Mahmoud Hawari named director of Palestinian Museum

Plus: Aby Rosen reaches settlement over unpaid tax on works of art | Public art commission censored in Istanbul | Fire damages Rosemarie Trockel’s Cologne home | Victorian Society invites public to nominate UK’s top 10 endangered buildings | Plus recommended reading

5 May 2016
Italian police are investigating claims that staff at Pompeii deliberately destroyed a section of wall at the site after disputes with management.

Italy allocates €1 billion towards heritage sites

Plus: Iranian artist released from prison | Kurt Schwitters’s Merzbarn granted £25,000 ‘lifeline’ | Istanbul’s Moving Image fair cancelled | and recommended reading

4 May 2016

FBI conduct raid in connection with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft

Plus: Has the wreck of the HMS Endeavour been discovered? | Baltimore Museum of Art announces new director | Marisol Escobar (1930–2016) | and recommended reading

3 May 2016

Fears for Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s collection

Plus: Museums under scrutiny over sponsorship arrangements | Recommended weekend reading

2 May 2016

Museum of the Year shortlist announced

Plus: Ai Weiwei to make documentary about refugee crisis | Labour protests continue at Guggenheim | Wim Delvoye plans museum in Iran | Matteo Del Fante announced as new president of Palazzo Strozzi | Armory Show to merge contemporary and modern sections | Recommended reading

29 Apr 2016

Palmyra may be safe – but Mosul is in peril

Plus: Finaldi: potential for expansion at National Gallery | Romanian culture minister resigns | LACMA receives combined donation of $75 million | 18th century state bed saved from Clandon Park ruins | Recommended reading: Gagosian on Gagosian and how A.I. could kill great art

28 Apr 2016

Paris’s Bourse de Commerce to open as museum

Plus: St Petersburg City Court set to close case against Pyotr Pavlensky | Long Museum to open third space | Ron Arad announced for St Pancras station commission | Recommended reading: Moscow’s ‘tacky’ public art

27 Apr 2016
Smoke rises from The National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi on April 26, 2016, after an early morning fire was controlled. No casualties were reported, but the entire collection may have been lost.

Fire destroys Delhi’s Natural History Museum

Plus: Reports of gallery closures at MoMA scotched | Lisson and Gagosian galleries send work to Tehran | plus other recommended reading

26 Apr 2016

Reconstruction work to begin on Nepal’s damaged heritage sites

Plus: Culture secretary accused of political bias over National Gallery appointment | Walton Family Foundation donates $10 million to the National Gallery of Art | Unseen Freud self-portrait to go on display at National Portrait Gallery | Istanbul’s Art International Fair postponed | Myrna Ayad appointed as director of Art Dubai

25 Apr 2016
Bank of England Governer Mark Carney unveiled the design for a new £20 at Turner Contemporary today (22 April).

J. M. W. Turner is the new face of the £20 note

Plus: Temporary UK export bar for 16th-century portraits | New V&A entrance to be named after Leonard Blavatnik | Marion Ackermann replaces Hartwig Fischer at Dresden State Collections | David Geffen donates $100 million to MoMA | Grafton Architects to design new LSE building in London

22 Apr 2016

Damien Hirst sculptures may be leaking dangerous gas

Plus: Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery to be restored | Joint exhibition of Gurlitt collection delayed | Smithsonian American Art Museum director to step down | Shortlist announced for Art Mill international design competition | William Kentridge makes major donation to EYE | Recommended reading: Zaha Hadid’s legacy and a golden flush at the Guggenheim?

21 Apr 2016

Rubin Museum to honour anniversary of Nepal earthquakes

Plus: Manchester Museum receives £400,000 towards major redevelopment | Canadian Museum of Inuit Art to close | Recommended reading: censorship in Egypt

20 Apr 2016

Recreation of Palmyra’s triumphal arch unveiled in London

Plus: Database reveals 23,000 items missing from French national collections | The Art Newspaper announces change of leadership | Bow Arts Trust receives £600,000 from social investment programme | Miami rejects major Zaha Hadid proposal | Entertainment agency WME | IMG buys stake in Frieze fairs | Mark Bradford to represent US at 2017 Venice Biennale

19 Apr 2016

Guggenheim breaks off negotiations with labour activists

Plus: Roman villa unearthed in Wiltshire garden | Richard Smith (1931–2016) | Recommended reading

18 Apr 2016

Stolen Dutch paintings recovered in Ukraine

Plus: Tate Modern reveals extension plans | A request to rename the Musée du Quai Branly | Belgium scraps anti-trafficking taskforce | Villa Antonori put up for sale | Malick Sidibé (1935/36–2016)

15 Apr 2016

US Senate votes to bar import of Syrian antiquities

Plus: Protests in Iran over mooted privatisation of Tehran Art Museum | Artist arrested in Zimbabwe over play casting light on political scandal | Auction house withdraws Dutch Old Master painting from sale over looting fears | Recommended reading: ‘Border Wall’ competition sparks outrage

14 Apr 2016

Yana Peel announced as new Serpentine director

Plus: FBI offers $25,000 for Springfield Museum’s stolen Warhols | Egyptian authorities move to demolish Townhouse Gallery | Daniel Libeskind reveals plans for Kurdish museum in Irbil | Australia deports Oscar Murillo after artist destroys passport | Two men arrested in connection with murder of Oxford art dealer | Could there be a second ‘lost Caravaggio’ hidden away in France? | and Elmgreen & Dragset appointed curators of 15th Istanbul Biennial

13 Apr 2016

Project launched to save ancient Ethiopian wall paintings

Plus: Saddam Hussein’s villa to open as museum | Images of ‘lost Caravaggio’ revealed | and Theaster Gates awarded Germany’s Kurt Schwitters prize

12 Apr 2016

Smithsonian decision on London outpost imminent

Plus: Singapore’s Pinacothèque de Paris closes doors | Austrian government plans to seize Hitler's birthplace | the weekend’s best news and comment

11 Apr 2016

Shakespeare First Folio discovered on Scottish island

Plus: ‘Panama Papers’ shine light on art world’s offshore dealings | Leopold Museum returns Schiele drawings to descendants of former owner | Ben Rivers wins EYE art & film prize | Recommended reading – Donald Trump’s taste in art and Palmyra after ISIS

8 Apr 2016

Major art award suspended over fears of compromise

Plus: Police recover stolen Munch lithograph | Structural collapse at Cairo's Townhouse gallery | Artist sues Mapplethorpe Foundation and others for $65 million | A poor reception for the new-look Les Halles

7 Apr 2016

‘Rathkeale Rovers’ members jailed

Plus: Edinburgh International Festival and BP to part ways | Swedish court finds Wikimedia in violation of copyright law | Norwegian police arrest two in connection with Munch theft | Leonard A. Lauder awarded inaugural Whitney Collection award | Recommended reading - ‘toxic provenance’

6 Apr 2016

Cornelius Gurlitt’s controversial collection to go on public display

Plus: Rembrandt’s portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet goes on display in Cardiff | Another ‘Rembrandt’ is unveiled in Amsterdam | Jan Fabre resigns as artistic director of Athens and Epidaurus Festival | Has a ‘lost’ Caravaggio painting been discovered in France? | and Klaus Biesenbach awarded Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit

5 Apr 2016

Sekhemka statue granted export licence

Plus: Celebrities petition British Museum to abandon BP partnership | Derain’s Les Voiles Rouges comes up for sale at Sotheby’s New York | Pompidou ‘pop ups’ for Seoul and China | The weekend’s best reviews and comment

4 Apr 2016