28 maggio 2018 – “Statues Also Die”

International Symposium

Turin 28th – 29th May 2018


“Statues Also Die”.

Destruction and Preservation in Ancient and Modern Times



28th May, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, via Modane 16, 10141 Torino

09.00-09.30: Registration

09.30-09.45: Welcome and opening remarks by Evelina Christillin, Patrizia Sandretto

09.45-10.30: key-note lecture by Salvatore Settis, The Materiality of the Divine. Iconography vs. Iconoclasm.


Session theme: Sul territorio: case studies

Session Chair: Enrica Pagella

10.45-11.00: Carlo Bertelli, Restituzioni 2018. La fragilità della bellezza: 200 restored masterpieces on view at Venaria Reale [Intesa Sanpaolo].

11.00-11.15: Adriana Acutis, Rethinking Corporate Responsibility for Cultural Heritage: Consulta di Torino case study.

11.15-11.45: coffee break


Session theme: The power of images

Session Chair: Enrica Pagella

11.45-12.15: Paolo Matthiae, Death, Long Life, and Rebirth of Statues and Stelae in the Ancient Near East.

12.15-12.45: Marcello Barbanera, Other Countries’ Misfortune is our Gain. The Issue of Spoliation in Classical Antiquity.



Session theme: Ancient and Modern Destructions

Session Chair: Stefano de Martino

14.30-15.00: Antonio Zanardi Landi, Wounded archaeology in Aquileia.

15.00-15.30: Frederick Mario Fales, The King as Destroyer: Assyrian Devastation in the Conquerend Lands.

15.30-16.00: coffee break

16.00-16.30: Simonetta Graziani, Nineveh is Dead, Long Live Babylon!

16.30-17.00: Jananne Al-Ani, Spectres in the Landscape.

17.30-19.00: screening of the documentary The destruction of memory (by Tim Slade).


29th May, Aula Magna Cavallerizza Reale, via Verdi 9, 10124 Torino

09.15 – 09.30 Welcome address Gianmaria Ajani


Session theme: Ancient and Modern Destructions

Session Chair: Irene Calderoni

09.30-10.00: Arianna Arisi Rota, Political Descrutions and the “Long 19th-Century”. Cases from American Revolution to pre-WW I Europe.

10.00-10.30: Christoph Bachhuber, The Afterlives of ancient statuary in the Konya Plain in central Turkey.

10.30-11.00: coffee break

11.00-11.30: Maria Teresa Grassi, “Lost in astonishment”. Palmyra om the eyes of the West.

11.30-12.00: Hourig Sourouzian, Anche le statue rivivono (talk in English).

12.00-12.30: Ali Cherri, Tales of Resurrection: from the buried to the undead.



Session theme: Museums and The Antiquity Market

Session Chair: Christian Greco

14.00-14.30: Carlo Lippolis, Birth, Fall and Renaissance of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad: politics and propaganda vs. archaeology and heritage enhancement in modern Iraq.

14.30-15.00: Alice Stevenson, Museum ethics: Business as usual?

15.00-15.30: Karen Exell, Who owns the world today? Museums, material culture and the antiquities market in the contemporary Arabian Gulf.

15.30-16.00: coffee break

16.00-18.00: concluding remarks by Elena Calandra and discussion.

18.30-19:30: Guest Lecture by Laurent Bavay, The preservation of cultural heritage at IFAO, the French Archaeological Institute in Cairo.


For further information: virginia.cimino@museoegizio.it


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