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Vitrine containing 14th-century mosque lamps in the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, as they were displayed in 2014. Photo: Mark Andrews/Alamy Stock Photo

How Islamic is Cairo’s Museum of Islamic art?

The definition of ‘Islamic’ at Cairo’s Museum of Islamic Art lacks nuance, but so do our wider conversations about Islam

24 Apr 2017
No. 1 Poultry, London, designed by James Stirling Michael Wilford Associates and completed in 1998.

The Battle of No. 1 Poultry

No. 1 Poultry is now Britain’s youngest listed building, but it was once the site of a remarkable struggle between the developer and conservationists

24 Apr 2017

Do museum directors need curatorial experience?

It takes all manner of skills and qualities to run a top institution – or at least to do it well.

24 Apr 2017
Murano glass in Venice. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Venice must keep its Murano glass industry intact

The future of the historic craft will only be secure if contemporary artists and audiences understand it better

24 Apr 2017
Dance Mask (detail; c. 1900), unrecorded artist, Yup'ik, Alaska. Promised gift of Charles and Valerie Diker. Photo: Dirk Bakker

Native American art hasn’t changed, but museums have

The Metropolitan Museum is finally showing Native art in its American galleries. This is important, but only as a reflection on museums themselves

21 Apr 2017
Painted Hall Ceiling Tours. © ORNC

Is accessible conservation more than a PR trick?

How sceptical should we be of the move towards a more transparent approach to cultural heritage?

3 Apr 2017

Jesus’s tomb has been restored in Jerusalem

One of the holiest sites in Christianity has reopened in time for Easter

28 Mar 2017

The art world must do more to support experts

Now is the moment for those who lament the passing of connoisseurship to work together to encourage its revival

27 Mar 2017
Illustration by Anja Sušanj/Dutch Uncle

Is Documenta exploiting the economic crisis in Athens?

This year Documenta will be split between Kassel and Athens. Is this ‘crisis tourism’ or will it spotlight the city’s overlooked contemporary art scene?

27 Mar 2017

Digital replicas are not soulless – they help us engage with art

Rather than seeing replicas as knock-offs, we should think of them like maps or models

23 Mar 2017