Egon Schiele’s Woman Hiding Her Face (1912), formerly owned by Fritz Grünbaum. In April a New York judge ruled that the drawing was Nazi-looted and that it be returned to Grünbaum’s heirs.

German Lost Art Foundation removes 63 Schiele works from database

Plus: Georgia returns 17th-century painting to Germany | and Berlin’s Arratia Beer Gallery to Close

28 Aug 2018

Spain passes decree to remove Franco’s remains from Valley of the Fallen

Plus: Krishna Reddy (1925–2018) | and recommended reading

24 Aug 2018
Camillo Borghese (c. 1810), François-Pascal-Simon Gérard. Courtesy of The Frick Collection, New York

Italian government revokes export licence for Frick acquisition

Plus: Oslo blocks artist’s plans for ‘death house’ near Munch’s studio | Lauren Halsey wins the Hammer Museum’s $100,000 Mohn Award | and Sotheby’s Japan announces new Chairman and Managing Director

23 Aug 2018
Chase F. Robinson, who has been named director of the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries.

Chase F. Robinson named director of Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler galleries

Plus: National Heritage List for England reaches 400,000 entries | Tuscaloosa Museum of Art in Alabama to close | and Sculpture Park at Madhavendra Palace appoints new director

22 Aug 2018

Confederate statue toppled at the University of North Carolina

Plus: ICA Philadelphia receives $1m endowment | and Mackenzie Art Gallery appoints its first director of programs

21 Aug 2018
The courtyard of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

MoMA agrees new employment contract with union workers

Plus: Leipzig gallery drops painter over anti-immigrant Facebook posts | Charles Blackman (1928–2018) | and recommended reading

20 Aug 2018
Aretha Franklin (1942–2018), photo: Express Newspapers/Getty Images

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery honours Aretha Franklin

Plus: Christina Nielsen named director of art collections at the Huntington Library | MFA Boston receives $1 million grant from Japanese foundation | Museu de Arte de São Paulo promotes Tomás Toledo to chief curator | and recommended reading

17 Aug 2018
A view of downtown Pittsburgh, one of the US cities whose cultural organisations are the beneficiaries of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management Training Program.

Bloomberg Philanthropies names participants in $43m arts initiative

Plus: The List destroyed for second time | Art dealer Andrew Fabricant joins Gagosian | and Titus Kaphar awarded Rappaport Prize

16 Aug 2018
Installation view of 'Face Down' (2008) by Martin Puryear at John Berggruen Gallery.

Martin Puryear to represent US at next Venice Biennale

Plus: Chilean minister quits over past criticism of human-rights museum | Petition filed for case of Norton Simon Museum’s Cranachs to be reheard | Activists and artists attack Cuban government decree | and Baltimore Museum of Art appoints three curators

15 Aug 2018
Portrait of Chelsea Manning.

ICA in London to honour Chelsea Manning

Plus: Cheryl Young to retire from MacDowell Colony | and Cleveland Museum of Art launches diversity strategy

14 Aug 2018
Constitutional Center, the headquarters for the National Endowment of the Humanities. Credit:

National Endowment for the Humanities awards $43.1 million in grants

Plus: Colin Amery (1944–2018) | Iranian artist banned from leaving the country | Truze Lodder appointed temporary chair of Stedelijk Museum | Bloomberg Philanthropies announces $43 million in grants |  and recommended reading

14 Aug 2018

British Museum facilitates return of looted Iraqi antiquities

Plus: Prosecutors drop case against former Documenta officials | Mika Rottenberg wins Kurt Schwitters Prize 2019 | Norton Museum director to retire

10 Aug 2018
Alan Jones, the newly appointed president of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

RIBA appoints new president amid controversy

Plus: NADA’s New York fair 2019 cancelled | Liverpool Biennial restores destroyed work documenting refugee crisis | and Pussy Riot member barred from leaving Russia

9 Aug 2018
The Hoa Hakananai’a at the British Museum in London.

Easter Islanders call for British Museum to return Moai statue

Plus: Nam June Paik Prize 2018 shortlist announced | CEO of MCH Group resigns | and Toby Kamps joins White Cube

8 Aug 2018

MoMA employees stage protest ahead of union negotiations

Plus: Sotheby’s sales increase but net profit falls | Bangladeshi police arrest renowned photographer Shahidul Alam | Gagosian Hong Kong appoints Han-I Wang as Senior Director | and recommended reading

7 Aug 2018

Chinese authorities demolish Ai Weiwei’s studio

Plus: Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art rediscovers ten Picasso works in its collection | Russia appoints Steven Seagal as a cultural envoy | and recommended reading

6 Aug 2018
The Design Museum in Kensington, London.

Artists remove works from Design Museum in protest over arms-trade event

Plus: New Museum receives $660,000 grant to develop art technology | Sotheby’s names Simon Shaw vice chairman of global fine art division | and recommended reading

3 Aug 2018
Cordoned crime scene at Strängnäs cathedral, west of Stockholm.

Crown jewels stolen from cathedral in Sweden

Plus: Joan Jonas show at Haus der Kunst cancelled due to financial difficulties | American Folk Art Museum names Jason T. Busch as executive director | and Antonio Dias (1944–2018)

2 Aug 2018

MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach to head LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art

Plus: Jewish Museum receives $10m and more than 70 artworks from the Barnett Newman Foundation | and Getty Foundation awards grants to improve conservation skills

1 Aug 2018
Adam and Eve (around 1530) by Lucas Cranach

US appeals court upholds ruling on Nazi-looted Cranachs

Plus: Peter Ainsworth appointed as chair of the Heritage Alliance | Florida’s Norton Museum gets $16m for new wing | and foundations of Roman library uncovered in Cologne

31 Jul 2018
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York., photo: Wikimedia Commons

Legal battle continues over Picasso painting at the Met

Plus: AIDS activists stage protest at the Whitney | Historic England celebrates local heroes in new exhibition | VR used to recreate artists’ studios at the State Tretyakov | and recommended reading

30 Jul 2018
Charles Saumarez Smith

Charles Saumarez Smith to leave the RA and join Blain|Southern

Plus: Tuesday Smillie awarded Rose Art Museum residency | Art Gallery of South Australia appoints Rhana Devenport as director | and recommended reading

27 Jul 2018
Marta Gili, director of the Jeu de Paume.

Jeu de Paume director Marta Gili to step down

Plus: UK high court rules that Giotto painting left Italy unlawfully | and Powerhouse Museum director resigns amid fundraising row

26 Jul 2018
The Design Museum in Kensington, London.

Design Museum criticised for hosting event linked to arms industry

Plus: BRIC appoints Kristina Newman-Scott as president | and Warhol Foundation urges University of Kansas to reinstate artwork

25 Jul 2018