International Symposium "Statues Also Die"
28/05/2018 - 29/05/2018
9:00 - 19:30

The Symposium will gather scholars from different disciplinary and artistic areas with the aim of engaging in a critical discussion of the destruction and preservation of material culture in past as in more recent times. These chronologically and geographically widespread phenomena will be scrutinized through the lenses of archaeology, history, contemporary art, sociology, anthropology and museology.

[The language of the symposium is English. Simultaneous translation will NOT be provided.]

28th May, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, via Modane 16, 10141 Torino

09.00-09.30: Registration

09.30-09.45: Welcome and opening remarks by Evelina Christillin, Patrizia Sandretto

09.45-10.30: key-note lecture by Salvatore Settis, The Materiality of the Divine. Iconography vs. Iconoclasm

Session Chair: Enrica Pagella

Session theme: Sul territorio: case studies

10.45-11.00: Carlo Bertelli, Restituzioni 2018. La fragilità della bellezza: 200 restored masterpieces on view at Venaria Reale [Compagnia di San Paolo].

11.00-11.15: Adriana Acutis, Rethinking Corporate Responsibility for Cultural Heritage: Consulta di Torino case study.

11.15-11.45: coffee break

Session theme: The power of images

11.45-12.15: Paolo Matthiae, Death, Long Life, and Rebirth of Statues and Stelae in the Ancient Near East

12.15-12.45: Marcello Barbanera, Other Countries’ Misfortune is our Gain. The Issue of Spoliation in Classical Antiquity.


Session theme: Ancient and Modern Destructions

Session Chair: Stefano de Martino

14.30-15.00: Antonio Zanardi Landi, Wounded archaeology in Aquileia.

15.00-15.30: Frederick Mario Fales, The King as Destroyer: Assyrian Devastation in the Conquerend Lands.

15.30-16.00: coffee break

16.00-16.30: Simonetta Graziani, Nineveh is Dead, Long Live Babylon!

16.30-17.00: Jananne Al-Ani, Spectres in the Landscape.

17.30-19.00: screening of the documentary The destruction of memory (by Tim Slade).

29th May, Aula Magna Cavallerizza Reale, via Verdi 9, 10124 Torino

09.15 – 09.30 Welcome address GIANMARIA AJANI

Session theme: Ancient and Modern Destructions

Session Chair: Irene Calderoni

09.30-10.00: Arianna Arisi Rota, Political Descrutions and the “Long 19th-Century”. Cases from American Revolution to pre-WW I Europe.

10.00-10.30: Christoph Bachhuber, The Afterlives of ancient statuary in the Konya Plain in central Turkey.

10.30-11.00: coffee break

11.00-11.30: Maria Teresa Grassi, “Lost in astonishment”. Palmyra om the eyes of the West.

11.30-12.00: Hourig Sourouzian, Anche le statue rivivono (talk in English).

12.00-12.30: Ali Cherri, Tales of Resurrection: from the buried to the undead.


Session theme: Museums and The Antiquity Market

Session Chair: Christian Greco

14.00-14.30: Carlo Lippolis, Birth, Fall and Renaissance of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad: politics and propaganda vs. archaeology and heritage enhancement in modern Iraq.

14.30-15.00: Alice Stevenson, Museum ethics: Business as usual?

15.00-15.30: Karen Exell, Who owns the world today? Museums, material culture and the antiquities market in the contemporary Arabian Gulf.

15.30-16.00: coffee break

16.00-18.00: concluding remarks by Elena Calandra and discussion.

18.30-19:30: Guest Lecture by Laurent Bavay, The preservation of cultural heritage at IFAO, the French Archaeological Institute in Cairo.

The coffee breaks are offered by the organization.

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