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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
Roundel (c. 1500) attributed to Gian Marco Cavalli. Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Met acquires much-coveted Renaissance roundel for $23m

The second most expensive purchase the Met has ever made is a stunning Italian bronze – and efforts to keep it in the UK have come to nothing

23 Feb 2022
The Africa Museum in Tervuren, outside Brussels.

Belgium hands over full inventory of objects to DRC

Plus: Carmen Herrera (1915–2022) | Mona Saudi (1945–2022) | David Zwirner is latest gallery to announce Los Angeles branch | and National Gallery of Canada creates department for Indigenous ways and decolonisation

20 Feb 2022
The new SFMOMA, view from Yerba Buena Gardens.

The week in art news – SFMOMA appoints Christopher Bedford as director

Christopher Bedford to leave Baltimore Museum of Art to direct SFMOMA | Fine Arts Paris and La Biennale to merge | Jorge Zamanillo appointed director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino | Jonathan Watkins leaves Ikon after nearly 25 years | Bamber Gascoigne (1935–2022) | and Russian guard doodles on $1million painting

13 Feb 2022
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The week in art news – UK government announces ‘levelling-up’ plans

Plus: New York gallery faces lawsuit for refusing to divulge a Rothko’s provenance | Biden reverses Trump’s restrictions on art displayed in federal buildings | Ancient Greek artefacts and ruins unearthed in southern Italy

6 Feb 2022
Grand Palais Paris

The week in art news – Art Basel owner bumps FIAC from its slot with a new Paris fair

Plus: Art Basel Hong Kong postponed to May and France to restitute 15 works looted by the Nazis

30 Jan 2022
TEFAF Maastricht: now coming to you in June. Photo: Loraine Bodewes, courtesy of TEFAF 2015

The week in art news – TEFAF Maastricht moves to June, now jam-packed with fairs

Plus: The Courtauld Institute and Kings College London announce 10-year ‘strategic partnership’ | Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover (1927–2022) | and a round-up of recent museum appointments

21 Jan 2022
The ‘Colston Four’ – Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, speak outside Bristol Crown Court after being found not guilty of criminal damage.

The week in art news – Colston Four cleared of criminal damage

Plus: Iwona Blazwick to step down as director of Whitechapel Gallery | Annick Lemoine appointed new director of Petit Palais | and Bengi Ünsal appointed new director of ICA

6 Jan 2022
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen. Photo: Eye Ubiquitous/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

The week in art news – Danish and Dutch museums close in lockdowns

Plus: TEFAF and Salon du Dessin have been postponed | bell hooks (1952–2021) | and Sally Mann wins Prix Pictet

19 Dec 2021
The Sackler Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on March 28, 2019.

The week in art news – Metropolitan Museum of Art to remove Sackler name from its galleries

Plus: Billionaire collector Michael Steinhardt surrenders 180 looted artefacts | Polish government ends contract of Museum of Lodz’s director | and New York City to give $50m to 1,000 cultural organisations

12 Dec 2021
The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

The week in art news – Austrian museums close in national lockdown

Plus: New German culture minister is Claudia Roth of the Greens | Roman villa complex uncovered in Rutland | and Jasmina Cibic wins 2021 Film London Award

26 Nov 2021
Jimmie Durham at the 58th International Art Biennale in May 2019 in Venice. Photo: Simone Padovani/Awakening/Getty Images

The week in art news – Jimmie Durham (1940–2021)

Plus: Etel Adnan (1925–2021) | Former art dealer Inigo Philbrick pleads guilty to fraud | Oxford University lists 145 looted Benin objects in its collections | and UK government says Parthenon marbles’ return a matter for the British Museum

19 Nov 2021
Aerial view of the Tulip.

The week in art news – UK government rejects ‘Tulip’ skyscraper

Plus: Sylvère Lotringer (1938–2021) | Tudor wall paintings discovered in Yorkshire manor | and National Gallery publishes research on slavery links

12 Nov 2021
Detail of a mid 16th- to 17th-century plaque depicting two members of the Benin Court. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, D.C.

The week in art news – Smithsonian Museum of African Art commits to restituting Benin Bronzes

Plus: Humboldt Forum to remove medallion honouring donor with far-right views | Achim Borchardt-Hume (1965–2021) | Vancouver Art Gallery gets $100m for new building

6 Nov 2021

The week in art news – US returns some 250 stolen antiquities to India

Plus: Dutch court rules for return of Crimean artefacts to Ukraine | UK institutions return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria | and UK budget includes £850m for cultural sector

29 Oct 2021
The Glasgow School of Art, after it was damaged by fire in June 2018.

The week in art news – Glasgow School of Art to be faithfully rebuilt after all

Plus: Pompidou renovations postponed until after Paris Olympics | Festival of Brexit art projects announced | and Ahmanson Foundation partners with the Huntington

22 Oct 2021

The week in art news – Germany and Nigeria sign draft agreement for return of Benin Bronzes

Plus: Atta Kwami (1956–2021) | Biden restores federal protections for Utah desert landmarks | Grafton Architects wins RIBA Stirling Prize | Artist charged with selling Raymond Pettibon forgeries – and New York dealer admits selling fake antiquities

17 Oct 2021
Guildhall in the City of London, photographed in 2014.

The week in art news – City of London to keep statues with slavery links

Plus: Biden nominates chairs of the NEA and NEH and Mark Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum, has died

10 Oct 2021
The Prado in Madrid.

The week in art news – Spanish government finally approves funds for Prado expansion

Plus: Danish museum and artist in dispute over two blank canvases | and New Museum creates $400,000 sculpture prize for women

2 Oct 2021
Firstsite in Colchester.

The week in art news – Firstsite wins Artfund Museum of the Year award

Plus: John Booth appointed chair of the National Gallery in London and more stories

24 Sep 2021
Nadine Dorries at Downing Street on 15 September 2021.

The week in art news – Nadine Dorries appointed UK culture secretary

Plus: Christophe Leribault appointed director of Musée d’Orsay | Hito Steyerl turns down Germany’s highest honour | and Dimitry Rybolovev’s case against Yves Bouvier dismissed

18 Sep 2021
Photo: Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images for Fondazione Prada

The week in art news – Klaus Biesenbach appointed director of Neue Nationalgalerie

Plus: Maqdala objects privately restituted to Ethiopia | Cao Fei wins Deutsche Börse photography prize | and San Francisco to get a new Institute of Contemporary Art

10 Sep 2021
Photo: © Art Basel

Art Basel seeks to reassure nervous exhibitors ahead of fair

Plus: MOCA LA appoints Johanna Burton as its first executive director | Robert E. Lee statue can be removed from Richmond, rules Virginia supreme court | Director of Estonian National Museum becomes President of Estonia

3 Sep 2021