Salvator Mundi (c. 1500), Leonardo da Vinci. Christie's

Abu Dhabi authorities announce that they own ‘Salvator Mundi’

Plus: Coventry named UK City of Culture 2021 | Palais Bellevue in Kassel is to become a museum | Sarah Cosulich appointed artistic director of Rome Quadriennale Foundation | and recommended reading

8 Dec 2017
Salvator Mundi (c. 1500), Leonardo da Vinci. Christie's

Saudi prince revealed as buyer of ‘Salvator Mundi’

Plus: Getty collection to stay put as wildfires rage in southern California | Laura Paulson to leave Christie’s | University of Iowa announces new gallery for its art collection | Anne-Imelda Radice to step down as director of American Folk Art Museum

7 Dec 2017

Lubaina Himid wins 2017 Turner Prize

Plus: Experts fear changes to boundaries of Utah national park could endanger ancient Native American petroglyphs | Frick acquires Borghese portrait | Hadrian’s Wall and Great Wall of China partner up for new heritage strategy | Enrico Castellani (1930–2017)

6 Dec 2017

Met museum keeps controversial Balthus painting on display

Plus: Jens Hoffmann suspended from Jewish Museum following sexual harassment allegations | Hank Willis Thomas awarded 2017 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize | Patricia Stevenson appointed chief executive of LAPADA | William S. Smith appointed editor of Art in America

5 Dec 2017

British Museum to open storage facilities outside London

Plus: Art made in Guantanamo declared US government property | Activists complain about ‘profanation’ of July Column in Paris | Artists sign second open letter in defence of Documenta | and recommended reading

4 Dec 2017

Masterpiece London joins MCH Group – and plans international expansion

Vincent Scully (1920–2017) | The V&A opens in China | and Instagram goes mad for the Mona Lisa

1 Dec 2017
British Museum assistant collections manager Jonny Mortemore using the glass plate negative scanner. Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum

British Museum and Google launch digital project to preserve Mayan heritage

Plus: Tim Knox is appointed director of Royal Collection Trust | and US foundations create $6m-scheme to diversify museum leadership

30 Nov 2017
Emmanuel Macron in Burkina Faso

President Macron calls for French restitution of African heritage

Plus: Addison Gallery of American Art associate director Susan Faxon retires | Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 shortlist is announced | and American Federation of Arts appoints Frances Wu Giarratano as director of exhibitions

29 Nov 2017

Documenta CEO Annette Kulenkampff’s contracted term is cut short

Plus: Art Basel and Adidas reach settlement over trademark infringement | Jens Hoffmann departs as co-artistic director of Cleveland triennial | and record visitor numbers for 57th edition of Venice Biennale

28 Nov 2017
Michelangelo's marble statue of 'David', pictured at the Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence on 24 May 2004.

Italian court bars use of Michelangelo images

Plus: Australian donors withdraw funding from the Venice Biennale | and recommended reading

27 Nov 2017

French culture minister announces heritage lottery fund

Plus: Courtauld Gallery to close for two years for £50m refurbishment | The battle to save a 1950s mural in New York | Swiss gallery Karma International relocates in Zurich

24 Nov 2017

UK bids to be European Capital of Culture in 2023 cancelled

Plus: Germany appoints new head of commission on looted art | Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson to open larger space

23 Nov 2017

Vatican and China announce diplomatic exchange of artworks

Plus: Jarman Award goes to Oreet Ashery | Photographer sues Christo and the Smithsonian over installation images | De Chirico self-portrait is stolen from Béziers art museum | and Zanele Muholi receives France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

22 Nov 2017

Blaze breaks out at Santander’s modern art museum

Plus: University of Wyoming Art Museum appoints Marianne Eileen Wardle as director | Adam Szymczyk responds to documenta 14 auditor’s report | and Kemang Wa Lehulere wins Performa 17 Malcolm McLaren prize

21 Nov 2017

Gavin Delahunty resigns from Dallas Museum of Art

Plus: Art UK and Paul Mellon Centre launch young writers’ prize | Founder of Inhotim art park convicted of money laundering | Azzedine Alaïa (1940–2017) | Recommended reading

20 Nov 2017
New York Public Library. Mecanoo with Beyer Blinder Belle

New York Public Library reveals $317m renovation plan

Plus: RIAS secretary and treasurer Neil Baxter quits | North Carolina Museum of Art director Lawrence J. Wheeler announces retirement | Berkshire Museum collections committee member resigns over planned sale | and multiple clients sue New York dealer Ezra Chowaiki for fraud

17 Nov 2017

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ fetches $450.3m at auction

Plus: The Met receives $80m gift from the Irving family | City of Kassel will cover Documenta’s financial deficit | Darsie Alexander is appointed chief curator of the Jewish Museum | and Art for Justice makes its first round of grants

16 Nov 2017

Walker Art Center director Olga Viso steps down

Plus: Düsseldorf state museum cancels Max Stern exhibition | 2017 Taylor Wessing prize goes to portrait of 16-year-old migrant | Edvard Munch Art Award goes to Kerstin Brätsch | Laura Owens responds to anti-gentrification protests | and Laura Copelin is appointed executive director of Ballroom Marfa

15 Nov 2017

UAE detains Swiss journalists covering Louvre Abu Dhabi opening

Plus: Jerwood Charitable Foundation appoints Lilli Geissendorfer as director | Seven-figure settlement finalised in Ross Bleckner painting case | and Christie’s Impressionist and modern art sale records highest total in a decade

14 Nov 2017
Sotheby's, New York, in June 2004. Photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images

Appeals court halts Berkshire Museum collection sale

Plus: Düsseldorf state art collection uncovers Malevich forgery | Karl Katz (1929–2017) | Stolen photographs are mailed back to MoMA PS1 | and recommended reading

13 Nov 2017
The Getty Center.

Former US commerce secretary gives $5m to Getty conservation fund

Plus: Studio Museum announces 2018 artists-in-residence | HTC launches virtual-reality art initiative | and court orders release of all Mugrabi collection artworks from storage

10 Nov 2017

V&A acquires part of Robin Hood Gardens

Plus: Armory director Benjamin Genocchio is replaced over sexual harassment reports | Washington National Gallery of Art director Rusty Powell is to resign | Stolen Matisse bronze is recovered by Art Loss Register | and Nelson-Atkins adds 800 photographs to collection

9 Nov 2017

Court rules that Berkshire Museum art sale can proceed

Plus: Lisa Le Feuvre is appointed first executive director of Holt-Smithson Foundation | Prehistoric Greek sealstone is discovered in Bronze Age tomb | Museum of Arts and Design introduces $50,000 artist prize | and recommended reading

8 Nov 2017

Russia and Israel agree to digitise Günzburg Collection

Plus: Art historians protest UK museum image reproduction fees | Sharjah Biennial 14 curators are announced | €425,000 Botero bronze is stolen from Paris gallery | and Swiss museum returns Nazi-looted 17th-century ornaments

7 Nov 2017