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Installation view of Monster Chetwynd’s Hybrid Creatures (Snake, Spider, Bat, Crocodile) at the Istanbul Biennial, 2019.

Monsters, mirrors and ruined mansions – on Büyükada island at the Istanbul Biennial

The decaying grandeur of the island makes for a beautiful setting – but it’s one that vies for attention with the art on view

4 Oct 2019
Boy Blowing on Firebrand (detail; c. 1660), Georges de la Tour.

Dijon’s grand old museum has a new look – and it really cuts the mustard

After a decade-long renovation, the palatial Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon can now show its masterpieces to even greater advantage

3 Oct 2019
The Skissernas Museum in Lund, Sweden.

Cornering the maquette – the Swedish museum dedicated to works in progress

Founded in 1934 in Lund, southern Sweden, the Skissernas Museum of sketches, models and preparatory work offers a valuable insight into artistic projects – including those never made

2 Oct 2019

Aux armes, citoyens! The new Musée de la Libération in Paris

A museum charting the dramatic history of the French Resistance and the Liberation of Paris has an elegant and historic new home in Montparnasse

27 Sep 2019
Young Hare (detail; 1502), Albrecht Dürer. Image: © The Albertina Museum, Vienna

Within a hare’s breadth of Dürer’s masterful drawings at the Albertina

A Dürer show at the Albertina presents a rare opportunity to see some of the German artist’s drawings usually kept caged up in the dark

25 Sep 2019
Napoleon at Fontainebleau, 31 March 1814 (1840), Paul Delaroche.

Luxury in exile – at Napoleon’s country villa on Elba

The Mediterranean island still bears the mark of its most famous one-time resident

23 Sep 2019
Jean Dubuffet in front of a sculpture by Émile Ratier at the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, in February 1976. Photo: Jean-Jacques Laesar; Archives de la Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne

How Jean Dubuffet brought outsider artists into the museum

The French artist is still the guiding spirit of the Collection de l’Art Brut, the museum he founded in Lausanne

21 Sep 2019
Amber casket in the shape of a three-story monument containing ivory figures, (c. 1660). Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire. Photo: Waddesdon Image Library/Mike Fear

‘A very Rothschild type of display’ – Waddesdon’s new gallery, reviewed

The new permanent gallery presents all kinds of exquisite pieces with special family associations

20 Sep 2019
Portrait of Pietro Aretino (detail), (1527), here attributed to Titian. Kunstmuseum Basel

‘An important work by Titian has been hiding in plain sight’

A lost portrait of the 16th-century writer Pietro Aretino may have been at the Kunstmuseum Basel for the last hundred years

20 Sep 2019

South Africa’s most established art fair has undergone a rapid rebirth

A sophisticated revamp means that Art Joburg is now a smaller, sleeker affair

19 Sep 2019
Group of quadrants in ‘Science City 1550–1800’ at the Science Museum, London. Photo: © Jody Kingzett, Science Museum Group

The scientific revolution gets the royal treatment

The Science Museum’s new gallery makes subtle links between royal patronage, scientific progress and earthly conquest

19 Sep 2019

A tour of Titania’s Palace

The fairy-tale doll’s house, now at Egeskov Castle in Denmark, still has the power to beguile with its miniature marvels and deceptions

13 Sep 2019
Jane Seymour (detail; c. 1537), after Hans Holbein the Younger.

Acquisitions of the month: August 2019

This month’s highlights include paintings of Henry VIII’s favourite wife and Dorothea Tanning’s much-loved dog

10 Sep 2019
The Apollo 40 under 40 Middle East launch party at the Serpentine Pavilion, London, 2019

The Apollo 40 under 40 Middle East launch – in pictures

Celebrating the new, Middle East edition of the Apollo 40 Under 40 at the Serpentine Pavilion

5 Sep 2019

Crafty capers – the art of the heist on screen

The glamour of the art world lends itself perfectly to that most glamourising of movie genres – the heist film

30 Aug 2019
The Dark Rigi, The Lake of Lucerne (1842), J.M.W. Turner.

‘Ravishing essays in light and colour’ – on Turner’s views of Mount Rigi

The view of Mount Rigi from Lake Lucerne inspired a series of great watercolours – one of which is currently under export bar in the UK

28 Aug 2019
Adolf Fischer at the Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, c. 1913.

The prescient pair who created Europe’s first museum of East Asian art

Adolf and Frieda Fischer’s globetrotting led to their founding the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst in Cologne

24 Aug 2019
Moby Dick Transcendent (1930), Rockwell Kent, illustration for the Lakeside Press edition of Moby-Dick.

Depicting Moby Dick – the artists who set out to capture Melville’s white whale

Moby-Dick is a novel suspicious of visual representation – but one that has inspired scores of illustrators and painters

21 Aug 2019
The Gruuthusemuseum in Bruges (pre-2014).

A history of Bruges in 20,000 objects

The gothic heart of Bruges now beats a little faster at the renovated Gruuthusemuseum

19 Aug 2019
Photograph of Baltimore waterfront in c. 1910/15.

The museums putting Baltimore back on the cultural map

The American city has not one, but two world-class art institutions – both contributing to its wider revival

17 Aug 2019
Opus 217. Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones and Tints, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890 (1890), Paul Signac. Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Félix Fénéon – critic, collector, and champion of African art

The Parisian critic may have been an enigma who stayed out of sight – but he introduced African art to the French avant-garde

14 Aug 2019
untitled (to you, Heiner, with admiration and affection) (1973), Dan Flavin. Installation view of ‘Königsklasse’, Herrenchiemsee Palace, Munich, 2019.

Minimalism, murals and makeshift studios – contemporary art comes to Munich

The Bavarian capital is reasserting its position as a city to rival Berlin in its embrace of the arts

12 Aug 2019
The Menil Drawing Institute at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, designed by Johnston Marklee

‘All viewers are equal – no one is told how to see’ – at the Menil Drawing Institute

The latest addition to the Menil’s ‘neighbourhood of art’ in Houston offers an expanded vision of what drawing means

10 Aug 2019
Clevedon Bandstand (1964), Peter Lanyon.

Acquisitions of the month: July 2019

One of Peter Lanyon’s last works and a rare print by Rembrandt are among this month’s highlights

9 Aug 2019