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Head with Horns (detail; before 1894), artist unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

A closer look at the ‘fake’ Gauguin at the Getty

The wooden horned head is now believed to be by an unknown artist. Questions over its attribution to Gauguin were examined in Apollo in 2009, in an article republished in full here

31 Jan 2020
The new glass roof covering the courtyard of the Princes Czartoryski Museum in Kraków. Photo: Tomasz Markowski; © National Museum in Kraków

A new look for the princely collection that now belongs to the Polish state

The Princes Czartoryski Museum in Kraków has reopened after a decade of controversies and delays

30 Jan 2020

Hester Diamond (1928–2020)

The much-loved art collector has died at the age of 91. She discussed her passion for the Old Masters in Apollo in 2011, in an interview republished in full here

29 Jan 2020
The Egyptian Antiques Seller, (1884), Charles Wilda.

The Victorian collectors who loved art from ancient Egypt

The reunited fragments of a bowl in Bolton Museum can tell us a lot about the longstanding British enthusiasm for ancient Egypt

25 Jan 2020
Installation view of ‘Rosemarie Castoro’ at MAMCO Geneva.

Geneva’s modern art museum displays a refreshingly makeshift spirit

MAMCO’s origins as a collection formed by independent collectors still makes itself felt in interesting ways

20 Jan 2020
L'Âme brisant les liens qui l'attachent à la terre (1821–23), Pierre-Paul Prudhon.

Acquisitions of the Month: December 2019

A late allegory by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon and an early English piece of porcelain are among this month’s highlights

10 Jan 2020
A postcard showing the Kursaal Casino and Music Hall, which was on Alfi Bey Street in the Ezbekiyya district of Cairo.

Life was a cabaret – the Roaring Twenties in Cairo

Most traces of the city’s early 20th-century nightlife have now disappeared. Only the shells of former casinos and theatres hint at this bygone era

6 Jan 2020
The Abduction of Ganymede (detail; 1635), Rembrandt van Rijn.

Haul of shame – the ‘trophy art’ taken from Germany by the Red Army

Their existence is no longer a secret, but the status of many of the works seized after the Second World War remains unclear

6 Jan 2020
The young Susi Korihana Theri swimming, infrared film, Catrimani, Roraima (1972–74), Claudia Andujar.

Casting an eye over the year ahead in photography

A new festival in Melbourne and a survey of Claudia Andujar in Paris are among the events to watch out for in 2020

2 Jan 2020
The Mass at Dordrecht (c. 1650), Aelbert Cuyp. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Art anniversaries to look out for in 2020

From Renaissance painting to Romantic poetry – expect celebrations of Raphael, Piranesi, Wordsworth and more

2 Jan 2020
Within Reach (detail; 2019), Jordan Casteel.

The politics of pregnancy and the future of painting – contemporary art highlights in 2020

Highlights in the year ahead include a spate of shows around the theme of maternity and a survey of recent figurative painting

1 Jan 2020
Michael Clark & Company, I Am Curious, Orange (1988).

Time and motion study – the year ahead in dance

US audiences have new treats in store from Alexei Ratmansky, while in London the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells celebrate the work of Michael Clark and Richard Alston

31 Dec 2019

Arty films and books to look out for in 2020

From The Rock as an art detective to warts-and-all Warhol – the must-see films and a first reading list for art lovers

30 Dec 2019

The museum openings not to miss in 2020

The Humboldt Forum in Berlin is scheduled to open – finally – in the autumn, while in Oslo the Munch Museum returns in a smart new home

27 Dec 2019

Giddy heights in the Gulf and Shanghai and rescue missions in the UK – the year ahead in architecture

What to watch in the world of architecture in 2020, from the race to become the world’s tallest building to increasingly urgent conservation battles

26 Dec 2019
Standing Figure with African Masks (2018), Claudette Johnson. Tate, London

Books, biennials and trailblazing women – artists select their highlights of 2019

Artists including Lubaina Himid, Hew Locke and Ibrahim Mahama pick out their favourite shows and events of the past year

24 Dec 2019

‘The most accomplished watercolourist of his day’

Fifty years after his death, William Russell Flint – once hugely popular, if critically spurned – deserves reevaluation

21 Dec 2019

School of rock – inside the new-look Aberdeen Art Gallery

After a £35m renovation and expansion, the granite city can finally display its collections in the manner they deserve

18 Dec 2019
‘The Prophet Muhammad encounters the angel of half-fire and half-snow’, miniature from a copy of al-Sarai’s Nahj al-Faradis (c. 1465), Herat.

Eye of the beholder – how the Prophet Muhammad has been depicted through the centuries

Museums have avoided displaying images of the Prophet in recent years – but might this not do a disservice to the heritage of Islam?

18 Dec 2019
The ‘Getty fire’ in Brentwood, California on 28 October 2019 (with the Getty Center visible in the background).

What makes a museum ‘fire-proof’?

The Getty Center’s fire prevention system is a standard-bearer for museums and historic properties worldwide

17 Dec 2019
Late Maharaja of Benaras (1986), Raghu Rai

From New Delhi to New York – the ever-growing brand of DAG

The Indian art gallery opened its first modest space in Delhi in 1993. Now its spaces and partnerships extend across the globe

12 Dec 2019
Jonathan Miller. Photo: Lucinda Douglas-Menzies

‘Rehearsals were frequently full of laughter’ – remembering Jonathan Miller

The late stage director, filmmaker, comedian, writer and medical man wore his experience lightly – and made an excellent museum guide

11 Dec 2019
The Doors (video still detail; 2019), Zach Blas.

How a small German city became a leading home for new media art

The Edith-Russ-Haus in Oldenburg is currently host to an exhibition exploring the rise of ‘nootropics’, or smart drugs, in Silicon Valley

10 Dec 2019
Detail of the south wall of the Sala di Psiche, Palazzo Te, Mantua, Giulio Romano and workshop.

‘A buffet of bums, boobs and bollocks’ – Giulio Romano at Palazzo Te

The 16th-century frescoed palace has been sexed up with a show exploring power and desire in the mannerist’s art

7 Dec 2019