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House in Viscri, Romania., 2017, Photo: © Nicholas Hodge

There’s more to Transylvania than crumbling castles

Efforts to preserve and revive Transylvania’s UNESCO-listed villages depend on involving the inhabitants as closely as possible

27 Jul 2017

Drawings that change our view of Gainsborough

The reattribution of 25 drawings will transform how we think about a great British painter

25 Jul 2017
Exterior of the National Portrait Gallery, London

Nicholas Cullinan’s grand plan for the National Portrait Gallery

By revitalising London’s NPG, the ambitious director is hoping to make it a ‘truly national gallery for all’

5 Jul 2017

Will a seesaw upset the balance of Germany’s memorial culture?

Berlin is to get a memorial to reunification, but even its design raises difficult questions about how history is remembered

3 Jul 2017
Arts Council England

At last, some welcome relief for regional museums

Arts Council England had some good news for museums this week, but it can’t be the sector’s knight in shining armour

30 Jun 2017

What is driving the soaring demand for art storage?

As insurers get more demanding and contemporary art works grow in size, there are more art-storage facilities than ever. So what should a collector look for?

27 Jun 2017
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Do the prices at auction muddy our interpretation of art?

In May, a painting by Basquiat sold at auction for $110.5m. But when does money overtake other judgements?

26 Jun 2017
After A Midsummer Night's Dream (detail), by Raqib Shaw. © Raqib Shaw and the Whitworth, the University of Manchester

The quiet appeal of artists’ gardens

Raqib Shaw, Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, the Bloomsbury set… Why do so many artists become obsessed with their garden getaways?

26 Jun 2017
Sir John Chancellor laying the foundations stone of the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem, June 1930. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

Where do Israel’s antiquities belong?

The Israel Antiquities Authority’s move from the Rockefeller Museum in East Jerusalem to a purpose-built campus in the West has revived disputes about preserving the country’s cultural heritage

26 Jun 2017
Main staircases in the 19th-century Palais of the Musée d'arts de Nantes, photo: © Hufton + Crow

A new look for a 19th-century museum in Nantes

The Musée d’arts de Nantes reveals its new extension and rehangs its collection, making seamless connections between past and present

26 Jun 2017
Nymph Removing a Thorn from a Greyhound’s Foot (1848), Richard James Wyatt. Temple Newsam, Leeds. Photo: Art UK / Leeds Museums and Galleries

Public sculpture in the UK is about to become more visible

Art UK, which last year launched a digital catalogue of every oil painting in public ownership, has embarked on an equivalent project for sculpture

22 Jun 2017
National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, D.C. Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

America needs its history museums more than ever

The discovery of a noose at the National Museum of African American History and Culture is a grim justification of its existence

15 Jun 2017
The first estate of its kind in the Cheryomushki district of Moscow.

Why are there mass protests about Moscow’s mass-produced housing?

Moscow’s Khrushchev-era apartment blocks are hardly good housing, but their residents are unlikely to get a better replacement

14 Jun 2017
Illustration by Anja Sušanj/Dutch Uncle

Is LA’s art scene growing too quickly?

In the last few years LA’s art scene has grown immeasurably. But as rents rise and experimental spaces get priced out, is LA’s arrival on the international art stage worth it?

29 May 2017
Front cover of the catalogue to accompany the ROSC ’71 exhibition in Dublin

‘The first ROSC exhibition was, by all accounts, a seismic event’

Looking back on Ireland’s ROSC art exhibitions, which ran from 1967–88

29 May 2017

Is this a golden age for older artists?

Innovation and potential are not merely the preserve of the younger generation – as these artists are proving

29 May 2017
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Do artists’ lives get in the way of their work?

An exhibition of Eric Gill’s art in Ditchling raises questions about how far we can separate art from life. Should biography shape our understanding of an artist’s work?

26 May 2017

The productive failures of Vito Acconci

Remembering the pioneering performance artist Vito Acconci, who died in April aged 77

22 May 2017
Stormont

The real threat to Northern Ireland’s museums

Funding cuts are a danger, but it’s the more insidious changes to the structure and attitude of public sector that we should really worry about

15 May 2017
Peter Laszlo Peri's 'Sunbathers', rediscovered at the Clarendon Hotel, London, in February 2017. © Historic England

When artists fall through the cracks of history

Was it concrete or Communism that caused modernist sculptor Peter Laszlo Peri’s slide into obscurity?

11 May 2017
A New Orleans city worker wears body armour and a face covering as he measures the Jefferson Davis monument on 4 May, 2017, in New Orleans, Loiusiana. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Dismantling America’s monuments to white supremacy

Four Confederate monuments are to be removed from the streets of New Orleans, but their painful legacy endures

10 May 2017
The Fearless Girl (front) statue stands facing the 'Charging Bull' as tourists take pictures in New York on 12 April, 2017. JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

Why this fearless girl should stand her ground

New York’s famous ‘Charging Bull’ statue has company – and despite all the controversy, the new arrival has every right to be there

5 May 2017

Fifty years of The Velvet Underground

It tanked in 1967, but the band’s debut album, produced by Andy Warhol, was still the best pop cultural achievement of its decade

4 May 2017
Portraits of Christophe Plantin (1616) and Jan I Moretus (1613/16) by Peter Paul Rubens, Plantin-Moretus Museum, Antwerp

‘A good business, like a family, needs a myth’

For 300 years, the Plantin-Moretus family in Antwerp ran one of Europe’s most important printing presses

3 May 2017