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 more of the week’s top stories

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

12 Dec 2021

The week in art news – Lawrence Weiner (1942–2021)

The pioneering conceptual artist, Lawrence Weiner, has died at the age of 79. Born in the Bronx in 1942, Weiner…

3 Dec 2021
The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.

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

Plus: The new German culture minister is Claudia Roth of the Greens, and a Roman villa complex has been uncovered in Rutland

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); and more art news

19 Nov 2021
Aerial view of the Tulip.

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

Plus: Sylvère Lotringer (1938–2021); and more news

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, and more stories

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, and more stories

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

Centre Pompidou postpones renovations until after Paris Olympics, and the Ahmanson Foundation partners with the Huntington Library

22 Oct 2021

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

Plus: Atta Kwami (1956–2001) and Biden restores federal protections for Utah national monuments

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 more stories

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 the Musée d’Orsay; and more stories

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

10 Sep 2021
Photo: © Art Basel

Art Basel seeks to reassure nervous exhibitors ahead of fair

Plus: MOCA LA names its first executive director, the Robert E. Lee statue can be removed from Richmond, and more stories

3 Sep 2021
The National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul, photographed in 2012.

The week in art news – fears grow for the safety of cultural workers in Afghanistan

Plus: Amsterdam is to return a Kandinsky to the heirs of its former owner

27 Aug 2021
Self-Portrait I (2015), Chuck Close.

The week in art news – Chuck Close (1940–2021)

Chuck Close has died at the age of 81. The photorealist painter first came to prominence in the late 1960s…

20 Aug 2021
The Marble Arch Mound, photographed on 28 July 2021.

The week in art news – deputy leader of Westminster Council resigns over Marble Arch Mound fiasco

Plus: new directors of the Southbank Centre in London and ICP in New York, and other stories

13 Aug 2021

The week in art news – Stonehenge road tunnel ruled unlawful, but plans still going ahead

Plus: More than 17,000 looted artefacts returned to Iraq

6 Aug 2021
Activists from Extinction Rebellion chained to an exhibit at the Science Museum’s 'Our Future Planet' exhibition, sponsored by Shell, in May 2021.

The week in art news – Science Museum signed gagging clause in sponsorship agreement with Shell

Plus: Phillip King (1934–2021) and Xavier Rey appointed director of the Centre Pompidou in Paris

31 Jul 2021
The Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building (known as The Three Graces), situated on Liverpool's Pier Head.

Liverpool loses Unesco World Heritage status

Plus: France requires vaccine passports for cultural venues and more than 1,000 Polish cultural figures criticise dismissal of museum director

23 Jul 2021
Christian Boltanski in his studio in Paris in March 2018, photo: © Elizabeth Young

The week in art news – Christian Boltanski (1944–2021)

Plus: Kunsthaus Zürich appoints Ann Demeester as its new director and Charlottesville takes down statue of Robert E. Lee

16 Jul 2021
Hunter Biden and Joe Biden at an award ceremony in Washinton, D.C. in April 2016.

The week in art news – White House sets terms for sales of Hunter Biden’s paintings

Plus: South Korea is to build a new museum for the Samsung art collection and the co-directors of Artangel are stepping down after 30 years

9 Jul 2021