Staff inspect the damage at the Sursock Museum in Beirut on on 5 August 2020, a day after a blast in a warehouse in the port of the Lebanese capital sowed devastation across entire city neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP via Getty Images

The week in art news – museums and galleries destroyed in blast that devastated Beirut

Plus: Southbank Centre staff protest against redundancies | Major US museums announce further job losses | and dozens of artefacts privately restituted to Ecuador

7 Aug 2020
Photo: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

The week in art news – National Trust considering up to 1,200 redundancies

Plus: House of Representatives votes to create a National Museum for the American Latino | Picasso murals removed from government building in Oslo | Two museums cancel shows by Jon Rafman | Senate report finds Russian businessman bypassed US sanctions by buying art

31 Jul 2020
Firefighters at Nantes Cathedral on 18 July 2020. Photo: Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP via Getty Images

The week in art news – arson suspected in Nantes Cathedral fire

Plus: Gavin Brown to shut down his gallery and join Gladstone Gallery | the government of Quebec investigates Montreal Museum of Fine Arts | and Martin Parr resigns from Bristol Photo Festival after racism row | Birmingham Museums Trust places half its staff at risk of redundancy

24 Jul 2020
Inside the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul.

The week in art news – Hagia Sophia to be turned back into mosque

Plus: James Murdoch’s firm to invest in MCH Group | Frieze fairs in London cancelled | Frank Popper (1918–2020) | Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation to be disbanded | Delphine Lévy (1969–2020) | Statue of Black Lives Matter protester erected in Bristol | Met to open five days a week from August | TEFAF New York has been cancelled

13 Jul 2020
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The week in art news – UK government promises £1.57bn emergency funding for arts sector

Plus: Roselyne Bachelot named France's new culture minister | Outdoor performances to resume in England | Leonie Bell announced as new director of V&A Dundee | Executive director of MOCAD placed on leave | Royal College of Art leadership loses vote of no confidence

6 Jul 2020
The National Gallery, closed and an empty Trafalgar Square on 24 March 2020. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

The week in art news – UK museums and galleries announce plans for reopening

Plus: Milton Glaser (1929–2020) | French dealer who sold gold coffin to the Met charged with fraud | US Supreme Court to hear Guelph Treasure appeal

30 Jun 2020
A view of Tate Modern, London, in March 2020.

The week in art news – UK museums and galleries to reopen from 4 July

Plus: American Museum of Natural History to remove statue of Theodore Roosevelt | Guggenheim curatorial staff demand end of ‘discriminatory practices’ | Former Louvre curator arrested over sale of looted antiquities | Philadelphia Museum of Art to cut staff by more than 20 per cent | The Met announces plan to reopen at end of August

26 Jun 2020
The statue of Cecil Rhodes outside Oriel College in Oxford, photographed in June 2020.

The week in art news – Oxford college backs calls to remove Rhodes statue

Plus: Amazon boss appointed director of Natural History Museum | Nanne Dekking steps down as chair of TEFAF | Marlborough closes gallery in New York

18 Jun 2020
Protesters throwing the statue of Edward Colston into Bristol harbour on 7 June 2020.

The week in art news – statue of slave trader toppled in Bristol in Black Lives Matter protest

Plus: Art Basel cancels 2020 edition of flagship fair | Leopold II statue removed in Antwerp after protests | SFMOMA makes more staff redundant | Commission set up to review landmarks in London

8 Jun 2020
People gather around the Robert E. Lee statue on Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, on June 4, 2020. Earlier, Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced plans to remove the statue of the Confederate general. Photo: Ryan M. Kelly/AFP via Getty Images

The week in art news – Governor of Virginia orders removal of Robert E. Lee’s statue

Plus: Christo (1935–2020) | Interior designer jailed for buying a Rothko with a stolen identity | Walker Art Center ends contract with Minneapolis police department | German stimulus package allocates €1bn for the arts

5 Jun 2020
Photo: Koos Breukel; courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York © 2020 Susan Rothenberg/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

The week in art news – Susan Rothenberg (1945–2020)

MFA Houston first major US institution to reopen | Venice Art and Architecture Biennales postponed | Hobby Lobby is suing Christie's

