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The week in art news – Amnesty report points to massacre in Ethiopian town of Axum

Plus: Swiss museums reopen next week, while UK museums must wait until May | Experts confirm message on The Scream is by Munch | and National Gallery in London and Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin update Hugh Lane bequest deal

26 Feb 2021
The Scream (detail; 1893), Edvard Munch.

Experts confirm Edvard Munch wrote secret message on The Scream

Experts have confirmed that the writing on The Scream is in Munch’s handwriting

22 Feb 2021

The week in art news – head of Indianapolis Museum of Art resigns after controversial job ad

Plus: National Gallery in London launches design competition to rethink Sainsbury Wing | Guggenheim Museum reaches deal with unionised workers | Cy Twombly Foundation rages against the Louvre | and Dolly Parton asks not to be put on a pedestal

19 Feb 2021
Mayor Louis Aliot at the Hyacinthe Rigaud Museum, Perpignan, on 9 February.

The week in art news – far-right French mayor reopens museums in defiance of Covid shutdown

Plus: Getty Trust launches $38.5m LA arts recovery fund | Neal Benezra to depart as head of SFMOMA | Mayor of London announces members of diversity commission | CEO of Royal British Columbia Museum resigns after investigation into racism

12 Feb 2021
Photograph from an exhibition of the Guelph Treasure in Berlin in 2015.

The week in art news – US Supreme Court rules for Germany in Guelph Treasure case

Plus: Germany announces a second €1bn bailout for culture | Dutch government agrees to return all stolen objects to former colonies | and French museums press for reopening

5 Feb 2021

The week in art news – Botticelli painting sells for $92m at auction

Plus: Centre Pompidou to close for three years of renovations | TEFAF Maastricht postponed to September | City of Bruges to build major new exhibition space

29 Jan 2021
All the fun of this year’s fair has been postponed from June to September.

The week in art news – Art Basel postponed to September

Plus: Bozar damaged by fire | and City of London to remove statues with slavery links

22 Jan 2021
Photo: Maxime Aubert/Griffith Center for Social Science and Cultural Research

The week in art news – world’s oldest animal painting found in Indonesia

Plus: Smithsonian scales back $2bn redevelopment plan | Naomi Beckwith appointed deputy director and chief curator of Guggenheim | and Champs-Élysées to be turned into ‘extraordinary garden’

15 Jan 2021
The Indian parliament building (Sansad Bhavan), designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1912–13, in New Delhi.

The week in art news – Indian Supreme Court approves plans for new parliament complex

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India dismissed objections to the construction of a new parliament complex in New Delhi. The plans, announced…

8 Jan 2021

Bill restituting artefacts to Benin and Senegal passes into French law

The French parliament has finalised the restitution of 26 artefacts to the Republic of Benin and one to Senegal. Speaking…

18 Dec 2020
A view of the National Mall and the United States Capitol from the top of the Washington Monument

The week in art news – lone US senator blocks bills to create national Latino and women’s museums

Plus: Dutch Restitutions Commission criticised for lack of empathy and transparency | US Supreme Court hears oral arguments in Guelph Treasure case | and Tate ethics committee deems Rex Whistler restaurant mural offensive

11 Dec 2020
Demonstrators protesting against job losses at the Tate in July 2020.

The week in art news – Tate to cut 120 gallery jobs to reduce losses

Plus: Irina Antonova (1922–2020) | MCH Group approves investment from James Murdoch’s firm | letter calls for Philip Johnson’s name to be removed from public institutions

4 Dec 2020
Manchester Art Gallery will not reopen on 2 December after the national lockdown in England ends.

The week in art news – continuing restrictions mean a patchy reopening for European museums

Plus: The chair of the Dutch committee on Nazi-looted art has resigned | Staff at the MFA Boston vote to unionise | and the director of the Liverpool Biennial steps down after differences with the board

27 Nov 2020
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center in Washington, D.C., with the Washington Monument and National Mall in the background.

The week in art news – Smithsonian and other US museums close amid Covid surge

Plus: Art Fund launches £1m crowdfunding campaign | Royal Opera House chair David Ross is confirmed as Hockney buyer | Sheldon Solow (1928–2020)

20 Nov 2020
Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

The week in art news – controversial road tunnel near Stonehenge gets the go-ahead

Plus: British Museum extends its Endangered Material Knowledge Programme | The Met appoints two co-chairs of its board of trustees | The state of New York is suing Sotheby’s for alleged tax fraud | Aldo Tambellini (1930–2020)

13 Nov 2020
A view of the closed National Gallery in London in June 2020.

The week in art news – museums and galleries in England close in new lockdown

Plus: new dates announced for Philip Guston show | French senate approves restitution of 27 colonial-era artefacts | director of communications at the MNBAQ dies in Quebec City attack | Gagosian director fired after investigation into misconduct

6 Nov 2020
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?

The week in art news – Baltimore Museum of Art pulls works from controversial sale

Plus: Mohamed Melehi (1936–2020) | museums in France close in new national lockdown | Sindika Dokolo (1972–2020) | Art X Lagos postponed

30 Oct 2020
Marian Goodman Gallery’s outpost in Golden Square

The week in art news – Marian Goodman closes London gallery

Plus: Baltimore Museum of Art board chair defends deaccessioning sales | Lost Jacob Lawrence painting found after six decades | Stéphane Aquin appointed director of Montreal Museum of Fine Art | Deana Lawson wins 2020 Hugo Boss Prize

23 Oct 2020
The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The week in art news – museums in Northern Ireland to close for four weeks

Plus: Brooklyn Museum to sell more works from its collection | French museum postpones Genghis Khan show after pressure from China | Art Fund announces Museums of the Year | and Chris Killip (1946–2020)

16 Oct 2020
National Trust

The week in art news – National Trust cuts 1,300 jobs

Plus: Nancy Spector resigns from the Guggenheim | France passes bill to restitute 27 colonial-era artefacts to Benin and Senegal | Baltimore Museum of Art plans to sell three paintings

9 Oct 2020
Courtesy National Museum of African American History and Culture

The week in art news – Kevin Young appointed director of Smithsonian’s African American history museum

Plus: V&A to cut 10 per cent of workforce | RIBA’s Royal Gold Medal goes to David Adjaye | and Clore Duffield Foundation announces £2.5m grants for cultural organisations

2 Oct 2020
Guston in the studio with Painter’s Table (1973).

The week in art news – Philip Guston show postponed to 2024

Plus: Agreement reached in dispute over Robert Indiana’s estate | Two Manhattan antiquities dealers charged with fraud | and ARCO Madrid and London Art Fair postponed

25 Sep 2020
Lucretia (c. 1526–37), Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The week in art news – Brooklyn Museum to sell 12 works at auction

Plus: Royal Academy to cut 40 per cent of staff | FIAC cancels 2020 edition | and Terence Conran (1931–2020)

19 Sep 2020
Jean-Sébastien Jacques, CEO of Rio Tinto Group.

The week in art news – mining company chief resigns after destruction of sacred Australian sites

Plus: The French government announces a €2bn culture fund | DCMS Committee argues for extension to UK furlough scheme | and Tate cuts ties with Anthony d'Offay

11 Sep 2020