The Barbican Centre in London.

The week in art news – staff accuse Barbican Centre of being institutionally racist

Plus: the Met returns two Benin Bronzes, Donald Judd’s office in Marfa severely damaged in fire, and more stories

11 Jun 2021

The week in art news – frustrated Belgian experts issue their own restitution guidelines

Plus: The Whitney has voluntarily recognised a union and Hobby Lobby is suing Dirk Obbink over alleged papyrus theft

4 Jun 2021
Laurence des Cars at the Musée d’Orsay in May 2021.

The week in art news – Laurence des Cars becomes first woman to lead Louvre

Plus: chairs of the National Gallery and the National Trust have resigned | Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1929–2021) | and Biden removes Trump-appointed board members from the Commission of Fine Arts

28 May 2021
The statue of Cecil Rhodes outside Oriel College in Oxford, photographed in June 2020.

The week in art news – in Oxford, Rhodes won’t fall after all

Victoria Pomeroy to head up the Box in Plymouth | TEFAF Maastricht cancelled for 2021 | Banksy fails to trademark an image of a monkey

21 May 2021
Interior of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London, photographed in 2014.

The week in art news – UK government approves Whitechapel Bell Foundry becoming a boutique hotel

Plus: NGA Washington appoints E. Carmen Ramos chief curator | Cerne Abbas Giant may date to Saxon times | Turner Prize-nominated collective criticises Tate in open letter

14 May 2021
Tate Britain in London.

Five artist collectives – and no individuals – shortlisted for Turner Prize

Plus: Istanbul Biennial postponed to 2022 | Colosseum to get a wooden floor | and Karl Wirsum (1939–2021)

7 May 2021

Germany to return Benin Bronzes from 2022

Plus: Samsung heirs donate 23,000 artworks to South Korean state in tax settlement | Marie-Josée Kravis is MoMA’s new chairman | and Nathalie Bondil moves to the Institut du Monde Arabe

30 Apr 2021
The statue of a Confederate soldier was removed from what was then Hemming Park, now James Weldon Johnson Park in Jacksonville, Florida, in June 2020.

The week in art news – Florida makes toppling statues a felony

Plus: German museums to close again this weekend | Harriet Tubman’s Maryland home has been discovered | and Peabody Essex Museum appoints Lynda Roscoe Hartigan as new director

23 Apr 2021

The week in art news – Jean-Luc Martinez appointed ‘interim’ president of the Louvre

Plus: French court rules that commercial galleries must remain closed | Unesco report on museum funding pressures makes for grim reading | Cambodian government condemns altered photographs of Khmer Rouge victims

16 Apr 2021
A detail of the possible Cavaraggio

The week in art news – Spain stops a suspected Caravaggio from leaving the country

Plus: French galleries are suing the government to reopen, Egypt moves its royal mummies in a a televised extravaganza, and more stories

9 Apr 2021
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