Michael Sorkin.

Michael Sorkin (1948–2020)

Plus: Kunstmuseum Basel reaches settlement with heirs of Curt Glaser | IMMA concerned about storage of Irish state’s modern art collections | UK independent museums warn of insolvency threat | and recommended reading

27 Mar 2020

This year’s Masterpiece London cancelled and Art Basel postponed

Plus: Further cases of Covid-19 at TEFAF emerge | Cleveland and Hammer among US museums to furlough staff | and Bristol Museum responds to restitution claim over Benin Bronze

26 Mar 2020
Maurice Berger in 2019.

Maurice Berger (1956–2020)

Plus: Hong Kong museums close again after second wave of coronavirus | Arts Council England announces £160m emergency funding boost | MOCA LA lays off all part-time staff | and thieves arrested for stealing stones from Notre-Dame

25 Mar 2020
Paul Kasmin at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018.

Paul Kasmin (1960–2020)

Plus: Major earthquake damages spire of Zagreb Cathedral | Alberto Uderzo (1927–2020) | and San Francisco Art Institute may close

24 Mar 2020
View of Marseille.

Manifesta 13 and other biennials postponed

Plus: Arts Council England’s Export Licensing Unit closes until further notice | Francis Alÿs wins the Rolf Schock Prize for visual arts | Arts Council England commissions new guidelines for restitution | Merry Norris (1940–2020)

23 Mar 2020
The American Alliance of Museums has written to Congress at the United States Capitol.

American Alliance of Museums asks Congress for $4bn for nonprofit museums; NADA asks for relief for New York galleries

Plus: TEFAF New York Spring postponed to replace Fall edition | Kahlil Joseph named 6th winner of Eye Art & Film Prize | Derek Fordjour asks court to dismiss lawsuit from former dealer | and recommended reading

20 Mar 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Met anticipates losses of $100m and closure until July

Plus: Opening of François Pinault’s private museum postponed as director steps down | Frieze New York cancelled | and Alan Caiger-Smith (1930–2020)

19 Mar 2020

National Gallery, British Museum and Royal Academy temporarily close

Plus: Online auction house Paddle8 files for bankruptcy | Art Basel launches online viewing rooms | Thieves fleeing Christ Church Picture Gallery may have escaped by boat | and reconstruction of Notre-Dame paused due to coronavirus

18 Mar 2020
Tate Britain in London.

Tate, V&A, ICA and Serpentine among major London museums to temporarily close

Plus: Leading UK arts figures call on government to support creative industries | Sotheby’s closes most locations, Christie’s closes last of locations and more fairs postponed | and ancient fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls at Museum of the Bible confirmed by study to be fakes

17 Mar 2020
Tom Tower, Christ Church, Oxford.

Three paintings stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford

Plus: National Gallery postpones Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition indefinitely | Arts Council England announces plans to compensate artists and freelancers | Genesis P-Orridge (1950–2020) | and Anicka Yi receives Tate Modern’s Hyundai Commission for Turbine Hall

16 Mar 2020
The Louvre. Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Wikimedia Commons

Louvre announces closure, as do more major museums worldwide

Plus: National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian among US museums closing to contain coronavirus | Art Cologne postponed from April to November | and museums start reopening in China, Japan and South Korea

13 Mar 2020
A notice announcing the closure of the Albertina in Vienna on 11 March 2020.

TEFAF to close early after exhibitor tests positive for coronavirus

Plus: Cleveland Museum of Art receives major works valued at over $100m | Exhibition of Liechtenstein collection cancelled by four museums over report of forced labour during WWII | Los Angeles man pleads guilty to selling fake works by blue chip artists | Nicola Lees named director of Aspen Art Museum | and Emma Talbot wins Max Mara Art Prize 2020

11 Mar 2020
St. Peter's Square and Basilica.

Vatican closes St Peter’s Square to contain Covid-19

Plus: French culture minister tests positive for Covid-19 | Shell ends relationship with Southbank Centre | Security guards investigated over jewellery theft at Dresden’s Royal Palace | and Pam Masi named interim executive director of Erie Art Museum

10 Mar 2020
Madonna del Granduca (detail; c. 1505), Raphael.

Museums across Italy shuttered until April

Plus: UK arts organisations express dismay at withdrawal from Creative Europe | Alan Turner (1943–2020) | Scientific tests suggest bones in Kent church belong to Anglo Saxon princess | and Armory Show announces prize winners

9 Mar 2020
Griselda Pollock. Photo: Griselda Pollock/Wikimedia Commons

Griselda Pollock is first art historian to win Holberg Prize

Plus: Easter Island mayor calls for traffic restrictions after truck hits sacred statue | Italy rejects arrest warrant for prime suspect in Old Master forgery scandal | Henry Cobb (1926–2020) | and US museums restrict staff travel to countries deemed high-risk for coronavirus

6 Mar 2020
The Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Musée d’Orsay receives €20m gift to kickstart major expansion project

Plus: Venice architecture biennale postponed due to spread of coronavirus | British Museum acquires Bronze Age pendant found in Shropshire | and Mophradat announces artists for Consortium Commissions 2020

5 Mar 2020
Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell in 2009.

Grafton Architects win Pritzker Prize

Plus: More than 2,000 arts professionals endorse Elizabeth Warren | Google launches VR site for Chauvet caves | Kurdish artist Fatos Irwen released from prison in Turkey | and Louvre reopens after closure over coronavirus

4 Mar 2020

Art Dubai postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus

Plus: Emilia Beatriz wins 2020/21 Margaret Tait Award | Italy rejects arrest warrant for Old Master forger | Proposal to turn Sydney’s Cockatoo Island into art attraction rejected by officials | Peter Dreher (1932–2020) | and MOCA Tucson appoints Laura Copelin its executive director and chief curator

3 Mar 2020
Mudras (detail; 1974), Ulay.

Ulay (1943–2020)

Plus: Louvre closes amid concerns over coronavirus | Cooper-Hewitt donor rescinds $5m bequest over removal of director | and Bonhams appoints Patrick Masson as managing director for UK and Europe 

2 Mar 2020
Photo: Helge Høifødt/Wikimedia Commons

Norwegian government authorises demolition of building bearing murals by Picasso

Plus: Brazilian collector Bernardo Paz cleared of money laundering charges | Italian collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo drops plans for new Madrid space | Eric Crosby announced as director of Carnegie Museum of Art | Brooklyn Public Library and Brooklyn Historical Society to combine | and recommended reading

28 Feb 2020

Grayson Perry wins €150,000 Erasmus Prize

Plus: Sharon Corwin appointed president and CEO of Terra Foundation | François Tajan (1962–2020) | and provenance of Met painting updated to acknowledge ownership by Nazi-persecuted dealer

27 Feb 2020
Michael Sweerts’ Plague in an Ancient City (1618), one of the many artworks donated by the Ahmanson Foundation to Los Angeles County Museum of Art over the past five decades

Major LACMA donor suspends long-term gift programme

Plus: Uffizi scientific committee resigns over loan of Raphael painting | Smithsonian lifts copyright restrictions from 2.8 million images | and New York developers plan to dismantle Isamu Noguchi installation

26 Feb 2020
Bernie Sanders.

More than 600 artists endorse Bernie Sanders in open letter

Plus: Oldest known cave paintings threatened by cement mining in Indonesia | Billionaire Rebekah Mercer no longer on American Museum of Natural History’s board, following years of protest | and James Brown (1951–2020)

25 Feb 2020