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Figures released by DCMS indicate a significant drop in UK museum visitor numbers for 2015-16 . Wikimedia Commons

UK museums see significant drop in visitor figures

Plus: Dutch government earmarks nearly €8 million to Holocaust Museum | Paris’s CNAP to relocate to Pantin | Art theft in Johannesburg leaves gallerist ‘baffled’ | and Peter Keller appointed director of ICOM

2 Feb 2017
Italian police are investigating claims that staff at Pompeii deliberately destroyed a section of wall at the site after disputes with management.

Italian police investigate vandalism claims at Pompeii

Plus: Israel reverses decision to join EU arts programme | Spanish police arrest three in connection with Bacon theft | Glafira Rosales will not serve further jail time for Knoedler scandal | and Charles Saatchi to auction works in order to keep gallery free

1 Feb 2017
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has issued a statement perceived as a response to the White House's address on Holocaust Memorial Day. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

US Holocaust Memorial Museum issues statement following White House address

Plus: Co-defendant in art theft trial claims he destroyed stolen masterpieces | Art thief jailed over theft of 18th-century icon from Chester Cathedral | and Art Cologne Prize 2017 goes to Günter Herzog

31 Jan 2017
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

US museums respond to immigration order

Plus: ‘Spider Man’ art thief goes on trial in Paris | Van Gogh’s grave ‘in urgent need of restoration’ | Saloua Raouda Choucair (1916–2017) | David Moss (1945–2017) | and recommended reading

30 Jan 2017
John Akomfrah with artwork Auto Da Fé

John Akomfrah wins Artes Mundi prize

Plus: Shortlisted designs revealed for UK Holocaust memorial | Tania Bruguera withdraws from Bronx Museum show | Hammer Museum announces major expansion and renovation | LACMA acquires Random International’s ‘Rain Room’

27 Jan 2017
The National Trust is launching an international design competition to restore Clandon Park, the 18th century Palladian house that was gutted by fire in 2015

National Trust to launch design competition for Clandon Park

Plus: Christo cancels major art project in protest at Trump | St Isaac’s Cathedral decision provokes outrage in Russia | Perth Museum and Art Gallery to get £10 million revamp | and Gonzalo Casals appointed director of Leslie-Lohman Museum

26 Jan 2017
Visualisation of Gdansk's Museum of the Second World War building designed by Studio Kwadrat

Polish government wins key ruling over Gdansk’s Second World War museum

Plus: North Carolina’s Ackland Art Museum receives $25 million gift | Susan Krane to step down as director of San Jose Museum of Art | and Stephanie Stebich named director of Smithsonian American Art Museum

25 Jan 2017
Smithfield Market, London.

£180 million pledged to Museum of London for planned revamp

Plus: Shortlist for Musée d’Orsay director revealed | Exchange of works between Bronx Museum and Cuba scrapped | Plans founder for proposed Cape Town museum

24 Jan 2017
Former South Korean culture minister Cho Yoon-sun, who was arrested this weekend.

South Korean culture minister arrested in arts blacklist scandal

Europe-wide art trafficking investigation leads to 75 arrests | Florida’s Captiva Island is at severe risk of flooding | ‘El Sexto’ is released from prison in Havana | and recommended reading

23 Jan 2017
16 members of the Presidential Committee on the Arts and Humanities have resigned in protest at Donald Trump's response to the Charlottesville riots

US museums respond to Inauguration Day

Plus: The future of the NEA is in doubt | ISIS destroys more monuments in Palmyra | Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art reopens | Jorge Daniel Veneciano resigns as director of Museum of Arts and Design | Proposals for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth revealed | Paddle 8 parent company files for bankruptcy

20 Jan 2017
Italian military vehicles stand guard in front a Sant'Agostino church in Amatrice on January 19, 2017 after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck the region. The church was severely damaged in a major quake in August 2016. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s Marche region hit by four major earthquakes in one day

Plus: ISIS allegedly moving explosives to Palmyra | National Library of Israel acquires extraordinary collection of Hebrew manuscripts | Artists raise more than $1 million to create protest art for Inauguration Day | and moths damage Joseph Beuys suit in Kassel

19 Jan 2017
Plans for a satellite of Beijing's Palace Museum in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District have prompted substantial controversy.

