Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Photo: courtesy Israeli police News

A powder keg in Jerusalem

Tensions boil over after the status quo is challenged at the city’s revered holy site (Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Photo: courtesy Israeli police) Published online: 30 October 2014
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Picture perfect in the Philips Wing

Rijksmuseum unveils space for special exhibitions with Modern photography show

Published online: 30 October 2014

English council pays price for controversial sale of museum object

Heritage Lottery Fund rejects the Northampton Museum’s request for a designer shoe exhibition

Published online: 30 October 2014

Venice, unfiltered

The critics react to Okwui Enwzor’s curatorial vision for the next biennial

Published online: 30 October 2014

The billionaire behind the new Vuitton museum in Paris

Bernard Arnault’s personal taste in art is “very elegant, very bourgeois”

Published online: 30 October 2014

A permanent home for Arab Modern art

The Mathaf museum in Qatar opens a long-term exhibition drawn from its 8,000-strong collection

Published online: 30 October 2014

Do you Duomo?

Crowdfunding campaign launched to restore cathedral spire

Published online: 30 October 2014


With new exhibition space, Berlin's photography scene grows

C/O Berlin reopens today in the Amerika Haus near the Helmut Newton Foundation and Museum für Fotografie

Published online: 30 October 2014

University of Essex to rehouse its Latin American collection

New gallery planned for Colchester campus

Published online: 30 October 2014

Clerkenwell gallery hit by ‘theft to order’

Four of eleven wooden sculptures stolen

Published online: 30 October 2014

Turkish museum and library destroyed amid protests

Culture minister blames pro-Kurdish demonstrators for violence during unrest sparked by Islamic State’s siege of Kobane

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