Lawrence Weiner about to leave port in Reykjavik to jettison his planks A PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ASAP as his participation in Reykjavik Arts Festival, Iceland, 2005. © Lawrence Weiner

Lawrence Weiner wins Aspen Award for Art

Plus: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center handed over to Greek state | Congressman files lawsuit over removal of Ferguson protest painting from US Capitol | and Courtney J. Martin named as Dia Art Foundation’s new deputy director

24 Feb 2017

Miguel Falomir put forward as new Prado director

Plus: Münster Sculpture Projects artists announced | $12 million gift for Denver Art Museum | and LA nonprofit closes due to targeting by anti-gentrification activists

23 Feb 2017

Plans for David Bowie memorial sculpture unveiled

Plus: London art gallery sparks racism row | Rashid Johnson to make feature film debut | Andrea Rosen to close gallery after 27 years | Michael Werner awarded France's Legion of Honour | and recommended reading

22 Feb 2017

2017 Serpentine Pavilion commission announced

Plus: UK Cultural Property Bill will become law | Alan Aldridge (1943–2017) | Sarah Forrest wins Margaret Tait award | and Metropolitan Museum director defends NEA |

21 Feb 2017
Musee d'art moderne de la ville de Paris. Wikimedia commons

Eight-year sentence for ‘Spiderman’ art thief

Plus: Iraqi archaeologist appointed to assess destruction in Nimrud | Iraq Pavilion to exhibit antiquities from the National Museum of Iraq | Royal Academy launches summer festival | and recommended reading

20 Feb 2017
Madonna with the Saints John the Evangelist and Gregory the Wonderworker, , (1639) (detail), Guercino.

Stolen Guercino painting resurfaces in Casablanca

Plus: Cologne foundation insists it represents August Sander’s estate | Jannis Kounellis (1936–2017) | and Michigan art dealer handed three-year sentence for selling fake paintings

17 Feb 2017
Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap (Detail) c.1529, Jacopo Pontormo. The National Gallery's matching offer to buy the painting has been rejected.

UK formally refuses export licence for £30 million Pontormo painting

Plus: Nancy Spector appointed artistic director and chief curator of Guggenheim Museums | Questions raised in Parliament over UK Holocaust Memorial | Historic England criticises Giggs and Neville’s skyscraper proposals | and Bern and Bonn schedule first Gurlitt collection exhibitions

16 Feb 2017
Sturm und Drang (2014), Jake and Dinos Chapman. The controversial sibling artists are set to move to Blain | Southern after years at White Cube

The Chapman Brothers leave White Cube

Plus: South Korean artists sue impeached president | Isaac Julien appointed Art Fund trustee | and Paddle8 announces further layoffs

15 Feb 2017
An exhibition promoting inter faith tolerance has been vandalised at Gloucester Cathedral.

Multi-faith art exhibits stolen and vandalised at Gloucester Cathedral

Plus: Dispute continues over Anselm Kiefer show in Beijing | Jay Sanders to take over as director of Artists Space | Andrew Goldstein appointed editor-in-chief at artnet News | Museum discovers rare Rembrandt drawing in its collection

14 Feb 2017
The Virgin and Child with Saint Mary Magdalen and the Infant Saint John the Baptist (c. 1535–40) Parmigianino.

Export bar placed on Parmigianino painting in the UK

Plus: Students foil attempted art theft in Boston | Heirs of Nazi sympathiser win battle to keep his work on display | and recommended reading

13 Feb 2017

Bulletproof glass barrier to be erected around Eiffel Tower

Plus: UK museums worried about status of EU staff | Kiev exhibition vandalised | Art in General appoints Laurel Ptak as executive director

10 Feb 2017
Art Dusseldorf new co-owners Walter Gehlen, Marco Fazzone, Rene Kamm, Andreas Lohaus.

Art Basel owner acquires stake in new Düsseldorf art fair

Plus: Public gallery planned for UK Government Art Collection | South Korea’s former culture minister charged with abuse of power | Africa Center announces departure of director Michelle D. Gavin | and Crossrail archaeological finds to go on display in London

9 Feb 2017
Normanton Down Barrows, a set of Neolithic and early Bronze Age tombs. Heritage bodies have expressed concern that the construction of a road tunnel near Stonehenge may damage the site.

