Chris Burden  Urban Light, 2008  (Two-hundred and two) restored cast iron antique street lamps  320 1/2 x 686 1/2 x 704 1/2 in. (814.07 x 1743.71 x 1789.43 cm)  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Gordon Family Foundation's gift to "Transformation: The LACMA Campaign" (M.2007.147.1-.202)   © Chris Burden
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Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works
Monday 12th September 2016 to Friday 16th September 2016

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IIC is delighted to present the 26th biennial IIC Congress and to be in Los Angeles, organised in collaboration with INCCA. Blessed with an energetic contemporary arts scene, it is entirely appropriate that Los Angeles is the location for the 2016 IIC Congress, on this diverse, complex, challenging and endlessly exciting area of creativity, energy and imagination. Reflecting one aspect of the rich and varied history of the city’s architectural styles, the congress will be held at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel, situated in the centre of the vibrant cultural district.

A range of grants is now available to assist practising conservation professionals and students to attend the IIC 2016 Los Angeles Congress. The Congress is on the intriguing and challenging topic of Saving the Now: Crossing Boundaries to Conserve Contemporary Works and will take place from the 12th to 16th September 2016. Please note that the deadline for application for all these grants is 31st May 2016.

The Getty Foundation
Thanks to the generosity of the Getty Foundation we are able to offer a limited number of grants to enable practising conservators to attend the Congress. These grants are not available to students nor to recipients of other IIC-managed grants related to attendance at the IIC 2016 Congress.

We regret that the first two issues of Studies in Conservation for 2016 (Volume 61, issues 1 and 2) have been delayed in delivery due to circumstances beyond the control of our publishers, Taylor & Francis.

However, the problems have now been resolved and Volume 61 issue 1 is now on its way to members with Volume 61 issue 2 to follow shortly.

Studies in Conservation will be returning to the usual delivery schedule for issues 3 onwards of Volume 61.

Please note that digital versions of the papers in Volume 61 numbers 1 and 2 are available for download from the IIC web-site here.

If you need any further information on these issues please contact the IIC office.

Sankore Mosque  ©Senani P via Wikimedia Commons CC BY 3.0

THE HAGUE - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened the first trial for destruction of cultural monuments against Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, a jihadi leader accused of destroying ancient monuments in Timbuktu.
The man is accused of demolishing ancient monuments that formed part of the UNESCO World Heritage site including mediaeval shrines, tombs and a mosque dating back to the 15th century.
The decision to prosecute is an important one for the ICC as the last high profile trial dates back to the Balkan war when warlords were charged for the destruction that took place in Dubrovnik, damage to the ancient bridge at Mostar and the National Library in Sarajevo.

Welcome to NiC’s second thematic issue on the destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage. Last year, prompted by the incessant delivering of news about the situation in the Middle East that dominated the media and the public opinion, we felt that it was our duty to open up a discussion about cultural heritage. A year on, and unfortunately the bad news has kept coming, leaving me in no doubts that a second issue on the theme of cultural heritage in danger was needed. This issue...

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International Journal of Young Conservators and Restorers of Works of Art

The international scientific journal ICAR is dedicated to students and recent graduates of conservation and restoration of works of art and related disciplines from universities and conservation schools in Poland and abroad. The founders of the journal are themselves students and young graduates from the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art of the Fine Arts Academy in Warsaw.

6 May 2016
Photo EwaGlos

EwaGlos, an illustrated glossary of conservation terms for wall paintings and architectural surfaces is now available online.
The book is the result of a European project containing English definitions with translations into Bulgarian, Croatian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish and Turkish. Edited by Angela Weyer, Pilar Roig Picazo, Daniel Pop, JoAnn Cassar, Aysun Özköse, JeanMarc Vallet and Ivan Srša (series of publications by the Hornemann Institute 17), the book can be downloaded free of charge from: and

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Melva Bucksbaum Associate Director for Conservation and Research at the Whitney Museum of American Art, has been awarded the biennial Forbes Prize for conspicuous services to Conservation by the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, its highest honour. Carol Mancusi-Ungaro is the twenty-fourth recipient of the Prize. The Forbes Prize Lecture will be delivered at the 2016 IIC Congress will take place from 12th to the 16th September 2016, in Los Angeles.