NEW YORK, JANUARY 13 – Students from UNIS, the United Nations International School in New York, visited last week the exhibition “Recovered Treasures: The Art of Saving Art” based on historical objects stolen or illegally excavated and subsequently recovered by the Italian Carabinieri Command for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (TPC).
The students took part in a guided tour during which the representatives of the Command explained their role as “soldiers for the Arts”. The exhibition was organized in occasion of the 50th anniversary of TPC. It was also the first cultural event to be held at UN Headquarters in light of the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the organization, which will be taking place throughout 2020.
The exhibition opened last week. Its aim is to showcase the innovative role performed by the Carabinieri Unit in the fight against art crimes and art trafficking, and in the protection of cultural heritage in conflict zones. The fifteen art pieces -among which is a relief of Palmyra, to be returned to Syria at the end of the exhibition’s tour- were recovered through investigations in which international collaboration and multilateralism played a key role.