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
The collective winners of the Turner Prize 2019.

Turner Prize awarded to all four shortlisted artists

Plus: Christopher Breward appointed director of National Museums Scotland | and Stephen Garrett (19222019)

4 Dec 2019
Centre for Political Beauty activists install their work in Berlin in December 2019.

Controversial monument containing ashes from Holocaust victims installed in Berlin

Plus: Turkish court rules that Kariye Museum must become mosque | Byron Kim announced as recipient of Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize | and Andrés Jaque announced as curator of Shanghai Biennale

3 Dec 2019

Mayor of Budapest halts construction of €250m New National Gallery

Plus: UNESCO-listed town in Austria damaged by major fire | Danish court prevents Tal R painting from being chopped up to make watches | and burglars steal medals and jewellery from Stasi Museum

2 Dec 2019
The Grassi Museum in Leipzig.

State of Saxony returns indigenous remains to Australia

Plus:  Reward of €500,000 offered for recovery of Green Vault jewels | Nancy Astor statue unveiled in Plymouth | and recommended reading

29 Nov 2019
The Geffrye Museum.

Geffrye Museum to reopen as Museum of the Home

Plus: Juan Pablo Langlois (1936–2019) | and three artists elected to Hong Kong District Councils

28 Nov 2019
The ancient city of Palmyra, photographed in 2017.

Russian and Syrian officials agree plans to restore Palmyra

Plus: Cambridge college to return Benin Bronze to Nigeria | Art Basel cancels three-day event in Abu Dhabi | Lecturers at the Courtauld Institute strike over conditions | and Hetty Berg appointed director of Jewish Museum Berlin

27 Nov 2019

Belgian police intervene in ownership dispute over religious sculptures

Plus: Security footage of Dresden heist released | Hetain Patel wins Jarman Award | and Performa prize awarded to Nairy Baghramian and Maria Hassabi

26 Nov 2019
Police outside the Residenzschloss in Dresden on 25 November 2019.

Thieves raid historic treasury at royal palace in Dresden

Plus: Conservative Party general election manifesto promises £250m for culture | staff at MOCA in Los Angeles seek to unionise | and Matteo Salvini hits out at sculpture showing him shooting refugees

25 Nov 2019

British metal detectorists sentenced for stealing Saxon and Viking hoard worth £3m

Plus: Cecilia Vicuña awarded Spain’s most prominent art prize | Manchester Museum is first UK institution to return objects to indigenous groups | Whitney Museum receives $1m grant to fund Hudson River installation | and recommended reading

22 Nov 2019
Jeremy Corbyn at the launch of the Labour party election manifesto in Birmingham on 21 November 2019.

Labour Party general election manifesto pledges £1bn culture boost

Plus: Biennale de Lyon names Yves Robert as new chief executive | Anonymous Was a Woman announces recipients of $25,000 grants | and MOCA in LA to introduce free admission across both sites

21 Nov 2019
Pierre Le Guennec (left) leaving the courthouse in Lyon with his lawyers on September 24, 2019. Photo: Romain Lafabrègue/AFP via Getty Images

French court upholds sentence handed to Picasso’s former electrician

Plus: €300m collection goes missing in China | and Guggenheim reveals shortlist for 2020 Hugo Boss Prize

20 Nov 2019
The Baltimore Museum of Art, which in May sold five artworks at auction for nearly $8 million to raise funds for new acquisitions. Would capitalising those works have allowed the institution to pursue its acquisition strategy without compromising its existing holdings?

Baltimore Museum of Art pledges to collect only work by women in 2020

Plus: France returns sword of Omar Saïdou Tall to Senegal | and Stephanie Comilang Wins 2019 Sobey Art Award

19 Nov 2019
The Sackler Courtyard at the Victoria and Albert Museum, photo: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

Nan Goldin and P.A.I.N. activists stage protest at V&A

Plus: Wallace Collection announces first ever loan | Monnaie de Paris cancels its contemporary art programme | and Terry O’Neill (1938–2019)

18 Nov 2019

Plans to turn Whitechapel Bell Foundry into a hotel get go-ahead

Plus: Experts suggest Botticelli ‘copy’ at National Museum Cardiff could be real | German parliament approves new €364m budget for Berlin museum | and Safani gallery files lawsuit to avoid returning ancient artefact to Italy

15 Nov 2019
Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

Police investigate attempted theft of Rembrandts from Dulwich Picture Gallery

Plus: Met Museum announces bequest of $80m and 375 works from Jayne Wrightsman | Rio Art Museum could close due to funding delays | and Open Society Foundations pledges $15m to aid repatriation of African objects

14 Nov 2019
Flooding in St Mark’s Square, Venice, on 13 November 2019.

Tide in Venice reaches highest level in half a century

Plus: Hurley Building in Boston may be demolished | and Connaissance des Arts bids for stake in two French fairs

13 Nov 2019