Max Hollein on the link between the ICA’s small but important archival displays, and Baselitz’s early paintings at the Städel Museum
Digby Warde-Aldam anticipates a sensory overload in 2016 as Bosch and Bridget Riley take the stage
Maria Balshaw picks robots at the Manchester Art Gallery, Mona Hatoum at Tate Modern, hard-hitting photographs at Birmingham’s Ikon gallery and underwear at the V&A
Imelda Barnard selects some post-war and contemporary art highlights, from Etel Adnan at the Serpentine, to Marcel Broodthaers at MoMA, and Anri Sala at the New Museum
Wim Pijbes on why the focus of the art world will shift in 2016, from Europe and the US to Africa, the Middle East and Asia
Fatema Ahmed looks forward to John Akomfrah’s films at Lisson Gallery, a second edition of Photo London, and a mysterious show curated by Michel Houellebecq
Xavier Salomon’s highlights include Old Masters in Italy, the Le Nain brothers in the US, and a celebration of Hieronymus Bosch in Madrid
Thomas Marks on Sicily at the British Museum and Ashmolean, Vittorio Cini’s paintings from the Veneto, and the Parma School in Rome
Charles Saumarez Smith looks forward to the new Tate Modern and Design Museum buildings, the V&A’s rethink of Botticelli and Pallant House’s British art displays
‘It is more important than ever to defend museums and what they make possible’
Does draft cultural property legislation in Germany threaten to damage German cultural life, or is it necessary for the safeguarding of the country’s heritage?
As London’s former industrial areas are being redeveloped, artists are running out of affordable studio space. Can a city be a thriving cultural centre if its artists have nowhere to work?
Public sculpture was one marker of an ambitious, aspirant and generous society, the kind of world that we urgently need to be reminded of
We may wait years for another generation of French talents to compare with Annette Messager and her contemporaries
A misleading story reflects a deeper problem in how museum news is reported in the general press
Take a break from Christmas shopping to take in some art
Judging the quality of a work should involve some appreciation of its current condition
Sofia has many important monuments – and they should not be removed or destroyed
Calls for cultural and academic boycotts of Israel continue to hit the headlines. Should we regard such politically charged stances as divisive or necessary for change?
Arts sector funding fared surprisingly well in the latest spending review, but questions remain, not least over the fate of municipal museums
The loss of 17 masterpieces is a disaster for the Italian museum sector
The retirement of co-director Julia Peyton-Jones comes at a time when the Serpentine and other London institutions are at a turning point
Al Faqi’s trial for alleged destruction in Timbuktu is a humanitarian issue: the art is incidental