Nadine Dorries at Downing Street on 15 September 2021.

The week in art news – Nadine Dorries appointed UK culture secretary

Plus: Christophe Leribault appointed director of Musée d’Orsay | Hito Steyerl turns down Germany’s highest honour | and Dimitry Rybolovev’s case against Yves Bouvier dismissed

18 Sep 2021
Photo: Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images for Fondazione Prada

The week in art news – Klaus Biesenbach appointed director of Neue Nationalgalerie

Plus: Maqdala objects privately restituted to Ethiopia | Cao Fei wins Deutsche Börse photography prize | and San Francisco to get a new Institute of Contemporary Art

10 Sep 2021
Photo: © Art Basel

Art Basel seeks to reassure nervous exhibitors ahead of fair

Plus: MOCA LA appoints Johanna Burton as its first executive director | Robert E. Lee statue can be removed from Richmond, rules Virginia supreme court | Director of Estonian National Museum becomes President of Estonia

3 Sep 2021
The National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul, photographed in 2012.

The week in art news – fears grow for the safety of cultural workers in Afghanistan

Plus: Jean-Luc Nancy (1940–2021) | and Amsterdam returns Kandinsky painting to heirs of former owner

27 Aug 2021
The Marble Arch Mound, photographed on 28 July 2021.

The week in art news – deputy leader of Westminster Council resigns over Marble Arch Mound fiasco

Plus: Mark Ball appointed artistic director of Southbank Centre | David E. Little to head up International Center of Photography | Stefan Kalmár steps down as director of ICA | and Michel Laclotte, former Louvre president, dies at 92

13 Aug 2021

The week in art news – Stonehenge road tunnel ruled unlawful, but plans still going ahead

Plus: More than 17,000 looted artefacts returned to Iraq | Timothy Rub to step down as director of Philadelphia Museum of Art | Wildfires in Greece and Turkey continue, threatening ancient sites | Art Institute of Chicago and Guggenheim staff move to unionise

6 Aug 2021
Activists from Extinction Rebellion chained to an exhibit at the Science Museum’s 'Our Future Planet' exhibition, sponsored by Shell, in May 2021.

The week in art news – Science Museum signed gagging clause in sponsorship agreement with Shell

Plus: Phillip King (1934–2021) and Xavier Rey appointed director of the Centre Pompidou in Paris

31 Jul 2021
The Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building (known as The Three Graces), situated on Liverpool's Pier Head.

Liverpool loses Unesco World Heritage status

Plus: France requires vaccine passports for cultural venues and more than 1,000 Polish cultural figures criticise dismissal of museum director

23 Jul 2021
Christian Boltanski in his studio in Paris in March 2018, photo: © Elizabeth Young

The week in art news – Christian Boltanski (1944–2021)

Plus: Charlottesville removes statue of Robert E. Lee | Ann Demeester to direct Kunsthaus Zürich | Selldorf Architects to lead National Gallery’s major building project | and atom bomb artwork in Essex removed after complaints from local councillors

16 Jul 2021
Hunter Biden and Joe Biden at an award ceremony in Washinton, D.C. in April 2016.

The week in art news – White House sets terms for sales of Hunter Biden’s paintings

Plus: South Korea to build new museum to house Samsung art collection | James Lingwood and Michael Morris step down from Artangel after 30 years | Met appoints new head of European paintings | Noah Horowitz to leave Art Basel

9 Jul 2021
A toppled statue of Queen Victoria on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislature on 2 July, 2021 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The statue was pulled down by indigenous protestors following a march to honour survivors and victims of Canada’s residential school system.

The week in art news – In Canada, protestors topple statues of Queen Victoria and Elizabeth II

Plus: Berlin Museums may return Benin Bronzes as early as next year and a construction worker has admitted stealing a Picasso and a Mondrian from the National Gallery in Athens

3 Jul 2021
Photo: Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

The week in art news – George Osborne to chair the board of the British Museum

Plus: Teddy Roosevelt’s statue will lose its spot outside the American Museum of Natural History, and more stories

25 Jun 2021
The National Museum Cardiff.

The week in art news – Artes Mundi Prize awarded to all six shortlisted artists

Plus: MacKenzie Scott donates to 60 cultural organisations | Art-world figures recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list | Germany returns pre-Columbian artefacts to Mexico

18 Jun 2021
The Barbican Centre in London.

The week in art news – staff accuse Barbican Centre of being institutionally racist

Plus: the Met returns two Benin Bronzes, Donald Judd’s office in Marfa severely damaged in fire, and more stories

11 Jun 2021

The week in art news – frustrated Belgian experts issue their own restitution guidelines

Plus: The Whitney has voluntarily recognised a union and Hobby Lobby is suing Dirk Obbink over alleged papyrus theft

4 Jun 2021
Laurence des Cars at the Musée d’Orsay in May 2021.

The week in art news – Laurence des Cars becomes first woman to lead Louvre

Plus: chairs of the National Gallery and the National Trust have resigned | Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1929–2021) | and Biden removes Trump-appointed board members from the Commission of Fine Arts

28 May 2021
The statue of Cecil Rhodes outside Oriel College in Oxford, photographed in June 2020.

The week in art news – in Oxford, Rhodes won’t fall after all

Victoria Pomeroy to head up the Box in Plymouth | TEFAF Maastricht cancelled for 2021 | Banksy fails to trademark an image of a monkey

21 May 2021
Interior of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London, photographed in 2014.

The week in art news – UK government approves Whitechapel Bell Foundry becoming a boutique hotel

Plus: NGA Washington appoints E. Carmen Ramos chief curator | Cerne Abbas Giant may date to Saxon times | Turner Prize-nominated collective criticises Tate in open letter

14 May 2021
Tate Britain in London.

Five artist collectives – and no individuals – shortlisted for Turner Prize

Plus: Istanbul Biennial postponed to 2022 | Colosseum to get a wooden floor | and Karl Wirsum (1939–2021)

7 May 2021

Germany to return Benin Bronzes from 2022

Plus: Samsung heirs donate 23,000 artworks to South Korean state in tax settlement | Marie-Josée Kravis is MoMA’s new chairman | and Nathalie Bondil moves to the Institut du Monde Arabe

30 Apr 2021
The statue of a Confederate soldier was removed from what was then Hemming Park, now James Weldon Johnson Park in Jacksonville, Florida, in June 2020.

The week in art news – Florida makes toppling statues a felony

Plus: German museums to close again this weekend | Harriet Tubman’s Maryland home has been discovered | and Peabody Essex Museum appoints Lynda Roscoe Hartigan as new director

23 Apr 2021

The week in art news – Jean-Luc Martinez appointed ‘interim’ president of the Louvre

Plus: French court rules that commercial galleries must remain closed | Unesco report on museum funding pressures makes for grim reading | Cambodian government condemns altered photographs of Khmer Rouge victims

16 Apr 2021
A detail of the possible Cavaraggio

The week in art news – Spain stops a suspected Caravaggio from leaving the country

Plus: French galleries are suing the government to reopen, Egypt moves its royal mummies in a a televised extravaganza, and more stories

9 Apr 2021
The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, with the restored balcony.

The week in art news – V&A revises plan to restructure departments

Plus: Mali and Unesco receive symbolic reparations for Timbuktu destruction | France pledges €500,000 for Sursock Museum repairs | Gianluigi Colalucci (1929–2021) | Leon Black will not seek re-election as MoMA chair | and Detroit Institute of Arts trustees resign after criticisms of director

1 Apr 2021