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Tate announces its 2017 programme; Cairo's Townhouse Gallery will be rebuilt - the latest news from the art world

  • The group of Italian scientists who monitored the levels of formaldehyde at Damien Hirst’s 2012 retrospective at London’s Tate Modern have confirmed that readings of the chemical were in excess of European regulations.
     
  • Film producer and philanthropist David Geffen has gifted USD$100 million to New York’s Museum of Modern Art, to aid its proposed expansion and renovation project.
     
  • Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery, part of which was recently demolished on the orders of the local police who deemed the building unsafe following a partial collapse, has been approved for restoration.
     
  • Tate has announced its programme for 2017, which includes major retrospectives for David HockneyWolfgang Tillmans and Rachel Whiteread, and survey show of Queer British Art and art from Soviet-era Russia.
     
  • Legendary musician Prince has died at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, aged 57.

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