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Hartwig Fischer to step down as director of the British Museum

Plus: Russian missiles have damaged Odesa Cathedral and Joop Sanders (1921–2023)

30 Jul 2023
Photo: Mößbauer/Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

The week in art news – arrests made in connection with Celtic coin heist

Plus: two looted sculptures returned to Libya, the Dutch national photography museum to receive a new home, and the rest of the week’s top stories

21 Jul 2023

The week in art news – Frieze buys the Armory Show and Expo Chicago

Plus: a Pistoletto sculpture has been destroyed in a suspected arson attack and Simon Lee Gallery has been placed under administration

14 Jul 2023

Institutions cut ties with David Adjaye after sexual misconduct allegations

Plus: report outlines destruction of cultural property in Sudan and Michael Kauffmann (1931–2023)

9 Jul 2023

France passes law allowing museums to return Nazi-looted art

Plus: French artist Claude Lévêque is charged with rape and the Hermitage Amsterdam is changing its name

30 Jun 2023

Douglas Latchford estate forfeits $12m to settle looted antiquities case

Plus: Austrian government proposes new restitution laws and the rest of the week’s top stories

23 Jun 2023
Flags flying out unesco headquarters

The week in art news – United States to rejoin UNESCO in July

Plus: climate activists smear paint on a Monet, Maurizio Cattelan’s banana wins a lawsuit, and the rest of the week’s top stories

16 Jun 2023

Dam collapse has flooded the house of the Ukrainian artist Polina Rayko

Plus: Françoise Gilot (1921–2023), and the rest of the week’s top stories

9 Jun 2023

The week in art news – Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev to retire

Plus: Kenneth Anger (1927–2023), UK government plans to extend ivory ban, and the rest of the week’s top stories

26 May 2023

The week in art news – Supreme Court rules against Warhol Foundation in copyright lawsuit

Plus: five men sentenced for Dresden jewellery heist, Lisa Schiff reportedly shuts up shop after lawsuit, and the rest of the week’s top stories

19 May 2023
painted terracotta pots

After a series of scandals, the Met hires an in-house provenance team

Plus: the Centre Pompidou in Paris will close for five years, from 2025–2030, and Samuel Fosso wins the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

12 May 2023

The week in art news – UNESCO calls for greater protections for artists

Plus: boycott at Kiasma in Helsinki comes to an end, and the rest of the week’s top stories

7 May 2023
Michel Draguet, director of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts,

Director of Brussel’s Royal Museums of Fine Arts resigns after staff allegations

France releases its restitution report and this year’s Turner Prize shortlist has been announced

28 Apr 2023

The week in art news – Texan princess evicted from 16th-century Roman villa

Plus: photographer turns down Sony prize after winning with AI-generated image and Artcurial expands into Switzerland

23 Apr 2023

The week in art news – National Portrait Gallery and Getty agree to buy Reynolds’ Portrait of Mai

Plus: collector Myriam Ullens killed outside her home and Berlin’s Pergamon Museum to close completely for three and a half years

31 Mar 2023

The week in art news – Met’s antiquities come under closer scrutiny

Plus: Bordeaux town hall set on fire in French pension protests and Hispanic Society workers to strike indefinitely

24 Mar 2023
Whitechapel Gallery

The week in art news – Whitechapel Gallery lays off senior curators

Plus: Phyllida Barlow (1944–2023), investigators link 77 Indian antiquities in the Met to smuggler Subhash Kapoor, and the rest of the week’s top stories

17 Mar 2023

The week in art news – Adam Weinberg to step down as Whitney director

Plus: Rafael Viñoly (1944–2023), David Chipperfield wins the Pritzker, and more art news

12 Mar 2023
Aerial view of the Pavilions and Michael Heizer’s Compression Line (1968/2016).

The week in art news – Glenstone museum receives donation of $1.9bn

Plus: Ron’s Place saved at the eleventh hour, Peter Weibel (1944–2023), and the rest of the week’s top stories

3 Mar 2023

Joan Mitchell Foundation sends cease-and-desist to Louis Vuitton

Plus: a Spanish collector has been sentenced to prison for forging artworks and the Tate Modern has announced the next artist for the Turbine Hall commission

24 Feb 2023
Gaziantep Castle destruction

The week in art news – heritage sites destroyed by earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

Plus: a shake-up at DCMS, strengthening cultural ties between France and Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the week’s art news

10 Feb 2023

The week in art news – flat owners overlooked by Tate Modern win privacy case

Plus: UNESCO puts Odesa on its list of endangered sites and the fashion designer Paco Rabanne has died at the age of 88

3 Feb 2023

The week in art news – John Akomfrah to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Plus: archaeological artefacts returned to Italy from the United States, and Edinburgh landmark damaged by fire

27 Jan 2023

The week in art news – Peter Doig awarded $2.5m in dispute over painting he didn’t paint

Plus: three defendants confess to involvement in Green Vault jewel theft and House of Lords reports lambasts UK government’s treatment of the arts

20 Jan 2023