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
German culture minister Monika Grütters at the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.

The week in art news – German culture minister calls for national strategy on Benin Bronzes

Plus: M+ Museum promises to comply with Hong Kong national security law | Donald R. Sobey (1934–2021) | Serpentine Galleries remove Sackler name | and Nicolas Bourriaud ousted as director of Montpellier museum

26 Mar 2021
The Met Museum is considering a policy change that would mirror the AAMD’s temporary relaxation of guidelines, allowing it to use deaccessioning funds for collection care.

The week in art news – US museums vote against permanent easing of deaccessioning guidelines

Plus: V&A pauses plans to make National Art Library staff redundant | Lacaton & Vassal win Pritzker Architecture Prize | and David Alan Harvey resigns from Magnum

19 Mar 2021
Everydays: The First 5,000 Days (detail; 2021), Beeple. Courtesy Christie’s

The week in art news – Christie’s sells jpeg by digital artist for a record $69m

Plus: Metro Pictures in New York to close | Paris Biennale folds | and National Trust’s colonialism report deemed lawful by Charity Commission

12 Mar 2021
A view of Museum Island and the Bode Museum in Berlin.

The week in art news – museums in Germany to open from Monday

Plus: V&A to merge departments and cut 140 jobs | UK government announces £390m to help arts venues reopen | Alan Bowness (1928–2021) | and missing Jacob Lawrence painting discovered in Manhattan

5 Mar 2021
Panel 28 (detail; 1956) from Struggle: From the History of the American People, (1954–56), Jacob Lawrence.

Missing Jacob Lawrence painting discovered in Manhattan apartment

The panel from one of the American painter’s great narrative series is the second to have shown up by chance in quick succession

3 Mar 2021

The week in art news – Amnesty report points to massacre in Ethiopian town of Axum

Plus: Swiss museums reopen next week, while UK museums must wait until May | Experts confirm message on The Scream is by Munch | and National Gallery in London and Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin update Hugh Lane bequest deal

26 Feb 2021
The Scream (detail; 1893), Edvard Munch.

Experts confirm Edvard Munch wrote secret message on The Scream

Experts have confirmed that the writing on The Scream is in Munch’s handwriting

22 Feb 2021

The week in art news – head of Indianapolis Museum of Art resigns after controversial job ad

Plus: National Gallery in London launches design competition to rethink Sainsbury Wing | Guggenheim Museum reaches deal with unionised workers | Cy Twombly Foundation rages against the Louvre | and Dolly Parton asks not to be put on a pedestal

19 Feb 2021
Mayor Louis Aliot at the Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum, Perpignan, on 9 February.

The week in art news – far-right French mayor reopens museums in defiance of Covid shutdown

Plus: Getty Trust launches $38.5m LA arts recovery fund | Neal Benezra to depart as head of SFMOMA | Mayor of London announces members of diversity commission | CEO of Royal British Columbia Museum resigns after investigation into racism

12 Feb 2021
Photograph from an exhibition of the Guelph Treasure in Berlin in 2015.

The week in art news – US Supreme Court rules for Germany in Guelph Treasure case

Plus: Germany announces a second €1bn bailout for culture | Dutch government agrees to return all stolen objects to former colonies | and French museums press for reopening

5 Feb 2021

The week in art news – Botticelli painting sells for $92m at auction

Plus: Centre Pompidou to close for three years of renovations | TEFAF Maastricht postponed to September | City of Bruges to build major new exhibition space

29 Jan 2021
All the fun of this year’s fair has been postponed from June to September.

The week in art news – Art Basel postponed to September

Plus: Bozar damaged by fire | and City of London to remove statues with slavery links

22 Jan 2021
Photo: Maxime Aubert/Griffith Center for Social Science and Cultural Research

The week in art news – world’s oldest animal painting found in Indonesia

Plus: Smithsonian scales back $2bn redevelopment plan | Naomi Beckwith appointed deputy director and chief curator of Guggenheim | and Champs-Élysées to be turned into ‘extraordinary garden’

15 Jan 2021
The Indian parliament building (Sansad Bhavan), designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1912–13, in New Delhi.

The week in art news – Indian Supreme Court approves plans for new parliament complex

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India dismissed objections to the construction of a new parliament complex in New Delhi. The plans, announced…

8 Jan 2021
A view of the National Mall and the United States Capitol from the top of the Washington Monument

The week in art news – lone US senator blocks bills to create national Latino and women’s museums

Plus: Dutch Restitutions Commission criticised for lack of empathy and transparency | US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Guelph Treasure case | and Tate ethics committee deems Rex Whistler restaurant mural offensive

11 Dec 2020
Demonstrators protesting against job losses at the Tate in July 2020.

The week in art news – Tate to cut 120 gallery jobs to reduce losses

Plus: Irina Antonova (1922–2020) | MCH Group approves investment from James Murdoch’s firm | letter calls for Philip Johnson’s name to be removed from public institutions

4 Dec 2020
Manchester Art Gallery will not reopen on 2 December after the national lockdown in England ends.

The week in art news – continuing restrictions mean a patchy reopening for European museums

Plus: The chair of the Dutch committee on Nazi-looted art has resigned | Staff at the MFA Boston vote to unionise | and the director of the Liverpool Biennial steps down after differences with the board

27 Nov 2020
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center in Washington, D.C., with the Washington Monument and National Mall in the background.

The week in art news – Smithsonian and other US museums close amid Covid surge

Plus: Art Fund launches £1m crowdfunding campaign | Royal Opera House chair David Ross is confirmed as Hockney buyer | Sheldon Solow (1928–2020)

20 Nov 2020
Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The week in art news – controversial road tunnel near Stonehenge gets the go-ahead

Plus: British Museum extends its Endangered Material Knowledge Programme | The Met appoints two co-chairs of its board of trustees | The state of New York is suing Sotheby’s for alleged tax fraud | Aldo Tambellini (1930–2020)

13 Nov 2020
A view of the closed National Gallery in London in June 2020.

The week in art news – museums and galleries in England close in new lockdown

Plus: new dates announced for Philip Guston show | French senate approves restitution of 27 colonial-era artefacts | director of communications at the MNBAQ dies in Quebec City attack | Gagosian director fired after investigation into misconduct

6 Nov 2020
The Baltimore Museum of Art, which in May sold five artworks at auction for nearly $8 million to raise funds for new acquisitions. Would capitalising those works have allowed the institution to pursue its acquisition strategy without compromising its existing holdings?

The week in art news – Baltimore Museum of Art pulls works from controversial sale

Plus: Mohamed Melehi (1936–2020) | museums in France close in new national lockdown | Sindika Dokolo (1972–2020) | Art X Lagos postponed

30 Oct 2020
Marian Goodman Gallery’s outpost in Golden Square

The week in art news – Marian Goodman closes London gallery

Plus: Baltimore Museum of Art board chair defends deaccessioning sales | Lost Jacob Lawrence painting found after six decades | Stéphane Aquin appointed director of Montreal Museum of Fine Art | Deana Lawson wins 2020 Hugo Boss Prize

23 Oct 2020
The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The week in art news – museums in Northern Ireland to close for four weeks

Plus: Brooklyn Museum to sell more works from its collection | French museum postpones Genghis Khan show after pressure from China | Art Fund announces Museums of the Year | and Chris Killip (1946–2020)

16 Oct 2020