Italian military vehicles stand guard in front a Sant'Agostino church in Amatrice on January 19, 2017 after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region. The church was severely damaged in a major quake in August 2016. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s Marche region hit by four major earthquakes in one day

Plus: ISIS allegedly moving explosives to Palmyra | National Library of Israel acquires extraordinary collection of Hebrew manuscripts | Artists raise more than $1 million to create protest art for Inauguration Day | and moths damage Joseph Beuys suit in Kassel

19 Jan 2017

Plans revealed for controversial museum in Hong Kong

Plus: Work attributed to Parmigianino determined a fake | Investigative report claims Israel Museum director pocketed double salary | Germany to fund Holocaust museum in Thessaloniki | David Gaimster to leave Hunterian | and Saudi Arabia donates €5 million to the Institut du Monde Arabe

18 Jan 2017

Cold weather forces precautionary measures at Pinacoteca di Brera

Plus: Maria Balshaw confirmed as Tate director | £4 million in grants awarded to museums and galleries in England | Fionn Meade resigns as Walker Art Center artistic director | Mark Fisher (1968–2017)

17 Jan 2017

Pompidou Centre, Eiffel Tower, and Musée de Cluny to undergo major renovations

Plus: Pyotr Pavlensky seeks political asylum in France | City of London revives plans for new concert hall | Donald Trump cancels visit to African American Museum | and recommended reading

16 Jan 2017

Lord Snowdon, royal photographer, dies at 86

Plus: Tristram Hunt to take over at V&A | Manchester ‘Factory’ given green light | Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba | and Brice Marden joins Gagosian roster

13 Jan 2017

The Metropolitan Museum postpones its Chipperfield extension

Plus: Tunnel beneath Stonehenge gets go ahead | Guy Wildenstein cleared of tax fraud | Sarah McCrory to direct new gallery at Goldsmith’s

12 Jan 2017
Maria Balshaw at the Whitworth Gallery in 2015.

Maria Balshaw expected to be appointed director of Tate

Plus: Major changes announced for Rome’s heritage sites | Garden Bridge trustees say costs likely to ‘substantially exceed’ estimate | Los Angeles chosen to host Lucas Museum of Narrative Art | and Japan recalls ambassador to South Korea over ‘comfort woman’ sculpture

11 Jan 2017

Grand Palais to get a makeover from 2020

Plus: Eran Neuman appointed director of Israel Museum | Damien Hirst pulls out of Devon ‘eco-town’ project | Alison Gass to become director of Smart Museum of Art

10 Jan 2017

Artists call for cultural strike in protest at Trump inauguration

Plus: Franciscans to open new museum in Jerusalem | Jonathan Laib leaves Christie’s for David Zwirner | and recommended reading

9 Jan 2017

Louvre reports disappointing visitor numbers for 2016

Plus: Saint Louis Art Museum petitioned to halt loan ahead of Trump inauguration | Natural History Museum announces £11 million in energy savings | Live grenade discovered at Tel Aviv museum | and recommended reading

6 Jan 2017

Kirklees Council scraps proposed Francis Bacon sale

Plus: Heritage workers attacked in Iran | Johnny Van Haeften opens gallery in his London home | and Amon Carter Museum of American Art receives $20 million gift

5 Jan 2017

Paris museum group accused of ‘abuse of power’

Plus: Export bar for drawing recently attributed to Leonardo | DIY artists’ studios face eviction after Oakland fire | V&A evacuated in security alert | Artists arrested for protesting air pollution in China

4 Jan 2017

Poland acquires Czartoryski collection for well below market price

Plus: Experts act to secure Florence’s treasures against earthquake damage | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium director accuses politicians of harassment | George Eastman Museum makes more than 250,000 images available online | Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller (1930–2016)

3 Jan 2017
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

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

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

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

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

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