Church of Holy Sepulchre; Basilica of Holy Sepulchre; Holy Land; Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre closes indefinitely

Plus: Outsider Art Fair launches edition in Basel | Stolen Degas discovered near Paris | Proposed Jeff Koons sculpture finds French supporters | and recommended reading

26 Feb 2018
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Hammer campaign

Hammer Museum launches $180m capital campaign

Plus: US court prevents bomb victims from seizing Iranian artefacts | Sou Fujimoto wins competition to build Swiss learning centre | Experimenter announces second space in Kolkata | and recommended reading

23 Feb 2018
Towner Art Gallery

Towner Art Gallery faces major funding cut

Plus: Frieze to launch in LA next year | Madrid art fair removes photographs of Catalan politicians | Sherri Geldin to retire as director of Wexner Center

22 Feb 2018
The Tabacalera building in Madrid

New contemporary art space to open in Madrid

Plus: Petition calls for reinstatement of Beatrix Ruf at Stedelijk | Ghent returns controversial artworks to the Dieleghem Foundation | Campaigners urge Tate to ‘sever ties’ with Anthony d’Offay | and Liverpool Waters scheme due for review

21 Feb 2018
Judy Blame (1960–2018) in London, 2013

Judy Blame (1960–2018)

Plus: Peter Gorschlüter appointed director of Museum Folkwang | Man charged for stealing part of ancient Chinese sculpture | and Peggy Cooper Cafritz (1947–2018)

20 Feb 2018
Esme Ward, the Manchester Museum's newly appointed director.

Manchester Museum names Esme Ward as next director

Plus: National Portrait Gallery closes for fashion show | Scans reveal hidden landscape beneath Picasso painting | Finland’s National Gallery releases collections online | and recommended reading

19 Feb 2018
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Rockwell family drops challenge to Berkshire Museum sale

Plus: Prussian Cultural Foundation calls for guidelines on restitution of colonial objects | Long-lost Klimt drawing rediscovered | West Virginia resident admits to fraud in connection with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft | and recommended reading

16 Feb 2018
The Switch House, now named The Blavatnik Building, at Tate Modern,Photo: © Iwan Baan

Report urges increased UK government funding to museums

Plus: Investigation criticises conduct of Queens Museum ex-director | Aaron I. Fleischman endows curatorial position at the Met | Jef Geys (1934–2018) | and Hirshhorn postpones projection following Florida shooting

15 Feb 2018
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Museum still faces legal challenge to deaccessioning plans

Plus: France returns three Joachim Patinir paintings to heirs of dispossessed Jewish collectors | NADA takes in 16 new members | Feitler family donates $5m to Smart Museum of Art | and Met’s Michelangelo show attracts more than 700,000 visitors

14 Feb 2018
US President Donald Trump has proposed cutting funding to the NEA and NEH - again.

NEA and NEH under threat again in proposed 2019 US budget

Plus: Italian extreme-right party attacks Turin museum’s discount for Arabic speakers | Leni Riefenstahl estate donated to Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation | and grafitti artists awarded $6.7 million after works are destroyed

13 Feb 2018
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Museum strikes agreement over proposed sale

Plus: Grand Palais to close for renovations from December 2020 | Kawamura Museum of Art announces plan to sell holdings | Harry ‘Hunk’ Anderson (1922–2018) | and recommended reading

12 Feb 2018
Ines Katzenstein

Inés Katzenstein to be first director of Cisneros Institute at MoMA

Plus: UK government promises crackdown on unpaid arts internships | Frida Escobedo to design this year’s Serpentine pavilion | and recommended reading

9 Feb 2018
Elizabeth Alexander, speaking at the White House at an event in 2015.

Elizabeth Alexander named president of Mellon Foundation

Plus: Picasso’s Actor will stay in Met museum collection | Export bar placed on album of Julia Margaret Cameron photographs | Amy Sherald wins 2018 David C. Driskell Prize | and initial designs for £1.6bn Stonehenge tunnel released

8 Feb 2018
The Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection to open new exhibition space in June

Plus: Simon Schama leads call to save Europe’s historic synagogues | Tate awarded historic research grant from Andrew Mellon Foundation | Selldorf Architects to spearhead reinstallation of collection at the High Museum of Art | and Catherine Hutin-Blay plans new Picasso museum in Provence

7 Feb 2018
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Museum and attorney general take dispute to Supreme Court

Plus: Ivory trade investigator found murdered in Nairobi | Mark Grotjahn declines MOCA honour | Halifax removes statue of colonial founder | Brett Littman named director of Noguchi Museum | and recommended reading

6 Feb 2018
Hylas and the Nymphs, (1896), John William Waterhouse.

Waterhouse painting back on display in Manchester

Plus: Stonehenge tunnel could damage site of archaeological interest | Anglo-Saxon artefacts stolen in raid on charity | and recommended reading

5 Feb 2018
Ronald Lauder at the Kunsthaus Zurich in 2016, MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images

Ronald Lauder criticises Germany’s restitution efforts

Plus: Met appoints Huma Bhabha for its summer roof-garden commission | LACMA’s Japanese art pavilion closes for two-year renovation | Yellowstone Art Museum names Brian W. Knicely executive director | and recommended reading

2 Feb 2018
National Gallery mosaic, National Portrait Gallery, NPG, entrance of National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery appoints Jamie Fobert for £35.5m refurbishment

Plus: Manchester Art Gallery takes down Waterhouse painting | Art world figures sign open letter in support of Laura Raicovich | and Iran court sentences art dealer to 27 years in prison

1 Feb 2018

Serpentine Pavilion to launch in Beijing

Plus: Ancient Syrian temple damaged by air strikes | Minnesota Museum of American Art commences major expansion project | and Lacma’s expansion plans approved by LA council

31 Jan 2018
Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, who will curate the first edition of the Oslo Biennial, set to launch in 2019.

Oslo to launch new art biennial in 2019

Plus: Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich resigns | Ghent museum closes Russian art exhibition | and UK government places export bar on Turner painting

30 Jan 2018

Art Jameel centre for contemporary art to launch in Saudi Arabia

Plus: Pace to open new space in Geneva | Robert Pincus-Witten (1935–2018) | Digital art museum to open in Tokyo | and recommended reading

29 Jan 2018

African American history museum wins top Design Museum prize

Plus: João Ribas appointed director of Portugal’s Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art | Trump offered functioning gold toilet instead of Van Gogh painting | Museum devoted to disputed islands opens in Tokyo | and recommended reading

26 Jan 2018

Delaware Art Museum to receive $15 million gift

Plus: Maggie Appleton elected new president of Museums Association | Christo sculpture set for installation in Hyde Park | Prospect New Orleans names Nick Stillman executive director | and Dutch Museum removes bust copy of its founder

25 Jan 2018
South Korea's former minister of culture Cho Yoon-Sun, in 2016.

South Korea’s ex-culture minister jailed over artist blacklist

Plus: Simon Baker appointed director of the Maison Européene de la Photographie | LACMA plans to open satellites in South LA | Westminster rejects revised plans for Margaret Thatcher statue | and Brian O’Doherty to receive Freedom of Roscommon

24 Jan 2018