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Art Outlook

30 April 2015

Some of the news and comment we’ve spotted online this week

Cultural heritage sites destroyed in Nepal earthquake

As the humanitarian crisis in Nepal deepens in the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake, details of extensive damage to the region’s architectural and sculptural treasures have also started to emerge.

Tories plan UK ivory ban

The Conservative Party manifesto promises to press for a complete ban on the sale of ivory products in the UK – including antiques – if it retains power after the general election on 7 May. It ‘smacks of Maoism’, declared Martin Levy, one of several representatives from the antiques trade to speak out against the pledge.

Fire rips through Clandon Park in Surrey

The blaze began in the basement of the 18th-century Palladian building and quickly spread the roof. National Trust staff were able to save some of the art from its collection, but the damage to its richly decorative interiors is feared to be severe.

Museum of Biblical Art forced to close

New York’s exceptionally high rent has been blamed for the small but popular museum’s demise. Despite the success of its current exhibition, ‘Sculpture in the Age of Donatello’ (until 14 June), the institution has struggled to fund itself.

Shortlist announced for UK Museum of the Year

Last year the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was honoured by the Art Fund. Now the jury (Stephen Deuchar, Michael Landy, Alice Rawsthorn, Fiammetta Rocco, and Axel Rüger) have settled on a shortlist for the next award. The winner will be announced at the beginning of July.