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Kizhi Museum: guardian of wooden architecture traditions

On 9 and 10 May, a series of events will be held at the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro (ISCR) in Rome. The series, entitled “Wooden architecture: learning from ancestors, keeping for posterity, teaching our contemporaries,” has been organized by the Kizhi State Museum, an open-air venue devoted to history, architecture and ethnography.

The Kizhi Museum is one of the largest museums in Russia.  The museum complex includes more than 80 wooden architecture monuments. The gem of this collection is the architectural complex of Kizhi Pogost, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Experts at this museum have accumulated significant experience in the field of conservation and restoration of wooden architecture. In order to spread the knowledge gained, the Museum has founded the Training Center for the Conservation of Monuments of Wooden Architecture and started the UNESCO Chair for the Study and the Protection of Wooden Architecture.

The upcoming programme in Rome features numerous events, from an exhibition with interactive demonstrations, to presentations and discussions by major Russian, Italian and international experts.  The events will allow specialists and the general public to deepen their knowledge of ancient traditions of wooden architecture and advanced restoration technologies, see some tools, and learn about the training activities at this Russian museum. One of these – the ICCROM course entitled “Wooden architecture conservation and restoration” – will be presented in the programme.

The events are open to the public and will take place under the auspices of the ICCROM, with the support of the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Italy.  The events are free of charge.  Register to attend on Eventbrite