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Award for the restoration of the Caryatids

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Award for the restoration of the Caryatids

. mfa.gr/usa/en/news-from-our-missions-in-the-… .

estoration and conservation work carried out on the Caryatids from the southern porch of the Erechtheion temple has earned the Acropolis Museum in Athens an international distinction. The museum was awarded the Keck Award 2012 by the International Institute for Conservation (IIC) in Vienna on September 14. The restoration and conservation of the Kore from the Erechtheion was carried out with the use of laser technology.

Established in 1994, the award is presented on a biennial basis and was endowed by the late art conservation pioneers Sheldon and Caroline Keck.

According to the IIC Council, the award is presented to “the individual or group who has contributed most towards promoting public understanding and appreciation of the accomplishments of the conservation profession.”

The Acropolis Museum was honored for its efforts to offer visitors the chance to observe conservation procedures that previously could only be seen in conservation labs. According to the museum, more than 2 million visitors have watched the conservation specialists at work since December 2010.

The scientists working at the Athens museum used a highly innovative laser technique developed by the museum and the Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser at the Foundation for Research and Technology on Crete. .http://www.forth.gr/index_main.php?c=21&l=e .

At the museum, the specialists work on the sculptures inside a closed-off area while visitors can watch the procedure on a screen.

Designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi in collaboration with Greek architect Michalis Fotiadis, the Acropolis Museum opened its doors to the public in June, 2009. The museum showcases about 4,000 objects from the Acropolis.

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To continue. I've re-read all the posts on this thread. Many of you cited the British Museum's belief that the Greeks don't know how to look after their treasures. That may once have been the case, but it isn't any longer. For those who don't care to read the whole of the link above, here is the Trustees' current position. (It appears under the heading "Common Misconceptions".)

"The British Museum argues that the sculptures in their collection should remain in London because there is nowhere to house them in Greece and that the Greek authorities cannot look after them.

Neither of these claims is true, the British Museum does not argue this. The Trustees argue that the sculptures on display in London convey huge public benefit as part of the Museum’s worldwide collection. Our colleagues in Athens are, of course, fully able to conserve and preserve the material in their care and we enjoy friendly and constructive relations with them. More information on joint projects between the British Museum and Greek museum colleagues is also available online."

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Editing time ran out. Grr.

I don't defend the Trustees' stance: many of the arguments in their statement are specious and self-justifying. But those of us who believe the sculptures should be returned to Greece owe it to the cause to be well informed and up to date so that we can make the case knowledgeably, without recourse to arguments that are redundant.

Here are a few more links that may be of interest:

http://www.parthenonuk.com/

http://www.parthenonmarblesusa.org/

http://www.parthenoninternational.org/

http://www.bringthemback.org/

…wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Associatio…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18373312

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Thanks for those links Alabastron - I like the Big Ben video!

Have to agree it is a complex matter. I had never really understood or appreciated the various arguments for & against but somehow it seemed plain wrong that we should have these marbles here in the UK. When I visited Athens last year & saw the amazing New Acropolis Museum & the way they have set up the displays which indicate the missing sections it made me really sad. The world is such a smaller place these days with travel available to all. If the BM had replicas, whilst the genuine pieces were back where they fit no-one would be excluded from seeing a more whole picture.

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tsipouro - agree totally. If only the British Govt could see it as sensibly as you do.

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25. Re: Award for the restoration of the Caryatids

It should become a matter for international law and courts. I suppose it is already.

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