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BeMA: on a mission to restore the modern and contemporary art collection of the Lebanese Ministry of Culture

Nour Chaghouri cleaning a painting by Toufic Abdoul. Image by Kerstin Khalife

By Michele Anbar Haddad and Kerstin Khalife

The establishment of the Beirut Museum of Art (BeMA), which is due to open in 2026 on a site owned by the Université Saint-Joseph (USJ), will serve as the anchor along Beirut's Museum Mile (the National Museum; Museum of Lebanese Prehistory, the Mineral Museum (MiM), Beit Beirut). Situated in an area that once represented the city’s dividing line, BeMA stands as a symbol of reconciliation and unification through art and culture.

UNESCO Memory of the World Prize


UNESCO is now accepting applications for the 9th edition of the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize.

The Prize is USD 30,000 to individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

Please get in touch with your country’s National Commission for UNESCO and obtain their support for the application. The deadline to submit applications is 30 April 2022.

30 Apr 2022

The Clock is Ticking: Reflections on COP26

Green Zone COP26. Marina Herriges at the IIC exhibit. Image courtesy of Sarah Stannage.


Despite the greenwash present in some areas, I did find many notes of optimism within the Green Zone. It was really energising to spend a week with brilliant and inspiring people, including the protestors, from all over the world who were actively trying to find solutions, be they scientific, practical or political, to the issues we face.

News in brief: Student and early career projects

Rani de Vos removing the small pieces of tape after the adhesive dried. Image courtesy of Rani de Vos.

It’s no secret that student research projects often highlight new technologies and techniques, require creative problem solving, and radiate great passion for the work at hand.

Registration now open: Climate.Culture.Peace


A virtual conference, hosted by a partnership including ICCROM, IIC and the British Council

"Culture is the missing link for global climate action"

Book now

24 Jan 2022 to 28 Jan 2022

IIC Croatian Group reflections on heritage protection under conditions of crisis

Žana Matulić Bilač's presentation on the IIC Croatian Group's accomplishments from 2020-2021

No one could have predicted that at the same moment that Croatia was going into lockdown at the very beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, the country would be rocked by a devastating earthquake. With the pandemic still ongoing, Croatia was hit by a second horrific earthquake, not even a year later, just before the new year. Despite the obstacles and heartache, conservators wasted no time in assessing damage and organizing recovery efforts for Croatia’s cultural heritage.


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