Neolithic tombs cause setback for Stonehenge tunnel

Plus: The Met adds 375,000 images to Creative Commons website | Right-wing protesters disrupt Syrian artist’s installation unveiling in Dresden | and Sotheby’s files second lawsuit over fake Hals

8 Feb 2017
Venice's Giardini della Biennale

Artist list revealed for Venice Biennale international exhibition

Plus: Van Gogh Museum announces date of return for stolen paintings | Jock Reynolds to step down as director of Yale Art Gallery | Nominees announced for 2017 Prix Marcel Duchamp | Rachel Whiteread wins Ada Huxtable Prize | and Tracey Emin among donors funding scholarship for refugees

7 Feb 2017
Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap (Detail) c.1529, Jacopo Pontormo. The National Gallery's matching offer to buy the painting has been rejected.

US collector rejects National Gallery’s offer for Pontormo painting

Plus: MoMA rehangs collection to highlight artists from banned countries | Anish Kapoor awarded $1 million Genesis Prize | Colby College Museum of Art receives $100 million gift | and recommended reading

6 Feb 2017

Louvre closes after knife attack and subsequent shooting

Plus: Harry Dalmeny appointed UK chairman of Sotheby’s | New Bolivian museum honours Evo Morales | Santiago Calatrava unveils designs for Greenwich project | and Ari Wiseman steps down as deputy director of the Guggenheim

3 Feb 2017
Figures released by DCMS indicate a significant drop in UK museum visitor numbers for 2015-16 . Wikimedia Commons

UK museums see significant drop in visitor figures

Plus: Dutch government earmarks nearly €8 million to Holocaust Museum | Paris’s CNAP to relocate to Pantin | Art theft in Johannesburg leaves gallerist ‘baffled’ | and Peter Keller appointed director of ICOM

2 Feb 2017
Italian police are investigating claims that staff at Pompeii deliberately destroyed a section of wall at the site after disputes with management.

Italian police investigate vandalism claims at Pompeii

Plus: Israel reverses decision to join EU arts programme | Spanish police arrest three in connection with Bacon theft | Glafira Rosales will not serve further jail time for Knoedler scandal | and Charles Saatchi to auction works in order to keep gallery free

1 Feb 2017
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has issued a statement perceived as a response to the White House's address on Holocaust Memorial Day. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

US Holocaust Memorial Museum issues statement following White House address

Plus: Co-defendant in art theft trial claims he destroyed stolen masterpieces | Art thief jailed over theft of 18th-century icon from Chester Cathedral | and Art Cologne Prize 2017 goes to Günter Herzog

31 Jan 2017
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

US museums respond to immigration order

Plus: ‘Spider Man’ art thief goes on trial in Paris | Van Gogh’s grave ‘in urgent need of restoration’ | Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916–2017) | David Moss (1945–2017) | and recommended reading

30 Jan 2017
John Akomfrah with artwork Auto Da Fé

John Akomfrah wins Artes Mundi prize

Plus: Shortlisted designs revealed for UK Holocaust memorial | Tania Bruguera withdraws from Bronx Museum show | Hammer Museum announces major expansion and renovation | LACMA acquires Random International’s ‘Rain Room’

27 Jan 2017
The National Trust is launching an international design competition to restore Clandon Park, the 18th century Palladian house that was gutted by fire in 2015

National Trust to launch design competition for Clandon Park

Plus: Christo cancels major art project in protest at Trump | St Isaac’s Cathedral decision provokes outrage in Russia | Perth Museum and Art Gallery to get £10 million revamp | and Gonzalo Casals appointed director of Leslie-Lohman Museum

26 Jan 2017
Visualisation of Gdansk's Museum of the Second World War building designed by Studio Kwadrat

Polish government wins key ruling over Gdansk’s Second World War museum

Plus: North Carolina’s Ackland Art Museum receives $25 million gift | Susan Krane to step down as director of San Jose Museum of Art | and Stephanie Stebich named director of Smithsonian American Art Museum

25 Jan 2017
Smithfield Market, London.

£180 million pledged to Museum of London for planned revamp

Plus: Shortlist for Musée d’Orsay director revealed | Exchange of works between Bronx Museum and Cuba scrapped | Plans founder for proposed Cape Town museum

24 Jan 2017