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The week in art news – world’s oldest animal painting found in Indonesia

Plus: Smithsonian scales back $2bn redevelopment plan | Naomi Beckwith appointed deputy director and chief curator of Guggenheim | and Champs-Élysées to be turned into ‘extraordinary garden’

15 Jan 2021
The Indian parliament building (Sansad Bhavan), designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker in 1912–13, in New Delhi.

The week in art news – Indian Supreme Court approves plans for new parliament complex

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court of India dismissed objections to the construction of a new parliament complex in New Delhi. The plans, announced…

8 Jan 2021

Bill restituting artefacts to Benin and Senegal passes into French law

The French parliament has finalised the restitution of 26 artefacts to the Republic of Benin and one to Senegal. Speaking…

18 Dec 2020
A view of the National Mall and the United States Capitol from the top of the Washington Monument

The week in art news – lone US senator blocks bills to create national Latino and women’s museums

Mike Lee, the senior senator for the state of Utah, voted on Thursday against a pair of bills to create…

11 Dec 2020
Demonstrators protesting against job losses at the Tate in July 2020.

The week in art news – Tate to cut 120 gallery jobs to reduce losses

The Tate has announced that it will be making a second round of redundancies, just months after cutting 295 jobs…

4 Dec 2020
Manchester Art Gallery will not reopen on 2 December after the national lockdown in England ends.

The week in art news – continuing restrictions mean a patchy reopening for European museums

As a second phase of national lockdowns across Europe comes to an end, the reopening of museums will proceed at…

27 Nov 2020
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center in Washington, D.C., with the Washington Monument and National Mall in the background.

The week in art news – Smithsonian and other US museums close amid Covid surge

A surge in Covid-19 cases has led to the closure of museums in multiple states across the US. The Smithsonian…

20 Nov 2020
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The week in art news – controversial road tunnel near Stonehenge gets the go-ahead

The Secretary of State for Transport has approved plans to build a road tunnel for the A303 motorway near Stonehenge.…

13 Nov 2020
A view of the closed National Gallery in London in June 2020.

The week in art news – museums and galleries in England close in new lockdown

Museums and galleries in England are now closed under new national restrictions imposed to control the spread of Covid-19. These…

6 Nov 2020
The Baltimore Museum of Art, which in May sold five artworks at auction for nearly $8 million to raise funds for new acquisitions. Would capitalising those works have allowed the institution to pursue its acquisition strategy without compromising its existing holdings?

The week in art news – Baltimore Museum of Art pulls works from controversial sale

On Wednesday, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) withdrew paintings by Clyfford Still and Brice Marden from the Contemporary Art…

30 Oct 2020
Marian Goodman Gallery’s outpost in Golden Square

The week in art news – Marian Goodman closes London gallery

Plus: Baltimore Museum of Art board chair defends deaccessioning sales, and more recent stories

23 Oct 2020
The MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast, Northern Ireland. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The week in art news – museums in Northern Ireland to close for four weeks

The Brooklyn Museum is to sell another round of works from its collection, and more recent stories

16 Oct 2020
National Trust

The week in art news – National Trust cuts 1,300 jobs

Plus: Nancy Spector resigns from the Guggenheim; and more recent stories

9 Oct 2020
Courtesy National Museum of African American History and Culture

The week in art news – Kevin Young appointed director of Smithsonian’s African American history museum

The Smithsonian Institution has announced that Kevin Young will be the next director of the National Museum of African American…

2 Oct 2020
Guston in the studio with Painter’s Table (1973).

The week in art news – Philip Guston show postponed to 2024

In a joint statement released on Monday, but not widely reported until later in the week, the four museums due…

25 Sep 2020
Lucretia (c. 1526–37), Lucas Cranach the Elder.

The week in art news – Brooklyn Museum to sell 12 works at auction

The Brooklyn Museum has consigned a dozen works from its collections to Christie’s for auction, in the first significant example…

19 Sep 2020
Jean-Sébastien Jacques, CEO of Rio Tinto Group.

The week in art news – mining company chief resigns after destruction of sacred Australian sites

The world’s second largest mining company, Rio Tinto, announced today that its chief executive Jean-Sébastien Jacques and two other senior…

11 Sep 2020
Art Basel Miami Beach 2019. Courtesy Art Basel

The week in art news – Art Basel Miami Beach cancelled

The organisers of Art Basel Miami Beach have cancelled this year’s edition of the fair, due to take place on…

4 Sep 2020
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

The week in art news – the Whitney cancels ‘Collective Actions’ exhibition after criticism

On Tuesday, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York cancelled a planned exhibition of artworks created in recent months ‘in response to…

28 Aug 2020
Demonstrators protest outside Tate Modern over proposed job losses on 27 July, 2020.

The week in art news – Tate to make almost half of its commercial staff redundant

Plus: houses in Old City of Sanaa collapse after heavy rains, and current and former MMFA staff support sacking of Nathalie Bondil

14 Aug 2020
Staff inspect the damage at the Sursock Museum in Beirut on on 5 August 2020, a day after a blast in a warehouse in the port of the Lebanese capital sowed devastation across entire city neighbourhoods, killing more than 100 people, wounding thousands. Photo by Patrick Baz/AFP via Getty Images

The week in art news – museums and galleries destroyed in blast that devastated Beirut

Plus: Southbank Centre staff castigate management, major US museums make more staff redundant and artefacts privately restituted to Ecuador

7 Aug 2020
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The week in art news – National Trust considering up to 1,200 redundancies

Plus: the House of Representatives has approved the National Museum for the American Latino, murals by Picasso have been removed from a building in Oslo, and more art news

31 Jul 2020
Firefighters at Nantes Cathedral on 18 July 2020. Photo: Sebastien Salom-Gomis/AFP via Getty Images

The week in art news – arson suspected in Nantes Cathedral fire

Plus: Gavin Brown is shutting down his gallery, and the rest of the week’s art news

24 Jul 2020
Inside the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul.

The week in art news – Hagia Sophia to be turned back into mosque

Plus: James Murdoch’s firm to invest in MCH Group, Frieze fairs in London cancelled, and more art news

13 Jul 2020