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Jeremy Deller's Iraqi car

A project by Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller has been acquired by London’s Imperial War Museum. A car salvaged from a bombing at a historic Baghdad book market in March 2007 that killed 38 people will go on show in the museum’s atrium from September, alongside the institution’s usual display of military hardware. Read more…

Quiet counterpoint to the Frieze frenzy

Object Retrieval”, which opened at the stroke of midnight last night, offers a considered counterpoint to the frenzy of Frieze week. The project allows the viewer a break from the usual experience of breezing past the thousands of works on display in London’s art fairs, viewed superficially at a frenetic pace. Read more…

Paula Rego museum

Portuguese figurative painter Paula Rego, 74, now has her own museum, which opened on 18 September in Cascais, 30km west of Lisbon, Portugal. Read more…

Netherlands restitution

Following recommendations by the Restitutions Committee in the Netherlands, the Dutch government is to return 13 paintings to heirs of Jewish collectors persecuted by the Nazis. Read more…

Loan brings end to dispute over Nolde painting

The long-term dispute between Stockholm’s Moderna Museet and the heirs of Otto Nathan Deutsch has finally been settled. Read more…

Challenge to funding model for UK museums

David Gilbert, chairman of the Contemporary Arts Society finance committee, has set up an initiative that aims to generate up to 30% extra revenue for UK museums and galleries—a welcome move at a time of major funding and sponsorship worries. Read more…

Museum acquisitions

Leeds: Martin Boyce Read more…

Brandhorst Museum opens

Munich’s Brandhorst Museum (The Art Newspaper, February 2009, p16), housing the modern and contemporary collection of Udo and Anette Brandhorst, will finally open on 21 May after nearly ten years in the planning. Read more…

Government's big push for French art with Force de l'Art 02

The second edition of La Force de l’Art, the Paris-based triennial of contemporary art, has an unmistakably French air. Commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, the project is a strong promotional push from the government for recognition of French art. But when questioned on what the exhibition has to say about France or the country’s art scene, the curators are reticent. Read more…

Exhibition attendance figures

Contemporary Top Ten Read more…