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Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds, and Pretzels (c. 1615), Clara Peeters

More to cheese than meets the eye?

How Dutch meal still life paintings captured the great intellectual preoccupations of the 17th century

11 Mar 2017

Beyond the Surface: Howard Hodgkin, 1932–2017

The celebrated painter Howard Hodgkin has died in London aged 84

9 Mar 2017
Mad About Surrealism, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam

Where to go when you leave TEFAF Maastricht

If you’re visiting the fair, why not expand your horizons and head to these nearby art events, too?

9 Mar 2017
Frances Morris will take over from Chris Dercon as director of Tate Modern later this year.

Are things looking up for women in the arts?

Women artists have long been underrepresented on the world stage. On International Women’s Day, we celebrate some notable recent attempts at change

8 Mar 2017
Gustav Metzger (1960), Ida Kar. © National Portrait Gallery, London

Gustav Metzger (1926–2017)

Once described as the ‘conscience of the art world’, Metzger believed in the responsibility of artists to inspire revolutionary social change

6 Mar 2017

Acquisitions of the month: February 2017

The finest new additions to public art collections, from a late medieval altarpiece panel, to 62 works of art by contemporary African American artists

1 Mar 2017
Big Springs in Yellowstone Park (1872), Thomas Moran. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Ten art events to get to in March

This month’s exhibition highlights include a major Rodin centenary exhibition and the National Gallery’s pairing of Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo

28 Feb 2017
The Finnish art historian Tancred Borenius (1885–1948), photographed in his office in 1940. Photo: William Vandivert/Getty Images

‘He helped set the standard for Apollo’

Tancred Borenius (1885–1948), one of Apollo’s earliest contributors, is remembered for his significant contribution to art history and criticism

27 Feb 2017
Sumando Ausencias by Doris Salcedo in the Plaza de Bolívar. Photo: © Oscar Monsalve; © Doris Salcedo

‘The Plaza de Bolívar has become a canvas and protesters the artists’

The Plaza de Bolívar in Bogotá is the beating heart of Colombia, a place where protesters and artists (including Doris Salcedo) routinely gather

27 Feb 2017

What the sale of the Czartoryski collection says about Poland today

The Czartoryski family owned one of the greatest art collections in Poland. Why have they sold it to the Polish state?

27 Feb 2017
Red-figure bell krater (c. 500–490 BC), Greek, Attic, attributed to the Berlin Painter. Musée du Louvre, Paris; © RMN-Grand Palais (musée du Louvre)/Stéphane Maréchalle

Striking attitudes on the sides of ancient Greek vases

What does the style and subjects of the artist known as the ‘Berlin Painter’ tell us about vase-painting in 5th-century Athens?

25 Feb 2017
Single-volume Qur’an (1340–41), copied by Arghun al-Kamili, possibly Iraq, Jalayirid period. Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, Istanbul

A look back at the beautifully inventive art of the Mamluks

The artistic achievements of the Mamluks rival those of the Renaissance, argued Mahonri Sharp Young in a 1981 issue of Apollo

24 Feb 2017
Set of bronzes representing Apsaras and a sitting deity, 12th century, Angkor Wat, installation view, Feuerle Collection, Berlin.. Photo: Thomas Meyer

Why Désiré Feuerle displays his art in a Berlin bunker

Désiré Feuerle talks to Apollo about his collection of Asian and contemporary art and its unusual underground home

22 Feb 2017
Yvon Lambert, Paris

The bookish side of Parisian art

In Paris the art world and the book world frequently overlap. Here are some of the most interesting initiatives across the capital

14 Feb 2017
Detail of Folies-Bergère, La Loïe Fuller (1893), Jules Chéret.

Acquisitions of the month: January 2017

The finest new additions to public art collections, from a Czech Surrealist masterpiece, to a collection of 800 rare Japanese prints

7 Feb 2017
Head of an Actor (detail; c. 1844-64), Utagawa Kunisada. © William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest

Nine art events to get to in February

The exhibition highlights and museum openings not to miss this month

6 Feb 2017

The pull of Hockney’s pool paintings

David Hockney found his great inspiration in the backyards of California – creating a look that influenced generations of artists

4 Feb 2017
Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Are artists’ estates too protective of artists’ reputations?

How far should estates seek to control public perceptions of an artist’s life and work?

30 Jan 2017
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott talk alongside a statue of the Dancing Shiva ahead of a meeting in New Delhi, 5 September, 2014. The $5 million bronze statue was returned to India from the National Gallery of Australia after it emerged that it had been stolen from a Tamil Nadu temple. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

How should museums respond to art smuggling scandals?

Despite all best efforts, museums can and do unwittingly acquire stolen artefacts. What happens when new information throws an item’s provenance into doubt?

24 Jan 2017

‘We have always been an avant-garde museum’

How do you maintain a museum’s experimental spirit, while putting the permanent collection centre-stage?

21 Jan 2017
Charles III (detail; 1786–87), Francisco de Goya y Lucientes.

The light and shade of Charles III of Spain

Three shows in Madrid bring out the contradictions of Charles III, an enlightened ruler who could not resist the trappings of monarchy

18 Jan 2017
Madame Noblet (1897), Medardo Rosso.

There’s much more to St Louis than the memory of the World’s Fair

The city’s museums are flourishing, with top exhibitions – including a major Medardo Rosso show

16 Jan 2017

The flower painter who was fed up with his masterpieces

Henri Fantin-Latour’s finest works are the flower paintings that he made in bulk – but he didn’t think so

14 Jan 2017
Charing Cross Bridge: Fog on the Thames (1903), Claude Monet. © President and Fellows of Harvard College

Eight art events to get to this month

The exhibition highlights and museum openings not to miss in January

10 Jan 2017