The Basilica di Santa Croce, Florence

Tourist killed by falling masonry in Basilica di Santa Croce

Plus: Victory for Matisse family in long-running court battle | Lebanese police seize painting thought to be a stolen Dalí work | Deborah de Robertis acquitted of sexual exhibitionism charges | and recommended reading

20 Oct 2017
Ai Weiwei shows the world his passport via Instagram.

Ai Weiwei prevented from boarding flight to Brazil

Plus: Omer Fast responds to critics of his New York show | Pyotr Pavlensky goes on hunger strike following incarceration | and Fernando Mignoni to open gallery on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

19 Oct 2017
Firefighters gather near the damaged Sant'Agostino church in the central Italian village of Amatrice on 26 August, 2016, three days after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck the region. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

World Monuments Fund announces 2018 watch list

Plus: Berkshire Museum criticised by Rockwell family over deaccession plans | Warhol and Rauschenberg foundations team up with Lin-Manuel Miranda to aid Puerto Rico relief efforts | and charity auction for Grenfell Tower survivors raises £1.9m

18 Oct 2017
Beatrix Ruf

Beatrix Ruf to leave the Stedelijk Museum

Plus: Pyotr Pavlensky arrested after setting fire to the Banque de France | Omer Fast exhibition picketed by anti-racist activists | Museum dedicated to Einstein to open in Jerusalem | and Vincent Honoré and Cliff Lauson appointed senior curators at the Hayward Gallery

17 Oct 2017
Audrey Azoulay in 2016. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Audrey Azoulay elected director general of UNESCO

Plus: Controversial sculpture rejected by Louvre finds home at Centre Pompidou | German cultural figures protest appointment of right wing parliament representative | Arabic script discovered on Viking funeral costumes | and recommended reading

16 Oct 2017

Met president condemns US withdrawal from UNESCO

Plus: Eli Broad retires | Kader Attia to receive 2017 Joan Miró prize | Alyson Baker steps down as director of Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | and recommended reading

13 Oct 2017
A picture taken on 12 October, 2017 shows the logo of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The United States and Israel have both announced their intention to withdraw from the organisation. JACQUES DEMARTHON/AFP/Getty Images

US and Israel withdraw from UNESCO

Plus: MFA Boston receives major gift of Dutch and Flemish art | Alistair Hudson appointed head of Manchester Art Gallery and Whitworth | Tobias Meyer to advise on Newhouse Collection | and three artists awarded MacArthur ‘genius’ grants

12 Oct 2017
Salvator Mundi (detail) (c.1500), Leonardo Da Vinci.

Christie’s to auction Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

Plus: Fires in northern California force closure of arts institutions | Controversy over heritage funding in France | Rem Koolhaas to design New Museum expansion | and Dr Tarnya Cooper joins National Trust as curatorial and collections director

11 Oct 2017
The Museum of London, where a new concert hall is to be developed.

Architect selected for London’s new concert hall

Plus: Art world mourns Holly Block | UCCA sold to Chinese investors | Münster locals begin fundraising to keep Nicole Eisenman sculpture | and shortlist announced for Griffin Prize

10 Oct 2017
South Kensington's Exhibition Road

Tristram Hunt calls for Exhibition Road to be pedestrianised

Plus: Imperial War Museum expresses concerns over Holocaust memorial | Munich’s Haus der Kunst appoints executive to deal with its finances | Marina Abramovic cancels plans for performance art institute | and recommended reading

9 Oct 2017