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Jair Bolsonaro, long criticised for anti-black statements, removes a painting of Afro-Brazilian deities from presidential offices

The Brazilian president allegedly requested the removal of Os Orixás by the artist Djanira da Motta e Silva at the behest of his wife, an Evangelical Christian

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Cultural heritage

Why we should be concerned about President Erdogan turning museums into mosques

Hagia Sophia and the Chora Church will remain “open to all”, Turkish government promises—but restricted access may not be the primary worry

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Museums & Heritage

First Hagia Sophia, now Turkey's 'Sistine Chapel of Byzantium' will be turned back into mosque

The 14th-century mosaics at Chora Church—which was converted to a museum in 1945—risk being covered up and remaining part-restored

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Hagia Sophia

Russia to fund small-scale replica Hagia Sophia in Syria that will be used as a church

Tactical move comes after Turkish president ordered historic Istanbul site to be turned into a mosque

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Saving Notre Dame's 'voice': mammoth restoration begins on cathedral's fire-damaged organ

Beginning today, the piece by piece removal and cleaning of the instrument is the latest stage of the building's reconstruction

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Law

International Criminal Court trial begins of Jihadist police chief accused of destroying Timbuktu’s cultural heritage

Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud is on trial for war crimes in Mali

Podcast

The destruction of Australia’s ancient Aboriginal heritage

Plus, art under threat in Putin's Russia and George Shaw on Thomas Jones. Produced in association with Christie's

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Museums & Heritage

Facebook and Instagram ban trading of historical artefacts

Heritage group Athar were part of a campaign highlighting the social media giants' “black market in antiquities”

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Conservation & Preservation

Digital technologies allow us to create precise copies of artefacts—but what does this mean for the idea of 'authenticity'?

Online book demonstrates the groundbreaking work by Factum Foundation to create high-resolution facsimiles but also raises questions of value

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Book Shorts

Culture of chivalry is not quite dead, but it certainly is not what it used to be, new book shows

Essays on the concept are useful for their discussions of arms, heraldry, castles and gardens as well as its long lasting effect on European culture

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Book Shorts

Book of discarded family pictures reminds us of our mortality

Personal collection of anonymous photographs made from Kodachrome slides shows the transience of our lives

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Climate Change

Cultural heritage experts rally in Edinburgh to find solutions to climate crisis

Supporters of new international Climate Heritage Network argue that the sector has a “moral duty” to act

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Conservation & Preservation

Poignant online videos showcase 20 sites from Alabama’s civil rights era

World Monuments Fund joins partners in launching an oral history project

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Construction on Notre Dame pushed back to 19 August as steps taken to decontaminate site from lead

Construction had been expected to start a week earlier, but new safety measures for the protection of workers are still being tested

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Exhibitions

Unfinished quarters of a Bavarian palace create a striking backdrop for contemporary art

Imaginatively curated, the fourth edition of the Königsklasse exhibition is as monumental as the Herrenchiemsee Palace in which it is installed

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Climate Change

Venice has no official plan for how to deal with climate change

A new report by Icomos details how the science/culture divide is stopping world heritage coming to the aid of climate change and urges speedy action

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Unesco

A former Unesco chief denounces its failure to protect Venice at Baku meeting

“Where have the ethics and sense of a global mandate to protect the world’s heritage gone?”, asks Francesco Bandarin

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Museums & Heritage

Cultural divisions deepen in Jerusalem amid Israeli election campaign

Christian institutions are calling attention to their marginalisation in wake of Israel’s focus on Jewish-centric policies

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Unesco

In a first, Unesco gives Frank Lloyd Wright buildings World Heritage status

US architect's distinctive designs are among 29 cultural sites recognised for their “outstanding value to humanity”

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Books

Lost libraries and broken Buddhas: war, iconoclasm and social media

The history of cultural destruction as a propaganda tool

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Cambodia

Cambodia to host culture and tourism conference

Preservation, cultural routes, urban regeneration through tourism are all set to be discussed

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Cultural heritage

Iconoclasm reborn with Islamic State fanaticism: The destruction of cultural heritage as propaganda

The extent of the destruction is uncertain in the fog of war

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Cambodia

Light is finally being shed on the issue of restitution of looted art

The restitution of Cambodian statues by major museums and auction houses is an encouraging sign

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News

Great War memorials go online for first time

The project has already documented around 2,000 works

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News

Syrian war’s devastating toll on antiquities

Unesco places major national heritage sites on danger list as ground combat, air strikes and looting reduce ancient settlements to rubble

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Tourism

Return of Morgantina Venus inspires Sicilian tourism enterprise

Public-private tourism partnership aims to make more of the island’s heritage.

