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Handing authorship of the biennial to a diverse group of artists is a democratic gesture but conveniently deflects and disperses blame

Protests erupt after the blaze engulfed the 200-year-old museum and its collection of 20 million artefacts

The blaze is thought to have destroyed millions of artefacts, from ancient art to the oldest human skeleton in the Americas

Anna Maria Maiolino, É o que Sobra (What Is Left Over), from the series ‘Fotopoemação’ (Photopoemaction), 1974, digital print, 62 × 153 cm. Courtesy: the artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

How the radical practices of female artists drove the Modernist movement in Brazil

In further news: MoMA reaches contract agreement with staff; man hospitalized after falling into Anish Kapoor installation

Valeska Soares,  Finale, 2013, antique table, glasses,  pitchers, decanters, alcohol and mirror,  79 × 335 × 92 cm. Courtesy: the artist, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, Alexander Gray Associates, New York and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paull

The artist discusses the objects, ideas and artworks that have shaped her practice

From fleshy, distorted paintings, capturing the malaise of the 1960s, to colourful abstractions made in exile, the artist was an example to live by

Already convicted of money laundering and tax evasion, a report makes new claims against the Brazilian collector and founder of Inhotim art park

Where the fight against reactionary conservative activism in Brazil stands ahead of the 2018 presidential elections

Meanwhile ... UK cities barred from European Capital of Culture; Zanele Muholi awarded France’s Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters

The problem with Apu, time-travelling with the sari and the Instagrammable moment’s predecessor: what to read this weekend

Recent instances of censorship show an emboldened far right attacking the arts, queer identity and more: artists, curators and writers respond