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The national appetite for art and art spaces seems insatiable. When Tate Modern was unveiled in 2000, two million annual visits were expected; today more than five million visitors a year pour through its Thames-side doors.

Asunder, By Chloe Aridjis

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The Natural History Museum in London

Staff walkouts threaten disruption at museums

Industrial action this week is part of a three month campaign culminating in a national walkout at the end of June

Forging the arts in the furnace of Great Britain

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Light box: The new atrium opens up and illuminates the Rijksmuseum

Charles Darwent on the Rijksmuseum reopening: At last, the Dutch really do go Dutch

There's a very national flavour to the triumphant and long overdue relaunch of Holland's great museum. Just watch out for the bikes ....

Great Works: Head Study for St John the Evangelist (c1579) by Federico Barocci

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Nicholas Penny and Stephen Deuchar with The Rape of Europa

A gift with strings attached: £100m Baroque paintings donated to UK... but they must remain free to see

One of the greatest collections of Italian Baroque paintings in the world has been gifted to museums and galleries across Britain – but the works will be withdrawn if the institutions ever charge the public to see them.

Defaced Craigie Aitchison portrait bought by National Portrait Gallery

A self-portrait defaced by the artist after an onlooker called it "flattering" is going on display at the National Portrait Gallery complete with slash marks.

McDermid says: 'My five-year plan is to stay alive and write more books'

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'I wanted to be Joni Mitchell'

Alice Jones' Arts Diary: Pharrell chews the fat with Zaha Hadid, Jay-Z, and Buzz the rapping astronaut

Hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams has turned interviewer for a new book, Places and Spaces I've Been, published later this month.

Export bar on Picasso's 'Child with a Dove' gives UK buyers time

The Government has put a temporary export bar on an early work by Pablo Picasso in a bid to keep it in the country.

Dung heaps serve as reminder of Nazi past

Visitors to Berlin's main modern art museum this summer should take care not to step on piles of horse manure, placed as a reminder of art that was stolen, destroyed or went missing under Nazi rule.

The Road to Urbino, By Roma Tearne

Art, isolation, and other obsessions

Herbert (left) and Dorothy Vogel own a collection that features Carl Andre's works

The ordinary couple who amassed an extraordinary collection of modern art

On the surface, Herbert Vogel and his wife, Dorothy, lived an ordinary life in New York. Mr Vogel, who died on Sunday, aged 89, used to work nights sorting mail at the city's post offices, and his wife was a reference librarian in Brooklyn. But over the years, the couple built up one of the world's most unlikely – and most significant – collections of modern art, and bequeathed much of it to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

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The ordinary couple with an extraordinary art collection

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