At home with the Ceaușescus

The dictator and his wife lived in luxury at their Spring Palace – with a golden bathroom and the only colour TV in Romania

22 Dec 2017

How a digital dictionary will advance furniture history

A new digital resource holds a trove of information and will make furniture history more widely accessible

20 Dec 2017
Enrico Castellani, c. 2001. Photography by Nando Lanfranco

Enrico Castellani (1930–2017)

The Italian artist, minimalism’s chosen forefather, was a key figure of the post-war avant-garde

12 Dec 2017
Brooch, 1907, designed by Josef Hoffmann. Courtesy Neue Galerie, New York

The business of luxury in modern Vienna

The Wiener Werkstätte was a commercial flop, but its designs still embody the spirit of Viennese modernism

9 Dec 2017
Robin Hood Gardens, completed in 1972, designed by Alison and Peter Smithson. Courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Acquisitions of the month: November 2017

This month’s acquisitions include a hoard of Soviet nonconformist art, a significant example of brutalist architecture, and a Danish masterpiece

8 Dec 2017
The interior of the Yildiz Hamidiye Mosque in Istanbul, commissioned by Abdulhamid II and completed in 1886, photo: Salvator Barki/Getty Images

Why Ottoman style is in vogue in Erdogan’s Turkey

Ottomanism is in and modernism is out – as the state of three mosques shows

West Gallery with view into Central Court and Alison Wilding's 'Arena', 2000. Leeds Art Gallery.

A revamped Leeds Art Gallery cements the city’s cultural life

Extensive refurbishment has allowed the museum to rethink how its historic building and collection are presented

27 Nov 2017
Feather headdress, early 16th century, Mexico, Aztec,

Vienna’s new window on the world

The city’s ethnographic museum has been reimagined to explain how its exceptional collections migrated to the city

27 Nov 2017
Domaru tosei gusoku armour, Japan, Momoyama period (1573–1615), with 19th-century lacing and brocade and menpo mask (c. 17

Power dressing – a formidable collection of samurai armour in Dallas

Gabriel and Ann Barbier-Mueller have amassed one of the most important collections of its kind in the world

20 Nov 2017
The Alexander Bowl (1100–25), China, Henan prince, Ruzhou, Zhanggongxiang

How the British fell for Chinese art

The redisplay of Chinese art at the British Museum demands that we look back at a rich collecting tradition

18 Nov 2017
Imperial dragon and lotus decorated bowl stand, China, Yongle period (1403–24).

The Asian Art in London Art Awards 2017: The Winners

Apollo presents the winners of this year’s Asian Art in London Art Awards

9 Nov 2017
The Galloway Hoard

Acquisitions of the month: October 2017

A hoard of Viking-era treasures has gone to the National Museums Scotland, while the Towner Art Gallery has secured an impressive contemporary installation

6 Nov 2017
Exterior view of the Sumida Hokusai Museum, designed by Kazuyo Sejima

‘Until recently, no institution in Tokyo was dedicated to Hokusai’

After 20 years of planning, the Sumida Hokusai Museum has finally opened its doors

2 Nov 2017
Cargo Cult, Frith Powell, courtesy the artist

A singular artist makes a rare solo appearance

Frith Powell has been exploring the possibilities of painting for half a century – but has rarely exhibited

1 Nov 2017
The Ayurvedic Man (18th century), Nepal. Wellcome Collection, London

Who owns the heritage of traditional medicine?

The Wellcome Collection examines the history of ‘alternative’ medicine in the Indian subcontinent

The Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., which opened to the public in 1923

Charles Lang Freer’s gift to the American people

The Freer Gallery of Art has reopened its doors after a major refurbishment – and its founder deserves to be better known

28 Oct 2017
Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair

Cézanne’s radical portraiture

The painter’s approach to portraiture seems even more refreshing in the era of selfies

25 Oct 2017
Preliminary sketches for Alice i Underlandet (1966), Tove Jansson

How Tove Jansson reimagined Wonderland

The creator of the Moomins thought deeply about friendship in her Alice illustrations

21 Oct 2017
Take Five (2006), Tom Lamb

Digging down into mining art in County Durham

A new art gallery in Bishop Auckland celebrates the mining art of northern England

20 Oct 2017
Green Eye of the Pyramid (1993–97), Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová. Gift of Lisa Shaffer Anderson and Dudley Buist Anderson

Acquisitions of the month: September 2017

The Chrysler Museum celebrated its biggest gift in decades last month, while the Met acquired an extremely unusual coffin

5 Oct 2017
Looking for Oum Kalthum

The best of the Frieze week satellite events

From the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, to artists’ films at the BFI London Film Festival, there’s plenty to see outside of Regent’s Park

4 Oct 2017
A Hot Afternoon from 'The Last Days of Pompeii (2001), Eleanor Antin. Courtesy Richard Saltoun; © the artist

Wrestling with ancient Rome

Plus: Jack Whitten, Lisson Gallery’s 50th birthday, and Willem de Kooning’s late paintings

1 Oct 2017
Der beste Arzt (The Best Doctor; 1901), Alfred Kubin

The weird world of Alfred Kubin

Plus: Giorgio de Chirico’s writings, Enrico David’s sculptures, and reflections on W.G. Sebald

1 Oct 2017
Encyclopedic Geodes (2017), Damián Ortega. © Damián Ortega. Photo © White Cube (Ben Westoby)

Mashed-up encyclopaedias and dismantled watches

Plus: exhibitions of William Turnbull, Gino De Dominicis, and Tim Head

1 Oct 2017