Alfred Drury’s statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds, first President of the Royal Academy, in front of the façade of Burlington House.

‘The Royal Academy remains a great asset that must never be squandered’

Norman Rosenthal, Rebecca Salter, Nick Goss and Sarah Turner share their views on what sets the RA apart

15 May 2018
Still Life with Bottles and a Cowrie Shell, Vincent Van Gogh

Acquisitions of the month: April 2018

Chris Ofili’s notorious ‘The Holy Virgin Mary’ goes to MoMA and the Baltimore Museum of Art updates its contemporary art collection

9 May 2018

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Rodin and the art of ancient Greece’ by Celeste Farge, Bénédicte Garnier and Ian Jenkins (Thames & Hudson)

4 May 2018

Are museums too preoccupied by visitor numbers?

League tables of museum visitor numbers may generate a lot of media coverage – but do they distract institutions from other priorities?

23 Apr 2018
Installation view of ‘The Roof Garden Commission: Huma Bhabha, We Come in Peace’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

‘It feels like the sculptures have landed on the roof’

Huma Bhabha discusses sci-fi, politics and her Roof Garden Commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art

23 Apr 2018

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence’

20 Apr 2018
Sun Tunnels, Nancy Holt

Acquisitions of the month: March 2018

A major work of land art by Nancy Holt and Liotard’s largest extant work on pastel are among this month’s top acquisitions

11 Apr 2018

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘The Silver Caesars: A Renaissance Mystery’ by Julia Siemon (ed.)

6 Apr 2018

Have museums been too generous with naming rights?

With the culture sector increasingly relying on philanthropic giving, the role of the donor may merit greater scrutiny

26 Mar 2018

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Fra Angelico: Heaven on Earth’ (Paul Holberton)

23 Mar 2018
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Are undergraduate degrees in curating useful?

Janna Graham and Niru Ratnam weigh in on whether curating is something that can, or should, be taught

22 Mar 2018
Rebuilding of Rylands, Manchester, L.S. Lowry

The best of BADA 2018

Arts and Crafts silver, Toulouse-Lautrec and L.S. Lowry – the works not to miss at BADA in London this year

14 Mar 2018

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Making the Americas Modern: Hemispheric Art 1910-1960’ by Edward J. Sullivan

9 Mar 2018

‘We want to get people involved in their city’

Judikje Kiers, director of the Amsterdam Museum, on the museum’s expansion plans and its TEFAF loan exhibition

7 Mar 2018
Nymph of the Spring (ca. 1540), Lucas Cranach the Younger. Courtesy of The San Diego Museum of Art

Acquisitions of the month: February 2018

A Duchamp readymade owned by Robert Rauschenberg and an Etruscan bronze are among this month’s top acquisitions

6 Mar 2018

The Apollo podcast: learning from the Old Masters

Thomas Marks talks to Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe from Sotheby’s Institute of Art about how we can deepen our understanding of Old Master paintings

6 Mar 2018

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Blue: the History of a Color’ by Michel Pastoureau (Princeton University Press)

23 Feb 2018
Daimyo armour (18th century), Japan. Private collection, France.

‘This exhibition is about forces enacted on the body’

George Henry Longly discusses his exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, which features eight Japanese armours

19 Feb 2018

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Zurbarán – Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle’ (Frick Collection)

9 Feb 2018
Beach at Portici (detail; 1874), Mariano Fortuny y Marsal. Meadows Museum, SMU, Dallas

Acquisitions of the month: January 2018

The finest additions to public collections this month include a crop of modern European artworks, from Munch to Mondrian

8 Feb 2018
Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Should Britain stop building museums?

A recent government report says it should – but with limited public funding available, can Britain’s existing museums grow?

29 Jan 2018

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Gustav Klimt at Home’ by Patrick Bade (Frances Lincoln)

26 Jan 2018
Camillo Borghese (c. 1810), François-Pascal-Simon Gérard. Courtesy of The Frick Collection, New York

Acquisitions of the month: December 2017

Last month’s acquisitions include a portrait of a hirsute lady, and a major purchase for the Frick

13 Jan 2018

Book competition

Your chance to win ‘Edgar Degas: Drawings and Pastels’ by Christopher Lloyd (Thames & Hudson)

12 Jan 2018