The Yawner (side view; c. 1770–83), Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.

The many faces of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

The distorted Character Heads of the 18th-century sculptor have long perplexed critics

28 Jul 2018

The museum pieces every school kid in the Netherlands should see

Leading figures pick objects from Dutch collections that should be seen by every schoolchild in the Netherlands

27 Jul 2018
Nøtel (still; 2015–ongoing), Lawrence Lek and Kode9.

Dystopia lands in London’s Docklands

Lawrence Lek and Kode9 explore sound, architecture and the changing city in their installation at arebyte gallery

26 Jul 2018
Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Bt (1888), John Thomson.

The mysteries and marvels of Sir Richard Wallace

This summer the Wallace Collection turns the spotlight on its enigmatic namesake

24 Jul 2018

Apollo recommends arty novels for the summer

Nobody wants to take a coffee table book to the beach, so here’s some fiction about art – picked by Apollo’s editors

23 Jul 2018

The museum pieces that every school kid needs to see

Leading figures pick objects from UK collections that should be seen by every child in the country

19 Jul 2018
The Bridge, (2018) Li Binyuan, installation view at the Yinchuan Biennale.

Artistic strategies on China’s new Silk Road

The second Yinchuan Biennale is part of an official drive to open up the city to international visitors

18 Jul 2018
Part of a brass choir screen at De Nieuwe Kerke, Amsterdam, cast by unknown brass-founders in c. 1654, after a design by Johannes Lutma, probably in collaboration with Jacob van Campen

The fantastical designs of the Dutch Golden Age

An exhibition at the Rijksmuseum explores the inventive language of the 17th-century auricular style

5 Jul 2018

Acquisitions of the month: June 2018

A major giveaway from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and a Queen Victoria bust are among this month’s top acquisitions

5 Jul 2018
Portrait of Two Girls as the Saints Agnes and Dorothy, (n.d.) Michaelina Wautier. Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

‘Doing justice to an artist no one knows is quite an undertaking’

The first exhibition devoted to the Flemish painter Michaelina Wautier has been a 25-year-long labour of love for its curator

Enclosure C at Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey, Photo: Vincent J. Musi/National Geographic Creative

The site of the earliest known temple on earth continues to keep its secrets

The new museum at Göbekli Tepe in southern Turkey is a welcome addition, but it can’t explain everything

2 Jul 2018
The Procuress, (1625), Gerrit van Honthorst, Centraal Museum, Utrecht

The local museum with a world-class collection of Old Masters

The Centraal Museum is raising its profile with a show devoted to the Utrecht Caravaggisti – but it remains firmly grounded in the city

30 Jun 2018
Lake Geneva with symmetrical reflections, Ferdinand Hodler

Ferdinand Hodler’s symbolic hold on the Swiss imagination

Geneva’s museums are using the centenary of the artist’s death as an opportunity to rethink how they display their collections

23 Jun 2018
Irving and Lucy Sandler. Image courtesy Lauren Grosskopf

Remembering Irving Sandler, the ‘sweeper-up after artists’

The critic, who has died at the age of 92, will be remembered as someone who wanted to be in the thick of it

14 Jun 2018
Photograph by Yevgen Nikiforov, exhibited at Kyiv Art Week

How the city of Kyiv is reckoning with its Soviet past

This year’s Kyiv Art Week celebrated a creative renaissance in the Ukrainian capital, but difficult questions about the city’s architectural heritage remain

11 Jun 2018
After Le Lorrain (detail; 2018). Michael Eden.

French porcelain meets 3D printing at Waddesdon

Michael Eden’s brightly coloured creations offer a modern update on the manor’s historic collection

7 Jun 2018
Head of Perseus, Odilon Redon

Acquisitions of the month: May 2018

Two Attic vases once owned by Lucien Bonaparte enter the Louvre, while the Getty acquires its first Rodin bronze

6 Jun 2018
Design by Owen Jones, based on a ceramic dish, an alternative design for Plate 7 in ‘Examples of Chinese Ornament selected from objects in the South Kensington museum and other collections’ (1867)

A set of original drawings by Owen Jones have returned to the museum that inspired them

The designer’s interpretations of Chinese decorative art can now be found in the V&A

Female tumbler, c. 1800–30, unknown artist, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The paintings that turned Persian art on its head in the 19th century

The arts in Qajar Iran acknowledged previous traditions while reflecting a rapidly changing world

2 Jun 2018
Illustration by Tom Lobo Brennan

How conservators are fighting the battle against built-in obsolescence

It’s never too early to begin preserving time-based media art

24 May 2018
Auguste Rodin photographed in his Museum of Antiquities, c. 1908–12, by Albert Harlingue, courtesy British Museum, London

Rodin’s complicated relationship with classical art

Rodin’s relationship with the Parthenon sculptures – and classical art in general – was far from straightforward

22 May 2018

Seats of power through the centuries

Throne chairs have acted as seats of power for centuries – but their form and meaning has evolved

19 May 2018
Alfred Drury’s statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds, first President of the Royal Academy, in front of the façade of Burlington House.

‘The Royal Academy remains a great asset that must never be squandered’

Norman Rosenthal, Rebecca Salter, Nick Goss and Sarah Turner share their views on what sets the RA apart

15 May 2018
The new Wohl Entrance Hall.

The making of the new Royal Academy – an insider’s view

The RA’s Secretary and Chief Executive traces the history of the institution’s redevelopment