Alabaster Figure of the Virgin and Child, 14th Century. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Acquisitions of the month: December 2016

The finest new additions to public art collections, from a rare ancient carved gem, to William Orpen’s beautifully illustrated hand-written letters

7 Jan 2017

The crafty imperialist

John Lockwood Kipling (father of the more famous Rudyard) was an important champion of traditional Indian arts and crafts

7 Jan 2017
Stückfrass (2013), Jonas Burgert. Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern. Photo: Lepkowski Studios

The dark art of Jonas Burgert heads for Bologna

Jonas Burgert’s paintings are dark as hell, and absolutely compelling. His major exhibition in Bologna promises to be a highlight this year

6 Jan 2017
Bernardo Bembo, Statesman and Ambassador of Venice

Flemish portraits, science fiction, and an avant-garde centenary

Antwerp’s Old Master treasures are on tour, while the Barbican is staging a sprawling but ambitious science fiction exhibition

5 Jan 2017
Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller at home in Geneva.

Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller (1930–2016)

Jean Paul Barbier-Mueller, the leading tribal art collector and international museum patron, has died at the age of 86

4 Jan 2017

Dutch prints, De Stijl, and David Hockney

Hercules Segers heads for the USA, Giacometti goes to Doha, David Hockney turns 80 in style, and more

4 Jan 2017
National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland is finally to reopen

It’s been a long wait indeed, but the gallery’s refurbishment is nearing completion, and there’s a good line-up of temporary exhibitions, too

3 Jan 2017

John Berger (1926–2017)

The celebrated art critic and novelist has died at the age of 90

2 Jan 2017
Flags I, (1973), Jasper Johns.

The American Dream and the October Revolution

American art at the British Museum; Chris Ofili’s first tapestry; Shakespeare’s Malvolio transformed, and more

2 Jan 2017
Erth, (1971), John Latham.

The legendary John Latham in London

One of the most interesting – and challenging – shows next year will be the Serpentine’s double-look at John Latham

1 Jan 2017
Carudatta Presenting a Pearl Necklace to Vasantesena, (c. 1952), Y. G. Srimati.

Old Master drawings, Tiffany mosaics, and the best Indian art

From the highly anticipated Pacific Standard Time to New York’s famous art fairs, there’s plenty to see across the USA in 2017

31 Dec 2016

Black British art, Merce Cunningham’s collaborations, and Lygia Pape in the USA

A number of UK shows are celebrating black British art, and large-scale exhibitions of Merce Cunningham and Lygia Pape are planned in the US

30 Dec 2016

10 things we didn’t expect in 2016

It’s been a memorable year in the art world for all sorts of reasons…

29 Dec 2016
Infinity Mirrored Room - Gleaming Lights of the Souls, (2008), Yayoi Kusama.

Yayoi Kusama heads to Singapore, while Southeast Asian art travels the globe

There are some excellent exhibitions of Southeast Asian art in the pipeline. Here are the best, alongside other global art highlights

29 Dec 2016
British Sopwith Camels Leaving Their Aerodrome on Patrol over the Asiago Plateau, (1918), Sydney Carline.

War in the sunshine, abstraction in India, and art in a prison

The art of aerial warfare is explored at the Estorick Collection; Claude Cahun and Gillian Wearing make a formidable pair at the NPG; and Edmund Clark heads to prison for art

28 Dec 2016
Scenes from the Lives of the Virgin and other Saints, (c. 1300-05), Giovanni da Rimini.

Guercino, Giovanni da Rimini and Murillo

There are some excellent in-focus exhibitions opening around the world in 2017, including a chance to see Guercino’s frescoes up-close, and a revealing look at the school of Rimini

27 Dec 2016
In 2017, the world's museums are marking 100 years since the death of Auguste Rodin

Ten major art anniversaries to look out for in 2017

It’s been 100 years since the deaths of Rodin and Degas; 500 years since Martin Luther’s 95 Theses; and 2,000 years since the death of Ovid…

26 Dec 2016
School IV: Barracuda under Skipjack Tuna (1978), Michael Andrews

Balloon paintings, Baroque altarpieces and opera

Michael Andrews finally gets a showing at Gagosian, the National Gallery prepares for its spring blockbuster, and more

26 Dec 2016
Contrary Rhythm, James Hugonin

The contemplative power of contemporary stained glass

Recent commissions of stained-glass windows from David Hockney and Bridget Riley tell of a powerful, if suprising contemporary interest in the medium

24 Dec 2016
The Day’s End (1927), Ernest Proctor.

‘There was always good and bad figurative art’

The figurative artists of the 1920s and ’30s should not be considered secondary to their abstract contemporaries – as numerous recent exhibitions have shown

19 Dec 2016
(1988), Sidney Nolan.

Sidney Nolan’s heart of darkness

Australia continued to haunt Sidney Nolan’s imagination long after the painter made his home in Britain

19 Dec 2016

Trouble ahead for New York’s museums

After years of expansion, funding is a major issue for the city’s museums. How will they fare if the Trump administration provokes fresh culture wars?

19 Dec 2016
Does Brussels need the Pompidou? Illustration by Graham Roumieu/Dutch Uncle

Does Brussels need the Pompidou?

The idea to bring the Pompidou to Brussels has been met with scepticism: will it just be a tourist attraction or will it enhance the city’s cultural scene?

19 Dec 2016
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, 1889, Vincent van Gogh

Uncovering Van Gogh’s infamous days in Arles

Was Van Gogh arrested in Arles on the night that he severed his own ear?

17 Dec 2016