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The week in art news – a looted Ethiopian shield is withdrawn from auction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

Iwona Blazwick steps down from the Istanbul Biennial

Plus: art dealer Brent Sikkema found dead in Brazil | Scottish museums face funding crisis

21 Jan 2024

In a surprise appointment, Rachida Dati is the new French culture minister

Plus: artists in Berlin protest against funding requirement to sign anti-Semitism clause | and Freeman’s and Hindman auction houses are to merge

14 Jan 2024

The week in art news – cyber-attack sends US museums offline

Plus: Poland withdraws its Biennale submission | swingeing cuts to UK arts budgets by local councils cuts continue | and Ian Wardropper to retire as Frick director

7 Jan 2024
Uffizi director Eike Schmidt in front of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, at the reopening of the gallery’s room dedicated to the artist in 2016. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Major leadership changes in Italian museums

Plus: the Academy of Arts in Berlin warns against violations of civil liberties in Germany and the Met returns 14 trafficked artefacts to Cambodia and Thailand

20 Dec 2023

British Museum report into thefts recommends reforms – and deputy director Jonathan Williams is leaving

Plus: the new president of Argentina has abolished the ministry of culture | and Notre-Dame is to reopen in December 2024

15 Dec 2023

Russian billionaire and Swiss art dealer finally settle nine-year legal dispute

Plus: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts restitutes 44 antiquities | Jesse Darling wins the Turner Prize | and more art news

10 Dec 2023

The week in art news – entire Documenta selection committee resigns

Plus: Russian artist Aleksandra Skochilenko jailed for seven years for anti-war protest, Joe Tilson (1928–2023), and B.N. Goswamy (1933–2023)

19 Nov 2023