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Art Basel Miami Beach 2019. Courtesy Art Basel

The week in art news – Art Basel Miami Beach cancelled

Plus: Siah Armajani (1939–2020) | and SFMOMA is cutting the pay of all full-time staff

4 Sep 2020
The Severan Tondo, c. 200AD, Altes Museum, Berlin.

Losing face – iconoclasm in ancient Rome

The importance of public statuary and portraiture for the Romans is no better demonstrated than in the way images of personae non gratae were destroyed, disfigured or re-carved

28 Jul 2020
Inside the Hagia Sophia Museum in Istanbul.

The week in art news – Hagia Sophia to be turned back into mosque

Plus: James Murdoch’s firm to invest in MCH Group | Frieze fairs in London cancelled | Frank Popper (1918–2020) | Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation to be disbanded | Delphine Lévy (1969–2020) | Statue of Black Lives Matter protester erected in Bristol | Met to open five days a week from August | TEFAF New York has been cancelled

13 Jul 2020
Gilded statues and ritual objects arranged by Alice S. Kandell

Looking closely at art during lockdown

Philip Hewat-Jaboor, chairman of Masterpiece London, and Tibetan art specialist Alice S. Kandell on spending more time with objects

24 Jun 2020
Germano Celant (1940–2020).

‘A giant of Italian art’ – on Germano Celant (1940–2020)

The critic and curator, who coined the term Arte Povera, played a large part in shaping the art world as we know it

4 May 2020
St Augustine's Church, Highbury.

In search of art during lockdown

We’ve all been visiting museums of the mind – but can also take in the art on our doorsteps

4 May 2020
Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris in January 2020.

Trial by fire – the rush to rebuild Notre-Dame

Was the pledge to restore the cathedral in just five years a reasonable commitment or a rash promise?

A view of Museum Island and the Bode Museum in Berlin.

The week in art news – museums in Germany prepare to reopen

Peter Beard (1938–2020) | Sue Davies (1933–2020) | MoMA PS1 lays off 70 per cent of staff | Myriam Ben Salah appointed executive director of Renaissance Society | Met lays off 80 employees | Notre-Dame construction site to reopen next week | Serpentine Pavilion commission postponed to 2021 | Howardena Pindell sues former gallery

24 Apr 2020
The interior of the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza photographed during construction in September 2019.

Opening of Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza postponed until 2021

Plus: Jeffery Camp (1923–2020) | Laura Raicovich appointed interim director of Leslie-Lohman Museum | and recommended reading

7 Apr 2020
Paul Kasmin at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018.

Paul Kasmin (1960–2020)

Plus: Major earthquake damages spire of Zagreb Cathedral | Alberto Uderzo (1927–2020) | and San Francisco Art Institute may close

24 Mar 2020
Le Mobilier Funéraire Gallo-Roman et Franc en Picardie et en Artois (Paris, 1902).

A history of Birmingham in 456 lots – the Assay Office Library comes to auction

A sale of volumes collected by the Assay Office over two centuries brings numerous important works to the market, despite local opposition

24 Mar 2020
A police officer standing guard in St Peter’s Square.

‘Rome without people isn’t really Rome at all’ – notes from a city under quarantine

With the whole of Italy in lockdown, the streets of Rome are empty – and the city without visitors has a strange and confusing atmosphere

11 Mar 2020

Art Dubai postponed indefinitely due to coronavirus

Plus: Emilia Beatriz wins 2020/21 Margaret Tait Award | Italy rejects arrest warrant for Old Master forger | Proposal to turn Sydney’s Cockatoo Island into art attraction rejected by officials | Peter Dreher (1932–2020) | and MOCA Tucson appoints Laura Copelin its executive director and chief curator

3 Mar 2020
Sculpture of Romulus and Remus suckling at a she-wolf in the Musei Capitolini. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Has the tomb of Romulus really been found – or is someone crying wolf?

Claims that the resting place of the legendary founder of Rome has been discovered cause Rakewell to raise an eyebrow

28 Feb 2020
Photo: Helge Høifødt/Wikimedia Commons

Norwegian government authorises demolition of building bearing murals by Picasso

Plus: Brazilian collector Bernardo Paz cleared of money laundering charges | Italian collector Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo drops plans for new Madrid space | Eric Crosby announced as director of Carnegie Museum of Art | Brooklyn Public Library and Brooklyn Historical Society to combine | and recommended reading

28 Feb 2020
Bernie Sanders.

More than 600 artists endorse Bernie Sanders in open letter

Plus: Oldest known cave paintings threatened by cement mining in Indonesia | Billionaire Rebekah Mercer no longer on American Museum of Natural History’s board, following years of protest | and James Brown (1951–2020)

25 Feb 2020
The Dionysos pediment from the Parthenon marbles at the British Museum.

Leaked Brexit negotiating paper stokes Elgin Marbles dispute

Plus: Egyptian coffin painting discovered at Harvard Semitic Museum | David Adjaye and Cai Guo-Qiang win 2020 Noguchi Award | and Raphael tapestries return to Sistine Chapel

19 Feb 2020
Clément Chéroux.

MoMA appoints Clément Chéroux new chief curator of photography

Plus: Former Sotheby’s attorneys to found new art law firm | Anne Marion (1938-2020) | and recommended reading

14 Feb 2020
Two of a deck of 78 tarot cards designed by Salvador Dalí and originally published in 1983–84.

Surreal deal – on Salvador Dalí’s tarot deck

Long out of print, the cards have been reissued by Taschen. But what of the artistic merits of their designs?

Draft executive order could require federal buildings to be classical in style

Plus: Looted temple sculpture confiscated by UK police to return to Afghanistan|Gallery Weekend Beijing postponed due to coronavirus outbreak | Félix Marcilhac (1941–2020) | and College Art Association announces recipients of 2020 awards

5 Feb 2020
Roberto Cicutto at the Pier Paolo Pasolini MoMA film retrospective opening at MoMA PS1, New York, in 2012.

Roberto Cicutto named president of Venice Biennale

Plus: | School of Architecture at Taliesin will close after 88 years | Philadelphia Museum of Art to open anonymous hotline for reports of sexual harassment | and Santu Mofokeng (1956–2020)

29 Jan 2020

Housing secretary announces inquiry into Whitechapel Bell Foundry redevelopment

Plus: Russian culture minister replaced in cabinet reshuffle | Historic England report values heritage sector at £31bn | and Portland Art Museum receives donation of $10m

23 Jan 2020

Director of Erie Art Museum departs following allegations of misconduct

Plus: Architectural plans for new £337m Museum of London revealed | and Amanda Heng wins Benesse Prize at Singapore Biennale

14 Jan 2020
St Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

Drawing believed to be by Dürer discovered in Vienna

Plus: Roger Scruton (1944–2020) | Nazi-looted works restituted to Jewish owners to be auctioned | Winners of the 2020 Jorge M. Pérez Award announced | and recommended reading

13 Jan 2020