Germany passes controversial Cultural Property Protection Law

Plus: Michael Simpson wins John Moores Painting Prize | Valeria Napoleone to exhibit collection in travelling exhibition | Peter Doig sued for denying authorship of painting | and Timothy Taylor to open US gallery

8 Jul 2016

V&A named as Art Fund Museum of the Year

Plus: New museum to open in Los Angeles | Vice Media acquires majority share in Dasha Zhukova’s Garage Magazine | ISIS release further footage of Palmyra destruction | and New Museum and K11 Foundation announce residency for emerging Chinese artists

7 Jul 2016

Suicide bombing at Prophet’s Mosque in Medina

Plus: Lee Ufan refuses to certify contested works as forgeries | Prosecutors seize Giacometti works from Swiss museum | and Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museum agrees to return archaeological artefacts to Italy

6 Jul 2016

France and UAE announce summit on culture and terrorism

Plus: £30 million Cultural Protection Fund calls for applications | Turner Contemporary announces Clive Stevens as new chair | Woodward Gallery refutes collector lawsuit | and Jean-Pierre Bertrand (1937–2016)

5 Jul 2016

Art Institute of Chicago acquires newly rediscovered Sebastiano painting

Plus: Iranian artist prevented from leaving the country | Ellsworth Kelly Foundation donates $1 million to FCA for new award | Mami Kataoka named artistic director of 21st Sydney Biennale | and K.G. Subramanyan (1924–2016)

4 Jul 2016

British Museum celebrates ‘most successful year ever’

Plus: Justine Simons appointed London’s deputy mayor for culture | UK memorials to war dead listed to mark anniversary of the Somme | Tod Williams and Billie Tsien selected to design Obama Presidential Library | Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac confirms plans for Mayfair gallery | and Guy Ullens announces intention to hand over ownership of UCCA

1 Jul 2016

Ronald Perelman donates $75 million to World Trade Center arts complex

Plus: Liverpool Biennial site damaged in suspected arson attack | Thomas Borgmann donates 600 works to Stedelijk Museum | Italian consumer group accuses Christo of wasting taxpayers’ money | and Rauschenberg Foundation announces 2016 Artist as Activist fellowships

30 Jun 2016

Sotheby’s contemporary sale calms art market fears

Plus: Hartwig Fischer reveals ambitious plans for BM reading room | Kier Group to repair Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh building | Soviet memorials in Poland to be moved to a museum | Ray Entwistle appointed chairman of Bonhams Scotland | and Ben Patterson (1934–2016)

29 Jun 2016

Restitution controversy rocks Bavaria

Plus: Post-Brexit auction at Phillips produces mixed results | Kean University receives permission to buy Michael Graves residences | Hugh Honour (1927–2016) | and recommended reading

28 Jun 2016
The ruins of Bagan, Burma. The ancient site is at risk of ruin due to poor attempts at restoration.

Ancient Burmese Buddhist site at risk from botched restoration

Plus: Philipp Demandt appointed director of Städel Museum and Liebieghaus | Didier Aaron and Kraemer withdraw from Biennale des Antiquaires | George Lucas abandons Chicago museum plans | and recommended reading

27 Jun 2016

The art world responds to Brexit

Plus: Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum forced to close basement displays due to leaks | Québec City fine art museum unveils $103 million expansion | and Future Generation Art Prize calls for entries

24 Jun 2016
Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery, one of 46 buildings recognised in this year's RIBA Awards.

