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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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.

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, which includes delivering a lecture, will be delivered and presented at the 2016 IIC Congress (22nd to 16th September 2016) in Los Angeles ( see here for more details on the Congress).

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Welcome to the June issue of NiC The countdown to the 2016 IIC Los Angeles Congress has now started and final preparations are under way to ensure the event will be a successful one, in the wake of past editions. We now have some more details regarding the social and excursion plans organised for the event and, as you will see, it is a packed programme indeed! If you haven’t yet done, so you will still be able to purchase your ticket at the standard rate here; remember to log in or create...
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.