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Cambodia

Demilitarised zone established to protect shelled temple on border between Cambodia and Thailand

Thai army cedes ground but future of Cambodian World Heritage site remains unresolved

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Cultural heritage

Draft Unesco Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage would extend controls 200 miles out from the coast

If the draft is approved by two-thirds of member countries at the General Conference next month it will be sent out for ratification. US and Russian support unlikely.

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Arles cultural centre falls foul of planning rules

French heritage authority wants Gehry-designed towers moved to reduce their impact on the city’s archaeology.

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Collectors

Many Chinese collectors use their wealth to repatriate once-looted objects

Why bringing it back home is a mark of respect

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War & Conflict

Another casualty of the culture wars

Damage to the Egyptian Museum is just the latest example of the politicisation of archaeology.

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War & Conflict

First evidence of damage to Gaza’s cultural sites emerges

Antiquities museum hit; fears grow for excavated archaeology.

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News

Georgia and Russia rattle their sabres over war damage

Both sides claim the other damaged historic buildings

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Underwater Archaeology

Conservation project focuses on Jewish heritage sites and underwater archaeology

Israel and India join forces

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Unesco to step in to examine so-called “pyramids”

Academics claim that the dig is “pseudo-archaeology”

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Provenance

US museum directors debate antiquities provenance dilemma

Should museums acquire objects without provenance, which may have been looted? Yes, say several panelists

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Art trade

Excavations and trade are essential to the study of antiquities

An international symposium hosted by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) comes together to discuss the art trade and cultural heritage preservation.

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Iraq

Iraq was turned into the world centre for the destruction and looting of some of humanity’s most ancient symbols of civilisation

And so it came to pass that not a single world renowned site or treasured museum was protected

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Kosovo

Unesco reconstruction plan for Kosovo

Lack of trust between Serbs and Muslims continues to hinder restoration efforts

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Conservation & Preservation

How to protect British sites from the destruction of war after 1954 Hague Convention ratification

Now the UK is a signatory, it must consider how best to conserve its cultural heritage should an invasion ever occur

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Iraq

The destruction of culture in Iraq has been enormous; now conservation must be a priority

We can help by providing training in site management techniques, in museology and in conservation

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Excavation

Could the Bulaghi dam project be a blessing in disguise?

A modernisation project might just save an unearthed historical site in Iran that could one day prove to be invaluable to the study of the region.

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Looting

Italy's attempt at curbing illegal art excavation and trade backfires

Make the citizen your ally if you want to save the nation’s past

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Construction of dams in Iran submerges crucial archaeological sites

“To see this happen breaks my heart”, says archaeologist Dr Henry Wright

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Conservation & Preservation

UK considers how to protect its heritage in the event of war

Thousands of important sites could be marked with metal plaques

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News

Landslide warning at Macchu Picchu

Geologists have found the land on the steep slope at the back of the fortress is sliding down at a rate of a centimetre a month

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Unesco

The US rejoins Unesco, analysis suggests the organisation being used as an extension of US foreign policy, as part of the ongoing 'war on terror'

Congress is expected to approve a $71.4 million payment to Unesco, the first US contribution in 18 years

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Restitution

Warning from Greek Culture Minister: give back the Parthenon Marbles—or your reputation suffers

The Acropolis museum is under construction, and the design for the permanent exhibition is in preparation

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Unesco

Places categorised as UNESCO's World Heritage Sites are subject to immense tourism: what is the effect?

