New methods to protect cultural monuments

Unfortunately, modern security systems fail to prevent plundering of artworks from museums and galleries. This summer a vase has been stolen from the state Hermitage; an exceptional gospel and a painting by an unknown German artist have been taken away from the museum of the Mukhina Academy of Arts; criminals have plundered two Buddha statues from a museum in north-western Chinese province Shaanxi; shoes worn by Judi Garland in a popular American movie «Wizard of Oz» have been stolen from the Grand Rapids museum.

An International conference ICOM (International Council of Museums), which is taking place in the Marble Palace of the State Russian Museum through September 26–30, is dedicated to protection of cultural monuments.

About one hundred leading Russian and foreign institutes interested in implementation of new security systems participate in the Council. The conference’s schedule includes discussions on new technologies, protective programs, terrorism and natural disasters.

ICOM is an international nongovernmental organization founded by UNESCO in 1946. International committee for Museum Security (ICMS) will start its work at the Council as well.

After the ending of the conference on September 30, news agency «Russian Antique» will inform readers about its results.

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