Statement concerning the Russian invasion into Ukraine

As of 24 February 2022, military forces from the Russian Federation have invaded Ukraine. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) strongly condemns this violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. ICOM is especially concerned about the risks faced by museum professionals as well as the threats to cultural heritage because of this armed […]

Cultural Catastrophe: Ukrainian Museums and Monuments at Risk

Warnings that cultural heritage will be targeted as Ivankiv Historical-Cultural Museum is burned to the ground. Museum workers in neighbouring countries are mobilising to help colleagues in Ukraine amid fears that cultural institutions and their workers will be at particular risk from the Russian invasion.

Cultural Heritage at Stake: Afghanistan Updates (online / hybrid roundtable, Saturday 30 October 2021, 11:30-12:30 CET)

This roundtable is part of the international workshop (“Persian Art: The Shifting of Objects, Images and Ideas in Early 20th Century Central Europe”, 29-30 October 2021), organised by the research project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) / Lise Meitner Programme (M2428-G25) in collaboration with the Institute of Art History, Faculty of Historical and […]

Unesco report reveals extent of Russian threat to Crimean heritage

Since the annexation in 2014, Russia has been persecuting the Tatar population and appropriating monuments. A Unesco report released on 10 September on cultural heritage and human rights violations in Crimea asserts that Russia has appropriated thousands of monuments, unlawfully exported and exhibited museum artefacts, conducted unauthorised archeological digs, and subjugated its Muslim population […]