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BFI abandons plans for £130m film and television centre

Plus: Betty Woodman (1930–2018) | La Salle University plans to sell works from its art collection | Lahore Biennale confirms March opening date | Museums Association calls for ivory ban exemption for UK museums | Thorsten Sadowsky is appointed director of Salzburg’s Museum der Moderne

3 Jan 2018
Richard Long

Richard Long knighted in New Year’s Honours

Plus: Investigators recover stolen Hans Hofmann works | British Museum acquires Joseph Anton Koch drawing | Susan Moldenhauer retires as director of University of Wyoming Art Museum | and recommended reading

2 Jan 2018

Lambeth Council votes to demolish landmark London bus station

Plus: Chuck Close responds to sexual harassment allegations | Winnipeg Art Gallery receives $10m to establish centre for Inuit art | Scotland cuts cultural collections budget | and recommended reading

21 Dec 2017

Belfast’s MAC seeks emergency funding

Plus: Jens Hoffmann responds to Jewish Museum dismissal | Baltimore’s The Contemporary museum closes | Strasbourg City Museums appoints Paul François Lang as director | and Chuck Close is accused of sexual harassment

20 Dec 2017

Towner Art Gallery faces severe funding cuts

Plus: Hilary McGrady is director general of National Trust | Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta will curate 2019 Whitney Biennial | Guggenheim announces Hugo Boss Prize shortlist | Van Gogh Museum hails record visitor numbers

14 Dec 2017
Rendering of the Broad Street entrance of VCU's Institute for Contemporary Art at the Markel Center. © Steven Holl Architects and the Institute for Contemporary Art, VCU


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Spanish culture minister orders removal of works from Catalan museum

Plus: Anthea Hamilton to create Tate commission in 2018 | Mayor of London includes culture and creative industries in London-wide Brexit impact study | University of Notre Dame to build new art museum | and recommended reading

11 Dec 2017
Salvator Mundi (c. 1500), Leonardo da Vinci. Christie's

Abu Dhabi authorities announce that they own ‘Salvator Mundi’

Plus: Coventry named UK City of Culture 2021 | Palais Bellevue in Kassel is to become a museum | Sarah Cosulich appointed artistic director of Rome Quadriennale Foundation | and recommended reading

8 Dec 2017
Salvator Mundi (c. 1500), Leonardo da Vinci. Christie's

Saudi prince revealed as buyer of ‘Salvator Mundi’

Plus: Getty collection to stay put as wildfires rage in southern California | Laura Paulson to leave Christie’s | University of Iowa announces new gallery for its art collection | Anne-Imelda Radice to step down as director of American Folk Art Museum

7 Dec 2017

Lubaina Himid wins 2017 Turner Prize

Plus: Experts fear changes to boundaries of Utah national park could endanger ancient Native American petroglyphs | Frick acquires Borghese portrait | Hadrian’s Wall and Great Wall of China partner up for new heritage strategy | Enrico Castellani (1930–2017)

6 Dec 2017

British Museum to open storage facilities outside London

Plus: Art made in Guantanamo declared US government property | Activists complain about ‘profanation’ of July Column in Paris | Artists sign second open letter in defence of Documenta | and recommended reading

4 Dec 2017

Vatican and China announce diplomatic exchange of artworks

Plus: Jarman Award goes to Oreet Ashery | Photographer sues Christo and the Smithsonian over installation images | De Chirico self-portrait is stolen from Béziers art museum | and Zanele Muholi receives France’s Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

22 Nov 2017

Blaze breaks out at Santander’s modern art museum

Plus: University of Wyoming Art Museum appoints Marianne Eileen Wardle as director | Adam Szymczyk responds to documenta 14 auditor’s report | and Kemang Wa Lehulere wins Performa 17 Malcolm McLaren prize

21 Nov 2017

Report states that 80 per cent of online antiquities could be looted or fake

Plus: Frieze appoints Andrew Durbin as US senior editor | Dalloul Art Foundation raises collection authenticity concerns | Artforum contributing editors condemn publishers’ handling of Landesman allegations

2 Nov 2017

Linda Nochlin (1931–2017)

Plus: British Museum ends co-operation deal with stalled Abu Dhabi museum | Art industry figures sign open letter denouncing sexual harassment | V&A acquires Wilton’s Music Hall archive | Five UK cities bid for European Capital of Culture title | and recommended reading

30 Oct 2017

Israel Museum names Ido Bruno as new director

Plus: 2017 Sobey Art Award goes to Ursula Johnson | Knight Landesman resigns from Artforum following sexual harassment suit | David Velasco will succeed Michelle Kuo as Artforum editor | and sixth Nazi-looted artwork is identified in Gurlitt collection

26 Oct 2017

Jan Willem Sieburgh is named interim business director at Stedelijk

Plus: Queens University of Charlotte receives $10m for arts building renovation | Mugrabi collection artworks will be released from storage by court order | Reports emerge of sexual misconduct by Artforum publisher Knight Landesman | and German museums return human remains to Australia and Hawaii

25 Oct 2017

Tourist killed by falling masonry in Basilica di Santa Croce

Plus: Victory for Matisse family in long-running court battle | Lebanese police seize painting thought to be a stolen Dalí work | Deborah de Robertis acquitted of sexual exhibitionism charges | and recommended reading

20 Oct 2017
The Neues Palais, Potsdam in Sanssouci Park, PATRICK PLEUL/AFP/Getty Images

Preserving Prussia’s royal palaces

Will a grant of €400 million euros bring the phenomenal Prussian royal collections to wider attention?

19 Oct 2017

Audrey Azoulay elected director general of UNESCO

Plus: Controversial sculpture rejected by Louvre finds home at Centre Pompidou | German cultural figures protest appointment of right wing parliament representative | Arabic script discovered on Viking funeral costumes | and recommended reading

16 Oct 2017

Met president condemns US withdrawal from UNESCO

Plus: Eli Broad retires | Kader Attia to receive 2017 Joan Miró prize | Alyson Baker steps down as director of Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | and recommended reading

13 Oct 2017

Tristram Hunt calls for Exhibition Road to be pedestrianised

Plus: Imperial War Museum expresses concerns over Holocaust memorial | Munich’s Haus der Kunst appoints executive to deal with its finances | Marina Abramovic cancels plans for performance art institute | and recommended reading

9 Oct 2017

Gilbert and George announce details of planned foundation

Plus: David Geffen pledges $150m to LACMA building project | Frieze announces stand prize winner and Tate acquisitions | and conservative activists protest nude performance at São Paulo’s MAM

5 Oct 2017

Lincoln Center puts $500m concert hall renovation on ice

Plus: Participating artists announced for 2018 Liverpool Biennial | National Museum of Scotland receives £1m grant for refurbishment plans | and David Shrigley to guest direct 2018 Brighton Festival

4 Oct 2017