Italy and Tunisia team up for cultural heritage

Collaboration accord for professional training

14 January, 12:45

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JAN 14 - Creating networks for high-level professional training in the management of museum and cultural heritage is the aim of two collaboration agreements signed by the Tunis City of Culture in the presence of Tunisian culture minister Hayet Ketat Guermazi and Italian ambassador to Tunisia Lorenzo Fanara.

    The first was between the Scuola Beni Attività Culturali foundation, the Italian Institute of Culture, and the National of Modern and Contemporary Art of Tunis (MACAM) and the second between the University di Urbino Carlo Bo, the Department of Pure and Applied Sciences (DiSPeA), and MACAM.

    Both of these agreements aim to increase multidisciplinary training and exchanges of expertise and researchers in the cultural heritage management sector, said the director of the Italian Institute of Culture in Tunis, Maria Vittoria Longhi, noting that the agreement with the foundation is part of a "twining project" fostering international collaboration between Italian cultural heritage institutes and their Tunisian counterparts, with a focus on museum management (management of the collections, training of personnel, organisation of exhibitions), while the agreement between MACAM and the University of Urbino centered mainly on the analysis and digitalisation of works held in the MACAM in order to document their state of conservation and, in some cases, their restoration.

    MACAM will soon open to the public at the City of Culture on a surface area of 5,000 square meters of exhibition space with a collection of over 13,000 works by Tunisian and foreign artists from the end of the nineteenth century onwards.

    The museum requires a great deal of cataloging and reorganising of the collection and exhibition spaces. For this reason, MACAM has strategically chosen to invest in the training of its personnel, in part in collaboration with foreign institutions, focusing on the high-level training offered by Italian ones.

    The agreement with the University of Urbino will also make it possible to valorise what was already done with the Tempus Infobc project with EU funds, which began in 2015 and which made it possible to bring a three-year course in restoration for the first time to six universities throughout the country.

    Each course focuses on the restoration of different types of materials such as stone, wood, and paper, as well as the creation of restoration workshops equipped by Italian enterprises. (ANSAmed).

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