As Unesco celebrates the 30th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, this book analyses the effects of its policies in developing countries

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Unesco

Koichiro Matsuura dubbed "saviour of Unesco"

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, Matsuura explains his reform of Unesco and the return of the US to membership after nearly 20 years

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War & Conflict

Archeologists and lawyers are urging the US government to take account of historic sites in Iraq as the military draws up its strategy

Iraq’s history is our history too

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Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art Museum exhibits Leonardo da Vinci and the splendour of Poland

A new show highlights the oft-forgot historical art collections of Poland

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Unesco

"An absolute political priority": Bamiyan Buddhas may be rebuilt

Unesco will convene an international meeting next month to discuss reconstruction

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Cambodia

US imposes import restriction on certain Khmer artefacts

“The pillage of such items from Cambodia is an emergency”

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Unesco

Unesco adopts a new Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage to protect shipwrecks lying in international waters

However, the US and UK say the it conflicts with existing maritime legislation and Russia, Norway, Turkey, and Venezuela vote no

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Raphael

Senatorial pulling power brings Raphaels to France

Despite curators’ protests, the French senate has pushed through a Raphael exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg, Paris

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Exhibitions

Exhibition on tomb-robbers' effect on archaeological sites opens in Palestrina, Italy

Wounded archaeology

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September 2000

Negotiating a united front: Berlin's culture minister Christoph Stölzl takes on funding culture in the capital

It risked bankruptcy to become the capital, and a deal with the federal government gives Berlin DM100m a year—providing that plum institutions come under national control

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Art market

What's it worth to you? Stonehenge's value is assessed in a recent survey

English Heritage has carried out a contingency valuation of Stonehenge and discovered that 58% of those polled would be prepared to help finance the site’s improvement

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Cambodia

Cambodian king urges Prime Minister to put an end to destroying ancient temples for black market trade

Corrupt military officials in cahoots with Thai art dealers are hacking away at the temples

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Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s historical sites devastated: An up-to-date survey

Looting, conflict and mining have caused terrible destruction

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Technology

One of the most advanced and sophisticated computer-based analyses of an ancient landscape in Europe is taking the excavation out of discovery

To dig or not to dig?

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Unesco

Interview with Federico Mayor, UNESCO director general: Surveying the role of UNESCO

“A way of thinking that has visible form”

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Don’t just berate the thieves: look at the museums and excavators too

In the last of our series which publishes talks given in London this summer, Professor Sir John Boardman, Lincoln Professor Emeritus of classical archaeology and art at Oxford, singles out three areas for concern.

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Conservation & Preservation

Harnessing the tourist industry to help Mediterranean historical sites

The Getty's floating conference on the conservation of archaeological sites.

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News

Raphael looks after the arts: The EU's new programme for arts and heritage

While many details are yet to be fine-tuned, it should be ready to protect Europe's cultural treasures by the end of the year

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Unesco

Interview with Khamliène Nhouyvanisvong, UNESCO's new Special Representative to Cambodia

He plans to develop learning centres, nominate new World Heritage sites, preservation of monuments, and protection of Angkor

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Unesco

Over 150 ancient and Medieval Egyptian sites hit by October earthquake

Unesco is coordinating a restoration programme for buildings from the Pyramid of Cheops to the Blue Mosque

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Restoration

Let them take their art with them into the afterlife: Achille Bonito Oliva proposes a dignified exit for contemporary works of art

What is the point of restoring modern art? Is it reasonable to treat a Rauschenberg as if it were a Leonardo?

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Conservation & Preservation

Tug-of-war over baroque church of San Luca in Genoa as baroque gem falls into ruin

The Spinola family has created a Foundation and is looking for sponsors; the State would like to get possession of the sadly-neglected building

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Bills & Reforms

Senator presents bill in Parliament to liberalise circulation of Italian archaeological items

The proposal is greeted by suspicion and political posturing within the Italian art and archaeology world and even the Ministry of Culture.

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News

War in Croatia: An open letter in protest of the devastation in Yugoslavia

Signatories include The Art Newspaper's own Anna Somers Cocks

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Unesco

The Yugoslav National Army has caused serious destruction to Sibenic cathedral, churches, castles and historic buildings in Croatia while attempting to divide their territory

The Minister for Education and Culture sends list of destruction to Unesco and invokes the 1954 Hague Convention

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War memorial

The splendour of ruins?

To resurrect or not to resurrect Dresden’s Frauenkirche, which has been left in ruins as a slowly decaying war memorial

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Unesco

Number of sites protected by Unesco has increased, and campaign to raise money to protect them is launched

The safeguarding of these places of global, cultural importance will increase

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War & Conflict

The law of war: The Hague Convention as military necessity or military convenience?

The 1954 convention is the product of nearly a century’s thought about cultural property in which it is implicit that it is the heritage of all mankind