In August and September 2017, meetings took place in Argentina related to the preservation of contemporary art and to sound and image conservation. These activities support both the regional LATAM initiative for conservation of heritage in Latin America and the SOIMA programme for Sound and Image Collections Conservation promoted by ICCROM.
A pilot needs assessment survey for conservation management of contemporary art collections
Over 2017, ICCROM together the Dirección Nacional de Bienes y Sitios Culturales (DNBSC), Ministry of Culture, Argentina developed and carried out a pilot survey of museums with contemporary art collections and their umbrella institutions in Argentina on national, provincial and local levels. The results highlights the key issues museums meet with this kind of collections, including their quick growth (collections double in 30 years), the intense loaning and lending activities that affect 80% of the museums, and common challenges including overcrowded storage, conservation of new materials, and legislation and policy needs. The results of the pilot survey will be used to extend the data collection to other countries in the region, in the goal of organizing a training initiative in 2018-2019. Continue reading…
The LATAM stone conservation course took place in Mexico, from 10 to 22 October 2016. This two-week course focused on “Observation, documentation and diagnosis”, and combined a series of theoretical and practical sessions. The eleven participants, including archaeologists, architects, conservators and geologists, used the Maya archaeological site of Chicanná as a case study. Continue reading…
Following the 29th General Assembly of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), delegates of Member States elected the new members to serve on ICCROM’s Council for the period 2015 – 2019. The members of ICCROM’s Council are elected from among the most qualified experts in the conservation-restoration field worldwide.
Abdulaziz ALMUSALLAM ALKHAALDI – (United Arab Emirates)
Yong-Jae CHUNG – (Republic of Korea)
Florencia GEAR – (Argentina)
Riadh HADJ SAID – (Tunisia)
Michaëla HANSSEN – (Netherlands)
Monther JAMHAWI – (Jordan)
Wataru KAWANOBE – (Japan)
Patricia KELL – (Canada)
Marie LAVANDIER – (France)
Anne NYHAMAR – (Norway)
Zoe REID – (Ireland)
Mohammad Hassan TALEBIAN – (Iran) Islamic Republic of
Also, during the 86th meeting of Council, the ICCROM Council elected its new Bureau:
On 24 June, ICCROM brought together 14 representatives from 13 embassies of Latin American and Caribbean countries. The aim was to exchange opinions about the LATAM activities promoted and facilitated by ICCROM, and to foster dialogue and strengthen ties between the countries in the region prior ICCROM’s 29th General Assembly.
Is it possible to save cultural heritage from the intentional targeting that we are witnessing in Syria and Iraq? In the aftermath of large-scale natural disasters such as Cyclone Pam, how can cultural heritage be recovered quickly and effectively?
Over the next four weeks, 21 professionals from risk-prone areas such as Gaza, Guatemala, Haiti, Philippines, Syria and Ukraine will convene in Amsterdam to participate in the international course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis, jointly organized by ICCROM, the Smithsonian Institution, the Netherlands National Commission of UNESCO, and 11 national institutions including the Netherlands Ministries of Culture and Education.
First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis aims to equip proactive cultural “first aiders” with the necessary skills and knowledge to work with communities and other mainstream emergency actors to protect cultural heritage amidst an unfolding crisis situation.
“Culture cannot wait, the credo of the First Aid training stems from the idea that for communities uprooted by disasters, culture in its both tangible and intangible forms, provides a thread of continuity and helps in overcoming the trauma of loss and displacement, therefore, it cannot be separated from humanitarian assistance”, says Aparna Tandon, the course leader and ICCROM Project Specialist. Continue reading…