The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) signed a landmark agreement on Friday 13 October in a new effort to address mounting threats to cultural properties worldwide.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage announced that it has successfully retrieved more than 52,000 artefacts from inside and outside the country as part of the National Project for Digital Recording of Antiquities, which follows international standards for archaeological recording and archiving.
Τhe Minister of Justice of Italy, Andrea Orlando, signed the new Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property, unofficially also referred to as the “Blood Antiquities” Convention. The Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property aims to prevent and combat the illicit trafficking and destruction of cultural property, in the framework of the organization’s action to fight terrorism and organized crime. Since Mai 2017 nine countries have signed the Convention: Armenia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Ukraine and Mexico.
Details on the convention
A deal has been negotiated in a legal row between Mana Contemporary, an art storage and exhibition complex in New Jersey, and the prominent art dealing Mugrabi dynasty. David Mugrabi filed a complaint in New York Supreme Court on 23 October alleging that the storage company was holding his family’s art “hostage” over an unpaid invoice. At the heart of the case is an invoice for more than $500,000 that Mana says the Mugrabis owe as storage fees.