Hermitage to be first museum to curate pavilion at Venice Biennale

Plus: Jorge M. Perez donates $1.5m to Reina Sofia | Robert Maguire (1931–2019) | and recommended reading

11 Mar 2019
Brian Kennedy

Brian Kennedy appointed director of Peabody Essex Museum

Plus: Don Nice (1932–2019) | Art Basel and UBS publish global art market report | and recommended reading

8 Mar 2019
Carolee Schneemann in London in May 2017.

Carolee Schneemann (1939–2019)

Plus: Venice Biennale releases list of artists | and funding granted for Hepworth sculpture in Hertfordshire

7 Mar 2019

Kunsthalle Wien to be directed by curatorial collective

Plus: Blain Southern to open New York gallery | ArtCenter/South Florida announces plans for new $30m home | Todd Williamson wins Pollock Prize for Creativity

6 Mar 2019
The Louvre in Paris.

Italy agrees to loan Leonardos to the Louvre

Plus: Arata Isozaki wins Pritzker Architecture Prize | Zeitz MOCAA appoints Koyo Kouoh as new executive director | Wim Pijbes named global chairman of vetting at TEFAF | and Lauren Halsey wins Frieze Art Award 2019

5 Mar 2019

Kevin Roche (1922–2019)

Plus: MOCA Cleveland to abolish admission fees | National Army Museum to return lock of Tewodros II’s hair to Ethiopia | Hank Willis Thomas to design MLK memorial in Boston | and recommended reading

4 Mar 2019

Employment tribunal finds in favour of sacked National Gallery workers

Plus: Masterpiece Fair to open in Hong Kong with Fine Art Asia | Painting attributed to Caravaggio to be auctioned in June | Hon Chi Fun (1922–2019) | and recommended reading

1 Mar 2019
Philippe Vergne, newly appointed director of the Serralves Museum in Porto.

Philippe Vergne to direct Serralves Museum in Portugal

Plus: Michael Cohen claims Trump used fake bidder to purchase $60,000 portrait of himself | Rothko Chapel to close temporarily for restoration | Performance art festival Block Universe expands to Berlin

28 Feb 2019

Paris gallery cancels show of artist accused of plagiarising Basquiat

Plus: Emma Son appointed senior director of Lehmann Maupin Seoul | German man forgets Picasso ceramic on train | 'Burn after purchase' sculpture of Spanish king goes on sale at ARCO Madrid

27 Feb 2019
Zehra Doğan, photographed in 2015.

Zehra Doğan, artist and journalist, released from Turkish prison

Plus: Participants announced for Whitney Biennial 2019 | Jamie Crewe wins Margaret Tait Award | and Jack Burnham (1931–2019)

26 Feb 2019

Mary Boone announces she will close her gallery

Plus: Ghana to present first national pavilion at Venice Biennale | A third of Armory show exhibitors relocated after safety concerns | and recommended reading

25 Feb 2019

Indonesian art collective to curate Documenta 15

Plus: Hermitage Museum evacuated after bomb threats | Bronx Museum of the Arts appoints new board members | and recommended reading

22 Feb 2019
Personifications of the eight cardinal virtues (1650–1700), southern Germany, probably Augsburg.

Liebieghaus in Frankfurt acquires more than 200 ivory sculptures

Plus: Dallas Art Fair to open permanent exhibition space | and ivory smuggler jailed in Tanzania 

21 Feb 2019
Naiza Khan. Image courtesy Rossi & Rossi, London

Naiza Khan to represent Pakistan at Venice Biennale

Plus: US investment firm sues artist Kristen Visbal | National Gallery’s newly acquired Cranach goes on display | and the Met appoints new deputy director for digital

20 Feb 2019
Karl Lagerfeld photographed at the Palazzo Vecchio in 2015.

Karl Lagerfeld (1933–2019)

Plus: Ai Weiwei-directed segment in Berlin film cut | and founding director of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art steps down

19 Feb 2019
The gilded ancient Egyptian coffin at the Met in New York (detail).

The Met to return ancient coffin to Egypt

Plus: Nan Goldin threatens to boycott National Portrait Gallery show over Sackler funding | Royal Academy receives £10 million from Hans and Julia Rausing | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art sells Rothko | and Recommended Reading

18 Feb 2019
Mary Boone in 2008. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Mary Boone sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax fraud

Plus: Radical Matriarchy group protests outside National Gallery of Art in Washington | National Endowment of the Arts announces more than $27m in grants | and recommended reading

15 Feb 2019
J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library in winter, 2011, Morgan Library & Museum.

Morgan Library & Museum announces $12.5m exterior restoration project

Plus: Junya Ishigami to design Serpentine Pavilion 2019 | Christie’s helps return eight looted antiquities to Italy | Bisi Silva (1962–2019) | and fire breaks out at empty Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

14 Feb 2019
Axel Ruger

Axel Rüger appointed head of Royal Academy

Plus: Richard Green sued by US client over ‘high price’ of Old Masters | Cindy Sherman awarded 2019 Max Beckmann Prize | and Blanton Museum of Art receives $20m gift from the Moody Foundation

13 Feb 2019
FatoŞ Üstek

Fatoş Üstek named director of Liverpool Biennial

Plus: Vancouver Art Gallery workers reach agreement with museum | High court dismisses Neo Bankside residents’ case against Tate | and Tomi Ungerer (1931–2019)

12 Feb 2019
Portrait of Robert Ryman in 2002.

Robert Ryman (1930–2019)

Plus: Nan Goldin leads anti-opioid protest at New York’s Met and Guggenheim museums | and Baltimore Museum of Art receives $3.5m to endow chief curator position

11 Feb 2019
Alicja Kwade

Met selects Alicja Kwade for 2019 roof garden commission

Plus: Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio win Royal Academy Architecture Prize | Nuremberg prosecutor seizes 63 suspected Hitler forgeries | and Oliver Barker to direct Cape Ann Museum in Massachusetts

8 Feb 2019
A saleroom in New York during the sales of the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller.

Christie’s posts record sales total of £5.3bn for 2018

Plus: Vancouver Art Gallery staff go on strike over wages | Philipp Kaiser joins Marian Goodman Gallery | and recommended reading

7 Feb 2019
MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro, photographed in 2013.

Rio museum completes controversial Pollock painting sale

Plus: Venice implements tax for day tourists | and Jessica Martinez to direct Cornell University’s art museum

6 Feb 2019