Italy’s global search for new directors to safeguard culture and heritage

Plus: Fifth canvas stolen from Westfries Museum returned | Portrait of Jane Seymour identified in Cambridge townhouse | Peter Brant assumes full control of art titles

31 May 2016

Taco Dibbits to succeed Wim Pijbes at Rijksmuseum

Plus: Spanish court denies extradition request for Knoedler forgery suspect | Suspects arrested in connection with Francis Bacon thefts | and recommended reading

30 May 2016

Xavier Bray to take over at the Wallace Collection

Plus: Russian artist gives human rights award to jailed guerrilla group | 100 works of art donated to Pérez Art Museum | Bronx Museum of the Arts plans major extension

27 May 2016

Stonehenge among sites threatened by climate change, warns UN report

Plus: Christie’s to lead 250th anniversary sale with Constable ‘masterpiece’ | Russia’s National Centre for Contemporary Arts absorbed into State Museum and Exhibition Center | Ai Weiwei studio member detained by Greek police | UC San Diego to convert university art gallery into classroom | Yuri Pattison wins 2016 Frieze Artist award | and Patrick George (1923-2016)

26 May 2016

Stedelijk Museum begins search for new contemporary art venue

Plus: Christie’s to open exhibition space in Beijing | Art Basel announces winner of BMW Art Journey | Eva Birkenstock appointed director of Düsseldorf Art Foundation | and recommended reading

25 May 2016

Courtauld secures £9.4 million from Heritage Lottery Fund

Plus: De Appel board of trustees resigns | Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art under fire for ‘anti-Christian’ painting | BADA and ABA form closer ties | and recommended reading

24 May 2016

Art Fund launches appeal to acquire ‘Armada Portrait’ of Elizabeth I

Plus: Protestors halt closure of Brazil’s culture ministry | Restoration of Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art receives go-ahead | Bowl looted from National Museum of Afghanistan returned | Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation examines the civic role of the arts

23 May 2016

Rebecca Rabinow leaves the Met to lead the Menil Collection

Plus: Artists join campaign for the UK to stay in the EU | Lost Renaissance sculptures found in Moscow | Indianapolis Museum of Art slightly less in debt

20 May 2016

Sadiq Khan gives conditional backing to Garden Bridge

Plus: Climate change protests force temporary closure of British Museum | Ai Weiwei: EU’s refugee deal with Turkey is ‘immoral’ | Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art signs deal with Louvre | Pratt Institute president to step down | Brooklyn Museum offers staff buyouts | Milwaukee Art Museum names new director | and recommended reading

19 May 2016

Russian artist allegedly beaten by police

Plus: Phillips raises threshold for buyer’s premium | Director of Scottish National Gallery to retire | Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego names new director | and recommended reading

18 May 2016

Divers discover hoard of Roman artefacts off Caesarea

Plus: YouTube pranksters jailed for National Portrait Gallery stunt | Wang Zhongjun buys Song dynasty letter for $32 million | Five northern cultural institutions receive £730,000 Arts Council England award | Asbjørn Lunde donates two landscapes to the National Gallery | and Louisa Chase (19512016)

17 May 2016

Italy criticised for mismanagement of EU culture funding

Plus: Sainsbury family members sign letter objecting to British Museum's BP sponsorship | Australia Council for the Arts to invest $112 million in arts organisations | Cheyenne Westphal joins Phillips | and recommended reading

16 May 2016

Paintings stolen in Verona heist recovered in Ukraine

Plus: New York’s auction ‘gigaweek’ concludes with mixed results | Vincent Price Art Museum names new director | Roger Khawam (1922–2016) | and recommended reading

13 May 2016

Shortlist announced for 2016 Turner Prize

Plus: Members of performance group arrested in Egypt | Sotheby’s contemporary sale rallies spirits | Paddle8 and Auctionata to join forces | Indiana University Art Museum receives $15 million donation | Winners announced for Jerwood/FVU awards

12 May 2016

François Morellet (1926–2016)

Plus: Sighs of relief at Christie’s Postwar & Contemporary sale | New Museum to double its space ahead of 40th birthday | Simchowitz and Ellis King settle legal dispute with Ibrahim Mahama | Thaddaeus Ropac to take over Mallett space in London | and recommended reading

11 May 2016

Sotheby’s reports $25.9 million first quarter loss

Plus: Amateur antiques dealer jailed for theft | National Portrait Gallery saves Rejlander photographic album for the nation | Harold Cohen (19282016) | and Martin Friedman (19252016)

10 May 2016

Greece to seek international help to recover the Elgin Marbles

Plus: Van Gogh Museum to offer consultation services | All change at Santa Monica Museum of Art | recommended reading: auction fever in New York

9 May 2016

Future uncertain for George Lucas’s Chicago museum plans

Plus: Poland’s memory wars over Second World War museum | Marseille to host Manifesta 2020 | recommended reading

6 May 2016

Mahmoud Hawari named director of Palestinian Museum

Plus: Aby Rosen reaches settlement over unpaid tax on works of art | Public art commission censored in Istanbul | Fire damages Rosemarie Trockel’s Cologne home | Victorian Society invites public to nominate UK’s top 10 endangered buildings | Plus recommended reading

5 May 2016
Italian police are investigating claims that staff at Pompeii deliberately destroyed a section of wall at the site after disputes with management.

Italy allocates €1 billion towards heritage sites

Plus: Iranian artist released from prison | Kurt Schwitters’s Merzbarn granted £25,000 ‘lifeline’ | Istanbul’s Moving Image fair cancelled | and recommended reading

4 May 2016

FBI conduct raid in connection with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum theft

Plus: Has the wreck of the HMS Endeavour been discovered? | Baltimore Museum of Art announces new director | Marisol Escobar (1930–2016) | and recommended reading

3 May 2016

Fears for Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s collection

Plus: Museums under scrutiny over sponsorship arrangements | Recommended weekend reading

2 May 2016

Museum of the Year shortlist announced

Plus: Ai Weiwei to make documentary about refugee crisis | Labour protests continue at Guggenheim | Wim Delvoye plans museum in Iran | Matteo Del Fante announced as new president of Palazzo Strozzi | Armory Show to merge contemporary and modern sections | Recommended reading

29 Apr 2016

Palmyra may be safe – but Mosul is in peril

Plus: Finaldi: potential for expansion at National Gallery | Romanian culture minister resigns | LACMA receives combined donation of $75 million | 18th century state bed saved from Clandon Park ruins | Recommended reading: Gagosian on Gagosian and how A.I. could kill great art

28 Apr 2016