Disasters & destruction

In aftermath of Hurricane Ian's destruction, West Florida art institutions begin to pick up the pieces

While some museums and art spaces escaped largely unscathed—thanks to a mix of thorough preparation and meteorological luck—others in the most devastated areas remain unreachable

Pakistan’s heritage has suffered the brutal effects of record monsoon rains—what happens now?

As Unesco pledges $350,000 to safeguard sites, questions are raised about the country’s long-term commitment to restoring and protecting key locations in the face of the climate crisis

Metropolitan Museum to exhibit masterpieces from Puerto Rican museum struck by earthquake

The pieces include paintings by Frederic Leighton, John Everett Millais and Sir Edward Burne-Jones

Icom condemns Russia's 'deliberate destruction' of Ukrainian heritage and plans stricter code of ethics

The International Council of Museums says revised protocol will allow it to more readily “address conflicts”—and could lead to the expulsion of Russia from the organisation

War-ravaged Ukrainian mosaics digitally recreated in London show

Exhibition builds on a project to document Ukraine's monumental and contested public art created during Soviet era

Seven dead after landslide strikes Iraqi Shia shrine

The Qattarat al-Imam Ali shrine, a popular pilgrimage destination, collapsed on 20 August after rubble from a landslide struck its roof

Saving Ukraine’s heritage: an eyewitness account of relief efforts

Plus, the Cezanne blockbuster at The Art Institute of Chicago and Nicola L.’s Gold Femme Commode at Alison Jacques

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Could one of these lost Van Goghs—which disappeared during the Nazi period—be hidden in your attic?

These five missing paintings might still survive—possibly looted and secreted away

a blog by Martin Bailey

Ukraine demolishes Kyiv monument symbolising friendship with Russia

The titanium People’s Friendship Arch above the statue will remain but be renamed the Arch of Freedom of the Ukrainian People

Reports say Putin is deliberately targeting Ukrainian heritage—but is that true?

Amid Russia’s savagery we must maintain a clear ethical stance when intervening to protect culture

Ukrainian cultural site where Tchaikovsky once composed music damaged by Russian forces

Town of Trostianets has pushed out the Russian army but has suffered widespread destruction

Italynews

After years of emergencies, Italy launches 'unprecedented' plan to protect churches against earthquake damage

Culture ministry earmarks EU pandemic recovery funds to mitigate the impact of future disasters on religious buildings around the country

Culture in the crossfire: Ukraine's key monuments and museums at risk of destruction in the war

Museum staff, heritage custodians and volunteers are racing against time to safeguard the country's cultural treasures, many of which, ironically, are connected to Russia

Museum building heavily damaged in Ukraine's battle-ravaged city of Chernihiv

Director has been posting emotional updates on Facebook as Russian forces shell area

'The damage is incomprehensible': toll of Australia floods on cultural precinct of Lismore

Floodwaters rose to second-floor ceiling of Lismore Regional Gallery, at the “epicentre” of the disaster for the New South Wales town

'I'll do anything I can to save them all': an Afghan contemporary artist on life after narrowly escaping the Taliban

In our series "Dispatches from Afghanistan", we speak to artists about their experiences since the rise of the Taliban. Here, Jahan Ara Rafi calls on the international community to help rescue those still stuck in the country

Haitian artists show in Miami but worry about home

As order collapses, the country's residents lack food, water and power—but cultural life survives amid the chaos

'I've started wearing a burka and hidden all my instruments': an Afghan musician on life under the Taliban

In our series "Dispatches from Afghanistan", we speak to artists about their experiences since the rise of the Taliban. Here, Sima shares how fearing for her life is making her physically ill

'Pessimism is a luxury. For people living in Afghanistan, that is never an option': an Afghan art organisation on life under the Taliban

In our series "Dispatches from Afghanistan", we speak to artists and cultural workers about their experiences since the rise of the Taliban

Castello di Rivoli helps bring Afghan artist and curator to Italy

Abdul Wasi Rahraw Omarzad set up a school for women artists and Afghanistan’s only art journal

How to help Afghan artists and cultural workers now at risk under the Taliban

As part of our ongoing series "Dispatches from Afghanistan", we have compiled a list of organisations supporting those vulnerable both inside and outside of the country

Film review

Disasters sweep across the screen in Nature by Artavazd Peleshian

The first new film in 30 years by the veteran Armenian director, commissioned by the Fondation Cartier, had its premiere at the NY Film Festival this week

An Afghan cultural worker’s life under the Taliban: 'There is nothing left for us here and we can’t go anywhere else'

In a new series "Dispatches from Afghanistan", we speak to artists about their experiences since the rise of the Taliban. Here, Mansoor laments the world’s silence over Afghanistan's fate

Flash flooding overwhelms Ljubljana’s cultural institutions

In the worst flood in Slovenia in nearly two centuries, the capital's most important theatre and Modern art museum have been damaged

An Afghan artist's life under the Taliban: burning art, deleting social media accounts and living in hiding

In a new series "Dispatches from Afghanistan", we speak to artists about their experiences since the rise of the Taliban. Here, contemporary artist and curator Mina recounts the horrors of her failed escape attempt

Unesco report reveals extent of Russian threat to Crimean heritage

Since the annexation in 2014, Russia has been persecuting the Tatar population and appropriating monuments

Ancient Chinese sites hit by flash floods this summer

Deadly rains in central Henan province threatened key Unesco World Heritage sites and hundreds of national relics. Experts warn the disaster may be a taste of future trouble

Afghanistan: the threat of the Taliban to artists and heritage

Plus, artist Bill Fontana records Notre Dame's bells

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