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‘Since Lucano was elected mayor in 2004, the town of Riace, located in one of the most impoverished regions of Italy, has welcomed thousands of refugees’

By Alfredo Jaar

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Jan van Huysum’s ‘Vase of Flowers’ was stolen in 1943 by retreating German troops

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Felix Clay, Portrait of Kerry James Marshall, 2018. Courtesy: © the artist and David Zwirner, London

In further news: Italian government cracks down on art crime; and screening live arts performances fails to diversify audiences 

Xenophobia has escalated to ‘emergency’ levels but the most watched music video on Italian YouTube is by a Tunisian-Italian artist

By Jamie Mackay

The Italian architect has offered to help rebuilding efforts, after the collapse of the Morandi bridge which killed 43

Italian politicians want to censor the artist’s poster for a sailing event, which reads ‘We’re all in the same boat’

In a quiet mountain town in Trentino, Italy, the duo Brave New Alps is providing skills and support to precarious migrant communities

By Alice Rawsthorn

Rome’s Galleria Borghese director Anna Coliva was suspended last month, and faces charges of absenteeism and defrauding the public purse

The fate of Italy’s museum sector, Hayden White’s voices and Hitler’s American model: what to read this weekend

Despite the departure of culture minister Dario Franceschini, who championed foreign talent, hope remains for the country’s famed art institutions

By Jamie Mackay