implications of restoring damaged art

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War & Conflict

MP Robert Jenrick leads campaign to stop Islamic State funding terror through trafficking

UK and US collaborate to cut off one of group’s top revenue streams

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War & Conflict

Curators, art historians and museum directors sought by the US Army to provide expert advice in combat zones

Wanted: a new generation of Monuments Men

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Exhibitions

Artists confront violence across the Middle East in new exhibition opening in Amsterdam

“Fight History” is the second in the "Crisis of History" series on at the Tolhuistuin

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Institut du Monde Arabe

Renewal in the Arab world to come from women and the young, says French president

Last month’s conference at the Institut du Monde Arabe acquired special meaning after Charlie Hebdo

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Fakes & copies

Looting in the Middle East encourages fakes and forgeries

Modern art targeted as the originals go missing

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Victor Pinchuk

Ukraine’s art scene soldiers on despite political crisis

Artists can fight for freedom as the country asserts its independence, says gallery founder Victor Pinchuk

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Comment

Development, tourism and neglect endanger sites as much as conflict and natural disasters

Does Unesco have the power to stop the decline of crucial heritage sites?

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Conservation

Reims repairs its war damage, a century on

Restoration of the cathedral is due to be completed in 2015

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Conservation

Fixing - or not fixing - the works in Berlin's sculpture collections damaged in 1945

Should they be left as a reminder of a dark past or restored to reflect the artists’ intentions?

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Cultural heritage

Iconoclasm reborn with Islamic State fanaticism: The destruction of cultural heritage as propaganda

The extent of the destruction is uncertain in the fog of war

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Features

The British Museum’s battle on the home front during the First World War

The museum’s archive reveals how air raids threatened the collection and George V intervened to stop the building being requisitioned

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Books

Parr and Badger's photobook trilogy completed with The Photobook: a History

Martin Parr and Gerry Badger explore propaganda, conflict, sex, and death

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Iran

"Unedited History: Iran 1960-2014" at Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville will emphasise the survival of modernity in Iranian history

The exhibition will contain works by 24 artists, from three pivotal historical moments: 1960-70, the revolutionary era, and the post-war period

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Focus

In focus: Scythians, Warriors of the steppes

The Scythians' tombs have yielded hundreds of gold and silver objects

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Kiev

Pinchuk pleads for calm amidst Ukraine violence

Billionaire art collector encourages peaceful compromise

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Focus

Clarity in the fog of war: the drawings of Laura Footes

She bases her drawing partly on her experiences at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, “the largest military hospital in Europe”

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Jerusalem

Negotiations over Jerusalem’s holy sites not just for politicians, say religious officials

Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders say they must be involved in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

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November 2013

Tate finds 370-year-old bullet hole in Charles I statue

The sculpture was famously attacked by Parliamentarians shortly after the outbreak of the English Civil War

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Hague Convention

The UK must affirm its commitment to heritage and ratify the Hague Convention

Convention was created to protect cultural property during war

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News

Syrian war’s devastating toll on antiquities

Unesco places major national heritage sites on danger list as ground combat, air strikes and looting reduce ancient settlements to rubble

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Conservation

Conservators save Burden’s war from brink

Breathing new life into the installation that the American artist wanted to destroy

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Films

The art of warfare: new documentary on practical applications of art installation during WWII

Rick Beyer’s “The Ghost Army” is the story of the artists who worked to throw the German army off the scent of the real location of Allied troops

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News

Cold War spy photos help locate archaeological sites across the globe

Major grant to expand project that uses images from Corona military satellite system to pinpoint archaeological remains

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Exhibitions

Iraq War remembered (but not the dodgy dossier) at Imperial War Museum North

Tony Blair will not feature heavily in this exhibition - rather, those whose lives were shaped and destroyed by the conflict

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Exhibitions

Iraq War remembered

The show largely sidesteps Tony Blair’s controversial role in the conflict

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Libya

Libyan shrines under attack as militant Islamists target Muslim mausoleums

Protesters demand protection for cultural heritage as clashes turn violent

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Iraq

Iraq refuses to co-operate with US archaeologists unless cache of Jewish manuscripts are given back

However, operations financed by the World Monument in Babylon will not be halted

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Restitution

Schiele restitution case could damage NY business, say dealers

The ruling in long-standing legal battle may threaten defence that a purchase was made in good faith

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Germany supports research into Russia’s wartime losses

Archives of the western allies will be searched for clues

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Books

Books: A personal reflection on artistic responses to war

Records, celebrations, denunciations

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Museums

The stench of war lingers in Dresden's Museum of Military History thanks to Sissel Tolaas

Visitors to the museum can sample the smell of World War I

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Cambodia

As New York prepares to display Cambodian art new and old, we assess the growing recognition of Cambodian contemporary art

An overview of the Cambodian art market, as well as names to look out for, and the legacy of the Khmer Rouge

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Moscow dig chief mocked over “fake” site

Protestors claim archaeology project is sham to prevent political protests.

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Restitution

Armenian restitution claims grow

Getty case may be tip of the iceberg

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War & Conflict

Another casualty of the culture wars

Damage to the Egyptian Museum is just the latest example of the politicisation of archaeology.

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War & Conflict

Shaun Gladwell on life in Afghanistan

The Australian artist’s three-week sojourn with troops will form basis of new work

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News

Shaun Gladwell sets off for Afghanistan as Australia’s official war artist

He is creating video and photographic works to document the conflict

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National Museum of Iraq

Blast from suicide bombing damage causes chaos at Baghdad's National Museum

Director warns of security risks in the capital

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Iraq

Two artists and an soldier are taking the war in Iraq to the American people

A British conceptual artist, an Iraqi artist, and a US soldier who served in Iraq travelled from New York to Los Angeles with the remains of a car destroyed in a Baghdad bomb attack in tow

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Art fairs

T.V. Santhosh: remembering victims of violence and war

Visitors to the fair are encouraged to use the space to empathise with victims of violence

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Iraq

Interview with Jeremy Deller on tackling the troubled legacy of Iraq War

Turner prize-winner to take the controversial show on a three-week tour of the US in late March

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Iraq

Body of international experts head to Babylon to determine extent of damage inflicted by US army

Minister wants to reopen Baghdad Museum despite risks

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War & Conflict

First evidence of damage to Gaza’s cultural sites emerges

Antiquities museum hit; fears grow for excavated archaeology.

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Iraq

Ex-head of Iraq's board of antiquities estimates 10 years of restoration for Babylon

The integrity of the historic site did not factor into US strategy, proven by the construction of an adjacent military base

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United Kingdom

British Army to help Iraq turn Saddam Hussein’s Lakeside Palace into a museum

British Museum also offers to assist Iraqis to present antiquities

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Cooper Union

Cooper Union accused of censorship as Stalin banner is removed

The controversial image was removed after protests from local community, many of whom were Ukrainian