An ambitious plan to put Montpellier on the map

The city of Montpellier’s cultural plans include a new contemporary art museum headed up by Nicolas Bourriaud

29 Mar 2017
Portrait of Howard Hodgkin featuring Portrait of the Artist Listening to Music (2016), photographed by Miriam Perez. Courtesy Gagosian.

Recollections of Howard Hodgkin

Howard Hodgkin’s great artistic struggle – and achievement – was to find a way of visualising memories

29 Mar 2017
Kiran Nadar photographed in her museum

‘When I start bidding it’s very hard to stop’

Kiran Nadar on the ‘exhilaration’ of art collecting, the museum she set up in Delhi, and her commitment to showing Indian artists on the global stage

29 Mar 2017
Das Paar (The Couple) (1956), Méret Oppenheim. Private collection

Meret Oppenheim – an outsider interested in the outsides of things

Swiss artist Meret Oppenheim’s objects – she referred to them as ‘things’ – are still deeply unsettling, drawing you into their worlds and their logic

27 Mar 2017
Leonora Carrington, photographed by Lee Miller in 1939. Image courtesy Lee Miller Archives, England 2016. All rights reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

In the kitchen with Leonora Carrington

What it was like to meet the Surrealist artist in Mexico

27 Mar 2017

Culture wars in Bosnia

The National Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina is a powerful symbol of the tensions that persist in Bosnia more than 20 years after the end of the war

27 Mar 2017

Mondrian gets his moment

The Gemeentemuseum has the largest collection of Mondrian’s works in the world – no wonder that it’s at the centre of the centenary celebrations of De Stijl this year

25 Mar 2017
Apeopla pass on 2 April, 2012, by the Santa Maria Paganica church near the 'red zone' closed to public, in the historic area of L'Aquila devastated by the 2009 earthquake. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

Can L’Aquila rise from the rubble of the 2009 earthquake?

Eight years on from the earthquake that claimed 309 lives, reconstruction work is still underway, hampered by bureaucracy and corruption

24 Mar 2017

A look back over Rodin’s rollercoaster career

The French sculptor attracted commissions and controversy in equal measure, and his reputation is constantly being reassessed

21 Mar 2017

Past and present collide at the Art Institute of Chicago

The museum’s new medieval and Renaissance galleries put its outstanding collections in the spotlight and invites fresh and unexpected connections

20 Mar 2017
Andiron representing Psyche, , 1809, made by Pierre-Philippe Thomire, after a design by Charles Percier.

The man who created ‘dictator chic’

Charles Percier may not be a household name, but his Empire style sums up the Napoleonic era – and has had imitators ever since

16 Mar 2017

TEFAF video: an unholy alliance – conflict or symbiosis?

Watch a TEFAF Talk about the relationship between museums and the art trade

12 Mar 2017
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