Despite the mutterings of most critics, the decision to award the prize to all four nominees makes a lot of sense – and is good for contemporary art
Remembering the critical insights and generous instincts of the writer and architect Charles Jencks (1939–2019)
Are the largely London-based institutions funded by central government doing enough to share their collections and expertise with the rest of the country?
The National Gallery is raising funds to purchase Orazio Gentileschi’s biblical scene – once a prized possession of Queen Henrietta Maria
The artist was a key figure in the avant-garde scene that emerged in China after the Cultural Revolution
We’re on the brink of Brexit – so isn’t it time the UK formed stronger cultural ties around the globe?
France, China, and other countries are leading the way on cultural diplomacy. When will the UK catch up?
Destroyed during the Pacific War and restored in 1992, the castle was the pride of Okinawa. Now a fire has left it in ruins again
Richard Sandell and Chris Ingram discuss why museums still have a long way to go before they can claim to offer a fully accessible experience
From sepia to rabbit skin glue – Hirst’s butterfly wings are far from the only animal products used to make art
The perceived role of museums in society has grown enormously in recent years – but how far does that reflect what they actually are?
Thawing permafrost means the near-perfect preservation of ancient material in the Arctic will soon be a thing of the past
As wealthy donors and corporate sponsors come under increased scrutiny, Maxwell L. Anderson and David Fleming address the future of museum funding
‘The elephant in this gallery is the cultural property seized by British troops in the 19th century’
An exhibition about cultural destruction in modern conflicts can’t help but remind us of earlier wars
In 2015, Dario Franceschini’s modernising project heralded a newly international outlook for the Italian museum system. Is it sustainable?
As Pompeii yields up ever more discoveries about the Roman world, we should not forget that the site still holds clues to the behaviour of volcanoes
The newly restored painting at Apsley House was probably executed by an artist on the margins of the master’s workshop
A tribute to the great painter of London’s urban landscapes, who has died at the age of 92
Stephen Patience and Kate Bryan wonder if famous faces can make art more accessible – or do they just get in the way?
In the last decade local authority funding for museums has declined rapidly – but are some reasons for optimism emerging?