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The ICCROM Library: from its beginning to nowadays

ICCROM Library staff, 1983. Image courtesy of the ICCROM Archives.

“ ‘All is well – nothing to report’ - But as everyone knows, serenity is the result of hard work and the peace of the Library is deceptive.“ (ICCROM Newsletter N. 3, p. 1., Rome: ICCROM, 1975)

These words come from one of ICCROM’s earliest Newsletters, in October 1975. At that time the Library held 8,500 items and was under the scientific supervision of the unforgettable Giorgio Torraca.

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Germany lays the groundwork for the repatriation of colonial-era artifacts

Humboldt-Forum/Stadtschloss, Berlin leuchtet 2017 “Underground Walk” von Enrico Verworner. Photograph by Frank Haase. Original location here.

The Humboldt Forum in Berlin, a new state-funded museum scheduled to open this fall, has become the target of great criticism. The Forum, which will include large African and Asian archaeological and ethnological collections, is being labelled by critics as an unethical monument to colonialism.

With these protests as the backdrop, and the recent restitution report from French President Macron still at the forefront of cultural heritage news, Germany just released an eight-page resolution with guidelines for the repatriation of colonial-era artifacts.

Doha Celebrates the Opening of the National Museum of Qatar

National Museum of Qatar, Doha. Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Photograph taken on June 3, 2018 by Trevor Patt. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. Original image here.

The new National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) opened on 28th March along the Doha waterfront. The Museum was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel who also designed the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The unique disc-like structure of NMoQ was inspired by the “desert rose” crystal formations famously found in the Qatari desert.

New CMoG Videos on How to Pack Glass

Foam Cavity Packing Glass for Shipping. Image courtesy of the Corning Museum of Glass.

I think we can all agree that shipping a box full of fragile glass objects can produce a little anxiety. Unsurprisingly, the collections and conservation departments at The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) are often contacted with questions about packing and shipping glass. Conservation relies heavily on the advice of the preparators, experts with years of experience moving and shipping glass safely. Their genius has always been apparent to those of us working behind the scenes at the Museum, but now the secret is out.

Getty and University of Arizona Partner to Conserve Long Lost Willem de Kooning Painting

Willem de Kooning’s Woman-Ochre (1955) in August 2017, shortly after it was recovered in New Mexico and returned to the University of Arizona Museum of Art. © 2019 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Tucson, Ariz./Los Angeles – More than 30 years after it was cut from its frame, ripped from its backing, rolled up, and stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA), Willem de Kooning’s 1955 painting Woman-Ochre will be conserved and studied by conservators at the J. Paul Getty Museum and scientists at the Getty Conservation Institute.


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