Courtesy Bonhams

Bonhams chief executive Matthew Girling steps down

Plus: Trump’s annual budget renews threat against National Endowment for the Arts | Sofie Scheerlinck appointed interim managing director of TEFAF | Caroline Baumann resigns as director of Cooper Hewitt | Lewisham and Croydon named London Boroughs of Culture | and Rembrandt discovered at small Pennsylvania Museum

11 Feb 2020
Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Climate activists stage three-day protest against BP sponsorship at British Museum

Plus: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros cancels gift of 400 works to Spanish state | Counterspace named as architects of Serpentine Pavilion 2020 | Agnes Gund wins inaugural Ruth Bader Ginsburg leadership award | and Louvre to remain open throughout closing weekend of Leonardo show

10 Feb 2020
Art Basel in Hong Kong in 2019.

Art Basel cancels Hong Kong fair due to coronavirus outbreak

Plus: Uffizi wins court battle against unofficial ticketing websites | New York dealer sues artist Derek Fordjour for $1.45m | and recommended reading

8 Feb 2020
Photo: © Beverly Pepper, courtesy of Marlborough, New York and London

Beverly Pepper (1922–2020)

Plus: Yale art history department defends changes to undergraduate survey courses | and Antony Hudek named director of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

6 Feb 2020

Draft executive order could require federal buildings to be classical in style

Plus: Looted temple sculpture confiscated by UK police to return to Afghanistan|Gallery Weekend Beijing postponed due to coronavirus outbreak | Félix Marcilhac (1941–2020) | and College Art Association announces recipients of 2020 awards

5 Feb 2020
A silver rhyton depicting the death of Orpheus (c. 420–410 BC), from the Vassil Bojkov Collection, Sofia.

Bulgarian billionaire’s antiquities collection seized by authorities

Plus: Ikko Narahara (1931–2020) | and Courtauld appoints Tzo Zen Ang as first managing director

4 Feb 2020
Martine Gosselink.

Martine Gosselink appointed general director of the Mauritshuis

Plus: Opening of He Art Museum in China postponed due to coronavirus | Polish government urged to approve reappointment of Jewish history museum director | Gagosian and Steven Tananbaum settle lawsuit| 500-year-old rock art discovered after being damaged by Australian bushfires | and San Francisco tattoo artist sues Disney over alleged copyright infringement

3 Feb 2020
Art Basel in Hong Kong in 2019.

Art Basel tries to reassure exhibitors about Hong Kong fair as WHO declares public health emergency

Plus: Bolsonaro appoints Regina Duarte as Brazil’s culture secretary | Unseen Amsterdam declares bankruptcy | Museum of Chinese in America hopes to salvage collection devastated by fire | Dutch museum sues London dealer after hackers intercept $3.1m deal | and W. M. Keck Foundation donates $50m to $650m Building LACMA campaign

31 Jan 2020
Cecilie Hollberg.

Cecilie Hollberg to return as director of Galleria dell’Accademia

Plus: Smithsonian will no longer have permanent gallery at V&A East | Adam M. Levine to direct Toledo Museum of Art | CAFAM Techne Triennial 2020 postponed due to outbreak of coronavirus | and Asheville Art Museum receives grant to digitise Black Mountain College Collection

30 Jan 2020
Roberto Cicutto at the Pier Paolo Pasolini MoMA film retrospective opening at MoMA PS1, New York, in 2012.

Roberto Cicutto named president of Venice Biennale

Plus: | School of Architecture at Taliesin will close after 88 years | Philadelphia Museum of Art to open anonymous hotline for reports of sexual harassment | and Santu Mofokeng (1956–2020)

29 Jan 2020

Hong Kong shuts public museums as a result of the coronavirus

Plus: Hester Diamond (1928–2020) | Minister for Indigenous Australians announces plans to protect Aboriginal artists | Devil head once attributed to Gauguin is declared fake by Getty | and Gordon Smith (1919–2020)

