Will the world save beauty? An exhibition on the protection of cultural heritage in museums at Castel SantAngelo

The National Museum of Castel Sant'Angelo reflects with an exhibition on prevention and security systems for the protection of cultural property adopted by museums and cultural places.

The exhibition The World Will Save Beauty? opened on July 13 at the National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome. Prevention and Safety for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, curated by Vincenzo Lemmo and open to the public until Nov. 4, 2021.

The event is conceived and organized by the European Center for Tourism and Culture in Rome, directed by Giuseppe Lepore, in collaboration with the General Directorate for Security of Cultural Heritage MIC, the Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage and the National Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo.

In such a particular and delicate moment as the world is experiencing with the pandemic, beauty, understood as the best of artistic and spiritual production, seems to be the only useful tool to save consciences and satiate the innate desire for beauty. If beauty can save the world, are we able to safeguard this precious commodity? How do we secure the immense heritage? Will the world save beauty?

The idea of this exhibition was born from these very questions: it is not only meant to be an exhibition of artifacts recovered by the Carabinieri’s Cultural Heritage Protection Command headed by Brigadier General Roberto Riccardi, but it also wants to present prevention and safeguard systems adopted by state museums and cultural sites with the coordination of the MiC’s General Directorate for Cultural Heritage Security. The exhibition is divided into several sections in which the visitor will be accompanied to discover stories of recovery, safeguarding and protection told in a narrative way and through images.

On display are important works attributed to artists such as Brueghel and Veronese, as well as artifacts such as a fragment of the obelisk placed in Montecitorio. A section of the exhibition is dedicated to the recovery of Cultural Heritage and the investigations that have enabled the return of illegally stolen objects and their subsequent securing. Protecting art and its beauty means intervening in emergency scenarios where the work of safeguarding becomes urgent and delicate: important is the commitment of the MiC and the Carabinieri TPC Command in areas of the national territory affected by earthquakes and other natural disasters thanks to the institution of the Blue Helmets of Culture. The recent earthquakes in Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria have highlighted critical issues, but they have also been an excellent training ground, and the model, in agreement with the Italian Civil Defense and UNESCO, has been exported to various foreign countries.

The exhibition also aims to acquaint everyone with the stories and the message of hope: in fact, the itinerary will be enriched with panels and captions in Braille script and relief reproductions of the works for the blind.

For info: www.castelsantangelo.beniculturali.it

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Will the world save beauty? An exhibition on the protection of cultural heritage in museums at Castel SantAngelo
Will the world save beauty? An exhibition on the protection of cultural heritage in museums at Castel SantAngelo

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