Uffizi director Eike Schmidt with a framed photograph of 'Vase of Flowers' and the word 'stolen' in Italian, English and German. Photo: @UffiziGalleries via Twitter

Uffizi Gallery asks Germany to return Nazi-looted painting

Plus: Smithsonian sites in Washington, D.C. close due to government shutdown | Venice to introduce new tourist entry fee | Invisible ink drawings discovered on Basquiat work | Sister Wendy Beckett (1930–2018) | and recommended reading

2 Jan 2019
Rendering of Renzo Piano’s design for a new bridge in Genoa.

Renzo Piano designs for Genoa bridge revealed

Plus: Ivory Coast requests restitution of 148 artefacts from France | and bill on ivory ban receives Royal Assent to become UK law

20 Dec 2018
Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera files lawsuit against Cuban government

Plus: Hashim Sarkis to curate Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 | Amale Andraos to design Beirut Museum of Art | and Shortlist for Margaret Tait Award announced

19 Dec 2018

Excavations begin at newly discovered ancient Egyptian tomb

Plus: Gemeentemuseum Den Haag to be renamed | Loic Gouzer to leave Christie’s New York | and Vanessa German wins $200,000 Don Tyson Prize

18 Dec 2018

New York performing arts centre receives $89m grant

Plus: Dalí lobster telephone acquired by National Galleries of Scotland | Troels Wörsel (1950–2018) | and recommended reading

17 Dec 2018
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.

Anthea Hartig to direct Smithsonian Museum of American History

Plus: Strasbourg Biennale postponed after Christmas market shooting | Subodh Gupta steps down as curator of Goa arts festival over sexual misconduct claims | and recommended reading

14 Dec 2018
José Olympio Pereira

Fundação Bienal de São Paulo appoints a new president

Plus: Mario Merz Prize 2019 finalists announced | and Joan Mitchell Foundation announces 2018 grants

13 Dec 2018
Kaywin Feldman

Kaywin Feldman named first female director of National Gallery of Art in Washington

Plus: Julie Finch to direct Compton Verney Art Gallery | Leonor Antunes wins Zurich Art Prize 2019 | Anonymous Was a Woman 2018 grants awarded to 10 female artists

12 Dec 2018
Hao Hakananai'a at the British Museum

Easter Island mayor suggests Moai statue should stay in Britain

Plus: Robin Nicholson named director of Telfair Museums | Update on recovery of objects from National Museum of Brazil | and Tania Bruguera cancels appearance at Kochi-Muziris Biennale

11 Dec 2018
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

Activist group stages protest at Whitney Museum

Plus: DRC to seek restitution of objects in Africa Museum in Belgium | and Carol Rhodes (1959–2018)

10 Dec 2018
A portrait of Lothar Baumgarten at work for his show ‘America Invention’ at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York in 1993.

Lothar Baumgarten (1944–2018)

Plus: ICA LA director Elsa Longhauser to step down | Tania Bruguera and other artists released in Cuba | and recommended reading

7 Dec 2018
Cloud Gate (2006), Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor reaches out-of-court settlement with the NRA

Plus: European Court of Human Rights rules that Russian government must pay compensation to Pussy Riot | Pieter Bruegel the Elder may have engraved earliest known Scottish landscape

6 Dec 2018
Charlotte Prodger, winner of the Turner Prize 2018. Photo: Emile Holba 2018

Charlotte Prodger wins 2018 Turner Prize for iPhone films

Plus: Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba | Italian court rules that Getty museum must return ancient statue | Anna Coliva reinstated as director of Galleria Borghese | and Academy Museum of Motion Pictures wins Sotheby’s Prize 

5 Dec 2018
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Whitney Museum director responds to concerns over vice chair’s business ties

Plus: Sotheby’s chief operating officer Adam Chinn to depart | and Andy Warhol Foundation arts writing grant recipients announced

4 Dec 2018
A burnt-out truck on the Champs Elysees in Paris, BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

Several Paris museums close amid Yellow Vest protests

Plus: Staff members at Whitney Museum demand action over vice chair’s ties to tear gas production | Raqs Media Collective to be artistic director of 2020 Yokohama Triennale | and Helen Frankenthaler Foundation announces two art education funding initiatives

3 Dec 2018
An untitled work by Robert Morris on display at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 2012. Photo: © Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Robert Morris (1931–2018)

Plus: Andrew Hall wins legal battle over fake Leon Golub paintings | Final audit of Documenta finds bigger budget deficit | Nicola Calderón joins Timothy Taylor Gallery New York | and recommended reading

30 Nov 2018

Photograph long thought to be of Van Gogh is artist’s brother

Plus: Renoir painting stolen from Vienna’s Dorotheum auction house | Ivory Coast and Senegal request the return of artefacts from France | Head of Sotheby’s India takes ‘leave of absence’ following sexual harassment claims | and Nan Goldin awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal

29 Nov 2018
The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Berkshire Museum completes controversial deaccessioning sales

Plus: Daria Martin wins 2018 Film London Jarman Award | Archaeologists authenticate Stone Age rock paintings in Finland | and Adam Lerner to step down as director of MCA Denver

28 Nov 2018
Wanamaker Block (detail; 1955), Franz Kline. Yale University Art Gallery.

Hauser & Wirth opens non-profit institute for artists’ archives

Plus: Banksy works confiscated from exhibition in Brussels | and French court settles dispute over Majorelle trademark

27 Nov 2018
Royal statues from the kingdom of Dahomey (Benin), dating from 1890–92, currently at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, photo: Gerald Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Report recommends French museums return looted African artefacts

Plus: Irene McAra-McWilliam appointed director of Glasgow School of Art | and recommended reading

26 Nov 2018
The Portland Tiara

Historic tiara stolen from the Welbeck Estate

Plus: school in Brazilian rainforest is the world’s best new building | Victorian Society criticises high-rise development plan in East London | MAD Architects to design panoramic viewpoint in Rotterdam | Plus recommended reading

23 Nov 2018

Portrait of Charles Dickens rediscovered in South Africa

Plus: Spike Island wins the Freelands Award 2018 | and Francis Outred resigns as Christie’s head of post-war European art

22 Nov 2018
Ben Uri Gallery, St. John's Wood

Eleven Ben Uri advisory board members resign over collection sale

Plus: Descendant of Jewish art dealers sues Dutch government | Leon and Debra Black donate $40m to MoMA | and Joanna Mytkowska wins Igor Zabel Award

21 Nov 2018
Leda and the Swan, discovered in Pompeii.

Fresco of Leda and the Swan discovered in Pompeii

Plus: Macron’s report recommends full restitution of African art in France | $1m grant for arts projects awarded to Coral Springs, Florida | and Ateneum names Marja Sakari as director

20 Nov 2018