Barbara Jatta is the new director of the Vatican Museums

Pope appoints new head of Vatican Museums

Plus: Museum accuses Google of profiting from Holocaust denial | Paintings looted in Verona heist return to Italy | and Nancy Wiener accused of selling stolen antiquities

22 Dec 2016
Vincent Van Gogh lost sketchbook

Van Gogh Museum threatened with legal action over contested sketches

Plus:Rijksmuseum acquires major Liotard painting | San Francisco Academy of Art University ordered to pay compensation | Case against Dedalus Foundation dismissed

21 Dec 2016
Andrei Karlov (R), the Russian ambassador to Ankara, gives a speech before being shot by a gunman (unseen) during an art exhibition in Ankara. Photo: UGUR KAVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead at Ankara art gallery

Plus: William B. Jordan donates Velázquez portrait to the Prado | Warsaw Jewish Community sues Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews for alleged copyright violations | and Ragged School Museum receives £4.3 million grant

20 Dec 2016
Lady with an Ermine [detail] (c.1489-90), Leonardo da Vinci. Wikimedia Commons

Poland may acquire Czartoryski family collection

Plus: Permanent home promised for Kochi-Muziris Biennale | Magnus af Petersens named director of Bonniers Konsthall | Zurich’s RaebervonStenglin space to close | and recommended reading

19 Dec 2016
City Hall and National Museum Cardiff. The Welsh Government has come under fire from the Museums Association and National Museum Wales after publishing its official vision for culture in Wales.

Museum sector criticises Welsh government’s vision for culture

Plus: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art director to step down | Birmingham arts organisations prepare for further cuts | Tate receives John Singleton Copley family portrait | and recommended reading

16 Dec 2016
A court in Munich has ruled that the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt can be left to Bern's Kunstmuseum, as stipulated in his will.

Court rules that Gurlitt collection should go to Bern

Plus: Guillaume Cerutti to replace Patricia Barbizet as chief executive at Christie’s | Jennifer Scott appointed director of Dulwich Picture Gallery | Deborah de Robertis on trial for exhibitionism | Ilaria Bonacossa named director of ARTISSIMA | Nazy Vassegh to leave Masterpiece | and Christy MacLear to leave Rauschenberg Foundation for Sotheby’s

15 Dec 2016
A court has ruled that objects loaned to Amsterdam's Allard Pierson Museum from Crimean institutions before Russia's annexation of the peninsula should be returned to Ukraine.

Amsterdam museum to return disputed Crimean treasures to Ukraine

Plus: Iranian architects protest planned demolition of Gio Ponti villa | Harry Hyams collection bequeathed to the UK | Experts advocate putting Stormont’s art collection on public display | and Smithsonian acquires 93 works by self-taught artists

14 Dec 2016

Increase in total prize money for Art Fund Museum of the Year

Plus: Right-wing activists protest against exhibit at Jaipur Art Summit | Philip Rylands to leave Peggy Guggenheim Collection | and Woodrow Kernohan appointed director of John Hansard Gallery

13 Dec 2016
Columns in Palmyra. Source : Wikimedia Commons

ISIS recaptures Palmyra

Plus: ACE report gives mixed picture of arts sector diversity, UK grants £2.5 million to preserve historic Kabul district; and recommended reading

12 Dec 2016
Nonsuch Palace (1568), Joris Hoefnagel. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Rare watercolour of Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace heads to the V&A

Plus: Oakland mayor announces grant to create affordable spaces for artists | Kader Attia accuses Universal Music of plagiarism | New York’s ISE Cultural Foundation to close | and recommended reading

9 Dec 2016

Sydney Opera House to get cutting-edge renovations

Plus: Leo Villareal gets commission to light up London’s bridges | Noordbrabants Museum acquires Van Gogh watercolour | and Brett Gorvy to leave Christie’s for Dominique Lévy

8 Dec 2016

China’s Terracotta Army is coming to Liverpool

Plus: Bavaria sued by heirs of persecuted art dealer Alfred Flechtheim | Director of Berlin’s Polish Institute fired | Renzo Piano’s ‘Paddington Cube’ given approval | and director of Seattle’s Pop Culture Museum to step down

