Promoting photographic collections – exhibition in Rome

May 30, 2017

Promoting photographic collections The ICCROM Archives is participating in two initiatives which demonstrate how photographs can become key players for culture.

On 16 May, a photographic exhibition “Alfabeto Fotografico Romano” was inaugurated at Palazzo Poli (Fontana di Trevi) in Rome. The exhibition, organized by Istituto centrale per il catalogo e la documentazione (ICCD) and Istituto centrale per la grafica, gathers a selection of significant photographs held in the archives of thirty cultural institutions based in Rome.  These institutions include foreign academies as well as ICCROM.

The exhibition is composed of photographs of Rome or collected by institutions in Rome, made by protagonists of the history of photography from its origins to our day.  The exhibition starts with the pioneers who shot and distributed Roman imagery all over Europe, and moves to travelers and explorers, portrait professionals, amateurs and photojournalists, and some contemporary authors. Photographs span from daguerreotypes dating to 1846 up to the early 2000s, and document twenty-one topics following the letters of the alphabet. Continue reading…

Get Inspired by Archives

March 11, 2016

ANAI logoICCROM has joined an Italian initiative aimed at sensitizing the wider society on the need to preserve archives and invest resources in protecting a kind of heritage that is increasingly at risk from natural and manmade disasters and human negligence.
Archives are a part of cultural heritage, and are a valuable resource for keeping alive our history and sustaining our identity.  Citizens’ rights are protected through records, as they guarantee factual evidence.

From 14 to 19 March 2016, a series of events will be organized by Italian archives and cultural institutions which hold them, giving voice to thousands of kilometres of records, both analogue and digital. These archives need to be preserved and shared in order to receive the recognition they deserve.

This initiative, promoted by the Italian National Association of Archivists (ANAI), has elaborated a manifesto which clearly expresses the importance of archives in our society:

“Without law archives, trials couldn’t be carried out, and cases couldn’t be reopened when new evidence arises. Without archives, important work-related lawsuits couldn’t be held before a court, such as asbestos-related trials. Without case studies and data preserved in scientific archives, research couldn’t move forward and we couldn’t have made many fundamental discoveries. Doctors couldn’t study diseases, and find and experiment with new therapies. Without hospital archives, our clinical life couldn’t be reconstructed, and doctors wouldn’t have the documents they need to take care of us. Without the documents that give us data about weather conditions through the centuries, we couldn’t study climate change. Without historical cartography and documents that describe landscape evolution, we couldn’t study the environment and prevent floods and landslides. We couldn’t plan territorial actions such as evaluating seismic risk.  (And, unfortunately we’re not doing enough of this!) Without archives, we couldn’t recognize the violence of dictatorships, or analyse politics over the years. We couldn’t investigate terrorism, massacres, or the mafia.”
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Saving Memory, Mantua Archaeological Museum

March 10, 2016

Mostar bridge destroyedThe ICCROM Archive has contributed to a fascinating exhibition being presented on three floors of the Archaeological Museum of Mantua, one made up of original images, documents, movies, and testimonials.

This exhibition, entitled “Saving Memory” (Salvare la Memoria), is an initiative of the State Museums of Lombardy, in collaboration with the city of Mantua, the Higher Institute for Conservation and Restoration (ISCR), the Carabinieri Art Squad, the University of Milan, IULM University, the Ducal Palace and Diocese of Mantua, the Monuments Men Foundation, and ICCROM.

The aim of the exhibition is to share powerful and meaningful images of heritage that should a point of pride – yet that is so often damaged by wars such as the one in Syria, as well as from earthquakes, floods and all those sudden events that impose the ravages of time with such ferocity. How can we forget the 1966 Florence flood, and the army of so-called “Mud Angels”, those volunteers who heeded the call to safeguard the city’s heritage? Or destruction brought about by humans, which has proven to be just as destructive as damage from natural causes?  Then there is the destruction inherited from the wars of the past. Continue reading…

New Premises for ICCROM

January 12, 2016

New ICCROM PremisesItaly’s Minister of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Hon. Dario Franceschini announced last week the approval of a three-year, 300 million euro investment programme for the protection of cultural heritage, which will include a 2.5 million euro allocation of funds to complete the restoration of the Monumental Complex of San Francesco a Ripa, ICCROM’s new headquarters.

“This investment of 300 million euros on 241 interventions throughout Italy confirms how culture has returned to the centre of national politics,” said Minister Franceschini. “From art to archaeology, from libraries to archives, from museums to the excellence of restoration, there is no cultural heritage sector that is not receiving a significant boost in financial and political terms from this government”.

This commitment to ICCROM signifies the importance Italy places on international efforts for cultural heritage protection, a commitment that has grown over the past 60 years since ICCROM was established on Italian territory.

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Sixty years of Italy at the United Nations and the contribution of ICCROM

December 23, 2015

farnesina_porte-2015On 16 December, ICCROM was invited to participate in the latest edition of Farnesina Porte Aperte, an initiative in which the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAECI) opens its doors to the general public. This recent event was dedicated to celebrating the 60th anniversary of Italy’s accession to the United Nations. Organized by the Unit of Analysis, Planning and Historical Diplomatic Documentation of the Ministry, the programme was divided into thematic sessions. ICCROM was called upon to contribute to a session dedicated to cultural cooperation.

Italy’s entry into the United Nations coincides with the period in which countries came together to create what is now ICCROM, and established its headquarters in Rome. Continue reading…

Italy’s Culture Minister Visits ICCROM

November 27, 2015

Hon. Dario Franceschini

On 26 November, Dr Stefano De Caro, Director-General of ICCROM, received the Honourable Dario Franceschini, Italy’s minister of cultural heritage and tourism (Ministro dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, or MiBACT). Minister Franceschini’s visit to ICCROM occurs the week after his address to ICCROM’s General Assembly, on the role of Italy and the international community in preserving heritage as a means towards social development and peaceful coexistence between cultures. His address noted ICCROM’s important role in training and heritage protection, particularly in crisis-affected areas. Continue reading…