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20/09/2010 - 24/09/2010

IIC was delighted to present the 23rd biennial IIC Congress, its first in the culturally rich and vibrant city of Istanbul. It was being held in partnership with the Sakıp Sabancı Museum and was held in the Sabancı Centre, situated near the heart of the city, and took place against the background of the varied and enticing Istanbul: European City of Culture 2010 programme.

Conservation and the Eastern Mediterranean

The Congress focused on the conservation of moveable and immovable heritage in or from the Eastern Mediterranean. This included material held in collections around the world, the care and conservation of works of art, artifacts and sites, and the preservation of architecture, all reflecting the influences that have made this region one of the world’s richest centres of heritage.

The conference brought together the international professional community to present and exchange ideas, to debate conservation practices and cutting-edge research, to consider exciting new developments and thought-provoking challenges, and to make new connections between this region and all corners of the world.

An impressive range of over 40 speakers reported on contemporary thinking, current research and examples of best practice. Topics included:

  • Site and urban conservation and management
  • Conservation and research of textiles, sculpture, leather, and manuscripts
  • Conservation of painted interiors and decorative surfaces
  • Conservation of mosaics, wall paintings and tomb art
  • Reviews of conservation history and techniques.

The Istanbul Congress was supported by:
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