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Can we save art at risk?

  • The Lavery Room 5 Cromwell Place London SW7 2JE (map)

A conversation with Gael de Guichen, a leading art conservationist who will draw a map of the very sensitive areas where art preservation is at risk.

The destruction of the two world largest buddhas in Bamiyan in Afghanistan shed a light on art that is gone for ever for future generations.The opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi marks a stepping stone into thinking of art as “shared humanity”, but how can art be preserved in countries lacking both resources and structures? And what does the future look like for places where art has been destroyed or looted?

Gael de Guichen is a special adviser to the director of ICCROM, an intergovernmental agency, created by UNESCO which comprises of 135 countries and which focus is to preserve and restaure cultural heritage.  He has done over 600 missions in member countries and has developed the concept of preventive conservation and created a fund for the preservation of  cultural heritage in sub-saharian Africa.

This event is kindly hosted by Oliver Hoare who will present "Every Object Tells a Story" at 10am.

This is a Walk The Talk Circle event.

We are grateful to Lombard Odier for their generous support of this event. 

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Later Event: February 28
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