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The Year in Review 2019

From a Paris inferno to the Leonardo tussle: the art world's top stories of 2019

We look back at the major events that made the headlines this year

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Palmyra

Russia and Syria sign agreement to restore ancient city of Palmyra

Collaboration spearheaded by the State Hermitage Museum was made official in Damascus this week

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Contemporary Istanbul

Contemporary Istanbul chairman ‘rethinking fair’s governance’ following ‘inappropriate’ comments over Turkey’s military action

Ali Gureli apologises for accusing foreign media of spreading propaganda, but it is not yet clear if he will step down

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War & Conflict

Art in the time of airstrikes: Yemeni artists urge international donors for support

Symposium at the British Museum, part of the Shubbak festival of contemporary Arab culture, will include artists from war-torn Yemen and Syria

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Conservation & Preservation

Aliph global protection fund announces 14 projects across multiple war zones

The Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, Syria’s Raqqa Museum and Mosul libraries all safeguarded

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Syria

Berlin's Pergamonmuseum reveals the crowdsourced archive preserving Syria's war-torn heritage

New exhibition presents documents that lay the foundations for reconstruction of Aleppo and other sites ruined by civil war

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Syria

New London gallery shows work by only-known artist to have worked secretly under Islamic State

The Stories Art Gallery champions artists who take a non-political approach in their work to challenge violent stereotypes of Syria

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Exhibitions

Two new shows highlight the politics of being apolitical in the powderkeg Middle East

Exhibitions in Doha on the history of Syria and revolutions in the Arab world tread a fine line

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Conservation & Preservation

Syria's Palmyra to be ready for tourists by summer 2019 as cost to rebuild Homs reaches $2bn

Authorities says they have received "good offers from the world powers" to help conserve ancient sites

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Disasters & destruction

Syrian museums seek Russian expertise to restore destroyed Palmyra sculptures

Ancient city occupied by Islamic State was retaken by Syrian army with Russian support in 2017

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Conservation & Preservation

Aleppo's reconstruction 'deserves international resources'

Aga Khan Trust for Culture calls for condemnation of destruction to be reinforced by help on the ground

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Exhibitions

Syria’s war-ravaged heritage to be the focus of new Qatar show

Museum of Islamic Art exhibition looks at historic sites destroyed by years of civil war

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Conservation & Preservation

How refugees are conserving Iraq and Syria's extraordinary monumental heritage

Opening mega museums is not the only way to exercise soft power in the region

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Disasters & destruction

'A loss as great as Palmyra': Syrian temple of Ain Dara severely damaged by Turkish forces

Iron Age structure was targeted in campaign against Kurdish separatists