Modèle assise dans un fauteuil, se coiffant (detail; c. 1903), Édouard Vuillard.

Acquisitions of the month: April 2019

Paintings, prints and a vast video panorama – the best works of art to enter public collections recently

10 May 2019
Installation view of ‘DOMUS GRIMANI 1594–2019’ in the Sala della Tribuna in Palazzo Grimani, Venice, 2019. Photo: Matteo De Fina. Courtesy Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities – Polo Museale del Veneto

Stepping back in time at Palazzo Grimani in Venice

Returning the Grimani sculpture collection to its dramatic 16th-century setting feels like a dream, says Toto Bergamo Rossi

7 May 2019
Ben Vickers

The Apollo 40 under 40 podcast: Ben Vickers

The Serpentine’s Chief Technology Officer talks to Gabrielle Schwarz about Bitcoin, Benedictine monks and more

30 Apr 2019
Illustration by Simon Landrein

Do volunteers still have a place in museums and cultural organisations?

The Art Fund is disbanding its volunteer network – is the culture sector becoming too professional?

23 Apr 2019
The Vampire of Notre-Dame, plate nine from Le Long de la Seine et des Boulevards (1890/1910), Louis Auguste Lepère, published by A. Desmoulins.

An elegy for Notre-Dame, in words and pictures

The great Gothic cathedral has inspired innumerable artists and writers over the centuries

16 Apr 2019
The Moon (A Lua) (1928; detail), Tarsila do Amaral.

Acquisitions of the Month: March 2019

Grayson Perry’s Brexit vases and Tarsila do Amaral’s moon painting have entered public collections recently

8 Apr 2019
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Should the Houses of Parliament be turned into a museum?

Ed Vaizey and Michael Hall debate whether politicians should relocate for good when the Palace of Westminster closes for repairs

1 Apr 2019
Russell Tovey

The Apollo 40 under 40 podcast: Russell Tovey

The actor talks to Gabrielle Schwarz about his ‘addiction’ to collecting art – from Tintin to Tracey Emin

22 Mar 2019
Saint Anne with the Virgin and Child (c. 1520), Master of Elsloo. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

A Maastricht mystery – the Master of Elsloo at the Bonnefantenmuseum

Lars Hendrikman talks about curating an exhibition of sculptures attributed to the unknown woodcarver

18 Mar 2019
Two Trees, Peter Doig

Acquisitions of the Month: February 2019

A Peter Doig landscape, a Banksy banknote, and a rare Rembrandt have entered public collections recently

6 Mar 2019

Could federal museums be better prepared for US government shutdowns?

Federal museums were closed for more than a month during the recent shutdown. What can they do to protect themselves in the future?

25 Feb 2019

The Apollo podcast: the rise and rise of the LA art world

Thomas Marks talks to Jonathan T.D. Neil from Sotheby’s Institute of Art about LA’s rapidly expanding art scene – and whether it’s sustainable

7 Feb 2019
St John the Baptist Preaching (detail; 1627), Pieter Lastman.

Acquisitions of the Month: January 2019

A medieval book coffer and a painting by Rembrandt’s teacher are among the top recent museum acquisitions

4 Feb 2019
Left: Untitled, 1988, Magdalene Odundo. Middle: Black figure neck amphora with Ariadne dancing with satyrs, 550-540BC. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Right: Untitled, 1989, Magdalene Odundo.

‘I’m looking at history and the human need to make things’ – an interview with Magdalene Odundo

The ceramic artist is showing her own work alongside historic pieces from all over the world

28 Jan 2019
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Is the US trustee system good for museums?

Are volunteer board members a useful source of good will and money, or do they tie museums to the whims of the wealthy?

28 Jan 2019
The Barnes Series VI, Steir

‘The paint makes its own image’ – an interview with Pat Steir

The artist’s ‘Waterfall’ series is about the movement of water, the movement of paint – and the painter’s own moves around the canvas

22 Jan 2019
Progress (The Advance of Civilization) (1853), Asher B. Durand. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Acquisitions of the month: December 2018

A Midwestern epic painting and minimalist marvels were among the top works to enter museum collections last month

11 Jan 2019
Figure (19th–20th century), Togo/Ewe or Fon (river Mono?).

Beyond the blockbusters – five more shows to catch in 2019

Highlights include a celebration of Cosimo de’ Medici at the Uffizi and ceramics from Africa at the Design Museum in Munich

11 Jan 2019
Erika Balsom

The Apollo 40 under 40 podcast: Erika Balsom

Gabrielle Schwarz talks to the critic and scholar Erika Balsom about her experience working between the worlds of art and cinema

10 Jan 2019

Book competition

Your chance to win Stone to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo

4 Jan 2019
Man in Oriental Dress, (1635), Rembrandt van Rijn, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The major art anniversaries to look out for in 2019

From Leonardo to the Prado, and from the Bauhaus to the birth of John Ruskin, 2019 is full of significant anniversaries

2 Jan 2019
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Is it too late to save Venice?

In the wake of some of the worst flooding in recent history, and with its population in decline, the city is in troubled waters

2 Jan 2019

Book competition

Your chance to win Fuseli: Drama and Theatre by Eva Reifert

14 Dec 2018

The Apollo podcast: social media and the art market

Thomas Marks talks to Paul Melton from Sotheby’s Institute of Art about the impact of Instagram and other social media platforms on the art market

14 Dec 2018