MOCA Director Philippe Vergne, who will depart from the Los Angeles institution in March 2019.

MOCA director Philippe Vergne to depart

Plus: Painting of Ivan the Terrible vandalised in Moscow | Original site scrapped for Jeff Koons’s Paris memorial | Berkshire and La Salle University museums face sanctions over deaccessioning | and Swiss pavilion awarded Golden Lion at Venice Architecture Biennale

29 May 2018

China to build $2.8bn arts district near Beijing

Plus: Robert Indiana’s house to become a museum | Elizabeth Duggal appointed deputy director at the Guggenheim | and recommended reading

25 May 2018

Kunsthalle Wien director to step down over fears about growing Austrian nationalism

Plus: Painting in Italian museum reattributed to Andrea Mantegna | Berkshire Museum’s deaccession auctions fall short of target | Art Gallery of Ontario retitles painting by Emily Carr | and Gerhard Richter donates works to raise funds for housing charity

24 May 2018
Bozar in Brussels, the planned venue for next year’s BelgianArtPrize exhibition.

Nominees withdraw from all-male shortlist for Belgian art prize

Plus: Amanda Levete appointed as architect of £42m Paisley Museum project | Swedish court blocks plans for Chipperfield-designed Nobel Centre | Herb Alpert award winners announced

23 May 2018
A sculpture from Robert Indianas LOVE series in Hong Kong, 2008.

Robert Indiana (1928–2018)

Plus: Getty Foundation awards grants to prints and drawings departments | Interview magazine folds | Rothko Chapel in Houston vandalised

22 May 2018
A genuine commode made by André-Charles Boulle in c. 1710–20, at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

Kraemer brothers among six charged in Louis XIV furniture case

Plus: Berlin State Museums return nine artefacts to Alaska | and recommended reading

21 May 2018

Laura Pye appointed director of National Museums Liverpool

Plus: Luke Willis Thompson wins Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize | Architects announced for the V&A Research and Collection Centre announced | German culture minister has plans for 23 per cent hike in arts funding | and recommended reading

18 May 2018
Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.

Zeitz MOCAA director quits during suspension

Plus: Richard Gray (1928–2018) | Forensic Architecture and Borderland win European Cultural Foundation prize | and report finds Western Australia’s state art collection at risk of loss and damage

17 May 2018
Jan Six standing beside ‘Portrait of a Young Gentleman’, newly attributed to Rembrandt van Rijn, in The Hermitage Museum, Amsterdam on 16 May 2018.

Painting newly identified as work by Rembrandt

Plus: Tom Wolfe (1930–2018) | and Germany announces code of conduct on handling colonial-era objects

16 May 2018
Amedeo Modigliani's 'Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)' painting at the Sotheby's showroom in Hong Kong on 24 April, 2018.

Modigliani painting breaks Sotheby’s record

Plus: Italian police seize $1 million of stolen artefacts | Sam Nzima (1934–2018) | Design Museum named European Museum of the Year | Corcoran Gallery distributes former collection | and LGBTQ supporters attacked in Beijing art district

15 May 2018
The Sharp Centre for Design, Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Will Alsop (1947–2018)

Plus: Rockefeller collection breaks auction record | MoMA appoints Rob Giampietro as Director of Design | and recommended reading

14 May 2018
Papillon ring designed by Glenn Spiro. Image: Glenn Spiro

Beyoncé donates ring from Jay-Z to the V&A

Plus: Anonymous donor steps in to pay penalty incurred by National Gallery of Canada | Yvette Coppersmith wins Australia’s Archibald Prize for portraiture | Leslie Brothers appointed director of Ulrich Museum of Art | and recommended reading

11 May 2018
Per Kirkeby (1938–2018)

Per Kirkeby (1938–2018)

Plus:  Nicolas Bourriaud to curate 2019 Istanbul Biennial | UK culture minister pledges to distribute works of art to the regions | and report urges France to reform Nazi-era restitution approach

10 May 2018
The National Portrait Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery receives £5m towards new wing

Plus: Artists express concern over UK education policy | Christie’s first Rockefeller sale pulls in $646m | Fund announced for community arts projects in northern England  | and Met issues call for information about jewel-theft suspect

9 May 2018
Captain James Cook (detail: 1776), Nathaniel Dance-Holland.

Australia budgets $50m for Captain Cook commemorations

Plus: Stolen paintings recovered in Italy | New York art dealer pleads guilty to fraud | and online petition calls for Anna Coliva’s reinstatement at Galleria Borghese

8 May 2018
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo

The mayor of Paris wants the city to store art from conflict zones

Plus: British Council arts employee detained in Iran | US government could subject art dealers to financial regulations | Margaret McDermott (1912–2018) | and recommended reading

4 May 2018
(1624-26), Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Bernini’s Saint Bibiana reportedly damaged in transit

Plus: Collectors join forces to launch $800,000 art prize | New Artangel fund established with artists’ gifts | and Charlotte Amelia Poe wins inaugural Spectrum Prize

3 May 2018
Hull's Ferens Art Gallery is among the five museums shortlisted for 2018's Museum of the Year award.

Art Fund reveals shortlist for Museum of the Year 2018

Plus: Temporary export bar placed on Joseph Wright of Derby painting | Collector sues Sotheby’s over sale of Mahmoud Mokhtar sculpture | Freya Simms named chief executive of LAPADA | and David Zwirner to represent Joan Mitchell Foundation

2 May 2018

National Galleries of Scotland acquire two Raeburn portraits

Plus: NEA chair Jane Chu to step down | Columbia MFA students demand refunds | Hollywood producer sues Gagosian over non-delivery of Koons sculpture | and David Zwirner proposes to ‘subsidise’ small galleries at art fairs

1 May 2018

Étienne Terrus Museum discovers half its collection is fake

Plus: Director of Galleria Borghese faces trial for absenteeism | Golden leaves stolen from dome of Vienna’s Secession building | Princess Margriet Award for Culture 2018 goes to Forensic Architecture and Borderland | and recommended reading

30 Apr 2018
The artist Nan Goldin.

Nan Goldin stages anti-opioid protest in Washington, D.C.

Plus: Natural History Museum disqualifies award-winning photographer | Initial line-up announced for 2019 Sharjah Biennial | and Galerie Samy Abraham in Paris to close

27 Apr 2018

Turner Prize 2018 shortlist announced

Plus: Abbas (1944–2018) | Documenta appoints new CEO | Laura Aguilar (1959–2018) | Peter Bläuer retires from Liste art fair | and Bowdoin College Museum of Art receives more than 1,500 artworks

26 Apr 2018
Amedeo Modigliani's 'Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)' painting at the Sotheby's showroom in Hong Kong on 24 April, 2018.

Sotheby’s posts record auction estimate for Modigliani work

Plus: UAE to finance $50m Mosul reconstruction project | Knight Foundation donates $1m to US museums | Cristian Valsecchi named general manager of Fondazione Prada | and New York dealers challenge antique ivory sales law

25 Apr 2018

Sophia Al-Maria wins inaugural Dunya Contemporary Art Prize

Plus: Lindsay Pollock joins Whitney Museum | ‘Selfie monkey’ not eligible to hold photo copyright | and Millicent Fawcett statue unveiled in Parliament Square

24 Apr 2018