Jaime Botin receives prison sentence and €52m fine for trying to smuggle a Picasso out of Spain

Plus: Zoe Whitley appointed new director of Chisenhale Gallery | Censored Aichi Triennale show to be restaged in Taiwan | New work from 100 women artists commissioned to mark centenary of 19th amendment | and recommended reading

17 Jan 2020

Putin appoints cultural leaders to rewrite constitution

Plus: Lucas Museum acquires major archive of African-American cinema | Paisley Museum receives £3.8m lottery funding boost | François Pinault appoints Bruno Racine as director of Venice museums | and Cristina Iglesias wins Royal Academy Architecture Prize

16 Jan 2020

Artists exhibiting at MoMA PS1 call on museum to drop board members

Plus: Stan Douglas to represent Canada at 2021 Venice Biennale | former media tycoon appointed first Frieze CEO | and Betty Pat Gatliff (1930–2020)

15 Jan 2020

Director of Erie Art Museum departs following allegations of misconduct

Plus: Architectural plans for new £337m Museum of London revealed | and Amanda Heng wins Benesse Prize at Singapore Biennale

14 Jan 2020
St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

Drawing believed to be by Dürer discovered in Vienna

Plus: Roger Scruton (1944–2020) | Nazi-looted works restituted to Jewish owners to be auctioned | Winners of the 2020 Jorge M. Pérez Award announced | and recommended reading

13 Jan 2020
Cecilia Alemani who has been appointed director of the 59th Venice Biennale.

Cecilia Alemani appointed artistic director of the 59th Venice Biennale

Plus: China blocks return of missing Kiefer works found by German museum director | Workers at New York’s Shed seek to unionise | Florian Hufnagl (1948–2019) | and recommended reading

10 Jan 2020
Carrawburgh Roman Fort.

Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall given to National Heritage Collection

Plus: Earthquakes in Puerto Rico force museums to close | and Palais de Tokyo faces criticism over partnership with Qatari state museum

9 Jan 2020
US President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach Florida, on 3 January, 2020.

Trump backs away from military confrontation with Iran

Plus: Saudi Ministry of Culture launches first artist residency | and Joyce Foundation announces 2020 recipients of $50,000 award

8 Jan 2020
Photo: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Activists in Berlin attack controversial Holocaust memorial

Plus: Foundation for Contemporary Arts announces inaugural Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting | and cemetery of high-status Romans discovered in Somerset

7 Jan 2020
US President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach Florida, on 3 January, 2020.

International organisations condemn Trump’s threat to target Iranian cultural sites

Plus: John Baldessari (1931–2020) | National Gallery of Australia closes due to bushfire smoke | British Museum acquires export-barred Pahari painting | and recommended reading

6 Jan 2020

Lawrence Abu Hamdan receives 2022 Future Fields Commission

Plus: Russian collectors in Belgium arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering | Cheung Yee (1936–2019)

3 Jan 2020
Alasdair Gray (1934–2019).

Alasdair Gray (1934–2019)

Plus: Art-world figures recognised in New Year’s Honours list | Picasso painting of Dora Maar defaced at Tate Modern | and authenticity of dozens of Goya paintings called into question

2 Jan 2020
Syd’s coffee stall in 2019.

Syd’s coffee stall heads to the Museum of London after 100 years on the street

Plus: Artgenève to expand with two new Moscow fairs | and Thomas Hart Benton heirs sue Kansas City bank for estate mismanagement

20 Dec 2019
The Adoration of the Shepherds (detail; c. 1654), Rembrandt.

Ulster Museum is first in Northern Ireland to acquire works by Rembrandt

Plus: Eric Shiner to direct Pioneer Works in Brooklyn | and Mellon Foundation cancels $1.5m grant to North Carolina university over plans for Confederate monument

19 Dec 2019
The Finding of Moses (detail; early 1630s), Orazio Gentileschi.

National Gallery reaches £22m target to buy Orazio Gentileschi painting

Plus: archaeologists discover two 3,500-year-old ancient Greek tombs | Aliph announces $10m in grants for 20 heritage conservation projects | and Art Basel Hong Kong offers discounts and flexibility to participating dealers as the city’s protests continue

18 Dec 2019
UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan arrives at Downing Street on 16 October 2019.

Nicky Morgan to remain as UK culture secretary

Plus: French culture minister promises to return 26 artefacts to Benin by 2021 | and shortlist announced for Margaret Tait Award

17 Dec 2019
Parliament House in Canberra.

Petition against scrapping of Australian federal arts department signed by 34,000

Plus: Arts Council England to monitor class background of arts workers | Protests at Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts over unpaid staff wages | and Caroline Fowler named director of Research and Academic Program at Clark Art Institute

16 Dec 2019
Yves Bouvier.

Monaco court dismisses fraud charges against dealer Yves Bouvier

Plus: TEFAF awards €50,000 in conservation grants to LACMA and V&A | Maurizio Cattelan’s banana artwork sparks uprising from janitors in Miami | and recommended reading

13 Dec 2019
A detail of the disputed Frans Hals portrait at the centre of Sotheby’s lawsuit against Fairlight Art Ventures.

Sotheby’s wins lawsuit over disputed Frans Hals painting

Plus: Art Berlin fair cancelled permanently | and cave painting found in Indonesia believed to be world’s oldest narrative art

12 Dec 2019
Rebecca Salter, president of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Rebecca Salter elected first female president of RA

Plus: Painting discovered in gallery wall could be stolen Klimt | Deborah Cullen-Morales steps down as director of Bronx Museum | An unconventional portrayal of Zapata sparks protests in Mexico | and May Stevens (1924–2019)

11 Dec 2019
Bettina Korek.

Bettina Korek appointed chief executive of Serpentine Galleries

Plus: Charles Saumarez Smith leaves post at Blain Southern | Catherine Opie to chair UCLA’s art department in newly endowed position | and National Museum of the Resistance to be built in Milan

10 Dec 2019
Maurizio Cattelan's Comedian at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Performance artist eats Maurizio Cattelan banana in Miami

Plus: Maori carvings to return to New Zealand after 130 years | MOCA in LA to recognise workers’ union | and Donald B. Marron (1934–2019)

9 Dec 2019
Clay tablet from Iraq, from between 2100 to 2000BC. Photo: Kyle Cassidy

Penn Museum returns ancient clay tablets to Iraq

Plus: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston announces new director | and recommended reading

6 Dec 2019
Protestors in Paris on 5 December 2019.

Museums across France close or restrict access due to national strikes

Plus: German art collective issue apology for controversial Berlin monument | UN rebukes threats against former Kyrgyz museum director | Dresden police receive more than 500 tip-off calls about Green Vault heist | Smithsonian museums rebrand as National Museum of Asian art

5 Dec 2019