US President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach Florida, on 3 January, 2020.

Trump backs away from military confrontation with Iran

Plus: Saudi Ministry of Culture launches first artist residency | and Joyce Foundation announces 2020 recipients of $50,000 award

8 Jan 2020
Photo: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Activists in Berlin attack controversial Holocaust memorial

Plus: Foundation for Contemporary Arts announces inaugural Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting | and cemetery of high-status Romans discovered in Somerset

7 Jan 2020
US President Donald Trump makes a statement on Iran at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach Florida, on 3 January, 2020.

International organisations condemn Trump’s threat to target Iranian cultural sites

Plus: John Baldessari (1931–2020) | National Gallery of Australia closes due to bushfire smoke | British Museum acquires export-barred Pahari painting | and recommended reading

6 Jan 2020

Lawrence Abu Hamdan receives 2022 Future Fields Commission

Plus: Russian collectors in Belgium arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering | Cheung Yee (1936–2019)

3 Jan 2020
Alasdair Gray (1934–2019).

Alasdair Gray (1934–2019)

Plus: Art-world figures recognised in New Year’s Honours list | Picasso painting of Dora Maar defaced at Tate Modern | and authenticity of dozens of Goya paintings called into question

2 Jan 2020
Syd’s coffee stall in 2019.

Syd’s coffee stall heads to the Museum of London after 100 years on the street

Plus: Artgenève to expand with two new Moscow fairs | and Thomas Hart Benton heirs sue Kansas City bank for estate mismanagement

20 Dec 2019
The Adoration of the Shepherds (detail; c. 1654), Rembrandt.

Ulster Museum is first in Northern Ireland to acquire works by Rembrandt

Plus: Eric Shiner to direct Pioneer Works in Brooklyn | and Mellon Foundation cancels $1.5m grant to North Carolina university over plans for Confederate monument

19 Dec 2019
The Finding of Moses (detail; early 1630s), Orazio Gentileschi.

National Gallery reaches £22m target to buy Orazio Gentileschi painting

Plus: archaeologists discover two 3,500-year-old ancient Greek tombs | Aliph announces $10m in grants for 20 heritage conservation projects | and Art Basel Hong Kong offers discounts and flexibility to participating dealers as the city’s protests continue

18 Dec 2019
UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan arrives at Downing Street on 16 October 2019.

Nicky Morgan to remain as UK culture secretary

Plus: French culture minister promises to return 26 artefacts to Benin by 2021 | and shortlist announced for Margaret Tait Award

17 Dec 2019
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