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Former British Museum director Hartwig Fischer to head new museum in Saudi Arabia

Plus: the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundations get a new president, and a 4,000-year-old temple and theatre complex is unearthed in northern Peru

12 Jul 2024

The Labour Party has won the UK general election – and Lisa Nandy is the new culture secretary

Plus: Documenta appoints new search committee for an artist director | Jacqueline de Jong (1939–2024)

5 Jul 2024

Bührle Collection’s provenance research found inadequate by highly critical report

Plus: Eike Schmidt loses bid to become mayor of Florence; and US Supreme Court reverses a ruling that protected Sackler family from civil lawsuits

28 Jun 2024

The week in art news – Just Stop Oil protestors spray powder on Stonehenge

Plus: Matthew Teitelbaum, director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, is stepping down; and the art dealer Barbara Gladstone has died

21 Jun 2024

Greece welcomes Turkish rejection of Lord Elgin’s right to remove Parthenon marbles

Plus: Dealers Robilant+Voena hit by employee lawsuit, and French Fluxus artist Ben Vautier has died at the age of 88

9 Jun 2024

United States returns hundreds of looted antiquities to Italy

Plus: the classical archaeologist and art historian John Boardman has died at the age of 96

2 Jun 2024

Kehinde Wiley denies allegations of sexual assault

Plus: the Manhattan District Attorney returns 133 antiquities to Pakistan | and Brooke Lampley, global chairman and head of global fine art at Sotheby’s, is moving to Gagosian

24 May 2024

The week in art news – Christie’s New York sales hold up despite cyber-attack

Plus: Vatican Museums employees bring legal action over working conditions, and the film-maker Mohammad Rasoulof has been smuggled out of Iran

19 May 2024

Gustave Courbet’s ‘L’origine du monde’ spray-painted with the slogan ‘MeToo’

Plus: two Just Stop Oil protestors in their eighties attempt to break the glass protecting the Magna Carta, and 3,000-year-old gold jewellery has been stolen from Ely Museum

10 May 2024

European Court of Human Rights upholds Italy’s claim to Getty’s Greek bronze

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Italy can reclaim an ancient Greek statue currently in the…

3 May 2024

Pompidou Centre’s economic model unsustainable, says French audit authority

The Pompidou Centre’s economic model is unsustainable, according to France’s Court of Accounts. The auditing authority published its report, covering…

28 Apr 2024

Israeli artist and curators close pavilion at Venice Biennale

Plus: the historic Copenhagen stock exchange building has been devastated by a fire

21 Apr 2024

Former Uffizi director Eike Schmidt runs for mayor of Florence

Plus: Christie’s withdraws four Greek vases from auction and strike at National Museums Liverpool is set to continue

14 Apr 2024

The week in art news – Marlborough Gallery to close after nearly 80 years

Plus: Endeavor, the owner of Frieze, goes private for $13bn; and Kim Conaty is the Whitney’s new chief curator

5 Apr 2024

Nicholas Cullinan appointed director of the British Museum

The director of the National Portrait Gallery will take up his post at the troubled museum in the summer

28 Mar 2024

The week in art news – the Met hires its first head of provenance

Plus: Denver Art Museum returns 11 more artefacts to Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam and some Damien Hirst sculptures may be more recently made than they seem

22 Mar 2024

Germany to replace advisory panel for Nazi-looted art with binding arbitration

Plus: Met employees and volunteers call for the museum to defend Palestinian cultural heritage, and Russian security forces raid artists’s homes before the presidential elections

17 Mar 2024

French court finds Guy Wildenstein guilty of money laundering and tax fraud

Plus: tax relief for museums and galleries in the UK is made permanent, and Lucas Samaras (1936–2024)

10 Mar 2024

The week in art news – a looted Ethiopian shield is withdrawn from auction

Plus: The Palestinian artist Fathi Ghaben has died after being unable to leave Gaza for medical treatment

2 Mar 2024

The week in art news – Birmingham Council to axe entire arts budget by 2026

Plus: The V&A gets another chance to keep its 12th-century walrus ivory carving

23 Feb 2024

Arts Council England retreats after freedom of expression row

Plus: Mick Moon (1937–2024), and a round-up of the week’s most important museum appointments

18 Feb 2024

Courtney J. Martin to leave Yale for the Rauschenberg Foundation

Plus: a 2,000-year-old papyrus scroll has been decoded and the CEO of Bonhams has resigned

9 Feb 2024

The week in art news – man dies after falling from Tate Modern

Plus: Rubin Museum to sell its building and move to touring model | Pompidou staff settle three-month strike and claim victory

4 Feb 2024

The week in art news – Carl Andre (1935–2024)

Plus: V&A and British Museum lend Asante regalia to Ghana for the first time | Temple to Ram inaugurated on site of Mughal-era mosque in Ayodhya

28 Jan 2024