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​Vienna – Exhibition on combating illicit trafficking of cultural property opens under the Italian 2018 OSCE Chairmanship

Vienna’s beautiful Art History Museum (Kunsthistorisches Museum) will host an exhibition entitled “Recovered Treasures”, which runs from 30 May to 8 July. The exhibition is dedicated to the work conducted by the Italian Carabinieri Department for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, and the role played by diplomacy in countering the illicit trafficking of cultural heritage. On display will be 21 works of art and archaeological objects. The investigative work carried out by the Carabinieri and the diplomatic efforts by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism will be illustrated. It is thanks to their commitment that it was possible to recover cultural property stolen by organised crime or sold to illicit buyers. Increasing public attention and enhancing cooperation between Police Forces to combat the illicit trafficking of cultural heritage, which has been going on forever in the Mediterranean, is one of the priorities of the Italian 2018 OSCE Chairmanship. 
The exhibition will open on 29 May. At 7:00 p.m., the Museum will host a reception to which members of the press will be invited to attend. The press can get their accreditation at the following email address: viennaosce.media@esteri.it

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