Has André Malraux’s imaginary museum come into its own?
The French writer and politician is widely credited as the inventor of the ‘virtual’ or ‘imaginary’ museum – but what exactly did he have in mind?
Dragging out the HDMI cable – how to watch video art at home
Moving-image work seems particularly suited to our increasingly online existences
‘The most humane, most incisive and most readable writer on architecture of the modern age’ – a tribute to Michael Sorkin
The critic and architect fervently believed that architecture should promote social justice
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Ave atque vale – all hail the genius of Albert Uderzo’s Asterix
The late artist’s creations are magically expressive, the perfect accompaniment to Goscinny’s witty text. Getafix quick!
Has LACMA lost its way?
As LACMA moves ahead with plans to demolish its four original buildings, is it time to reassess the project – or is it too late?
‘The building is locked but toilets still need to be flushed’ – on closing the V&A
The museum has had to put its building to sleep – its galleries now populated by only security guards and ghosts
Six paintings in search of an audience – on Titian’s poesie at the National Gallery
Bringing Titian’s great mythological works together at a time when few people would see them has been a bittersweet experience – but the paintings offer some consolation
‘Whole streets in the City were shuttered’ – London during the devastating plague of 1665
That we know so much about the day-to-day reality of the Great Plague of London is down to the diaries of John Evelyn and Samuel Pepys
‘She refused to allow moral disgust to cancel admiration’ – a tribute to Fiona MacCarthy
The biographer’s revelations about Eric Gill were delivered with calm objectivity – a quality that made her a superb observer of extraordinary lives, her own included
Guidance and gratitude – on cultural leadership in uncertain times
The director of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., on the challenges of steering the institution and looking after its staff during the Covid-19 crisis
Staying the distance – on museums and the art world in a time of crisis
We’ll need to find ways to be together while alone during the coming weeks and months
The brief end to the long wait for the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens
After two decades of delays, the museum finally opened its doors at the end of February. Now, like so many others, it has had to shut again
‘Rome without people isn’t really Rome at all’ – notes from a city under quarantine
With the whole of Italy in lockdown, the streets of Rome are empty – and the city without visitors has a strange and confusing atmosphere
‘Now is the time to be smart’ – the Pinacoteca di Brera in a time of lockdown
Its doors may be closed, but Milan’s greatest gallery will find ways to keep working for the quarantined city, says director James Bradburne
‘His work was his life, and vice versa’ – a tribute to Ulay (1943–2020)
The German-born artist never stopped reinventing himself – from his gender-bending self-portraits to a film about living with cancer
What is Pyotr Pavlensky playing at?
There is no shortage of theories about why the Russian artist leaked a sex tape that made a French politician drop out of the mayoral race in Paris
Have art prizes had their day?
The decision to split the Turner Prize caused quite a stir – do such gestures undermine art prizes or open up new ways of judging contemporary art?
The ancient heritage at risk from Trump’s border wall
With ‘controlled blasting’ underway in a national monument area in Arizona, cultural sites and their attendant artefacts may be lost forever
When Kirk Douglas played Van Gogh
A celebration of the late actor’s star turn as the tormented artist in Vincente Minnelli’s biopic of 1956
What did Venice look like to a medieval pilgrim from Tuscany?
A 14th-century sketch by a travelling friar is now thought to be the earliest known drawing of the city
Food for thought – the art of the museum restaurant
From casual cafes to fine dining – the eating options at a museum can tell us a great deal about how it sees itself
Could contemporary art be less wasteful?
What effect do contemporary artists have on the environment – and should this affect what we think about their work?
What now for art businesses? Thoughts from an art lawyer in a time of crisis
What steps can art businesses take to temper the risks they face during the Covid-19 pandemic?