Tournament in Front of Castle Steen (1635–37), Peter Paul Rubens.

Flemish tourist board acquires castle that belonged to Rubens

Plus: Rebecca Pow replaces Michael Ellis as UK arts minister | Aberdeen Art Gallery receives £1m from BP | Asian artefacts stolen from Bath museum returned broken | and recommended reading

24 May 2019
Judith Kerr (1923–2019) at her home in west London in 2018.

Judith Kerr (1923–2019)

Plus: Designs for Eiffel Tower parks revealed | and Joan Miró Prize awarded to Nalini Malani

23 May 2019
The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, photographed on 3 September 2018, a day after a fire devastated the building.

Director of Brazil’s National Museum to seek funding from Europe

Plus: Lawrence Carroll (1954­–2019) | Herzog & de Meuron to design Brooks Museum building | Harvard’s Peabody Museum appoints Jane Pickering as director | and US Supreme Court declines appeal over Norton Simon Cranachs

22 May 2019
Loch Lomond, looking south from Ben Lomond.

Loch Lomond development plan draws record number of objections

Plus: Notre-Dame found to be structurally unstable | Germany to return 15th-century cross to Namibia | and Serpentine announces inaugural augmented architecture commission

21 May 2019
Museum of Contemporary Art, LA.

MOCA to offer free admission

Plus: Who bought Koons’ Rabbit? | Museum of London shares previously unseen photos of Queen Victoria | Protestors march from Whitney to trustee’s home | and recommended reading

20 May 2019
I.M. Pei (1917–2019)

I.M. Pei (1917–2019)

Plus: Toledo Museum of Art to return Attic vessel to Italy | and Deutsche Börse Photography Prize awarded to Susan Meiselas

17 May 2019
The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Met will no longer accept money from Sacklers with Purdue Pharma ties

Plus: Czech culture minister resigns | David Attenborough honoured at Museums + Heritage Award | $91m Jeff Koons sculpture sale breaks records | Lutz Bacher (1943–2019)

16 May 2019
Meules(1890), Claude Monet. Courtesy Sotheby's

$111m sale of Monet haystacks painting breaks records

Plus: Budapest museum removes unflattering portrait of Hungarian prime minister | UK Parliament's art collection to include more women

15 May 2019
Cody Hartley, 2019.

Cody Hartley named Georgia O’Keeffe Museum director

Plus: Controversy over migrant boat at Venice Biennale | National Gallery’s Artemisia Gentileschi goes on view at secondary school | and recommended reading

14 May 2019
‘Sun and Sea’ by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Vaiva Grainytė, and Lina Lapelytė, Photo: Neon Realism

Top prizes at Venice Biennale go to Lithuania and Arthur Jafa

Plus: Art exports from Britain at a 3-year high | Ethiopia renews demands for return of Ethiopian prince’s remains | Preserving Weeksville, former free black haven in New York City | Recommended reading

13 May 2019
Jean-Pierre Muster, chief executive of Unicredit, Unicredit

UniCredit to sell part of its corporate art collection

Plus: Thomas Nozkowski (1944-2019) | Wildenstein & Co sued over 1985 sale of alleged fake Bonnard | Guggenheim launches conservation fellowship endowed by Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin

10 May 2019
Drinking vessels with decorated gold neck in-situ.

Archaeologists reveal major Anglo-Saxon burial chamber findings

Plus: Venezuela postpones opening of pavilion at Venice Biennale | and Tennessee Triennial to launch in 2021

9 May 2019
Archaeological excavations at Stonehenge in 1958.

Missing piece of Stonehenge returned after 60 years

Plus: Director of Brazil’s National Museum pleads for funding | Ancient Egyptian burial ground discovered near pyramids of Giza | and Canadian Artists in Venice Endowment receives $1m from the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation of Toronto

8 May 2019
The Saatchi Gallery in London.

Saatchi Gallery covers up works after complaints from Muslim visitors

Plus: Vanja Mallory appointed director and chief curator of the Syracuse University Art Galleries | Hidden Cupid revealed in Vermeer painting | and recommended reading

7 May 2019
Turner Contemporary, Margate, photo: Carlos Dominquez

Turner Prize cuts ties with Stagecoach

Plus: Trevor Paglen’s satellite sculpture is lost in space | Facebook removes groups selling looted Syrian artefacts | Cattelan’s gold toilet goes to Blenheim

3 May 2019
Detail of a sketch of Leonardo da Vinci (c. 1517–18), by an assistant of Leonardo, Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

Newly discovered sketch of Leonardo to go on display

Plus: Photo London cuts ties with hotels owned by Sultan of Brunei | Artes Mundi appoints Nigel Prince as new director | artist sells bootleg paintings at ‘Christy’s’

2 May 2019

Turner Prize shortlist announced amid sponsor controversy

Plus: Pissarro painting looted by Nazis to remain in Spain | Berlinische Galerie closes due to structural problems | and Klaus Bussmann (1941–2019)

1 May 2019
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, early on April 16, 2019.

Academics and curators urge caution in Notre-Dame repairs

Plus: American art museum condemns use of painting by AfD | Asia Society announces new triennial | Berlin museum returns remains to New Zealand | and recommended reading

30 Apr 2019
A rendering of the previous design for the Holocaust memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, by Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad and Gustafson Porter + Bowman.

Planned Holocaust memorial in Westminster to be redesigned

Plus: Open letter calls for MoMA and Larry Fink to divest from private prison companies | Protests at Whitney turn to Puerto Rico | Kraków City Council rejects museum merge | and Nancy Fouts (1945–2019)

29 Apr 2019
Architecture of Density #119, (2009), Michael Wolf, courtesy Flowers Gallery; © Michael Wolf

Michael Wolf (1954–2019)

Plus: UK Museum of the Year shortlist announced | Artists criticise Tate for resuming ties with Anthony d’Offay | Pretend heiress and art-philanthropist convicted of theft by New York court | and recommended reading

26 Apr 2019
Proposed North Façade entrance and forecourt by Jamie Fobert Architects and Purcell

National Portrait Gallery gets planning permission for redevelopment 

Plus: German court fines man for stealing discarded Gerhard Richter sketches | Counterfeit Rodin dealers sentenced after 18-year legal battle | and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi to be completed around 2022

25 Apr 2019
The Warburg Institute in Bloomsbury, London.

Warburg Institute plans £14.5m expansion

Plus: Henry Wollman Bloch (1922–2019) | Gagosian San Francisco appoints Kelly Huang as co-director | Authorities in Ukraine recover Signac work worth €1.5m

24 Apr 2019
Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian in her studio in Tehran.

Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1922–2019)

Plus: Jayne Wrightsman (1919–2019) | Gabriela Rangel appointed artistic director of MALBA in Buenos Aires | French culture ministry defers Rembrandt export license | and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts receives $8m from former volunteer

23 Apr 2019

National Museum in Rio to receive trove of imperial objects found in zoo

Plus: David Hockney and Luchita Hurtado named in Time 100 | Palestinian Museum and British Library announce first collaboration | and recommended reading

18 Apr 2019