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
Glasgow School Of Art's Mackintosh building on fire for the second time.

‘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

Are museums too preoccupied by visitor numbers?

League tables of museum visitor numbers may generate a lot of media coverage – but do they distract institutions from other priorities?

23 Apr 2018

Can a local authority really get rid of 90 per cent of its art?

Once part of a pioneering schools loan programme, most of Hertfordshire County Council’s art collection looks set to be flogged off

5 Apr 2018

Have museums been too generous with naming rights?

With the culture sector increasingly relying on philanthropic giving, the role of the donor may merit greater scrutiny

26 Mar 2018
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Are undergraduate degrees in curating useful?

Janna Graham and Niru Ratnam weigh in on whether curating is something that can, or should, be taught

22 Mar 2018
5Pointz on 19 November 2013.

Street artists in the US have more rights than they thought

The 5Pointz case sets a new standard for artists seeking to assert their moral rights

15 Mar 2018
Bouquet of Tulips (rendering; 2017), Jeff Koons.

How Jeff Koons sold out – and why his jumbo tulips don’t belong in Paris

The artist’s changing relationship to consumer culture can make it difficult to interpret his work

14 Mar 2018
Barack and Michelle Obama at the unveiling ceremony for their portraits at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C., on 12 February 2018.

The crowd-pulling power of the Obama portraits

Form an orderly queue to see Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits

6 Mar 2018

Museum collections in the UK need a brand new strategy

Both the Mendoza Review and David Cannadine’s recent ‘Why Collect?’ report are too limited in scope

21 Feb 2018