Curated Reading List: September 2023

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Welcome back to the busy world after the summer break, September did not disappoint in either range of topics and ideas, it was truly hard to pick. While we prepare for spooky season (Halloween for those who don’t celebrate), learn more about the world of culture and get a head start:

(we changed the usual segment order,  saving news for last)

What to do and see

The Top 10 Exhibitions to See in September 2023 

Five exhibitions to see in Seoul: from an intergenerational survey of Korean art to new paintings by Issy Wood 


Revision of the ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums – consultation webinars 

World Heritage site managers gather in Riyadh to brainstorm for future heritage management 

CHARTER Symposium: A strategy for the future of cultural heritage 

European Heritage Hub Forum 

Reflect, Share, Inspire Digital Skills for Heritage 



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Improving Management Effectiveness of World Heritage Properties

Personalisable Augmented Heritage Tours 

Short-term grants offering support for researchers to use the Getty Library’s collections 


Crimean museum director sanctioned by EU and Switzerland

our regular British Museum updates: ‘The last remaining argument against restitution has now been lost’

Murugan idol stolen from Pallava-era temple traced to U.S.

New York authorities  order seizure of ancient statue at Cleveland Museum of Art possibly  connected to looting, trafficking of antiquities in Turkey 

UK Police Make ‘Major Breakthrough’ in Search for Stolen Maurizio Cattelan Toilet

Traders arrested with hundreds of illegal artefacts 

Australian Museum Will Return Prized 2,500-Year-Old Vase to Italy 

‘Enough is enough’: US looted treasures unit faces accusations over credit 

Isn’t that something?: New AI translates 5,000-year-old cuneiform tablets instantly 

Morocco earthquake leaves key heritage sites severely damaged 

‘Extraordinary’ structure has no real parallel in the archaeological record, scientists say

Pace gallery to open in Tokyo next year

Photo ban lifted on Picasso’s Guernica after 30 years

Bob Ross’s canvas from the first The Joy of Painting episode hits the market 

The Venice affair

‘Italy is an alcoholic in denial over Venice’ 

Day-trippers to Venice to be charged €5 admission fee in bid to save lagoon city 


NEMO co-signs letter of concern regarding the 2024 Creative Europe budget cuts 

Culture and Heritage sectors rally in protest over proposed €40 million cut to Creative Europe 

UK joins Horizon Europe 


Un village néolithique découvert dans la Marne après 20 ans de recherches

Une souscription nationale pour les églises en péril 

France-Brésil des patrimoines partagés en ligne 

Interesting Reads

Scanning the world and democratising culture through 3D 

The Art of Storytelling Through Sound: Crafting Engaging Audio Guides 

The ARTnews Guide to Cubism 

The World’s Oldest Papyrus and What It Can Tell Us About the Great Pyramids 

The art world still favours the rich—how do we fix that? 


Handbook of Digital 3D Reconstruction of Historical Architecture 

WAC Handbook #1 BlockChain 101 

Portraying feminist beliefs and transcending  cultural norms: Korean women artists’ reinterpretation of songs  traditionally performed by men 

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