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
On Form and Fiction (1990), Steven Campbell. Installation view: 'GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland', at the Scottish National Gallery, 2014. Photo: John McKenzie

Acquisitions of the month: November 2016

The finest new additions to public art collections, from a large group of Cuban art in Miami, to G. F. Watts’ celebrated portrait of Violet Lindsay

8 Dec 2016
Rauschenberg photographed in Captiva, Florida, 1978. Photo: Attributed to Billy Klüver; courtesy Robert Rauschenberg Foundation

Robert Rauschenberg’s escape to Florida

In 1970 Rauschenberg left New York City for an island off the Florida coast. His retreat from the city transformed his art, and his legacy

30 Nov 2016
The Queen’s House, Greenwich, designed by Inigo Jones in 1616 and completed in 1635. Royal Museums Greenwich

The first classical building in Britain gets the modern treatment it deserves

The Queen’s House in Greenwich is steeped in so much history that curators have struggled to decide what to highlight. But now the problem seems to have been solved

How photography came of age in Brazil

Pedro II, Brazil’s ‘citizen-emperor’ was a devoted patron of the new technology and a keen photographer himself

28 Nov 2016
Medallion (detail; first half of 14th century), Iraq or western Iran. David Collection, Copenhagen

The making of one of the greatest Islamic art museums in the world

‘When this collection began, no one thought that Islam would be on everyone’s lips’

26 Nov 2016

Why Austria’s leading museum has cause to celebrate

Sabine Haag, the director-general of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, discusses how one of the world’s grandest museums is preparing for the future

23 Nov 2016

What’s in store at the National Portrait Gallery?

A tour of some of the highlights of the NPG’s hidden collection

23 Nov 2016
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros and Glenn D. Lowry, Director, The Museum of Modern Art, stand next to Alejandro Otero, 'Colored Lines on White Background' (1950) © 2016 Scott Rudd

Acquisitions of the month: October

MoMA and the Musée d’Orsay are the big winners: they both received landmark gifts from prominent collectors that will transform their holdings

17 Nov 2016
Jade boulder carved with Chinese landscape (18th century), Chinese, Qing dynasty, jade. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

What’s behind jade’s mystical appeal?

Throughout Chinese history, jade has been prized for its beauty and its spiritual associations. Its appeal continues today, but its role is changing

12 Nov 2016
The rise and fall and rise of Battersea Power Station. Apollo magazine.

The rise, fall, and rise of Battersea Power Station

For all its fame, Giles Gilbert Scott’s ‘temple of power’ in Battersea has had a chequered and difficult history. Is its future finally secure?

9 Nov 2016

A tribute to Giles Waterfield (1949–2016)

The curator, academic critic, and novelist was an inspirational figure, but also a dear friend to many in the art world

8 Nov 2016
Dragon-and-phoenix box and cover (depicted), Chinese, mark and reign of Longqing (1567–72). The Royal Collection

A closer look at the Chinese and Japanese masterpieces in the Royal Collection

More than 2,000 objects of porcelain, lacquer, jade, enamel and ivory have been catalogued, researched, conserved, and photographed

31 Oct 2016