A compilation of media articles on heritage topics. Obviously, these all reflect the viewpoints of the authors.
- Mythic Warrior Is Captive in Global Art Conflict
New York Times/International Herald Tribune
Cambodia has asked the United States government for help in recovering a thousand-year-old statue of a mythic warrior that sits in limbo at Sotheby’s in New York and that some experts believe was looted amid the convulsions of the Vietnam War and the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge.
- Museums love teenagers, but only if they are in uniform
The Guardian, United Kingdom
What do you have to do to get thrown out of a museum? Smear sticky fingers on the Persian tapestries? Scream so loud that other visitors can't thumb quietly through the browning albums of dried Azolla caroliniana? Do a cartwheel in front of a Caravaggio? Last week, two girls were asked to leave Salford Museum and Art Gallery. They were thrown out for being 13.
- Poland wants Auschwitz barracks back from U.S.
San Francisco Chronicle, United States
Polish and U.S. officials are engaged in intense talks to determine the fate of a sensitive object: barracks that once housed doomed prisoners at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp and is now on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Le Mont-Saint-Michel remis à flot
Le syndicat mixte Baie du Mont-Saint-Michel a lancé sur plusieurs années des travaux hydrauliques de grande envergure pour redonner à ce monument remarquable classé au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco son caractère maritime.
- UNESCO to support Sri Ksetra project
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation plans to launch its first cultural project in Myanmar in 10 years, a senior official said last week.
The capacity-building project aims to develop knowledge of preservation techniques and management of government staff at the Pyu city of Sri Ksetra in Bago Region.
- A symbol of preservation
The leveling of an old-style house in Beijing that was the dwelling of a prominent couple of architects and preservationists has provoked a public outcry.
- Picasso's Guernica in a car showroom
BBC, United Kingdom
Pablo Picasso's Guernica is one of the world's most celebrated works of art. The last time it was seen in the UK, it was not in an art gallery - but in an extraordinary exhibition in a car showroom in Manchester.
- Hindu images razed in Maldives museum
Times of India
The Maldives' national museum reopened on Tuesday without some of its most valuable exhibits a week after a mob of suspected religious extremists smashed images from the pre-Islamic era of this Indian Ocean archipelago.
- Museum Of Broken Relationships: On Valentine's Day, Visits To Croatian Museum Almost Double
Huffington Post, United States
What becomes of a garden gnome hurled in fury at a car during a stormy breakup? Or a teddy bear that was once a Valentine's Day present? A wedding dress from a marriage gone awry? An ax that smashed through household furniture?All are on display at the Museum of Broken Relationships in the Croatian capital, each with written testimonies telling tales of passion, romance and heartbreak.
- Shaanxi to build China's first archaeological museum
People's Daily Online, China
Shaanxi province in northwest China will build the country's first archaeological museum, according to information from the recent Conference of Heads of Shaanxi's Cultural Relics Bureaus.
- Ofili’s works restored
News Day, Zimbabwe
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe (NGZ) in Bulawayo, in partnership with the Tate Britain, an art gallery situated on Millbank in London, and part of the Tate Gallery Network in Britain, recently collaborated to restore the works of internationally-renowned artist, Chris Ofili.
- Qatar’s imaging project in progress
Gulf Times, Qatar
Work is progressing on the Qatar unified imaging project (QUIP), a path-breaking initiative spearheaded by a team at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, to advance knowledge of the country’s history, traditions and culture.
- Punjab archaeology sites to be on Google Maps
The Punjab government and the search engine giant Google have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote archaeological sites of the province using Google Maps, DawnNews reported.
- Piltdown Man: British archaeology's greatest hoax
The Guardian, United Kingdom
When the find was revealed to be a 'cheap fraud', several eminent men – including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – were put in the frame. Now scientists aim to put an end to the mystery once and for all
- Italy and Libya move to re-establish old friendship
BBC, United Kingdom
The events of the Arab Spring disrupted Italy's centuries-old relationship with Libya, its neighbour across the Mediterranean, but - now the dust has settled - both sides are keen to restore a spirit of co-operation.
- Keeping heritage above the race for tourist dollars
Bangkok Post, Thailand
Once tourism becomes an industry and a commercial activity, profit becomes the driving factor in deciding which activity or cultural product, or type of performing arts, appeals most to consumers and the market. In this way, cultural treasures are transformed into commodities.
- Plans to save Fiji's culture
MOVES are being made to gather the best cultural practices of minority groups in Fiji in order to ensure their preservation.
- Canadians support museum
Winnipeg Free Press, Canada
It will probably be the end of March and the start of the new fiscal year before Canadians learn if the Harper government will do the right thing and increase its financial support for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
- Restoration drama
Financial Times, United Kingdom
A fight to save one of Hong Kong’s last Chinese Renaissance style mansions is propelling a new heritage movement
- Behind the grand facades of Chile’s capital
Santiago Times, Chile
Santiago’s city center may appear to be dominated by ubiquitous chain stores and Cafés con piernas, however, when contemplating the history behind these buildings they often tell a more compelling story.
- Kenya: First Underwater Museum
Just before the Portuguese surrendered to the Arabs in 1697, there was an intense battle for control of Fort Jesus. In the process, a Portuguese warship that had been deployed near the fort was sunk. Christened Santo Antonio, the ship still lies on the sea bed near the fort, piling on rust by the kilo.
- Earliest copy of Mona Lisa found in Prado
The Art Newspaper
A copy of the Mona Lisa has been discovered in the Prado which was painted in Leonardo’s studio—created side by side with the original that now hangs in the Louvre. This sensational find will transform our understanding of the world’s most famous picture.
1 March, 2012