Madonna del Granduca (detail; c. 1505), Raphael.

Museums across Italy shuttered until April

Plus: UK arts organisations express dismay at withdrawal from Creative Europe | Alan Turner (1943–2020) | Scientific tests suggest bones in Kent church belong to Anglo Saxon princess | and Armory Show announces prize winners

9 Mar 2020
Griselda Pollock. Photo: Griselda Pollock/Wikimedia Commons

Griselda Pollock is first art historian to win Holberg Prize

Plus: Easter Island mayor calls for traffic restrictions after truck hits sacred statue | Italy rejects arrest warrant for prime suspect in Old Master forgery scandal | Henry Cobb (1926–2020) | and US museums restrict staff travel to countries deemed high-risk for coronavirus

6 Mar 2020
The Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

Musée d’Orsay receives €20m gift to kickstart major expansion project

Plus: Venice architecture biennale postponed due to spread of coronavirus | British Museum acquires Bronze Age pendant found in Shropshire | and Mophradat announces artists for Consortium Commissions 2020

5 Mar 2020
Shelley McNamara and Yvonne Farrell in 2009.

Grafton Architects win Pritzker Prize

Plus: More than 2,000 arts professionals endorse Elizabeth Warren | Google launches VR site for Chauvet caves | Kurdish artist Fatos Irwen released from prison in Turkey | and Louvre reopens after closure over coronavirus

4 Mar 2020

Art Dubai postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus

Plus: Emilia Beatriz wins 2020/21 Margaret Tait Award | Italy rejects arrest warrant for Old Master forger | Proposal to turn Sydney’s Cockatoo Island into art attraction rejected by officials | Peter Dreher (1932–2020) | and MOCA Tucson appoints Laura Copelin its executive director and chief curator

3 Mar 2020
Mudras (detail; 1974), Ulay.

Ulay (1943–2020)

Plus: Louvre closes amid concerns over coronavirus | Cooper-Hewitt donor rescinds $5m bequest over removal of director | and Bonhams appoints Patrick Masson as managing director for UK and Europe 

2 Mar 2020
Photo: Helge Høifødt/Wikimedia Commons

Norwegian government authorises demolition of building bearing murals by Picasso

Plus: Brazilian collector Bernardo Paz cleared of money laundering charges | Italian collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo drops plans for new Madrid space | Eric Crosby announced as director of Carnegie Museum of Art | Brooklyn Public Library and Brooklyn Historical Society to combine | and recommended reading

28 Feb 2020

Grayson Perry wins €150,000 Erasmus Prize

Plus: Sharon Corwin appointed president and CEO of Terra Foundation | François Tajan (1962–2020) | and provenance of Met painting updated to acknowledge ownership by Nazi-persecuted dealer

27 Feb 2020
Michael Sweerts’ Plague in an Ancient City (1618), one of the many artworks donated by the Ahmanson Foundation to Los Angeles County Museum of Art over the past five decades

Major LACMA donor suspends long-term gift programme

Plus: Uffizi scientific committee resigns over loan of Raphael painting | Smithsonian lifts copyright restrictions from 2.8 million images | and New York developers plan to dismantle Isamu Noguchi installation

26 Feb 2020
Bernie Sanders.

More than 600 artists endorse Bernie Sanders in open letter

Plus: Oldest known cave paintings threatened by cement mining in Indonesia | Billionaire Rebekah Mercer no longer on American Museum of Natural History’s board, following years of protest | and James Brown (1951–2020)

25 Feb 2020
A tourist in Venice on 24 February 2020, wearing a protective face-mask and a Carnival mask.

Spread of coronavirus causes museums across northern Italy to close

Plus: Collector files lawsuit for $1m against Princeton University  | Yona Friedman (1923–2020) | Jack Youngerman (1926–2020) | Sotheby’s moves Hong Kong sales to New York | Nazi-looted Andrea della Robbia sculpture restituted to Germany | and recommended reading

24 Feb 2020
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New art centre dedicated to Alexander Calder to open in Philadelphia

