Catherine Hickley

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Documenta 14

Kassel haggles over the price of Documenta 14's obelisk

Olu Oguibe has reportedly asked for €1m for his Monument to Strangers and Refugees

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Biennials & festivals

Locals fight to retain Eisenman fountain following Sculpture Projects Münster

Residents are working with artist to create a more durable version of the vandalised work

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Old Masters

Christie’s to auction long-lost painting by Mannerist artist Spranger

German private owner reaches settlement with Jewish art historian’s heirs

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Museums

Art dealer Heiner Bastian signs over Chipperfield-designed house to Berlin museums

“Bastian House” will give visitors an overview of what to expect on Museum Island

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Sculpture Projects Münster

Vandals spray swastika on Sculpture Projects Münster exhibit

Organisers condemn “murderous propaganda of all right-wing parties”

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Restoration

Germany stumps up €400m for Prussian palaces and parks

Funding will benefit Potsdam’s Sanssouci and Berlin’s Charlottenburg palaces

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Museums

Street art museum opens in Berlin

Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art is one of the world's first of its kind

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Museums

Käthe Kollwitz’s museum in Berlin goes in search of new home

Artist’s art to be ousted by stories of exile

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Art trafficking

Germany launches internet portal to fight art trafficking

Site gives information on international regulations and protected German heritage

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Biennials & festivals

Documenta faces yawning €7m deficit, seeks financial help

Kassel city and the state of Hesse pledge to secure long-term liquidity

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Anne Webber

How can museums speed up the return of art looted during the Nazi era?

Conference at London's National Gallery this week looks at how the process can be accelerated

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Thieves damage Koki Tanaka work at Sculpture Projects Münster

Police are investigating a burglary in the latest incident of crime at festival

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Gurlitt bequest spurs provenance research in Switzerland

Kunstmuseum Bern has taken possession of first works from controversial collection of Nazi-era art due to go on show in November

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Neil MacGregor extends contract at Berlin's Humboldt Forum

The former British Museum chief, appointed as founding director in 2015, will steer the project to completion

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Dusseldorf museum pulls painting from show after Nazi loot claim

Owner says Andreas Achenbach’s Sicilian Landscape was bought in a “normal gallery transaction”

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Exhibitions

Kassel to build permanent Documenta Institute

City aims to keep Documenta experience alive in five-year hiatus between shows

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Commissions

German parliament approves plan for unification memorial in Berlin

“Unity seesaw” is to be unveiled in 2019 in front of the city palace

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Renaissance royal costumes sparkle again in Dresden

Preserved by Saxon elders and plundered by Stalin’s Red Army, textiles return to view for first time since Second World War

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Rare historic coins return to Salzburg Museum 70 years after they were looted

American Numismatic Society purchased the coins with aim of tracing original owner

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Deutsche Bank plans new culture forum in central Berlin

Building in Unter den Linden expected to open mid-2018

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Restitution

Pissarro painting in Gurlitt trove returned to heir of Max Heilbronn

German government researchers say another 150 works in the collection may have been looted

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Exhibitions

Gilbert & George bring battle of cultures to Berlin church

The duo’s Scapegoating Pictures are part of an exhibition marking 500th anniversary of the Reformation

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Restitution

Dr. Oetker compensates Jewish heirs for silver windmill cup in collection

German baking company agrees settlement with heirs of Emma Budge in fourth restitution in a year

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Germany to investigate mass plunder of works of art by Stasi in Cold War era

Research into post-war seizures of art in East Germany could spark international restitution claims

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Berlin Wall gets its own protective railing

New barrier at East Side Gallery heritage site will keep tourists back

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Berlin exhibition surveys the long history of alchemy

The proto-scientific craft has long been misconstrued as merely an attempt to produce gold

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Auctions

Sotheby’s drums up German interest for Turner painting of Rhine

The Bright Stone of Honour and the Tomb of Marceau will go on show in Cologne this week

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Museums

German government steps in with €1.2m to buy looted Kirchner painting

Wilhelm Hack Museum acquires The Judgement of Paris from heir

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Thieves steal giant gold coin worth €3.7m from Berlin’s Bode Museum

Canadian “Big Maple Leaf”, weighing 100kg, is the largest and purest gold coin in the world

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Research

Heirs of Jewish publisher team up with German museums to track down Nazi-looted art

The Mosse Art Research Initiative aims to recover thousands of missing works

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Restitution

Ancient bronze statuette lost after the Second World War returns to Berlin

Etruscan warrior figure was consigned to London dealer who contacted British Museum

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Should Munich contemporary art museum reveal or obscure its Nazi history?

British architect David Chipperfield’s proposal to restore the Haus der Kunst sparks furore

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Auctions

Sotheby’s catalogue mistakenly includes work forged by Wolfgang Beltracchi

Auction house removes image from online version after German journalist spots error

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Restitution

Menzel drawing and Pissarro painting in Gurlitt trove are restituted to heirs

Four art works from the controversial collection have now been returned to the families of their original owners

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Exhibitions

Bern and Bonn schedule first exhibitions of Cornelius Gurlitt’s art for November

Bern to focus on “degenerate” art while Bonn focuses on Nazi looting in show that will move on to Berlin

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Court ruling forces German convent to exhibit Nazi artist

Public authority loses appeal to remove from display the works of Erich Klahn, which feature swastikas and other Third Reich symbols

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Exhibitions

Renaissance-influenced artist Joe Ramirez projects 'animated paintings' onto gold

With backing from Wim Wenders, first presentation of “Gold Projections” coincides with Berlin Film Festival

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Right-wing protesters disrupt unveiling of Syrian artist’s installation in Dresden

Manaf Halbouni’s "Monument" to Aleppo comprises three wrecked buses by the city’s Frauenkirche

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Restitution

Dr Oetker returns Van Dyck portrait looted by Göring

German food company makes restitution to heir of Jewish dealer Jacques Goudstikker

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Museums

Who is Hasso Plattner whose spectacular museum has opened near Berlin?

The software billionaire gives us a tour of the Barberini Museum in Potsdam

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Restitution

German baking company Dr Oetker returns painting sold due to Nazi persecution

Heirs’ lawyer says firm “sets a standard of best practice” for private collectors

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Restitution

Nazi-loot panel asks Sprengel Museum to return Schmidt-Rottluff work to heirs

Feather entrepreneur most likely sold windmill painting under duress, Limbach Commission finds