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The week in art news – lights out early at the Louvre

Plus: Dimitrios Pandermalis (1940–2022) | and the Prado investigates its holdings for works seized during the Spanish Civil War

23 Sep 2022
The Queen standing before Royal Family, by Franz Winterhalter, in 1953. Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II (1926–2022)

The United Kingdom’s longest-serving monarch served as patron of numerous arts organisations

9 Sep 2022
Photograph from an exhibition of the Guelph Treasure in Berlin in 2015.

US court dismisses Guelph Treasure lawsuit

Plus: antiquities trafficking investigation extends to Germany and dealer Johann König accused of sexual misconduct

2 Sep 2022
Courtesy ICOM

The week in art news – ICOM agrees on what a museum is

Plus: US Museums must include salaries in job adverts | the interim director of the Orlando Museum resigns after just a month

26 Aug 2022
, from the group known as Orpheus and the Sirens (350–300 BC), southern Italy.

The week in art news – Getty to return illegally excavated Orpheus sculptures to Italy

Plus: an arrest warrant is out for the antiquities dealer Georges Lofti, and the Tate has settled a discrimination case brought by three artists for a six-figure sum

12 Aug 2022
Max Hollein, president and soon-to-be CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The week in art news – Met director Max Hollein to take on chief executive role as well

Plus: new appointments at the National Gallery of Ireland and RIBA | Design Miami Paris cancelled amid security fears | Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan museum | Oxford and Cambridge universities agree to give back Benin Bronzes

5 Aug 2022
Not falling any time soon: plaque dedicated to Cecil Rhodes in King Edward Street, adjacent to Oriel College, Oxford.

The week in art news – Cecil Rhodes plaque in Oxford gets listed status

Plus: Long-running dispute between Dmitry Rybolovlev and Yves Bouvier enters new phase and British geologist’s conviction for smuggling antiquities overturned

29 Jul 2022
Pop artist Claes Oldenburg with one of his works, an outsize tube of toothpaste on display in the Dusseldorf Kunsthalle, West Germany.

The week in art news – Claes Oldenburg (1929–2022)

Plus: Documenta director resigns in anti-Semitism row, Italian authorities stop Artemisia sale in Vienna and New York DA’s office returns 142 artefacts to Italy

22 Jul 2022
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, London, designed by Charles Harrison Townsend and constructed in 1898–1901.

The week in art news – Horniman Museum wins Art Fund Museum of the Year prize

Plus: Richard Armstrong to step down as director of Guggenheim in New York | Matthew Hargraves appointed director of the Wadsworth Atheneum | hidden Van Gogh self-portrait found by X-ray | and three Modigliani sketches found under a painting

15 Jul 2022
Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, and Pace Gallery. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio.

The week in art news – Sam Gilliam (1933–2022)

Plus: Daniel H. Weiss is stepping down as president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

1 Jul 2022
Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Vancouver Island

The week in art news – plan to demolish and rebuild Royal British Columbia Museum scrapped

Plus: Documenta removes artwork at centre of anti-Semitism allegations | Marble head of Hercules found in wreck off Greek island | and a round-up of recent museum appointments and art-world moves

24 Jun 2022
The Dionysos pediment from the Parthenon marbles at the British Museum.

British Museum chair George Osborne says ‘deal’ can be done over Parthenon Marbles

Plus: Smithsonian board votes to return 29 Benin Bronzes | UK places a temporary export bar on £19m Poussin painting | Marina Lambraki-Plaka, the director of the National Gallery in Athens, has died at the age of 83

17 Jun 2022
Paula Rego, photographed in 2021. Photo: © Nick Willing

The week in art news – Paula Rego (1935–2022)

Plus: the Tate is returning Barry Joule’s Francis Bacon archive | the Ivory Act has now come into effect in the UK | Sasha Suda has been appointed director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art | and a new contemporary art fair is coming to Tokyo

8 Jun 2022
Jean Luc-Martinez at the Louvre Abu Dhabi in December 2017.

The week in art news – former head of the Louvre investigated for money laundering and organised fraud

Plus: Inigo Philbrick sentenced to seven years in prison | Rima Abdul Malak appointed French culture minister | Randall Griffey appointed head curator at Smithsonian American Art Museum | Italian police find lost Titian

27 May 2022
Sotheby’s Oliver Barker fields bids during the second Macklowe collection sale on 16 May 2022. Courtesy Sotheby's.

The week in art news – Macklowe collection sells for record-breaking $922m

Plus: Angus Grossart has died at the age of 85 | Brazilian curator resigns amid MASP controversy | Protest takes place outside the Whitney | Ukrainian soldiers discover ancient artefacts in Odessa

20 May 2022
Courtesy the Courtauld

The week in art news – Deborah Swallow to retire as director of the Courtauld Institute

Plus: Ukraine demolishes statue symbolising friendship with Russia | Winners of competition to renew the Barbican Centre announced | Painting by Diego Rivera among assets seized from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska

29 Apr 2022

The week in art news – Turner Prize shortlist announced

Plus: Jessica Bell Brown named head of contemporary art at Baltimore Museum of Art | Kim McAleese appointed director of Edinburgh Art Festival | Francis Hine paintings discovered in dumpster to go on show

14 Apr 2022
Photo © Samuel Stuart Hollenshead, courtesy New York University

The week in art news – Getty Trust appoints Katherine Fleming as president

Plus: Charles Darwin’s stolen notebooks returned to Cambridge University | Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego reopens | Finland seizes art shipments from Russia worth €42m

8 Apr 2022
Andy Warhol photographed in 1973.

US Supreme Court to rule on dispute over Warhol’s use of Prince photograph

Plus: The Met returns looted statues to Libya | Ashton Hawkins (1937–2022) | Delfina Entrecanales (1927–2022) | Qatar to build three new museums in Doha

1 Apr 2022
destroyed buildings in Mariupol city

The week in art news – Mariupol art school bombed with civilians sheltering inside

Plus: Bonhams acquires Danish auction house Bruun Rasmussen | Budi Tek (1957–2022) | Planning permission granted for Madison Square Garden Sphere in east London

25 Mar 2022
Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP via Getty Images)

The week in art news – France launches emergency fund for Ukrainian artists

Plus: Museums review security protocols after recent  MoMA stabbings | Francis Kéré wins Pritzker Architecture Prize | Frida Escobedo to design Met’s Modern and Contemporary wing | and parliamentary report calls UK’s £120 ‘Festival of Brexit’ a waste of public money

18 Mar 2022

The week in art news – Ukrainians try to safeguard cultural heritage

Plus: Raphael from the Hermitage no longer to travel to National Gallery | Smithsonian in talks to return Benin Bronzes | and Dayanita Singh wins Hasselblad Prize

13 Mar 2022

The week in art news – Unesco voices concern for Ukrainian heritage sites

Plus: Hermitage Museum in Amsterdam cuts ties with St Petersburg | Shirley Hughes (1927–2022) | Museum ethics committee condemns proposed removal of Whitworth director

6 Mar 2022

The week in art news – Ukrainian museums try to protect their collections

Ukraine’s museums try to protect their collections | director of the Whitworth Art Gallery said to have been asked to resign | Neolithic site uncovered in Jordan | Weltmuseum’s audio guide hacked by activists

27 Feb 2022