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The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Rockwell family drops challenge to Berkshire Museum sale

Plus: Prussian Cultural Foundation calls for guidelines on restitution of colonial objects | Long-lost Klimt drawing rediscovered | West Virginia resident admits to fraud in connection with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft | and recommended reading

16 Feb 2018
The Switch House, now named The Blavatnik Building, at Tate Modern,Photo: © Iwan Baan

Report urges increased UK government funding to museums

Plus: Investigation criticises conduct of Queens Museum ex-director | Aaron I. Fleischman endows curatorial position at the Met | Jef Geys (1934–2018) | and Hirshhorn postpones projection following Florida shooting

15 Feb 2018
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Museum still faces legal challenge to deaccessioning plans

Plus: France returns three Joachim Patinir paintings to heirs of dispossessed Jewish collectors | NADA takes in 16 new members | Feitler family donates $5m to Smart Museum of Art | and Met’s Michelangelo show attracts more than 700,000 visitors

14 Feb 2018
US President Donald Trump has proposed cutting funding to the NEA and NEH - again.

NEA and NEH under threat again in proposed 2019 US budget

Plus: Italian extreme-right party attacks Turin museum’s discount for Arabic speakers | Leni Riefenstahl estate donated to Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation | and grafitti artists awarded $6.7 million after works are destroyed

13 Feb 2018
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Museum strikes agreement over proposed sale

Plus: Grand Palais to close for renovations from December 2020 | Kawamura Museum of Art announces plan to sell holdings | Harry ‘Hunk’ Anderson (1922–2018) | and recommended reading

12 Feb 2018
Ines Katzenstein

Inés Katzenstein to be first director of Cisneros Institute at MoMA

Plus: UK government promises crackdown on unpaid arts internships | Frida Escobedo to design this year’s Serpentine pavilion | and recommended reading

9 Feb 2018
Elizabeth Alexander, speaking at the White House at an event in 2015.

Elizabeth Alexander named president of Mellon Foundation

Plus: Picasso’s Actor will stay in Met museum collection | Export bar placed on album of Julia Margaret Cameron photographs | Amy Sherald wins 2018 David C. Driskell Prize | and initial designs for £1.6bn Stonehenge tunnel released

8 Feb 2018
The Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection to open new exhibition space in June

Plus: Simon Schama leads call to save Europe’s historic synagogues | Tate awarded historic research grant from Andrew Mellon Foundation | Selldorf Architects to spearhead reinstallation of collection at the High Museum of Art | and Catherine Hutin-Blay plans new Picasso museum in Provence

7 Feb 2018
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Berkshire Museum and attorney general take dispute to Supreme Court

Plus: Ivory trade investigator found murdered in Nairobi | Mark Grotjahn declines MOCA honour | Halifax removes statue of colonial founder | Brett Littman named director of Noguchi Museum | and recommended reading

6 Feb 2018
Hylas and the Nymphs, (1896), John William Waterhouse.

Waterhouse painting back on display in Manchester

Plus: Stonehenge tunnel could damage site of archaeological interest | Anglo-Saxon artefacts stolen in raid on charity | and recommended reading

5 Feb 2018
Ronald Lauder at the Kunsthaus Zurich in 2016, MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images

Ronald Lauder criticises Germany’s restitution efforts

Plus: Met appoints Huma Bhabha for its summer roof-garden commission | LACMA’s Japanese art pavilion closes for two-year renovation | Yellowstone Art Museum names Brian W. Knicely executive director | and recommended reading

2 Feb 2018
National Gallery mosaic, National Portrait Gallery, NPG, entrance of National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery appoints Jamie Fobert for £35.5m refurbishment

Plus: Manchester Art Gallery takes down Waterhouse painting | Art world figures sign open letter in support of Laura Raicovich | and Iran court sentences art dealer to 27 years in prison

1 Feb 2018

Serpentine Pavilion to launch in Beijing

Plus: Ancient Syrian temple damaged by air strikes | Minnesota Museum of American Art commences major expansion project | and Lacma’s expansion plans approved by LA council

31 Jan 2018
Eva González-Sancho and Per Gunnar Eeg-Tverbakk, who will curate the first edition of the Oslo Biennial, set to launch in 2019.