Plus: Jingart fair in Beijing cancelled due to coronavirus | Monet ‘self-portrait’ reattributed to Charles Giron | and recommended reading

21 Feb 2020
Eyal Weizman.

Director of Forensic Architecture barred from travelling to United States

Plus: Staff at UK art schools join nationwide strike | Louvre cancels show of Bulgarian religious art | Ethiopian crown repatriated from the Netherlands | and new £20 note celebrating JMW Turner enters circulation

20 Feb 2020
The Dionysos pediment from the Parthenon marbles at the British Museum.

Leaked Brexit negotiating paper stokes Elgin Marbles dispute

Plus: Egyptian coffin painting discovered at Harvard Semitic Museum | David Adjaye and Cai Guo-Qiang win 2020 Noguchi Award | and Raphael tapestries return to Sistine Chapel

19 Feb 2020
A render of the new V&A Museum of Childhood.

V&A Museum of Childhood to close for £13m renovation

Plus: Six trustees resign from Cooper Hewitt museum | and Arts Council England pushes for greater diversity in arts organisations

18 Feb 2020
Jenny Waldman.

Jenny Waldman to direct Art Fund

Plus: India requests restitution of bronze idol from Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum | FBI repatriates over 450 cultural objects to Haiti | and billionaire gaming entrepreneur Mark Pincus pledges $3m to James Turrell’s Roden Crater art project

17 Feb 2020
Clément Chéroux.

MoMA appoints Clément Chéroux new chief curator of photography

Plus: Former Sotheby’s attorneys to found new art law firm | Anne Marion (1938-2020) | and recommended reading

14 Feb 2020
Blain Southern at 4 Hanover Square in London.

Blain Southern closes all three galleries in London, New York and Berlin

Plus: Oliver Dowden named new culture secretary in cabinet reshuffle | House of Representatives votes to establish a Smithsonian museum for women’s history | and Elisabeth Wild (1922-2020)

13 Feb 2020
Sonia Boyce.

Sonia Boyce to represent UK at 59th Venice Biennale in 2021

Plus: Court dismisses privacy appeal against Tate Modern viewing platform | Native American burial sites destroyed to construct US-Mexico border wall | Hong Kong Arts Festival cancelled due to coronavirus | and Mat Collishaw parts company with Blain Southern gallery

12 Feb 2020
Courtesy Bonhams

Bonhams chief executive Matthew Girling steps down

Plus: Trump’s annual budget renews threat against National Endowment for the Arts | Sofie Scheerlinck appointed interim managing director of TEFAF | Caroline Baumann resigns as director of Cooper Hewitt | Lewisham and Croydon named London Boroughs of Culture | and Rembrandt discovered at small Pennsylvania Museum

11 Feb 2020
Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Climate activists stage three-day protest against BP sponsorship at British Museum

Plus: Ella Fontanals-Cisneros cancels gift of 400 works to Spanish state | Counterspace named as architects of Serpentine Pavilion 2020 | Agnes Gund wins inaugural Ruth Bader Ginsburg leadership award | and Louvre to remain open throughout closing weekend of Leonardo show

10 Feb 2020
Art Basel in Hong Kong in 2019.

Art Basel cancels Hong Kong fair due to coronavirus outbreak

Plus: Uffizi wins court battle against unofficial ticketing websites | New York dealer sues artist Derek Fordjour for $1.45m | and recommended reading

8 Feb 2020
Photo: © Beverly Pepper, courtesy of Marlborough, New York and London

Beverly Pepper (1922–2020)

Plus: Yale art history department defends changes to undergraduate survey courses | and Antony Hudek named director of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens

6 Feb 2020

Draft executive order could require federal buildings to be classical in style

Plus: Looted temple sculpture confiscated by UK police to return to Afghanistan|Gallery Weekend Beijing postponed due to coronavirus outbreak | Félix Marcilhac (1941–2020) | and College Art Association announces recipients of 2020 awards

5 Feb 2020