Christmas Quiz: 2016 in art

  • 20 December 2016

How well do you remember the year in art? Test your knowledge with our quiz of 2016's top art stories.

  • 2016 in art

    With the new extension to the Tate Modern, the sale of David Bowie’s art collection and the saving of the Armada Portrait for the nation, 2016 was a busy one for the art world. But how well do you remember 2016's biggest art events?

  • Question 1 of 9

    In April, the Bank of England announced that a famous artist would feature on the new £20 note. But who will it be?

  • Question 2 of 9

    Tate Modern became the biggest museum of modern art on the planet this year, when it opened a new wing in June. But what is the space called?

  • Question 3 of 9

    Which artist sent hundreds of men dressed as First World War soldiers onto the streets of Britain in July for his work We're Here Because We're Here?

  • Question 4 of 9

    July saw thousands of naked people painted blue take to the streets to be photographed by American artist Spencer Tunick. In which city did the spectacle take place?

  • Question 5 of 9

    The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I was saved for the nation this year with our help. Which famous historical figure once owned the painting?

  • Question 6 of 9

    David Shrigley became the latest artist to have his work featured on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in September. But what is the giant thumbs up called?

  • Question 7 of 9

    Carel Fabritius’s legendary painting, The Goldfinch, flew into the country for a brief stint at the Scottish National Gallery in Edniburgh this year. Which novelist took inspiration from the work for her 2013 novel?

  • Question 8 of 9

    This year we said goodbye to cultural icon David Bowie. Known for his love of art, he amassed a large collection during in his life. But how much did the sale of his work at Sotheby's fetch in November?

  • Question 9 of 9

    The Turner Prize always raises an eyebrow or two. This year's winner was Helen Marten, but what other prize did she win this year?

  • Cave Painter

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    Picasso said that we'd learned nothing in the 12,000 years since the earliest cave paintings, but he didn't mean it literally.

    Cave Painter

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    Picasso said that we'd learned nothing in the 12,000 years since the earliest cave paintings, but he didn't mean it literally.

    Cave Painter

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    Picasso said that we'd learned nothing in the 12,000 years since the earliest cave paintings, but he didn't mean it literally.

    Cave Painter

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    Picasso said that we'd learned nothing in the 12,000 years since the earliest cave paintings, but he didn't mean it literally.

    Naïve Artist

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    The naïve artists made careers out of forgetting everything they'd learned, but their approach isn't recommended for quizzes.

    Naïve Artist

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    The naïve artists made careers out of forgetting everything they'd learned, but their approach isn't recommended for quizzes.

    Naïve Artist

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    The naïve artists made careers out of forgetting everything they'd learned, but their approach isn't recommended for quizzes.

    Protégé

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    Excellent work – you're on your way to becoming a master.

    Old Master

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    Excellent work! This quiz was a canvas, and your answers were a masterpiece. Head to our Facebook and Twitter pages to share your wisdom with us on social media.

    Old Master

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    Excellent work! This quiz was a canvas, and your answers were a masterpiece. Head to our Facebook and Twitter pages to share your wisdom with us on social media.

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    1. 1.  In April, the Bank of England announced that a famous artist would feature on the new £20 note. But who will it be?
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    2. Correct answer: JMW Turner
    3. 2.  Tate Modern became the biggest museum of modern art on the planet this year, when it opened a new wing in June. But what is the space called?
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    4. Correct answer: Switch House
    5. 3.  Which artist sent hundreds of men dressed as First World War soldiers onto the streets of Britain in July for his work We're Here Because We're Here?
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    6. Correct answer: Jeremy Deller
    7. 4.  July saw thousands of naked people painted blue take to the streets to be photographed by American artist Spencer Tunick. In which city did the spectacle take place?
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    8. Correct answer: Hull
    9. 5.  The Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I was saved for the nation this year with our help. Which famous historical figure once owned the painting?
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    10. Correct answer: Sir Francis Drake
    11. 6.  David Shrigley became the latest artist to have his work featured on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in September. But what is the giant thumbs up called?
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    12. Correct answer: Really Good
    13. 7.  Carel Fabritius’s legendary painting, The Goldfinch, flew into the country for a brief stint at the Scottish National Gallery in Edniburgh this year. Which novelist took inspiration from the work for her 2013 novel?
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    14. Correct answer: Donna Tartt
    15. 8.  This year we said goodbye to cultural icon David Bowie. Known for his love of art, he amassed a large collection during in his life. But how much did the sale of his work at Sotheby's fetch in November?
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    16. Correct answer: £24.3m
    17. 9.  The Turner Prize always raises an eyebrow or two. This year's winner was Helen Marten, but what other prize did she win this year?
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    18. Correct answer: Hepworth Prize for Sculpture

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