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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
Photo: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Activists in Berlin attack controversial Holocaust memorial

Plus: Foundation for Contemporary Arts announces inaugural Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting | and cemetery of high-status Romans discovered in Somerset

7 Jan 2020

Lawrence Abu Hamdan receives 2022 Future Fields Commission

Plus: Russian collectors in Belgium arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering | Cheung Yee (1936–2019)

3 Jan 2020

The museum openings not to miss in 2020

The Humboldt Forum in Berlin is scheduled to open – finally – in the autumn, while in Oslo the Munch Museum returns in a smart new home

27 Dec 2019
Maurizio Cattelan's Comedian at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Performance artist eats Maurizio Cattelan banana in Miami

Plus: Maori carvings to return to New Zealand after 130 years | MOCA in LA to recognise workers’ union | and Donald B. Marron (1934–2019)

9 Dec 2019
Centre for Political Beauty activists install their work in Berlin in December 2019.

Controversial monument containing ashes from Holocaust victims installed in Berlin

Plus: Turkish court rules that Kariye Museum must become mosque | Byron Kim announced as recipient of Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize | and Andrés Jaque announced as curator of Shanghai Biennale

3 Dec 2019
Heartland (1985), Miriam Schapiro. Orlando Museum of Art.

Pattern and Decoration – the movement that made a leitmotif of light motif

Embracing polka dot, patchwork and plenty of colour, P&D artists set out to challenge the norms of good taste

28 Nov 2019

Belgian police intervene in ownership dispute over religious sculptures

Plus: Security footage of Dresden heist released | Hetain Patel wins Jarman Award | and Performa prize awarded to Nairy Baghramian and Maria Hassabi

26 Nov 2019

British metal detectorists sentenced for stealing Saxon and Viking hoard worth £3m

Plus: Cecilia Vicuña awarded Spain’s most prominent art prize | Manchester Museum is first UK institution to return objects to indigenous groups | Whitney Museum receives $1m grant to fund Hudson River installation | and recommended reading

22 Nov 2019
Jeremy Corbyn at the launch of the Labour party election manifesto in Birmingham on 21 November 2019.

Labour Party general election manifesto pledges £1bn culture boost

Plus: Biennale de Lyon names Yves Robert as new chief executive | Anonymous Was a Woman announces recipients of $25,000 grants | and MOCA in LA to introduce free admission across both sites

21 Nov 2019