22 May 2020
Photo: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The week in art news – UK galleries and auction houses to reopen from 1 June

Thomas Sokolowski (1950–2020) | Allan Schwartzman leaves Sotheby’s | Photo London announces new dates and new venue | Austrian culture minister resigns

15 May 2020
The closed Museum of Modern Art on March 17, 2020 in New York Citydistancing. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP) (Photo by JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images)

The week in art news – MoMA takes a ‘chainsaw’ to its budget

Sotheby’s prepares to reopen | MFA Boston sets up diversity fund | Cathie Pilkington elected keeper of the RA | Arts Council England lobbying for extra museum funding

7 May 2020
Germano Celant at ‘Post Zang Tumb Tuum’ at the Fondazione Prada in 2018. Photo: Ugo dalla Porta; courtesy Fondazione Prada

The week in art news – Germano Celant (1940–2020)

Zarina (1937–2020) | Museums in Italy and Belgium to reopen in May | San Francisco Institute of Art looks for way to stay open | Mobilier national to sell furniture to support French hospitals | Opening of GES-2 centre in Moscow postponed

1 May 2020
A view of Museum Island and the Bode Museum in Berlin.

The week in art news – museums in Germany prepare to reopen

Peter Beard (1938–2020) | Sue Davies (1933–2020) | MoMA PS1 lays off 70 per cent of staff | Myriam Ben Salah appointed executive director of Renaissance Society | Met lays off 80 employees | Notre-Dame construction site to reopen next week | Serpentine Pavilion commission postponed to 2021 | Howardena Pindell sues former gallery

24 Apr 2020
The Bourse de Commerce in Paris.

Pinault collection opening in Paris postponed to spring 2021

Oxford professor arrested in connection with alleged papyrus theft | Canada’s top art award shares prize funds between longlisted artists | Association of Art Museum Directors relaxes rules about use of restricted funds

17 Apr 2020
The Getty Center.

Getty postpones all public events until after end of August

Plus: Christie’s to pay $16.7m fine for uncollected tax in New York | Charleston farmhouse launches emergency crowdfunding appeal | and New York court rules that Call of Duty game is art

14 Apr 2020
The empty Tuileries in Paris during the lockdown in April 2020.

Survey warns a third of French galleries may close before 2021

Plus: new method for dating pottery sheds light on London’s agricultural past | and Hauser & Wirth to open art-tech division

9 Apr 2020
Smoke at the site of the Humboldt Forum construction site on the morning of 8 April 2020

Fire at construction site of Humboldt Forum in Berlin

Plus: Government turns down council bid for Reading Prison | Helène Aylon (1931–2020)

8 Apr 2020
The interior of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza photographed during construction in September 2019.

Opening of Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza postponed until 2021

Plus: Jeffery Camp (1923–2020) | Laura Raicovich appointed interim director of Leslie-Lohman Museum | and recommended reading

7 Apr 2020
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

Whitney lays off 76 staff members

Plus: UNESCO criticises building project near Lebanese archaeological site | Charity auction brings in €2.4m for French health professionals | £700,000 of emergency funding for vulnerable Scottish museums announced | and Hepworth Wakefield to receive gift of nearly 100 artworks

6 Apr 2020
The Getty Center.

Getty Trust creates $10m fund for arts organisations in Los Angeles

Plus: Royal Albert in Exeter looks set to restitute Canadian objects | La Biennale Paris to sign up for government funding bailout | and Christie’s follows Sotheby’s in announcing staff furloughs | and recommended reading

3 Apr 2020
Philip Long.

National Trust for Scotland appoints Philip Long as chief executive

Plus: David C. Driskell (1931–2020) | Sotheby’s furloughs staff as ‘gigaweek’ sales are postponed | National Lottery Heritage Fund announces £50m in emergency support | and temporary mortuary to be established at Irish Museum of Modern Art

2 Apr 2020
Derek Jarman’s cottage at Dungeness, Kent.

Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage saved for the nation

Plus: Summer arts festivals in Edinburgh cancelled | Picasso drawing restituted by National Gallery of Art | and Madrid to spend €500,000 on acquiring art

1 Apr 2020