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Getty Trust announces $100m world heritage programme

Plus: second arrest made in connection with Cattelan toilet heist | and Walker Art Center announces new sculpture commission

18 Sep 2019
AMERICA (2016), Maurizio Cattelan.

Maurizio Cattelan sculpture stolen from Blenheim Palace

Plus: Daniel Buren painting attacked at the Pompidou | Rumours of Prince Philip statue at Trafalgar Square dismissed | and recommended reading

16 Sep 2019
Helen Whately MP

Helen Whately appointed UK minister for arts, heritage and tourism

Plus: Record-breaking £58.6m of cultural artefacts handed over to UK through Arts Council schemes | Mary Abbott (1921–2019)

12 Sep 2019
Leo Castelli in a room of the Jasper Johns exhibit at the Castelli Gallery, New York, 1958. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

For the record – collecting gallery papers at the Archives of American Art

From inventories to installation shots – Liza Kirwin discusses the crucial role of gallery records in documenting art history

11 Sep 2019
One Stamford Forum, Connecticut, containing the headquarters of Purdue Pharma

Sackler family reportedly ready to give up ownership of Purdue Pharma

Plus: Vasif Kortun announced as director of Istanbul Painting and Sculpture Museum | Whitney Museum names Tiona Nekkia McClodden as recipient of 2019 Bucksbaum Award | and Pace Gallery announces appointments at opening of new East Coast headquarters

11 Sep 2019

Mohamed Elshahed

Architectural historian, Cairo

4 Sep 2019

Caline Aoun

Beirut

4 Sep 2019

Bristol’s Arnolfini to receive £1.8m investment from Arts Council

Plus: Michael Rakowitz wins 2020 Nasher Prize for Sculpture | Rosalind Nashashibi announced as National Gallery’s first Artist in Residence | and Eva Langret named artistic director of Frieze London

4 Sep 2019
Making the Modern World Gallery at Science Museum, London

Science Museum workers go on strike over low pay

Plus: French court rules against return of paintings to heirs of Jewish collector | Howardena Pindell receives Artists’ Legacy Foundations 2019 award | and designs for Paisley Museums £42 million revamp revealed

30 Aug 2019
Gliederpuppe (1948), Wilhelm Lachnit.

Utopia and Demise: Art in the GDR

This survey of East German artists marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall

Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
5 Sep 2019 - 19 Jan 2020
Coins from the 2,528-strong Chew Valley hoard, found in January. Image: British Museum

Recently unearthed hoard of Norman coins reveals medieval tax scam, says British Museum

Plus: Atlanta’s High Museum of Art receives significant Impressionist and Post-Impressionist donation | Planning permission granted for major arts project in Sheffield | Turner Prize-hosting Nerve Visual Gallery to close | and Werner Kramarsky (1926–2019)

28 Aug 2019
Eliseo Mattiacci with an installation of his Roma sculptures at the Palazzo Mazzancolli, Italy, in 1982.

Eliseo Mattiacci (1940–2019)

Plus: Petworth House paintings to be restored | and division mounts over ICOM museum definition

27 Aug 2019
Uffizi director Eike Schmidt in front of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, at the reopening of the gallery’s room dedicated to the artist in 2016.

How have the Italian museum reforms fared?

In 2015, Dario Franceschini’s modernising project heralded a newly international outlook for the Italian museum system. Is it sustainable?

27 Aug 2019
Adolf Fischer at the Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, c. 1913.

The prescient pair who created Europe’s first museum of East Asian art

Adolf and Frieda Fischer’s globetrotting led to their founding the Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst in Cologne

24 Aug 2019
Two illegally smuggled antiquities are returned to India at India House in London.

Stolen antiquities returned to India to coincide with independence day

Plus: Istanbul Biennial announces new venue in former warehouse | and recommended reading

16 Aug 2019
Europol announced 75 arrests and the recovery of over 3,500 stolen works of art and cultural goods as part of 'Operation Pandora'.

Europol sting recovers 18,000 stolen artefacts

Plus: Kamal Boullata (1942–2019) | Aichi Triennale artists sign statement calling for restoration of censorship exhibition | Academy Museum of Motion Pictures director resigns

7 Aug 2019
Amedeo Modigliani's Nu couché (sur le côté gauche) at Sotheby's Hong Kong in April 2018.

In defence of the catalogue raisonné

With the art market crying out for definitive catalogues, a new international association has been launched to support their production

5 Aug 2019
Orpheus Enchanting the Animals (16th century), attributed to Titian’s workshop.

Painting at Apsley House reattributed to Titian’s workshop

Plus: art dealer Joseph Nahmad could face jail time after pleading guilty to assault charges | Whitney Museum promotes two curators | and recommended reading

1 Aug 2019
A visualisation of what visitors to the Ara Pacis Museum see via their AR headsets. Image: © Zètema Progetto Cultura

The digital reconstructions bringing Roman ruins to life

From the Circus Maximus to the Ara Pacis, virtual and augmented reality can enhance our experience of ancient sites

30 Jul 2019
The Whitney Museum of American Art in 2014. Photo: Timothy Schenck

Eight artists withdraw from Whitney Biennial

Plus: Marisa Merz (1926–2019) | César Pelli (1927–2019) | Palais de Tokyo names Emma Lavigne as president | and recommended reading

22 Jul 2019
Royal statues from the kingdom of Dahomey (Benin), dating from 1890–92, currently at the Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, photo: Gerald Julien/AFP/Getty Images

France to lend Benin €20 million for museum to house looted artefacts

Plus: Kurdish artist Zehra Doğan detained in Berlin following protest-performance | Charles Dickens Museum buys back portrait lost for 133 years | and recommended reading

19 Jul 2019
The Weston at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park building makes shortlist for RIBA Stirling Prize 2019

Plus: Notre-Dame reconstruction bill passes into law | Tate declares climate emergency, promising broad reevaluation of practices | and recommended reading

18 Jul 2019
Three of the items seized by the Department of Homeland Security during the course of the investigation into Subhash Kapoor and his co-defendants.

Art dealer Subhash Kapoor charged with running extensive smuggling ring

Plus: David Zwirner to open Paris space, citing Brexit concerns | Himali Singh Soin wins 2019 Frieze Artist Award | New York court rules that Nazi-looted Schiele works will remain with victim’s heirs | and Eberhard Havekost (1967–2019)

11 Jul 2019
The Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Joan Weinstein becomes director of Getty Foundation

Plus: Pace Gallery closes Beijing outpost | Tania Bruguera to launch investigative journalism initiative in Cuba | and recommended reading

9 Jul 2019