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Art in the time of coronavirus

Amid growing panic over the rapid spread of the coronavirus, some of Italy’s most famous museums are shuttering their doors. From Turin to Venice, seven northern regions have been directed by Rome to close their museums. At the same time, the cultural ministry has revoked free entry to state museums nationwide. The Italian art world […]

‘Leonardo da Vinci’ shatters Louvre exhibition attendance records

After running its course, the numbers are finally out for the Louvre’s blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition and a blockbuster it was. A staggering 1,071,840 people ended up waiting their turn, waking up in the middle of the night, and filing through the museum’s corridors to see the exhibition in honour of the artist’s death […]

Saudi Arabia’s artistic whitewash part of a well-trodden tradition among autocrats

The latest iteration of the site-specific art installation festival Desert X is currently underway in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia – but not without controversy. Normally associated with the barren wastelands of the Coachella Valley and Palm Springs in California, the festival relocated to the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this […]

Three Pompeii houses reopen to the public

Pompeii is nothing short of a gem. The Roman city offers a unique snapshot into the lives of its residents in 79 AD, before Mount Vesuvius’ eruption, and the opportunity to walk the streets that once teemed with life. Attracting millions of tourists each year, the archaeological site ‘will always require maintenance and research,’ according […]

Two men confess to stolen Klimt found in gallery wall

When a gardener found Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of a Lady in the garden wall of the very gallery the painting was stolen from more than 20 years ago, it shocked the art world and left a lot of unanswered questions. While the investigation is ongoing, two men have confessed to being the burglars …and returners… […]

Art world awash with artifice, forgery and deceit – by design?

An Italian gardener made global headlines last month after stumbling across what appears to be the second most sought-after piece of stolen artwork in the world. The unassuming groundskeeper made the incredible find while maintaining the estate surrounding the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in the northern Italian city of Piacenza, where the painting – […]

Stolen Klimt painting might have been found in gallery wall

More than 20 years ago, a painting by Gustav Klimt was stolen from a modern art gallery in Piacenza, Italy. It seemed the painting had vanished as the decades went by and nothing more about it was discovered. That was until yesterday when the gallery’s gardener found a painting in the walls of the gallery. […]