With no contracts or value exchanges, announced gifts can easily be revoked. But there are ways to firm up loose agreements
The implementation of the Ivory Act is going to need a lot of pragmatism and expertise
Repatriation is a complex issue, but it is time for a more open-minded approach
In the wake of some of the worst flooding in recent history, and with its population in decline, the city is in troubled waters
An overheated global art market seems to be showing signs of strain
The museum, which reopened in October after six years, stands as a symbol of the country’s hopes for recovery
Natural history collections are uniquely placed to help us make sense of the relationship between humans and catastrophic climate change
Rembrandt’s Night Watch is set to be restored in front of visitors. Should we welcome the growing prevalence of public conservation?
As film and video art moves into the mainstream, curators have to find new ways to keep viewers hooked
Benin City will soon have a permanent display of its court bronzes for the first time in over a century. What makes these artworks so extraordinary?
For four years, exhibitions and events throughout the UK have explored the art of remembrance – with varying results
The image of the penniless artist is an economic reality for many. Now some organisations are fighting for change
On the 20th anniversary of the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, their effectiveness is up for debate
Artists and auction houses alike contribute to the comic excesses of their world – but are they in on the joke?
A 73,000-year-old fragment of stone marked with red lines raises questions about the nature of aesthetic experience
In a new pilot scheme, every 18 year old in France will get €500 to spend on culture next year
Biennials are a mainstay of the contemporary art world, but their purpose seems increasingly unclear
Artworks produced using artificial intelligence have long confounded viewers
Some 20 of the famous stone statues can be found in leading museums – and now campaigners want them back
The controversy over the expansion of the Frick has been resolved, but questions surrounding the preservation of New York’s historic buildings remain
The statue has been in Paris for nearly two centuries, but does it belong back on the island of Milos?
The site of Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue in Westminster was chosen by her fellow suffragists – there is no reason for it to change
The industry is currently geared to private individuals, but perhaps museums should consider it, too
The sculptor has made quietly effective political work in the past. Will he do so again next year?