Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, main building at Ausstellungsstrasse, 2017.

The Design Museum Zurich gets a stylish makeover

The refurbished museum is filled with fascinating objects from New Wave typography to a Swiss railway clock

12 Sep 2018
The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, photographed on 3 September 2018, a day after a fire devastated the building.

In losing its national museum, Brazil has been robbed of a chapter of its history

The museum housed in the former royal palace in Rio de Janeiro was once a symbol of national pride and progress

4 Sep 2018

Art goes underground at a new museum in Helsinki

The Amos Rex brings together classic Finnish functionalism and a futuristic underground space

2 Sep 2018
Model Citizens (2008), Wouter Osterholt and Elke Uitentuis.

The remarkable rebirth of the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo

The pioneering space for contemporary art has reopened and transformed itself into a vital local centre

31 Aug 2018
Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Chester French

The museum pieces that every school kid in the US needs to see

Five leading museum directors pick objects that should be seen by every child in America

29 Aug 2018
The Miracle of the Slave, Tintoretto

The triumph of Tintoretto

To mark the 500th anniversary of Tintoretto’s birth, the Venetian artist is finally having a major exhibition in his hometown

28 Aug 2018
'Giselle' (1841), performed by the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, London, in 2018, in a production using designs from 1985 by John Macfarlane, photo: Helen Maybanks; © ROH 2018

Creating a scene on stage

How set designers and scene painters have beguiled audiences through the centuries

27 Aug 2018
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The lasting legacy of Thomas Chippendale

Three hundred years after the cabinet-maker’s birth, his name is still a byword for excellence

25 Aug 2018
Pharmacy 2 at Newport Street Gallery, London.

Eight bars and restaurants for art lovers

Forget the food … where can you go for a good interior, an artist-run hub, or some art worth looking at on the walls?

23 Aug 2018
Alberto Falchetti, (1905), John Singer Sargent, private collection

The Italian painter who travelled to the Holy Land with John Singer Sargent

The discovery that Sargent made the journey with Alberto Falchetti sheds new light on both artists

20 Aug 2018
The Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, London, designed by Charles Harrison Townsend and constructed in 1898–1901.

The Horniman Museum takes on the world

The London museum’s outstanding ethnographic collections finally have a fitting home

15 Aug 2018
Exterior of the Stony Island Arts Bank

Celebrating the diversity of Chicago’s cultural landscape

The Terra Foundation’s year-long cultural programme shines a spotlight on the ‘third coast’ of America

2 Aug 2018
10,000 Miles Along the Yangzi River (detail; 1699), Wang Hui

Acquisitions of the month: July 2018

A 16-metre-long Chinese scroll and some Surrealist masterpieces are among this month’s top acquisitions

1 Aug 2018

Eight artists’ gardens that are artworks in their own right

Artists have often been inspired by gardens – and some have created outdoor masterpieces of their own

30 Jul 2018
The Yawner (side view; c. 1770–83), Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.

The many faces of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

The distorted Character Heads of the 18th-century sculptor have long perplexed critics

28 Jul 2018

The museum pieces every school kid in the Netherlands should see

Leading figures pick objects from Dutch collections that should be seen by every schoolchild in the Netherlands

27 Jul 2018
Nøtel (still; 2015–ongoing), Lawrence Lek and Kode9.

Dystopia lands in London’s Docklands

Lawrence Lek and Kode9 explore sound, architecture and the changing city in their installation at arebyte gallery

26 Jul 2018
Sir Richard Wallace, 1st Bt (1888), John Thomson.

The mysteries and marvels of Sir Richard Wallace

This summer the Wallace Collection turns the spotlight on its enigmatic namesake

24 Jul 2018

Apollo recommends arty novels for the summer

Nobody wants to take a coffee table book to the beach, so here’s some fiction about art – picked by Apollo’s editors

23 Jul 2018

The museum pieces that every school kid needs to see

Leading figures pick objects from UK collections that should be seen by every child in the country

19 Jul 2018
The Bridge, (2018) Li Binyuan, installation view at the Yinchuan Biennale.

Artistic strategies on China’s new Silk Road

The second Yinchuan Biennale is part of an official drive to open up the city to international visitors

18 Jul 2018
Part of a brass choir screen at De Nieuwe Kerke, Amsterdam, cast by unknown brass-founders in c. 1654, after a design by Johannes Lutma, probably in collaboration with Jacob van Campen

The fantastical designs of the Dutch Golden Age

An exhibition at the Rijksmuseum explores the inventive language of the 17th-century auricular style

5 Jul 2018

Acquisitions of the month: June 2018

A major giveaway from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and a Queen Victoria bust are among this month’s top acquisitions

5 Jul 2018
Portrait of Two Girls as the Saints Agnes and Dorothy, (n.d.) Michaelina Wautier. Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp.

‘Doing justice to an artist no one knows is quite an undertaking’

The first exhibition devoted to the Flemish painter Michaelina Wautier has been a 25-year-long labour of love for its curator