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The true worth of Robert Burns’s manuscripts

New research methods will help distinguish Robert Burns’ texts from forgeries – but will it change how we read him?

16 Aug 2018
Dickens’s Dream (detail; 1875), Robert William Buss.

Does the spirit of Charles Dickens live on in his furniture?

A table owned by the author has been export stopped in the UK – a situation that Dickens himself would have relished

8 Aug 2018
'The List', before its defacement. Credit: Liverpool Biennial/Mark McNulty.

The destruction of The List at the Liverpool Biennial is deeply troubling

The List, which documents the thousands of people who have died trying to reach Europe, was torn down from hoardings in Liverpool

7 Aug 2018
Self Portrait as Saint Catherine of Alexandria (c. 1615–17; detail), Artemisia Gentileschi.

The remarkable career of Artemisia Gentileschi

The National Gallery’s acquisition of a work by the painter is welcome – not least because baroque women artists were long neglected

23 Jul 2018

‘Real Detroiters are tired of their city being a symbol’

How the city’s long-term residents are fostering a thriving arts scene

12 Jul 2018

It’s vital that objects from national collections are shown more widely

Museums across the UK are able to borrow from the national collections, but they need external support to do so

4 Jul 2018
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Is the international art world too elitist?

The proliferation of biennials and art fairs has brought with it the rise of a jet-set elite. Do such events encourage meaningful engagement?

2 Jul 2018
The exterior of Istanbul Modern, which is being housed in a temporary space in the Union Française building until it's new Renzo Piano-designed home opens in 2021

Will the new Istanbul Modern revitalise Turkey’s struggling art scene?

The new Renzo Piano-designed Istanbul Modern is set to open in 2021, but will it signal a return to health for the country’s art scene?

27 Jun 2018
Sunflowers, (1889) Vincent Van Gogh, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Van Gogh Foundation)

How the scientific study of paintings has become accessible to everyone

A revolution in chemical-imaging techniques is bringing us closer to the original visions of artists such as Van Gogh

25 Jun 2018
The Virgin and Child with Two Angels

‘Mounting an exhibition about Leonardo da Vinci is an act of hubris’

In the run-up to the 500th anniversary of the artist’s birth, getting other museums to lend you their Leonardo is no mean feat

20 Jun 2018

‘The building as it was is gone for good’ – remembering the Glasgow School of Art

The devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art means that incredibly difficult decisions lie ahead

18 Jun 2018

The murky mystery of Caravaggio’s stolen Palermo Nativity

While recent reports suggest Caravaggio’s stolen Nativity may be intact in Switzerland, it’s worth treading carefully

8 Jun 2018
Crown, probably made in Gondar, Ethiopia, around 1740, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The looted Ethiopian artefacts that ended up in UK museums

In the debate surrounding the Maqdala artefacts, the significance of the individual objects is often ignored

31 May 2018
Gold reliquary of Anne of Brittany's heart.

What’s the motive for museum thefts?

Recent thefts from museums in England and France lay bare the thinking behind such crimes

30 May 2018
A sculpture from Robert Indianas LOVE series in Hong Kong, 2008.

‘LOVE’ and the legacy of Robert Indiana (1928–2018)

A tribute to the American artist Robert Indiana, who has died at the age of 89

30 May 2018
The Reading Room of the National Library of Ireland, Dublin. The library has been allocated €23m by the Irish government to upgrade its facilities.

Ireland is finally splashing out on its heritage – but why now?

The Irish government has announced a grand investment package for the country’s culture sector. But is it too little, too late?

29 May 2018
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Should museums display artworks that feature live animals?

Victoria Dailey and Giovanni Aloi consider if there is any place for live animals in modern museums

29 May 2018

Learning from the Wallace Collection

The joy of the Wallace Collection is that there’s always more to learn about its holdings – but its new exhibition space is welcome

29 May 2018

Museum leadership in a time of crisis

Why we need agile cultural leadership to meet the challenges of a volatile world

28 May 2018
Diamond and synthetic ruby tiara (1913), Henri Lavabre for Cartier. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The very human quest to capture the natural lure of gemstones

From simulants to synthetics, artificial gemstones have come a long way over the centuries

21 May 2018
Art Basel Miami Beach, 2016. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

We need a more equal art market – it would be better for everyone

Growing disparity among dealers and gallerists is an unhealthy trend for the market as a whole

18 May 2018
Inside the Judge Business School, Cambridge, designed by John Outram, which has received a Grade II* listing. © Historic England

Postmodern architecture wasn’t meant to last – but now it’s part of the establishment

Historic England has given its official stamp of approval to 17 postmodern buildings

18 May 2018
Shia LaBeouf wearing a paper bag on his head at the premiere of the film ‘Nymphomaniac (I)’

Please stop calling celebrities performance artists – they really aren’t

It’s time to stop using the art form to justify the attention-seeking antics of figures such as Shia LaBeouf and Kanye West

10 May 2018
I Want My Time With You (2018), Tracey Emin.

Tracey Emin airs her feelings at St Pancras station

Boundaries between the personal and the political are broken down in Emin’s new public artwork

2 May 2018