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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
Nan Goldin photographed at the Palace of Versailles in May 2019.

Personality of the Year

Nan Goldin

21 Nov 2019
Pierre Le Guennec (left) leaving the courthouse in Lyon with his lawyers on September 24, 2019. Photo: Romain Lafabrègue/AFP via Getty Images

French court upholds sentence handed to Picasso’s former electrician

Plus: €300m collection goes missing in China | and Guggenheim reveals shortlist for 2020 Hugo Boss Prize

20 Nov 2019
Pool of Tears II (2000), Kiki Smith.

‘If you can outlive most men, all of a sudden you can be venerated’ – an interview with Kiki Smith

The versatile artist talks about her love of printmaking – and being in it for the long haul

26 Oct 2019
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian partners with US Army to protect cultural heritage

Plus: Huntington Library appoints chief curator of American Art | Artcurial opens premises in Morocco| Francis Alÿs wins Whitechapel Gallery’s Art Icon award | Foundation dedicated to light art to launch in Berlin | and inaugural Helsinki Biennial announces artist list

23 Oct 2019
The Pompidou Centre, Paris.

Centre Pompidou to establish ‘art factory’ in Paris suburb

Plus: Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive receive bequest of African American art | Protestors target MoMA trustee with ties to Puerto Rican debt crisis | and recommended reading

18 Oct 2019
Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1490, Gallerie dell'Accademia

Italian court lifts loan ban on Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man

Plus: Brooklyn Museum offers Bacon Pope at Sotheby’s | and Carlos Celdran (1972–2019)

17 Oct 2019
Éric Baudelaire at Locarno Film Festival.

Éric Baudelaire wins Prix Marcel Duchamp

Plus: Anti-Columbus Day protestors gather at Metropolitan Museum of Art | and Enda Bowe named as recipient of Zurich Portrait Prize

15 Oct 2019
Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1490, Gallerie dell'Accademia

Italian court blocks Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man from travelling to Louvre

Plus: Ikon wins £125,000 award and announces first UK exhibition of Renaissance master Carlo Crivelli | Stirling architecture prize awarded to Norwich council houses | and Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art receives gift of $1.15 million

9 Oct 2019
The lnfanta Isabella Clara Eugenia (detail; c. 1630), Anthony van Dyck.

Art UK initiative uncovers Van Dyck portrait in Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery

Plus: Musée Rodin to open China outpost | Desert X board members resign over planned Saudi exhibition | Artist and landscape architect Walter Hood wins $250,000 Gish prize

8 Oct 2019
The New Museum, New York.

New Museum reaches contract agreement with employees’ union

Plus: Ethiopian crown hidden by civil servant revealed after 21 years | Former Getty Foundation director Deborah Marrow dies, aged 70 | and Ludwig Forum to award artist Walid Raad, despite Aachen objections

3 Oct 2019

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