Former entrance of Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

Plans to turn Whitechapel Bell Foundry into a hotel get go-ahead

Plus: Experts suggest Botticelli ‘copy’ at National Museum Cardiff could be real | German parliament approves new €364m budget for Berlin museum | and Safani gallery files lawsuit to avoid returning ancient artefact to Italy

15 Nov 2019
Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

Police investigate attempted theft of Rembrandts from Dulwich Picture Gallery

Plus: Met Museum announces bequest of $80m and 375 works from Jayne Wrightsman | Rio Art Museum could close due to funding delays | and Open Society Foundations pledges $15m to aid repatriation of African objects

14 Nov 2019
Flooding in St Mark’s Square, Venice, on 13 November 2019.

Tide in Venice reaches highest level in half a century

Plus: Hurley Building in Boston may be demolished | and Connaissance des Arts bids for stake in two French fairs

13 Nov 2019
The exterior of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, photographed in 2010.

Chiara Parisi to direct Centre Pompidou-Metz

Plus: Iraq’s pavilion at Venice Biennale closes in solidarity with youth protests | Gillian Jagger (1930-2019) | and Creative United release Future of the Art Market report 

12 Nov 2019
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, photographed in 2011.

National Galleries Scotland will no longer host BP Portrait Award

Plus: National Gallery in London launches fundraising appeal to buy Orazio Gentileschi painting | Arts Council England criticised for leaving Paolozzi sculpture at building site | and Sotheby’s Prize goes to two Brazilian exhibitions of Indigenous art

11 Nov 2019

Gus Casely-Hayford appointed first director of V&A East

Plus: Los Angeles police recover $800,000 of stolen lithographs | first archaeological evidence of prehistoric hunting traps discovered in Mexico | Sally Dixon (1932–2019) | and recommended reading

9 Nov 2019
Édouard Manet, Stürmische See (Ships at Sea in Stormy Weather, 1873)

Kunstmuseum Bern to sell Manet painting from Gurlitt Hoard for $4m

Plus: Marciano Art Foundation says it has ‘no present plans to reopen’ | Japanese embassy removes support for Vienna exhibition | former Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf heads to Moscow’s Garage Museum | and Victor Obsatz (1925–2019)

7 Nov 2019

High court rejects bid to overturn ban on ivory trading

Plus: Pat Martin named as winner of Taylor Wessing prize | Marciano Art Foundation lays off 60 staff members amid workers’ attempts to unionise | and editor-in-chief of British Vogue to present Turner Prize 2019 in Margate

6 Nov 2019
The entrance to the National Portrait Gallery, London in summer 2018.

National Portrait Gallery in London to close for three years during refurbishment

Plus: UK government invests £10m in Cultural Protection Fund | Gallerists Graham Southern and Harry Blain end partnership | and Royal West of England Academy announces funding boost

5 Nov 2019

Prince Charles’s charitable foundation returns loan of paintings that may contain forgeries

Plus: Los Angeles County Museum of Art receives $4.6m funding boost at annual gala | and Monika Baer and Natascha Sadr Haghighian receive Hannah Höch awards

4 Nov 2019
Tom Finkelpearl, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner attends Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's ribbon cutting opening ceremony at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on December 12, 2014 in New York City.

New York commissioner for cultural affairs announces surprise resignation

Plus: Italian Old Master forger appeals against arrest warrant and transfer to French courts | David Rubenstein donates $10m to build Jefferson Memorial Museum | and recommended reading

1 Nov 2019
Doris Salcedo.

Doris Salcedo wins inaugural $1m Nomura Art Award

Plus: Fire destroys World Heritage Site of Shuri Castle in Japan | Phil Collins withdraws from MoMA PS1 show in support of prison divestment campaign | and Sandra Jackson-Dumont to direct Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

31 Oct 2019
Protestors in Santiago, Chile on 22nd October 2019.

Contemporary Art Fair of Chile rescheduled after violent protests in Santiago

Plus: Pakistani authorities criticised for removing works addressing police brutality from Karachi Biennial | London’s Parasol Unit closes | and Getty Center closes following California wildfires

30 Oct 2019
An aerial view of the Getty Center.

‘Fire-proof’ Getty Center resists California wildfires

Plus: World Monument Fund announces 25 endangered sites

29 Oct 2019
The Mocking of Christ (detail; c. 1280), Cimabue.

Cimabue painting found in kitchen sells for €24m at auction

Plus: Sotheby’s appoints Charles F. Stewart as chief executive officer | Ancient cave paintings attributed to Neanderthals may have been misdated | Hugo Crosthwaite wins National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.’s triennial portrait prize

28 Oct 2019
Central Park, New York

New York City puts out call for designs for black history monuments

Plus: TeamLab to open galleries in Shanghai and Macao | Crowds scale Uluru Rock in Australia before ban | and recommended reading

25 Oct 2019
A helicopter transports the remains of Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen.

Spanish government exhumes Franco’s remains from Valley of the Fallen

Plus: FBI recovers Nazi-looted painting from Arkell Museum | Art organisations in Beirut close amid protests | and Karen Rifas wins Michael Richards award

24 Oct 2019
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian partners with US Army to protect cultural heritage

Plus: Huntington Library appoints chief curator of American Art | Artcurial opens premises in Morocco| Francis Alÿs wins Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Icon award | Foundation dedicated to light art to launch in Berlin | and inaugural Helsinki Biennial announces artist list

23 Oct 2019
Andrea Lissoni.

Haus der Kunst names Andrea Lissoni as director

Plus: Contemporary Istanbul chairman apologises for defending Turkish invasion of Syria | Pew Center awards more than $8.4m in grants | and Junya Ishigami wins inaugural Obel Prize for architecture

22 Oct 2019
Huang Yong Ping in 2016.

Huang Yong Ping (1954–2019)

Plus: Ed Clark (1926–2019) | Polly Staple appointed director of Tate’s collection for British Art | Oxford professor alleged to have sold papyrus fragments | and unnamed art dealer arrested in Berlin

21 Oct 2019
The Pompidou Centre, Paris.

Centre Pompidou to establish ‘art factory’ in Paris suburb

Plus: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive receive bequest of African American art | Protestors target MoMA trustee with ties to Puerto Rican debt crisis | and recommended reading

18 Oct 2019
Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1490, Gallerie dell'Accademia

Italian court lifts loan ban on Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man

Plus: Brooklyn Museum offers Bacon Pope at Sotheby’s | and Carlos Celdran (1972–2019)

17 Oct 2019

Emilie Gordenker announced as new general director of Van Gogh Museum

Plus: Stefan Edlis (1925–2019) | Arthur Jafa named as winner of Prix International d’Art Contemporain | thief steals $20,000 Salvador Dalí etching from San Francisco gallery | and E.A. Carmean, Jr. (1945–2019)

16 Oct 2019
Éric Baudelaire at Locarno Film Festival.

Éric Baudelaire wins Prix Marcel Duchamp

Plus: Anti-Columbus Day protestors gather at Metropolitan Museum of Art | and Enda Bowe named as recipient of Zurich Portrait Prize

15 Oct 2019