Plans revealed for controversial museum in Hong Kong

Plus: Work attributed to Parmigianino determined a fake | Investigative report claims Israel Museum director pocketed double salary | Germany to fund Holocaust museum in Thessaloniki | David Gaimster to leave Hunterian | and Saudi Arabia donates €5 million to the Institut du Monde Arabe

18 Jan 2017
Cold weather forces precautionary measures at Pinacoteca di Brera

Cold weather forces precautionary measures at Pinacoteca di Brera

Plus: Maria Balshaw confirmed as Tate director | £4 million in grants awarded to museums and galleries in England | Fionn Meade resigns as Walker Art Center artistic director | Mark Fisher (1968–2017)

17 Jan 2017
The Centre Pompidou remains closed for the 11th day due to an employment dispute.

Pompidou Centre, Eiffel Tower, and Musée de Cluny to undergo major renovations

Plus: Pyotr Pavlensky seeks political asylum in France | City of London revives plans for new concert hall | Donald Trump cancels visit to African American Museum | and recommended reading

16 Jan 2017
Lord Snowdon, pictured in the 1980s.

Lord Snowdon, royal photographer, dies at 86

Plus: Tristram Hunt to take over at V&A | Manchester ‘Factory’ given green light | Tania Bruguera detained in Cuba | and Brice Marden joins Gagosian roster

13 Jan 2017
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The Metropolitan Museum postpones its Chipperfield extension

Plus: Tunnel beneath Stonehenge gets go ahead | Guy Wildenstein cleared of tax fraud | Sarah McCrory to direct new gallery at Goldsmith’s

12 Jan 2017
Maria Balshaw at the Whitworth Gallery in 2015.

Maria Balshaw expected to be appointed director of Tate

Plus: Major changes announced for Rome’s heritage sites | Garden Bridge trustees say costs likely to ‘substantially exceed’ estimate | Los Angeles chosen to host Lucas Museum of Narrative Art | and Japan recalls ambassador to South Korea over ‘comfort woman’ sculpture

11 Jan 2017

Grand Palais to get a makeover from 2020

Plus: Eran Neuman appointed director of Israel Museum | Damien Hirst pulls out of Devon ‘eco-town’ project | Alison Gass to become director of Smart Museum of Art

10 Jan 2017
Donald Trump

Artists call for cultural strike in protest at Trump inauguration

Plus: Franciscans to open new museum in Jerusalem | Jonathan Laib leaves Christie’s for David Zwirner | and recommended reading

9 Jan 2017
The Louvre: a 'difficult' 2016 has seen a significant drop in visitor numbers.

Louvre reports disappointing visitor numbers for 2016

Plus: Saint Louis Art Museum petitioned to halt loan ahead of Trump inauguration | Natural History Museum announces £11 million in energy savings | Live grenade discovered at Tel Aviv museum | and recommended reading

6 Jan 2017
Kirklees council leader David Sheard put forward the idea of selling Francis Bacon's 'Figure Study II' in the council collection late last year

Kirklees Council scraps proposed Francis Bacon sale

Plus: Heritage workers attacked in Iran | Johnny Van Haeften opens gallery in his London home | and Amon Carter Museum of American Art receives $20 million gift

5 Jan 2017
Musée de Montmartre, Paris.

Paris museum group accused of ‘abuse of power’

Plus: Export bar for drawing recently attributed to Leonardo | DIY artists’ studios face eviction after Oakland fire | V&A evacuated in security alert | Artists arrested for protesting air pollution in China

4 Jan 2017
Lady with an Ermine [detail] (c.1489-90), Leonardo da Vinci. Wikimedia Commons

Poland acquires Czartoryski collection for well below market price

Plus: Experts act to secure Florence’s treasures against earthquake damage | Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium director accuses politicians of harassment | George Eastman Museum makes more than 250,000 images available online | Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller (1930–2016)

3 Jan 2017
Barbara Jatta is the new director of the Vatican Museums

Pope appoints new head of Vatican Museums

Plus: Museum accuses Google of profiting from Holocaust denial | Paintings looted in Verona heist return to Italy | and Nancy Wiener accused of selling stolen antiquities

22 Dec 2016