Art news: Ai Weiwei shows in Beijing; Gwangju Biennial and New Museum Triennial curators announced; stolen Rodin sculpture found; MFA Boston in racism row
From Old Master portraits to 20th-century abstraction: there’s plenty on offer in the capital this week
French culture minister sacks Nicolas Bourriaud; Italy seeks 20 new museum directors; Whitworth wins Museum of the Year award; condom art controversy in Milwaukee
Some major art dealers are calling it quits, others have joined forces. Who’s saying what about the changing state of the industry?
Valeria Napoleone and the Contemporary Art Society are taking a proactive approach to a protracted issue
Six museums are in the running for this year’s £100,000 prize. Which would you choose?
A good month for women artists: works by Louise Bourgeois, Elizabeth Remington, and Anna Vallayer-Coster are acquired for major museums
Isis destruction in Palmyra; Russborough treasures withdrawn from auction; Court orders Danh Vo to produce new work; Queen Elizabeth deeply unimpressed by painting
Europe remembers Waterloo; Outsider artist Nek Chand dies; Art Basel opens its doors; and Anish Kapoor’s ‘vagina’ sculpture is vandalised at Versailles
Meet the musicians, actors and politicians who dabble in the arts
Video from the scene suggests serious damage to the building
Can Finland’s art scene survive in the face of declining public funding, lack of economic security, and oversupply of labour?
Attempted terrorist attack at Karnak; chaos on the Cooper Union board; Sleeping Beauty found in Ethiopian tomb; and the new Garage Museum
A rare funerary bust is accompanied by 19th-century photographs from the site
The ‘Museum for the World’ is a noble but dangerous ideal
British Museum highlights could be sent to Abu Dhabi; Iranian artist imprisoned for ‘insulting the Supreme Leader’; MoMA staff stage protests
And the National Gallery knows it
In a way, the disruption completes the performance
These 20 Italian museums will appoint new directors this year and will be granted financial autonomy, as part of the…
Red tape, nepotism, funding shortages…The Italian museum system has long been in need of an overhaul
Barbra Streisand donates to LACMA; the Met and the NGA pay homage to Aaron Douglas; SNPG celebrates the Scottish Colourist F. C. B. Cadell
An inventive 21st-century response to copyright infringement
Fighting continues in Palmyra; Tania Bruguera is detained in Havana; Richard Prince raids Instagram
Turtles, lizards and frog-men on Louis XIV’s famous fountain get a spectacular makeover