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Activists detained for forming “2036” with their bodies in Moscow’s Red Square Activists detained for forming “2036” with their bodies in Moscow’s Red Square July 02, 18:29 Police took Pussy Riot members and municipal council members to a police station in Moscow’s Kitay-gorod district Artist Tania Bruguera detained by Cuban authorities before protest against police violence Artist Tania Bruguera detained by Cuban authorities before protest against police violence July 02, 17:39 Several more people, including artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, arts professor Anamely Ramos González and underground rapper Maykel Osorbo, were also detained Arts workers hold Heritage performance in Art Belarus Gallery Arts workers hold Heritage performance in Art Belarus Gallery July 02, 17:12 The performance was created by artist Nadya Sayapina Suspects of stealing Banksy’s artwork from Bataclan detained in Paris Suspects of stealing Banksy’s artwork from Bataclan detained in Paris July 01, 13:23 French and Italian police found the artwork in an abandoned farmhouse in the Italian region of Abruzzo. Belarusian art workers start #Cultprotest Belarusian art workers start #Cultprotest July 01, 12:30 Cultural workers and members of the art community stand against the current political situation in Belarus and call on all people to create protest art Defendants in Seventh Studio case convicted of fraud and given suspended sentences Defendants in Seventh Studio case convicted of fraud and given suspended sentences June 30, 16:53 Alexei Malobrodsky, Yury Itin and Kirill Serebrennikov will appeal against the verdict of Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court Donald Trump sings order on increased protection of monuments in US Donald Trump sings order on increased protection of monuments in US June 30, 16:45 The new executive order reinforces the Veteran's Memorial Preservation Act and provides stricter punishment for vandals Metropolitan Museum to reopen on August 29 with two exhibitions Metropolitan Museum to reopen on August 29 with two exhibitions June 30, 15:11 The decision of the influential museum may inspire other New York’s art institutions to reopen in late summer 40 people detained in Russia for supporting Yulia Tsvetkova 40 people detained in Russia for supporting Yulia Tsvetkova June 29, 20:04 Protests took place in 20 cities on June 27. All detained people were released later that day Louvre to transform its “elite image” and move collections online Louvre to transform its “elite image” and move collections online June 29, 15:54 The museum strives for a "cultural democratisation" 5th edition of Work Hard! Play Hard! runs from June 22 to July 1 remotely due to COVID-19 5th edition of Work Hard! Play Hard! runs from June 22 to July 1 remotely due to COVID-19 June 26, 15:21 WORK HARD! PLAY HARD! is a collective self-organised platform dealing with the issues of knowledge production, cooperation, work, leisure, technology and acceleration through various performative, participatory and discursive formats Five art experts arrested in France in case of looting antiquities from Middle East Five art experts arrested in France in case of looting antiquities from Middle East June 26, 14:13 “Hundreds of artifacts from the Middle East for tens of millions euros” have been arrested in the case initiated in 2018 Metropolitan Museum staff join movement against systemic racism Metropolitan Museum staff join movement against systemic racism June 26, 14:01 They published a collective letter and joined other museums that call to acknowledge facts of white supremacy and systemic racism at work Guggenheim Museum called for diversity and equitable practices Guggenheim Museum called for diversity and equitable practices June 25, 15:46 Curators describe the current situation in the museum as “an inequitable work environment that enables racism, white supremacy, and other discriminatory practices” Asian Art Museum removes statue of its founding patron due to racist legacy Asian Art Museum removes statue of its founding patron due to racist legacy June 25, 13:22 The museum’s head Jay Xu said the decision was inspired by recent Black Lives Matter protests Part of Raphael’s 400-year-old work discovered in Italian church Part of Raphael’s 400-year-old work discovered in Italian church June 25, 12:25 The discovery suggests that Raphael’s idea was to start the setting of the mural with “double pilasters” – real and illusory. Google Arts & Culture and Royal Academy of Arts digitise over 200 works in high resolution Google Arts & Culture and Royal Academy of Arts digitise over 200 works in high resolution June 24, 14:07 Users can zoom in on and view details in augmented reality Boris Johnson says British museums can reopen on July 4, but museums not ready Boris Johnson says British museums can reopen on July 4, but museums not ready June 23, 17:54 Major museums welcome the decision to ease restrictions but say they won’t be ready reopen on July 4 Artist Yulia Tsvetkova charged with distributing pornography for her body-positive drawings Artist Yulia Tsvetkova charged with distributing pornography for her body-positive drawings June 23, 16:48 A criminal case was opened against the 27-year-old artist in Komsomolsk-on-Amur for her posts in the group “Vagina Monologues”. She faces from two to six years in prison Police search Moscow’s private museum ART4 known for “political” exhibitions Police search Moscow’s private museum ART4 known for “political” exhibitions June 23, 14:36 The museum hosted exhibitions dedicated to contemporary political performance art from the art groups Voina and Pussy Riot to Petr Pavlenski and the Navalny brothers more