7 Dec 2016
“Eucalyptus, Let Us In", Helen Marten, Turner Prize

Helen Marten wins 2016 Turner Prize

Plus: Sotheby’s buys scientific research department to combat forgery | Mexican authorities seize fugitive politician’s art collection | and three of Assemble’s Toxteth houses sell for £90,000 each

6 Dec 2016

More than 30 dead after fire in artists’ warehouse

Plus: Vladimir Putin vows to stop artistic censorship in Russia | Artefacts reportedly stolen from Palmyra and Yemen seized in Geneva | Restituted Reinhold Begas sculpture to remain on display at Alte Nationalgalerie | and recommended reading

5 Dec 2016
Ai Weiwei shows the world his passport via Instagram.

Ai Weiwei joins campaign for Edward Snowden to be pardoned

Plus: Kamiar Maleki to direct Contemporary Istanbul 2017 | Michał Siarek wins New East Photo Prize | and recommended reading

2 Dec 2016
The New Art Gallery Walsall has received a grant from Arts Council England that has allayed fears of imminent closure. Funding to regional arts organisations has received a significant boost at the expense of London cultural attractions.

Art-world outcry at proposed funding cuts for Walsall’s New Art Gallery

Plus: France to join protocol to protect cultural heritage in war zones | Pearson to offer Art History A-level | Helsinki rejects Guggenheim proposal | and Museum Ludwig awards 2017 Wolfgang Hahn Prize to Trisha Donnelly

1 Dec 2016
Madrid's Museo del Prado will welcome a new director ahead of its 200th birthday in 2019

Miguel Zugaza to leave Prado for Museum of Fine Art Bilbao

Plus: Van Gogh Museum criticises scholars for ‘excessively easygoing’ attitude to authentication | Disputed Beethoven score fails to sell at auction | French government returns painting attributed to Joos Van Cleve to heirs of Jewish collectors | and Pérez Art Museum receives $10 million plus collection of Cuban art

30 Nov 2016
Stirling's posthumous masterpiece No 1 Poultry. 'Oafish' or 'highly significant'?

James Stirling’s No. 1 Poultry granted listed status

Plus: Huge Bronze Age torc discovered in Cambridgeshire field | Artists march on Ivanka Trump’s Manhattan apartment | Mathias Ary Jan to direct Biennale des Antiquaires under new name | and Heather Phillipson wins 2016 Film London Jarman Award

29 Nov 2016

Cuban artist arrested again after the death of Fidel Castro

Plus: Berlin forced to postpone exhibition of Tehran’s modern masters | Greek archaeologists rediscover ‘lost Elgin marbles’ | Salem University shuts down politically themed exhibition | and recommended reading

28 Nov 2016

Norman Foster and Carlos Rubio to design Prado extension

Plus: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces $16 million renovation | Estate of Tom Wesselmann to be represented by Gagosian and Almine Rech | Gabi Ngcobo to curate 10th Berlin Biennale | and Future Generation Prize shortlist unveiled

25 Nov 2016

RIBA International Prize goes to Peruvian university campus

Plus: Falling pound threatens National Gallery’s plans to acquire Pontormo painting | Manifesta 12 announces OMA as ‘creative mediator’ | Artists named for Jerwood Makers Open | and Stefan Borchardt named director of Kunsthalle Emden

24 Nov 2016

Autumn Statement: Wentworth Woodhouse to get grant of £7.6 million

Plus: Jenni Lomax to step down as director of Camden Arts Centre | Frick names Joseph Shatoff deputy director | and plans announced for Bauhaus centenary

23 Nov 2016

Hockney to design stained glass window celebrating reign of Elizabeth II

Plus: Jeff Koons reveals plans for Paris terror attack memorial | ICA Miami to open new permanent space in 2017 | Glasgow School of Art receives major donation to renovate campus | and Prada Foundation to open new photography gallery

22 Nov 2016

Shortlist revealed for UK’s National Holocaust memorial

Plus: Richard Prince sued for unauthorised appropriation | Whitney announces artist list for 2017 Biennial | Szczecin’s National Museum named World Building of the Year | Frank Gehry and Maya Lin receive Presidential Medal of Freedom | and recommended reading

21 Nov 2016