Winners announced for 2016 RIBA Awards

Plus: Mixed auction results in London ahead of EU referendum | Léon Cligman donates 1,200 works of art to Tours’s musée des Beaux-Arts | and Christo’s Floating Piers to close at night for repairs

23 Jun 2016

National Trust for Scotland set to axe one in four jobs

Plus: Roman coins discovered in Devon shed new light on empire | Clara Drummond wins BP Portrait Award | Contemporary Art Society and Frieze launch acquisition fund for UK museums | State Hermitage Museum to open Barcelona outpost | Picasso’s Femme Assise sets record for Cubist painting at Sotheby’s | and Art Cologne reschedules due to clash with Berlin Gallery Weekend

22 Jun 2016
Arkwright's cotton mill, Cromford (c. 1795–6), Joseph Wright of Derby

Derby Museum acquires Joseph Wright paintings despite financial cuts

Plus: Sotheby’s plans modern and contemporary African art sales | Volksbühne Theatre staff protest Chris Dercon’s appointment as director | MoMA PS1 extends free admission period | and Zaha Hadid honoured on Iraqi postage stamp

21 Jun 2016

Art Fund voices concern over possible ‘Brexit’

Plus: High-profile departures at the Met | Shortlist announced for John Moores Painting Prize | University of Notre Dame sued for displaying allegedly stolen early American art | London’s Museum of Immigration launches fundraising drive | Christo unveils Floating Piers in Italy | Export bar for Cardiff Castle vase

20 Jun 2016

British Museum challenges local tax bill

Plus: V&A announces partnership with State Tretyakov Gallery and Vogue Russia | Artists’ Union England receives formal recognition | MoMA parts ways with Sally Berger | ArtNews SA files for bankruptcy | Adjaye Associates to design Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art | and Gillett Griffin (1928–2016)

17 Jun 2016

Australia’s arts sector launches national day of action against cuts

Plus: Romania seeks funds to buy €11 million Brâncuşi sculpture | Damien Hirst sued for plagiarism by jewellery designer | ‘Lost’ Gauguin still-life discovered in Connecticut | Smuggled artworks seized in Istanbul | Olivier Meslay named director of Clark Art Institute

16 Jun 2016

UNESCO director general: protection of cultural heritage a ‘humanitarian imperative’

Plus: Barbara Hepworth works raise £2.2 million for school | Franz West Private Foundation accused of embezzlement | Science Museum reveals plan for new interactive gallery | Angela Vettese named director of Arte Fiera | and recommended reading: Tate Modern past & present

15 Jun 2016

The Smithsonian is coming to London

Plus: David Nahmad admits he owns an allegedly looted Modigliani | Clare McAndrew leaves TEFAF for Art Basel | Finalists announced for ING Unseen Talent Award | and recommended reading

14 Jun 2016

Lost cities discovered beneath Cambodian jungle

Plus: Museum of London reveals design shortlist | Quimper’s Le Quartier art centre closes due to funding difficulties | Marie Lavandier named director of Louvre-Lens | Michael Craig-Martin and other arts figures named in Queen’s Birthday Honours | Scott Stulen named director of Philbrook Museum of Art | and recommended reading

13 Jun 2016
Screenshot from the video that purportedly shows ISIS militants destroying the Temple of Nabu in Iraq.

ISIS blows up Temple of Nabu in Nimrud

Plus: Possible ancient structure identified in Petra | Korean gallerist indicted for forging works by Lee Ufan | Parisian antiques specialists under investigation for trafficking | Alex Rotter reveals move to Christie’s | Old Dominion University receives $35 million grant to build art museum

10 Jun 2016

Gregor Muir takes charge of Tate’s international art collection

Plus: Pyotr Pavlensky released from custody | Police investigate multiple church thefts in Doubs | Manhattan street renamed in honour of Norman Rockwell | and recommended reading

9 Jun 2016

Antiquities discovered in diplomatic car en route to Jerusalem

Plus: US Senators voice 'moral duty' to recover Nazi-looted art | Bronx Museum of the Arts forced to postpone exhibition after Cuba halts loans | Ghulam Mohammad awarded Jameel Prize | Malaysian artist investigated for sedition | and Tunga (19522016)

8 Jun 2016

National Gallery of Denmark removes colonial language from collection

Plus: London’s Gasworks receives £75,000 grant | Duchamp’s Nu sur nu fetches record price at auction | Ugo Rondinone installation defaced by vandals | Designs revealed for Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art

7 Jun 2016