Australia’s arts sector launches national day of action against cuts

Plus: Romania seeks funds to buy €11 million Brâncuşi sculpture | Damien Hirst sued for plagiarism by jewellery designer | ‘Lost’ Gauguin still-life discovered in Connecticut | Smuggled artworks seized in Istanbul | Olivier Meslay named director of Clark Art Institute

16 Jun 2016

UNESCO director general: protection of cultural heritage a ‘humanitarian imperative’

Plus: Barbara Hepworth works raise £2.2 million for school | Franz West Private Foundation accused of embezzlement | Science Museum reveals plan for new interactive gallery | Angela Vettese named director of Arte Fiera | and recommended reading: Tate Modern past & present

15 Jun 2016

The Smithsonian is coming to London

Plus: David Nahmad admits he owns an allegedly looted Modigliani | Clare McAndrew leaves TEFAF for Art Basel | Finalists announced for ING Unseen Talent Award | and recommended reading

14 Jun 2016

Lost cities discovered beneath Cambodian jungle

Plus: Museum of London reveals design shortlist | Quimper’s Le Quartier art centre closes due to funding difficulties | Marie Lavandier named director of Louvre-Lens | Michael Craig-Martin and other arts figures named in Queen’s Birthday Honours | Scott Stulen named director of Philbrook Museum of Art | and recommended reading

13 Jun 2016
Screenshot from the video that purportedly shows ISIS militants destroying the Temple of Nabu in Iraq.

ISIS blows up Temple of Nabu in Nimrud

Plus: Possible ancient structure identified in Petra | Korean gallerist indicted for forging works by Lee Ufan | Parisian antiques specialists under investigation for trafficking | Alex Rotter reveals move to Christie’s | Old Dominion University receives $35 million grant to build art museum

10 Jun 2016

Gregor Muir takes charge of Tate’s international art collection

Plus: Pyotr Pavlensky released from custody | Police investigate multiple church thefts in Doubs | Manhattan street renamed in honour of Norman Rockwell | and recommended reading

9 Jun 2016

Antiquities discovered in diplomatic car en route to Jerusalem

Plus: US Senators voice 'moral duty' to recover Nazi-looted art | Bronx Museum of the Arts forced to postpone exhibition after Cuba halts loans | Ghulam Mohammad awarded Jameel Prize | Malaysian artist investigated for sedition | and Tunga (19522016)

8 Jun 2016

National Gallery of Denmark removes colonial language from collection

Plus: London’s Gasworks receives £75,000 grant | Duchamp’s Nu sur nu fetches record price at auction | Ugo Rondinone installation defaced by vandals | Designs revealed for Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

7 Jun 2016

Louvre remains closed, while hundreds of works are damaged at the Musée Girodet

Plus: Ruined Sebastiano del Piombo masterpiece has been restored | Gilbert & George announce plans for east London museum | Lynette Yiadom-Boakye wins Sky Arts award | Trevor Paglen wins Deutsche Börse photography prize | and Christie’s to auction the collection of Brian Sewell

6 Jun 2016

Floods close Paris museums

Plus: Archaeologist accuses Syrian government forces of looting Palmyra | Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s private collection to be auctioned at Christie’s | Stanley Spencer Memorial Trust wins Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service | and Marion Lambert (1943–2016)

3 Jun 2016

Henry Moore’s ‘Old Flo’ to return to East London

Plus: Report into private museums submitted to IRS | Shortlist announced for Sobey Award | Mellon Foundation grants V&A research institute £1.75 million | David Roche’s collection to go on show in Adelaide | and recommended reading

2 Jun 2016

Hayward Gallery moves north of the river for one-off show

Plus: Dutch Museums to build joint collection centre | Artists call for boycott of Rio Olympics | National Media Museum remains silent over rebranding

1 Jun 2016
Herculaneum is one of nine Italian heritage sites that may soon be welcoming a foreign director

Italy’s global search for new directors to safeguard culture and heritage

Plus: Fifth canvas stolen from Westfries Museum returned | Portrait of Jane Seymour identified in Cambridge townhouse | Peter Brant assumes full control of art titles

31 May 2016

Taco Dibbits to succeed Wim Pijbes at Rijksmuseum

Plus: Spanish court denies extradition request for Knoedler forgery suspect | Suspects arrested in connection with Francis Bacon thefts | and recommended reading

30 May 2016

Xavier Bray to take over at the Wallace Collection

Plus: Russian artist gives human rights award to jailed guerrilla group | 100 works of art donated to Pérez Art Museum | Bronx Museum of the Arts plans major extension

27 May 2016

Stonehenge among sites threatened by climate change, warns UN report

Plus: Christie’s to lead 250th anniversary sale with Constable ‘masterpiece’ | Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts absorbed into State Museum and Exhibition Center | Ai Weiwei studio member detained by Greek police | UC San Diego to convert university art gallery into classroom | Yuri Pattison wins 2016 Frieze Artist award | and Patrick George (1923-2016)

26 May 2016

Stedelijk Museum begins search for new contemporary art venue

Plus: Christie’s to open exhibition space in Beijing | Art Basel announces winner of BMW Art Journey | Eva Birkenstock appointed director of Düsseldorf Art Foundation | and recommended reading

25 May 2016

Courtauld secures £9.4 million from Heritage Lottery Fund

Plus: De Appel board of trustees resigns | Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art under fire for ‘anti-Christian’ painting | BADA and ABA form closer ties | and recommended reading

24 May 2016

Art Fund launches appeal to acquire ‘Armada Portrait’ of Elizabeth I

Plus: Protestors halt closure of Brazil’s culture ministry | Restoration of Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art receives go-ahead | Bowl looted from National Museum of Afghanistan returned | Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation examines the civic role of the arts

23 May 2016

Rebecca Rabinow leaves the Met to lead the Menil Collection

Plus: Artists join campaign for the UK to stay in the EU | Lost Renaissance sculptures found in Moscow | Indianapolis Museum of Art slightly less in debt

20 May 2016

Sadiq Khan gives conditional backing to Garden Bridge

Plus: Climate change protests force temporary closure of British Museum | Ai Weiwei: EU’s refugee deal with Turkey is ‘immoral’ | Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art signs deal with Louvre | Pratt Institute president to step down | Brooklyn Museum offers staff buyouts | Milwaukee Art Museum names new director | and recommended reading

19 May 2016

Russian artist allegedly beaten by police

Plus: Phillips raises threshold for buyer’s premium | Director of Scottish National Gallery to retire | Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego names new director | and recommended reading

18 May 2016

Divers discover hoard of Roman artefacts off Caesarea

Plus: YouTube pranksters jailed for National Portrait Gallery stunt | Wang Zhongjun buys Song dynasty letter for $32 million | Five northern cultural institutions receive £730,000 Arts Council England award | Asbjørn Lunde donates two landscapes to the National Gallery | and Louisa Chase (19512016)

17 May 2016

Italy criticised for mismanagement of EU culture funding

Plus: Sainsbury family members sign letter objecting to British Museum's BP sponsorship | Australia Council for the Arts to invest $112 million in arts organisations | Cheyenne Westphal joins Phillips | and recommended reading

16 May 2016