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On lockdown: Metropolitan museum increases its social media followers by 165,000 On lockdown: Metropolitan museum increases its social media followers by 165,000 May 29, 14:56 During the first two weeks of the lockdown, engagement rose 95% on Instagram, 64% on Twitter and 17% on Facebook Ai Weiwei creates face masks to raise funds for charities Ai Weiwei creates face masks to raise funds for charities May 29, 14:41 The artist calls the coronavirus pandemic the humanitarian crisis and compares the purchase of such masks to an act of hope and social awareness Albertina Modern museum opens in Vienna Albertina Modern museum opens in Vienna May 28, 13:36 The new museum’s collection includes works by Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Cindy Sherman and other. The renovation project cost €57 million Southbank Centre in London unlikely to reopen until April 2021 Southbank Centre in London unlikely to reopen until April 2021 May 28, 12:45 Southbank Centre cancels all events from this autumn to next spring and expects to go through all of its reserves and the rest of its annual Arts Council England grant Galleries and auction houses reopen in France Galleries and auction houses reopen in France May 28, 11:02 Auction sales have dropped 80% during the Covid-19 lockdown Hospital security guards in Southampton prevent theft of Banksy’s painting dedicated to NHS Hospital security guards in Southampton prevent theft of Banksy’s painting dedicated to NHS May 27, 19:24 The sale of the painting can generate more than $6 million for the National Health Service, according to experts Manifesta 13 Marseille to run from August 28 to November 29, 2020 Manifesta 13 Marseille to run from August 28 to November 29, 2020 May 27, 15:10 The European Biennial will open three programmes Turner Prize cancelled, 10 Covid-19 affected artists to get $12,000 grants Turner Prize cancelled, 10 Covid-19 affected artists to get $12,000 grants May 27, 14:23 The Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain was to run from September 30 to January 3. A winner of the $30,000 grand prize was to be chosen in December Deadline for $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize extended to June 3 Deadline for $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize extended to June 3 May 23, 12:51 The award ceremony will take place in March 2021 UK’s Court of Appeal upholds ban on ivory trading UK’s Court of Appeal upholds ban on ivory trading May 23, 12:38 Antiques dealers argued the ban violates the human right to respect property. Italian government permits museums to reopen and offers €2.5 billion for tourism and culture Italian government permits museums to reopen and offers €2.5 billion for tourism and culture May 23, 10:40 The government will also launch a €210 million emergency fund to support art institutions of various forms of ownership and offer an additional €100 million to support large museums Paris authorities to give $16.5 million to support cultures Paris authorities to give $16.5 million to support cultures May 22, 17:50 France has one of the highest rates of COVID-19 death in Europe – over 28,000 cases – and the fourth-highest in the world after the US, the UK and Italy Allegories of Justice and Friendship in Vatican’s Hall of Constantine appeared to be Raphael’s works Allegories of Justice and Friendship in Vatican’s Hall of Constantine appeared to be Raphael’s works May 22, 8:40 Raphael was known as the author of two oil paintings in the Vatican, but the exact pieces have not been discovered until recently US arts sector loses $6.8 billion due to COVID-19 US arts sector loses $6.8 billion due to COVID-19 May 22, 8:01 Small cultural organisations are the most affected by the crisis 13% of museums cannot reopen after coronavirus pandemic 13% of museums cannot reopen after coronavirus pandemic May 21, 16:10 85,000, or 90% of museums around the world have closed for visitors МоМА NY asks Norwegian authorities not to demolish wall with Picasso’s mural in Oslo МоМА NY asks Norwegian authorities not to demolish wall with Picasso’s mural in Oslo May 21, 15:57 “The demolition of the building complex would not only constitute a significant loss of Norwegian architectural heritage, but it would also render any attempt to salvage or reposition Picasso’s site-specific murals elsewhere unfortunate” German student broke into Australian Natural History Museum to take selfie with dinosaurs German student broke into Australian Natural History Museum to take selfie with dinosaurs May 21, 11:48 He also stole an artwork and an employee's cowboy hat Sotheby’s contemporary art online auction brings in record $13.7 million Sotheby’s contemporary art online auction brings in record $13.7 million May 20, 18:56 Sotheby’s online sales in 2020 are five times the total online sales in the same period in 2019 Venice Biennale of Architecture and Venice Art Biennale postponed by one and two years respectively Venice Biennale of Architecture and Venice Art Biennale postponed by one and two years respectively May 20, 18:32 The Venice Biennale of Architecture will take place on May 22 – November 21, 2021, the Venice Art Biennale will run from April 23 to November 27, 2022 Brazil’s culture minister Regina Duarte fired after harsh comments on COVID-19 on TV Brazil’s culture minister Regina Duarte fired after harsh comments on COVID-19 on TV May 20, 17:45 “Stalin, how many deaths? Hitler, how many deaths?… I don’t want to drag a cemetery of the dead on my back, I’m light, I’m alive, we’re alive. Let’s stay alive,” Duarte said responding to criticism more