28 Jan 2020
MOLA archaeologists excavate the top of the cesspit.

Cesspit containing medieval artefacts discovered beneath the Courtauld Institute

Plus: Arts Council England publishes 10-year strategy | Museum of Chinese in America seriously damaged in a fire | Architecture tutor dismissed from Glasgow School of Art | and Solent Flour Mills in Southampton to be demolished 

27 Jan 2020
The Badaling section of the Great Wall of China.

China closes Forbidden City and part of Great Wall to contain coronavirus outbreak

Plus: German museums postpone two exhibitions on Iran | Oswald Oberhuber (1931–2020) | and recommended reading

24 Jan 2020

Housing secretary announces inquiry into Whitechapel Bell Foundry redevelopment

Plus: Russian culture minister replaced in cabinet reshuffle | Historic England report values heritage sector at £31bn | and Portland Art Museum receives donation of $10m

23 Jan 2020
Derek Jarman’s cottage at Dungeness, Kent.

Art Fund launches appeal to save Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage

Plus: Thieves confess to stealing and returning Klimt painting | Norman Foster calls for competition to design new House of Lords | and Japan dismisses South Korean protests over national territory museum

22 Jan 2020
Patrick van Maris.

Patrick van Maris to resign as head of TEFAF

Plus: Painting from the Alana Collection seized by French officials | Enniskillen Workhouse awarded £2m in lottery funding | and popularity of art history at UK universities falls by 28.5 per cent in past decade

21 Jan 2020

Tony Hall appointed chair of the National Gallery’s Board of Trustees

Plus: James Mollison (1931–2020) | Painting found inside gallery wall confirmed as long-lost Klimt | Brazilian culture minister fired for speech echoing Goebbels | National Archives in Washington, D.C., issues apology for doctored image | Sculpture looted from Afghanistan to be returned

20 Jan 2020

Jaime Botin receives prison sentence and €52m fine for trying to smuggle a Picasso out of Spain

Plus: Zoe Whitley appointed new director of Chisenhale Gallery | Censored Aichi Triennale show to be restaged in Taiwan | New work from 100 women artists commissioned to mark centenary of 19th amendment | and recommended reading

17 Jan 2020

Putin appoints cultural leaders to rewrite constitution

Plus: Lucas Museum acquires major archive of African-American cinema | Paisley Museum receives £3.8m lottery funding boost | François Pinault appoints Bruno Racine as director of Venice museums | and Cristina Iglesias wins Royal Academy Architecture Prize

16 Jan 2020

Artists exhibiting at MoMA PS1 call on museum to drop board members

Plus: Stan Douglas to represent Canada at 2021 Venice Biennale | former media tycoon appointed first Frieze CEO | and Betty Pat Gatliff (1930–2020)

15 Jan 2020

Director of Erie Art Museum departs following allegations of misconduct

Plus: Architectural plans for new £337m Museum of London revealed | and Amanda Heng wins Benesse Prize at Singapore Biennale

14 Jan 2020
St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

Drawing believed to be by Dürer discovered in Vienna

Plus: Roger Scruton (1944–2020) | Nazi-looted works restituted to Jewish owners to be auctioned | Winners of the 2020 Jorge M. Pérez Award announced | and recommended reading

13 Jan 2020
Cecilia Alemani who has been appointed director of the 59th Venice Biennale.

Cecilia Alemani appointed artistic director of the 59th Venice Biennale

Plus: China blocks return of missing Kiefer works found by German museum director | Workers at New York’s Shed seek to unionise | Florian Hufnagl (1948–2019) | and recommended reading

10 Jan 2020
Carrawburgh Roman Fort.

Roman fort on Hadrian’s Wall given to National Heritage Collection

Plus: Earthquakes in Puerto Rico force museums to close | and Palais de Tokyo faces criticism over partnership with Qatari state museum

9 Jan 2020