“The Iraq Museum in Baghdad. The Italian requalification of a cultural heritage of humanity” published by Apex Books, is being presented on Wednesday, March 16 at 17.30 in Rome at the Primaticcio Gallery of Palazzo Firenze. It was organized by the Società Dante Alighieri and by the Italian National UNESCO Commission. The book describes the works carried out at the Iraq Museum of Baghdad by the Crast (Center archaeological research and excavations in Turin for the Middle East and Asia) and by Monumenta Orientalia, after the museum was sacked in 2003. The project was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities and Tourism and the Fondazione Banca Nazionale delle Comunicazioni. An address by Salvatore Italia (Dante Alighieri Society) will open the event, followed by institutional greetings by Stefania Bravo (CNI UNESCO), Ambassador Luca Giansanti (Head of the Directorate General for Political Affairs and Security-Maeci), Giuseppe Proietti (former General Secretary of Mibact), Iraq’s ambassador to Rome Ahmad Bamarni, Patrick Mura (counselor of the Embassy of Italy in Baghdad) and Ettore Janulardo (Directorate-general for the promotion of Italy, Maeci).
Italians work for the redevelopment of a heritage site
Speakers included: Carlo Lippolis (Professor of Archaeology and History of the Ancient Near East at the University of Turin and president of the in Turin Center for archaeological research and excavations for the Middle East and Asia); Stefano de Martino (professore of hittitology at the university of Turin and scientific director of the Turin Center for archaeological research and excavations for the Middle East and Asia); Gianluca Capri (architect expert in environmental issues and in international cooperation aimed at the restoration and enhancement of cultural heritage); Roberto Parapetti (architect, expert in architectural restoration and museum exhibitions, director of the Italian-Iraqi Centre for the Restoration of Monuments and president of Monumenta Orientalia).