The Getty Center.

Getty postpones all public events until after end of August

Plus: Christie’s to pay $16.7m fine for uncollected tax in New York | Charleston farmhouse launches emergency crowdfunding appeal | and New York court rules that Call of Duty game is art

14 Apr 2020
The empty Tuileries in Paris during the lockdown in April 2020.

Survey warns a third of French galleries may close before 2021

Plus: new method for dating pottery sheds light on London’s agricultural past | and Hauser & Wirth to open art-tech division

9 Apr 2020
Smoke at the site of the Humboldt Forum construction site on the morning of 8 April 2020

Fire at construction site of Humboldt Forum in Berlin

Plus: Government turns down council bid for Reading Prison | Helène Aylon (1931–2020)

8 Apr 2020
The interior of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza photographed during construction in September 2019.

Opening of Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza postponed until 2021

Plus: Jeffery Camp (1923–2020) | Laura Raicovich appointed interim director of Leslie-Lohman Museum | and recommended reading

7 Apr 2020
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

Whitney lays off 76 staff members

Plus: UNESCO criticises building project near Lebanese archaeological site | Charity auction brings in €2.4m for French health professionals | £700,000 of emergency funding for vulnerable Scottish museums announced | and Hepworth Wakefield to receive gift of nearly 100 artworks

6 Apr 2020
The Getty Center.

Getty Trust creates $10m fund for arts organisations in Los Angeles

Plus: Royal Albert in Exeter looks set to restitute Canadian objects | La Biennale Paris to sign up for government funding bailout | and Christie’s follows Sotheby’s in announcing staff furloughs | and recommended reading

3 Apr 2020
Philip Long.

National Trust for Scotland appoints Philip Long as chief executive

Plus: David C. Driskell (1931–2020) | Sotheby’s furloughs staff as ‘gigaweek’ sales are postponed | National Lottery Heritage Fund announces £50m in emergency support | and temporary mortuary to be established at Irish Museum of Modern Art

2 Apr 2020
Derek Jarman’s cottage at Dungeness, Kent.

Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage saved for the nation

Plus: Summer arts festivals in Edinburgh cancelled | Picasso drawing restituted by National Gallery of Art | and Madrid to spend €500,000 on acquiring art

1 Apr 2020
Alan Jones.

Alan Jones steps down temporarily as president of RIBA

Plus: Italy extends lockdown until 12 April | Metropolitan Museum of Art to pay staff until 2 May | and Suellen Rocca (1943–2020)

31 Mar 2020
The Singer Laren Museum.

Vincent Van Gogh painting stolen from Dutch museum

Plus: US stimulus package of $2tn including funding for arts bodies | Creative Scotland announces £11m in arts funding | and director of Museum of the Bible to return 11,500 antiquities to Iraq and Egypt

30 Mar 2020
Michael Sorkin.

Michael Sorkin (1948–2020)

Plus: Kunstmuseum Basel reaches settlement with heirs of Curt Glaser | IMMA concerned about storage of Irish state’s modern art collections | UK independent museums warn of insolvency threat | and recommended reading

27 Mar 2020

This year’s Masterpiece London cancelled and Art Basel postponed

Plus: Further cases of Covid-19 at TEFAF emerge | Cleveland and Hammer among US museums to furlough staff | and Bristol Museum responds to restitution claim over Benin Bronze

26 Mar 2020
Maurice Berger in 2019.

Maurice Berger (1956–2020)

Plus: Hong Kong museums close again after second wave of coronavirus | Arts Council England announces £160m emergency funding boost | MOCA LA lays off all part-time staff | and thieves arrested for stealing stones from Notre-Dame

25 Mar 2020
Paul Kasmin at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018.

Paul Kasmin (1960–2020)

Plus: Major earthquake damages spire of Zagreb Cathedral | Alberto Uderzo (1927–2020) | and San Francisco Art Institute may close

24 Mar 2020
View of Marseille.

Manifesta 13 and other biennials postponed

Plus: Arts Council England’s Export Licensing Unit closes until further notice | Francis Alÿs wins the Rolf Schock Prize for visual arts | Arts Council England commissions new guidelines for restitution | Merry Norris (1940–2020)

23 Mar 2020
The American Alliance of Museums has written to Congress at the United States Capitol.

American Alliance of Museums asks Congress for $4bn for nonprofit museums; NADA asks for relief for New York galleries

Plus: TEFAF New York Spring postponed to replace Fall edition | Kahlil Joseph named 6th winner of Eye Art & Film Prize | Derek Fordjour asks court to dismiss lawsuit from former dealer | and recommended reading

20 Mar 2020
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Met anticipates losses of $100m and closure until July

Plus: Opening of François Pinault’s private museum postponed as director steps down | Frieze New York cancelled | and Alan Caiger-Smith (1930–2020)

19 Mar 2020

National Gallery, British Museum and Royal Academy temporarily close

Plus: Online auction house Paddle8 files for bankruptcy | Art Basel launches online viewing rooms | Thieves fleeing Christ Church Picture Gallery may have escaped by boat | and reconstruction of Notre-Dame paused due to coronavirus

18 Mar 2020
Tate Britain in London.

Tate, V&A, ICA and Serpentine among major London museums to temporarily close

Plus: Leading UK arts figures call on government to support creative industries | Sotheby’s closes most locations, Christie’s closes last of locations and more fairs postponed | and ancient fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls at Museum of the Bible confirmed by study to be fakes

17 Mar 2020
Tom Tower, Christ Church, Oxford.

Three paintings stolen from Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford

Plus: National Gallery postpones Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition indefinitely | Arts Council England announces plans to compensate artists and freelancers | Genesis P-Orridge (1950–2020) | and Anicka Yi receives Tate Modern’s Hyundai Commission for Turbine Hall

16 Mar 2020
The Louvre. Photo: Dennis Jarvis/Wikimedia Commons

Louvre announces closure, as do more major museums worldwide

Plus: National Gallery of Art and Smithsonian among US museums closing to contain coronavirus | Art Cologne postponed from April to November | and museums start reopening in China, Japan and South Korea

13 Mar 2020
A notice announcing the closure of the Albertina in Vienna on 11 March 2020.

TEFAF to close early after exhibitor tests positive for coronavirus

Plus: Cleveland Museum of Art receives major works valued at over $100m | Exhibition of Liechtenstein collection cancelled by four museums over report of forced labour during WWII | Los Angeles man pleads guilty to selling fake works by blue chip artists | Nicola Lees named director of Aspen Art Museum | and Emma Talbot wins Max Mara Art Prize 2020

11 Mar 2020
St. Peter's Square and Basilica.

Vatican closes St Peter’s Square to contain Covid-19

Plus: French culture minister tests positive for Covid-19 | Shell ends relationship with Southbank Centre | Security guards investigated over jewellery theft at Dresden’s Royal Palace | and Pam Masi named interim executive director of Erie Art Museum

10 Mar 2020