A restored version of the science fiction classic Metropolis has been shown to mark the 60th anniversary of the Berlinale festival. The special gala screening included an extra thirty minutes of previously lost footage from the film. The film's restoration came about after 30 lost minutes of the original film were rediscovered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2008. The film has undergone meticulous restoration at the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau Foundation in the past few years. Fritz Lang's silent distopian classic was originally released 83 years ago.
At the end of February 2010, the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (now renamed the Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro) will be forced to leave the historical premises where it was founded 70 years ago, as a result of an eviction order requested by the company who owns the building. The ISCR is one of the most prestigious Italian institutions, a reference point for international conservation and key in the professions modernisation process since 1939.
UNESCO has called for a ban on trade in Haitian artefacts to prevent the pillaging of the countrys heritage. The organisation is launching a campaign to protect the country's moveable heritage, particularly art collections in damaged museums, galleries and churches, now at risk from theft.
UNESCO, ICCROM and other partners, have prepared a draft practical guide for basic documentation of collections in small museums. The document is available on the ICCROM website. A questionnaire can be downloaded from the same site. The authors are seeking feedback from people who work in museums with collections of between 5,000 and 8,000 objects whose responsibilities include the inventory and documentation of collections.
The earthquake which devastated Haiti on 12 January 2010 has caused horrific loss of life and damage to the countrys already fragile infrastructure. While the effective delivery of the humanitarian response is the international communitys immediate goal, international heritage organisations and Haitian partners are now beginning to assess the damage to the countrys museums and cultural institutions.
A large Picasso painting, The Actor, owned by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has sustained a 15cm tear. A woman participating in an art class accidentally fell into the canvas painting causing damage to the lower right hand corner. The Museum has said that the painting will be repaired in time for an exhibition in April. The accident took place on the 22 January.
The Director-General of ICCROM, Mounir Bouchenaki has signalled the organisations readiness to offer help to Haitian colleagues and institutions responsible for protecting cultural heritage in the aftermath of yesterdays earthquake.
It is thought that much of the historical centre of the capital Port-au-Prince has been badly damaged by the 7.0 Ricther scale quake, and it is feared that the death toll will be high.
Conservators have found the remains of the first aeroplane ever taken to Antarctica. The single-engine Vickers was part of the expedition by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson over 1911-12. However, the plane was never used in the air, serving instead as a motorised sledge, with its wings left back in England following an accident. It was eventually abandonned as its engine was unable to withstand such low temperatures.
The UK heritage organisation Heritage Link have called on the country's three main political parties to use heritage better in a new manifesto.
Entitled, "Making the Most of our Heritage" the document demonstrates the role of heritage in four key areas: building a new economy, giving value for money, empowering people and responding to climate change. The manifesto sets out how an incoming government might use heritage to deliver even more to wellbeing in economic, social, environmental and educational benefit.
Fire crews have come to the rescue of one of the world's most important medieval stained glass windows. The 600 year old Great East window, which is currently undergoing conservation, was threatened by a fire which broke out in an office at the minster's stonemasons' yard. Fire crews and minster security staff had to move more than 300 panels of stained glass out of danger from fire and water damage overnight.