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The Prince Claus Fund at the National Museum of Antiquities

Starting 20 October, the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme will be featured during the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden: ‘Nineveh - Capital of a World Imperium’ in the section for cultural heritage under threat: ‘Nineveh’s Fragile Heritage’.

The Prince Claus Fund presents a photo-installation in collaboration with the Netherlands Commission at UNESCO, developed by Feddow Claassen and including works by Iraqi archaeologist Faisal Jeber from the Prince Claus Fund’s network. This photo-installation literally shifts the perspective of all visitors walking through this part of the exhibition, thereby providing them with an experience of being at the site of Nineveh as it is today.

In collaboration with Stichting VALUE, the Prince Claus Fund is organising a ‘Nineveh: Minecraft Event’, a special part of the exhibition. During this event, the public can take part in the Minecraft reconstruction of Nineveh’s buildings and through this playful exercise engage with the threats facing Nineveh’s heritage today. Visit Nineveh: Minecraft on 25 November 2017 and 3 March 2018.

Earlier this year, in April 2017, the Prince Claus Fund also co-organized a screening of the highly acclaimed documentary ‘The Destruction of Memory’ by filmmaker Tim Slade in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. The documentary explores the deliberate destruction and the protection of cultural heritage worldwide and in the Middle East in particular.

Cultural Emergency Response in Iraq

When Mosul was freed from the Islamic State in July, it became clear that the occupation had led to a great deal of damage not only to Nineveh, but also to other heritage in the region. The Prince Claus Fund’s CER programme works to counter these types of cultural destruction by working with local organizations and experts to protect and, when needed, safeguard these sites.

Since 2003, CER has established itself as an 'ambulance service for culture'. After the fall of the Hussein regime in Iraq, CER assisted the Central University of Baghdad in the rebuilding of the library and its collection. This included training in disaster preparedness and fighting for Iraqi heritage experts. At present, the CER programme is also actively involved in supporting culture, education, and heritage in Mosul.

In 2018, together with the Whiting Foundation, CER is accepting proposals for documentary heritage projects. Learn more here.

National Museum of Antiquities Exhibition details

Now, for the first time since their discovery over 180 years ago, 250 of the most important objects from Nineveh are brought together at ‘Nineveh. Capital of a World Imperium’. This exhibition introduces a city that was once largest in the world and the home of Assyrian royalty, presenting the history of Nineveh, its inhabitants and the many gods they worshipped.

The exhibition ‘Nineveh - Capital of a World Imperium’ will take place from 20 October 2017 till 25 March 2018 in the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden. The official opening is on 19 October 2017.

http://www.rmo.nl/tentoonstellingen/nineveh

The Prince Claus Fund at the National Museum of Antiquities

"CER, an ambulance service for culture"

The Prince Claus Fund at the National Museum of Antiquities

 
 
 
 

The Prince Claus Fund at the National Museum of Antiquities

Starting 20 October, the Prince Claus Fund’s Cultural Emergency Response programme will be featured during the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden: ‘Nineveh - Capital of a World Imperium’ in the section for cultural heritage under threat: ‘Nineveh’s Fragile Heritage’. The Prince Claus Fund presents a photo-installation in collaboration with the Netherlands...