Oslo to launch new art biennial in 2019

Plus: Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich resigns | Ghent museum closes Russian art exhibition | and UK government places export bar on Turner painting

30 Jan 2018

Art Jameel centre for contemporary art to launch in Saudi Arabia

Plus: Pace to open new space in Geneva | Robert Pincus-Witten (1935–2018) | Digital art museum to open in Tokyo | and recommended reading

29 Jan 2018

African American history museum wins top Design Museum prize

Plus: João Ribas appointed director of Portugal’s Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art | Trump offered functioning gold toilet instead of Van Gogh painting | Museum devoted to disputed islands opens in Tokyo | and recommended reading

26 Jan 2018

Delaware Art Museum to receive $15 million gift

Plus: Maggie Appleton elected new president of Museums Association | Christo sculpture set for installation in Hyde Park | Prospect New Orleans names Nick Stillman executive director | and Dutch Museum removes bust copy of its founder

25 Jan 2018
South Korea's former minister of culture Cho Yoon-Sun, in 2016.

South Korea’s ex-culture minister jailed over artist blacklist

Plus: Simon Baker appointed director of the Maison Européene de la Photographie | LACMA plans to open satellites in South LA | Westminster rejects revised plans for Margaret Thatcher statue | and Brian O’Doherty to receive Freedom of Roscommon

24 Jan 2018

French cultural figures condemn Jeff Koons’ planned Paris memorial

Plus: Berlin museums return eleven works to Jewish collector’s heirs | William B. Jordan (1940–2018) | Zuza Golińska wins inaugural ArtePrize 2017 | and Jakarta maritime museum reopens

23 Jan 2018
Jack Whitten photographed in his studio in 2015.

Jack Whitten (1939–2018)

Plus: Stedelijk Museum cancels Ettore Sottsass exhibition | Sotheby’s to auction Titian painting sold to Charles I’s plumber | TEFAF cancels annual art-market report | and recommended reading

22 Jan 2018
Ed Moses in Los Angeles in 2014, Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Art of Elysium

Ed Moses (1926–2018)

Plus: Report recommends transforming Toronto’s Old City Hall into museum | Frank Lloyd Wright building destroyed in Montana | Hamburg museum pulls Bruce Weber retrospective | Dennis Oppenheim sculpture destroyed in Busan | and recommended reading

19 Jan 2018
Jude Kelly, artistic director of the Southbank Centre and founder of Women of the World Festival (WOW), at the US launch of WOW on 19 March 2015 in Washington, DC.

Southbank Centre’s artistic director Jude Kelly to step down

Plus: Claire and James Hyman gift 125 photographs to Yale Center for British Art |  Anish Kapoor donates $1m prize money to refugee charities | Anderson Ranch Arts Center director steps down | and Jonny Yarker becomes named partner of Lowell Libson gallery

18 Jan 2018
A detail from the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the death of King Harold

Historic loan could allow Bayeux Tapestry to travel to UK

Plus: Leeds to host ‘Year of Culture’ celebrations despite exclusion from European programme | Aquitaine town demands restitution of bust from the Met | and Joseph Seipel named interim director of Richmond’s Institute for Contemporary Art

17 Jan 2018
Indonesian firefighters working to extinguish a fire inside the 17th-century Dutch colonial building maritime museum in Jakarta on 16 January 2018.

Fire breaks out at maritime museum in Jakarta

Plus: Two new drawings confirmed as by Van Gogh | Markus Lüpertz sculpture stolen from Düsseldorf foundry | and Simon de Pury wins suit for $10m Gaugin painting commission

16 Jan 2018