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The week in art news – hundreds of ancient coins stolen from German museum

Plus: Nottingham Castle Trust goes into liquidation | National Gallery of Canada lays off four senior staff members | Kathleen Soriano named new chair of Art UK board

25 Nov 2022
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The week in art news – Larry Gagosian plans for the future

Plus: German government introduces €200 Kulturpass scheme | American couple accused of smuggling in Guatemala | Divya Mehra wins Sobey Award in Canada

18 Nov 2022
Mark Hallett Courtauld

The week in art news – Mark Hallett named director of the Courtauld

Plus: museum directors denounce Just Stop Oil protests | Paul Allen collection sells for more than $1.5bn | Brian O’Doherty (1928–2022) | World’s oldest Canaanite sentence discovered on head-lice comb

11 Nov 2022
The Barbican Arts Centre in London is among the institutions dropped from the Arts Council’s national funding portfolio. Photo: Mike Kemp/In Pictures via Getty Images

The week in art news – Arts Council England announces its national funding portfolio

Plus: Subhash Kapoor sentenced to ten years in prison | National Palace Museum in Taipei admits to breaking objects worth £66m | Fire breaks out at the American Museum of Natural History | Hirshhorn Museum reveals architects for renovation

4 Nov 2022
Frances Morris, photographed in the Tate Modern community garden in 2022. Photo: © Samia Meah

The week in art news – Frances Morris to step down from Tate Modern

Plus: Pierre Soulages (1919–2022) | Marc Spiegler to step down from Art Basel, with Noah Horowitz the fair’s new global director | Arts Council England delays investment announcement | Climate protestors target more museums

28 Oct 2022
Philadelphia Museum of Art

The week in art news – striking Philadelphia Museum of Art workers reach contract agreement

Plus: more looted objects connected to art dealer Subhash Kapoor returned to India | first known map of the night sky thought to have been discovered | Lowry painting acquired by Salford museum | Winner of Marcel Duchamp prize and shortlist for Deutsche Börse prize announced

21 Oct 2022
Photo: Kyrylo Tymoshenko, deputy head of the office of the president of Ukraine

The week in art news – cultural sites in Kyiv damaged by Russian bombardment

Plus: climate protestors arrested at National Gallery | restitution loophole in the new Charities Act likely to be closed | Angus Trumble (1964–2022) | this year’s RIBA Stirling prize announced

14 Oct 2022
The Rosetta Stone in the British Museum

The week in art news – calls for the Rosetta Stone’s return to Egypt grow louder

Plus: the V&A has finally removed the Sackler name from the museum and Chris Dercon is to lead the Fondation Cartier

7 Oct 2022
Photo: Glasgow Life

The week in art news – Glasgow City Council to sell the Kelvingrove

Plus: Museums have realised that the Charities Act of February 2022 has granted them new powers over restitution |  Bard College establishes endowment of $50m for the study of Indigenous art | Phillips teams up with Beijing auction-house Yongle | British art dealer Robert Newland pleads guilty to conspiring with Inigo Philbrick to commit fraud

30 Sep 2022
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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