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Aleppo’s ancient souq destroyed in Syrian fighting

ALEPPO - Large parts of Aleppo's souq, the largest covered market of its kind in the world and a UNESCO world heritage site, have been destroyed as a consequence of the on-going fighting between the country’s government army and rebels forces.
The historic market that traces its origins back to the 14th century had previously been spared by the violence of the clashes but during the latest bout of unrest some shops caught fire and the flames spread rapidly.

Influential mural America Tropical conserved by the Getty Conservation Institute

LOS ANGELES - América Tropical, the only surviving public mural by David Alfaro Siqueiros in the United States still in its original location, has been unveiled to the public on October 9, 2012, 80 years after the mural was first painted. The influential work has been conserved through an on-going public/private partnership between the City of Los Angeles and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI).

Leonardo's Adoration of the Magi gets a closer inspection

FLORENCE - Housed in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, the Adoration of the Magi from Italian renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has recently undergone a series of non-invasive analysis to ascertain its state of preservation and to form the basis for a plan for future conservation. The results of the diagnostic project have been presented in a seminar held in Florence on 8th October 2012 hosted by the Opificio dell Pietre Dure (OPD).

2012 IIC Keck Award

The 2012 IIC Keck Award was awarded jointly to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, for the conservation and restoration of the Caryatids with the use of laser technology, in collaboration with the Institute of Electronic Structure & Laser at the Foundation for Research and Technology in Crete (IESL-FORTH) and to Anglo-Saxon CSI: Sittingbourne in Kent in the United Kingdom.

Conservation Publications – IIC member’s reviews of international periodicals

While conservators today enjoy the availability of a plethora of generalist and more specialised publications on the subject of conservation and preservation (including IIC’s very own News in Conservation), NiC has decided to bring into the spotlight a number of publications that are not published in English and/or are not widely available internationally. In doing this we hope to better fulfil our aim of promoting and advancing knowledge, practice and standards for the conservation of historic and artistic works internationally.

Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS) Tate Britain, July 3-6 2012 Leanne Tonkin

<em>In July 2012, the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and Tate organised the third in a series of events Cleaning of Acrylic Painted Surfaces (CAPS): Research into Practice workshops. Known as CAPS3, the three and half-day workshop was held at Tate Britain in London and was the first of this three workshops to be advertised openly to practising conservators. </em>

Icon Conference 2013: Positive Futures in an Uncertain World

Icon’s second triennial conference will inspire conservation professionals and all those working in the increasingly challenging and uncertain circumstances of today’s heritage sector. We will aspire to build Positive Futures for the cultural heritage and the profession. In spite of funding cuts and staff losses, conservators are working with others to find new ways to care for and connect with our cultural heritage. The conference will explore and debate how we can develop our capacity to respond in uncertain times.

9 Apr 2013 to 11 Apr 2013

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