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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
Vincent Van Gogh lost sketchbook

Van Gogh Museum threatened with legal action over contested sketches

Plus:Rijksmuseum acquires major Liotard painting | San Francisco Academy of Art University ordered to pay compensation | Case against Dedalus Foundation dismissed

21 Dec 2016
Andrei Karlov (R), the Russian ambassador to Ankara, gives a speech before being shot by a gunman (unseen) during an art exhibition in Ankara. Photo: UGUR KAVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead at Ankara art gallery

Plus: William B. Jordan donates Velázquez portrait to the Prado | Warsaw Jewish Community sues Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews for alleged copyright violations | and Ragged School Museum receives £4.3 million grant

20 Dec 2016
Lady with an Ermine [detail] (c.1489-90), Leonardo da Vinci. Wikimedia Commons

Poland may acquire Czartoryski family collection

Plus: Permanent home promised for Kochi-Muziris Biennale | Magnus af Petersens named director of Bonniers Konsthall | Zurich’s RaebervonStenglin space to close | and recommended reading

19 Dec 2016
City Hall and National Museum Cardiff. The Welsh Government has come under fire from the Museums Association and National Museum Wales after publishing its official vision for culture in Wales.

Museum sector criticises Welsh government’s vision for culture

Plus: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art director to step down | Birmingham arts organisations prepare for further cuts | Tate receives John Singleton Copley family portrait | and recommended reading

16 Dec 2016
A court in Munich has ruled that the collection of Cornelius Gurlitt can be left to Bern's Kunstmuseum, as stipulated in his will.

Court rules that Gurlitt collection should go to Bern

Plus: Guillaume Cerutti to replace Patricia Barbizet as chief executive at Christie’s | Jennifer Scott appointed director of Dulwich Picture Gallery | Deborah de Robertis on trial for exhibitionism | Ilaria Bonacossa named director of ARTISSIMA | Nazy Vassegh to leave Masterpiece | and Christy MacLear to leave Rauschenberg Foundation for Sotheby’s

15 Dec 2016
A court has ruled that objects loaned to Amsterdam's Allard Pierson Museum from Crimean institutions before Russia's annexation of the peninsula should be returned to Ukraine.

Amsterdam museum to return disputed Crimean treasures to Ukraine

Plus: Iranian architects protest planned demolition of Gio Ponti villa | Harry Hyams collection bequeathed to the UK | Experts advocate putting Stormont’s art collection on public display | and Smithsonian acquires 93 works by self-taught artists

14 Dec 2016