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
The exterior of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, photographed in 2010.

Chiara Parisi to direct Centre Pompidou-Metz

Plus: Iraq’s pavilion at Venice Biennale closes in solidarity with youth protests | Gillian Jagger (1930-2019) | and Creative United release Future of the Art Market report 

12 Nov 2019
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, photographed in 2011.

National Galleries Scotland will no longer host BP Portrait Award

Plus: National Gallery in London launches fundraising appeal to buy Orazio Gentileschi painting | Arts Council England criticised for leaving Paolozzi sculpture at building site | and Sotheby’s Prize goes to two Brazilian exhibitions of Indigenous art

11 Nov 2019

Gus Casely-Hayford appointed first director of V&A East

Plus: Los Angeles police recover $800,000 of stolen lithographs | first archaeological evidence of prehistoric hunting traps discovered in Mexico | Sally Dixon (1932–2019) | and recommended reading

9 Nov 2019
Édouard Manet, Stürmische See (Ships at Sea in Stormy Weather, 1873)

Kunstmuseum Bern to sell Manet painting from Gurlitt Hoard for $4m

Plus: Marciano Art Foundation says it has ‘no present plans to reopen’ | Japanese embassy removes support for Vienna exhibition | former Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf heads to Moscow’s Garage Museum | and Victor Obsatz (1925–2019)

7 Nov 2019

High court rejects bid to overturn ban on ivory trading

Plus: Pat Martin named as winner of Taylor Wessing prize | Marciano Art Foundation lays off 60 staff members amid workers’ attempts to unionise | and editor-in-chief of British Vogue to present Turner Prize 2019 in Margate

6 Nov 2019
The entrance to the National Portrait Gallery, London in summer 2018.

National Portrait Gallery in London to close for three years during refurbishment

Plus: UK government invests £10m in Cultural Protection Fund | Gallerists Graham Southern and Harry Blain end partnership | and Royal West of England Academy announces funding boost

5 Nov 2019
The Prince of Wales

Prince Charles’s charitable foundation returns loan of paintings that may contain forgeries

Plus: Los Angeles County Museum of Art receives $4.6m funding boost at annual gala | and Monika Baer and Natascha Sadr Haghighian receive Hannah Höch awards

4 Nov 2019
Tom Finkelpearl, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner attends Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum's ribbon cutting opening ceremony at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on December 12, 2014 in New York City.

New York commissioner for cultural affairs announces surprise resignation

Plus: Italian Old Master forger appeals against arrest warrant and transfer to French courts | David Rubenstein donates $10m to build Jefferson Memorial Museum | and recommended reading

1 Nov 2019
Doris Salcedo.

Doris Salcedo wins inaugural $1m Nomura Art Award

Plus: Fire destroys World Heritage Site of Shuri Castle in Japan | Phil Collins withdraws from MoMA PS1 show in support of prison divestment campaign | and Sandra Jackson-Dumont to direct Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

31 Oct 2019
Protestors in Santiago on 29 October 2019.

Contemporary Art Fair of Chile rescheduled after violent protests in Santiago

Plus: Pakistani authorities criticised for removing works addressing police brutality from Karachi Biennial | London’s Parasol Unit closes | and Getty Center closes following California wildfires

30 Oct 2019
The Getty Center.

‘Fire-proof’ Getty Center resists California wildfires

Plus: World Monument Fund announces 25 endangered sites

29 Oct 2019
The Mocking of Christ (detail; c. 1280), Cimabue.

Cimabue painting found in kitchen sells for €24m at auction

Plus: Sotheby’s appoints Charles F. Stewart as chief executive officer | Ancient cave paintings attributed to Neanderthals may have been misdated | Hugo Crosthwaite wins National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.’s triennial portrait prize

28 Oct 2019