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ARCE Coming to a PBS Station Near You

Nov 10, 2014

In May 2014, a film crew of three from The Visionaries traveled to Egypt for the start of a four-day whirlwind schedule to capture the collaboration of Americans and Egyptians working together to preserve Egypt's cultural heritage through the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE).

Orange County Chapter Members Treated to Behind-the-Scenes Tour at the Getty Villa

Nov 9, 2014

The long awaited, eagerly anticipated, members only visit to the Arts of Greco-Roman Egypt Gallery and state-of-the-art conservation laboratory at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu did not disappoint.

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TURMOIL TAKES ITS TOLL

Unique Islamic art and manuscript collections and the museums that house them suffered infrastructure damage from bomb blast at Bab al Khalq. Photo: D. Deutsch

An early morning explosion on January 24, 2014 was an unfortunate reminder that Egypt has not yet returned to the level of stability preceding the ouster of the Mubarak regime in 2011. The explosion, aimed at the Cairo Security Directorate on Port Said Street in the historic district of Bab el-Khalq, caused few human casualties but significant damage was rendered to the world-class collections of Islamic Period art and manuscripts housed across the street in the Museum of Islamic Art and the Manuscript Library and Manuscript Museum of the National Library and Archives of Egypt.

It was so depressingly familiar, another attack on an Egyptian building housing valuable and irreplaceable pieces of historical and cultural heritage. The building, constructed in Neo-Mamlouk Style, is located in an area included on the UNESCO World Heritage List known as Bab el-Khalq. It was completed and inaugurated by Khedive Abbas II Hilmi in 1904. Today, the Museum of Islamic Art, managed by the Ministry of Antiquities and Heritage (MAH) occupies the ground floor and the upper floors house the Manuscript Library and Manuscript Museum collections of the National Library and Archives of Egypt (Dar el-Kotob), under the management of the Ministry of Culture. Both institutions have undergone extensive renovations in recent years and both boasted state of the art exhibition spaces, storage, research and conservation facilities.

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