Installation view from ‘China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors’ at the World Museum, Liverpool (9 February–28 October).

World Museum in Liverpool defends use of facial recognition technology

Plus: Santiago Calatrava fined €86,000 over Venice bridge | Betti-Sue Hertz appointed director of Wallach Art Gallery | and recommended reading

19 Aug 2019
Two illegally smuggled antiquities are returned to India at India House in London.

Stolen antiquities returned to India to coincide with independence day

Plus: Istanbul Biennial announces new venue in former warehouse | and recommended reading

16 Aug 2019
Professor Homi K. Bhabha.

Homi K. Bhabha to be honoured at ICA in London

Plus: US tariff on Chinese art and antiquities to take effect in September | and National Gallery reveals underdrawings beneath Leonardo painting

15 Aug 2019
Detail from Victor Arnautoff’s The Life of Washington mural at George Washington High School in San Francisco.

San Francisco school board votes to save George Washington mural

Plus: Central Park monument to women’s suffrage redesigned | Pace Gallery launches art tech platform | and Daniela Rivera wins DeCordova’s Rappaport Prize

14 Aug 2019
Some of the figurines and gems recently excavated in the House of the Garden at Pompeii.

Archaeologists unearth cache of jewels at Pompeii

Plus: Sadiq Khan backs calls for slavery museum in London | Artists request removal of work from Aichi Triennale | and UK government places export bar on £28m Monet

13 Aug 2019
Photograph of Takis and Guy Brett 1966.

Panayiotis Vassilakis (Takis) (1925–2019)

Plus: Nancy Reddin Kienholz (1943-2019) | and recommended reading

12 Aug 2019
Ai Weiwei, photographed in Mexico City in 2019.

Ai Weiwei sends researchers to document Hong Kong protests

Plus: Monique Barbier-Mueller (1929–2019) | Mead Art Museum receives anonymous gift of 170 contemporary works

9 Aug 2019
A cruise ship passes close to the church San Giorgio Maggiore, in Venice on 26 September 2014.

Venice will reroute cruise ships away from city centre

Plus: Gordon Rintoul will step down as NMS director | and Jamaican minister calls for restitution of artefacts in British Museum collection

8 Aug 2019
Europol announced 75 arrests and the recovery of over 3,500 stolen works of art and cultural goods as part of 'Operation Pandora'.

Europol sting recovers 18,000 stolen artefacts

Plus: Kamal Boullata (1942–2019) | Aichi Triennale artists sign statement calling for restoration of censorship exhibition | Academy Museum of Motion Pictures director resigns

7 Aug 2019
Installation view of Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung’s Statue of a Girl of Peace (2011) at the Aichi Triennale 2019 in Nagoya.

Organisers close exhibition in Aichi Triennale, citing terrorist threats

Plus: Pérez Art Museum acquires 46 works of vernacular American art | and recommended reading

6 Aug 2019
The Dark Rigi: The Lake of Lucerne, Showing the Rigi at Sunrise (1842), J.M.W. Turner.

UK government places export bar on Turner’s ‘Dark Rigi’

Plus: Child ‘thrown’ from Tate Modern in critical but stable condition | Aspen Institute announces centre dedicated to Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer | and Don Suggs (1945–2019)

5 Aug 2019
Liz Truss, the UK International Trade Secretary outside 10 Downing Street. Photo: Getty/Chris J Ratcliffe

UK government proposes creating tax-free zones after leaving the EU

Plus: medieval bridge dismantled in Belgium despite protests | Baltimore Museum of Art pledges year of exhibitions dedicated to women artists | and 16th-century painting back on display at London’s National Gallery after seven-year conservation project

2 Aug 2019
Orpheus Enchanting the Animals (16th century), attributed to Titian’s workshop.

Painting at Apsley House reattributed to Titian’s workshop

Plus: art dealer Joseph Nahmad could face jail time after pleading guilty to assault charges | Whitney Museum promotes two curators | and recommended reading

1 Aug 2019
Karsten Schubert photographed by Helen Taylor, October 1990

Karsten Schubert (1961–2019)

Plus: British art dealer gets prison sentence for grand larceny and fraud | Portuguese authorities seize art from debt-ridden businessman | Europe's tallest artwork set to rise above Belgian motorway | and Wendell Dayton (1938–2019)

31 Jul 2019
Firefighters at the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main on 29 July 2019.

Fire brought under control at Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt

Plus: Boston's Museum of Fine Arts receives grant from Netherlands for new centre | Italian lawsuit over $800m estate threatens NYU collection | and recommended reading

30 Jul 2019
Carlos Cruz-Diez in Liverpool

Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923–2019)

Plus: Neil deGrasse Tyson keeps job at American Museum of Natural History after closure of sexual-misconduct investigation | Archaeologists discover temple belonging to sunken ancient city

29 Jul 2019
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

Artists reverse decision to withdraw from Whitney Biennial

Plus: Paris heat wave threatens Notre Dame with collapse | Schiele drawing discovered in New York thrift store | Damian Ortega wins inaugural ICA Miami prize for sculpture | and recommended reading

26 Jul 2019
Warren Kanders and Allison Kanders at the Whitney Gala 2012.

Warren Kanders resigns as vice chair of Whitney board

Plus: Nicky Morgan named UK Culture Secretary | Paolo Giuerini reconfirmed as director of Naples museum of archaeology | and Baltimore Museum of Art to establish centre for Matisse studies

25 Jul 2019

Renaissance shipwreck found in Baltic Sea

Plus: the Netherlands establishes endowment fund at MFA Boston | and Portland Museum of Art awarded $4.6m in lawsuit

24 Jul 2019
The court casket from Newbattle Abbey (1565), Master of Perspective, Nuremberg (£750,000).

UK government export bar on rare Renaissance casket expires

Plus: Worcester Art Museum receives $10m donation | and CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain Bordeaux appoints new director

23 Jul 2019
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

Eight artists withdraw from Whitney Biennial

Plus: Marisa Merz (1926–2019) | César Pelli (1927–2019) | Palais de Tokyo names Emma Lavigne as president | and recommended reading

22 Jul 2019
Royal statues from the kingdom of Dahomey (Benin), dating from 1890–92, currently at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, photo: Gerald Julien/AFP/Getty Images

France to lend Benin €20 million for museum to house looted artefacts

Plus: Kurdish artist Zehra Doğan detained in Berlin following protest-performance | Charles Dickens Museum buys back portrait lost for 133 years | and recommended reading

19 Jul 2019
The Weston at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park building makes shortlist for RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

Plus: Notre-Dame reconstruction bill passes into law | Tate declares climate emergency, promising broad reevaluation of practices | and recommended reading

18 Jul 2019
P.A.I.N. activists at the Louvre in Paris on 1 July 2019.

Sackler name removed from Louvre galleries after protests

Plus: Two Egyptian pyramids reopen to public | Benin to open museum to house looted artefacts

17 Jul 2019