17 February 2020 - 9h03
Acting for heritage is the very strong theme that Elisabeth Bréaud has set for the 10th Rencontres Internationales Monaco et la Méditerranée to be held on 12th and 13th March.
The colloquium will gather historians, philosophers, archaeologists, architects, politicians and civil society at the Oceanographic Museum to present their actions in the field and their most recent achievements in terms of conservation, reconstruction and rehabilitation. Art historian Elisabeth Bréaud, who founded the Monegasque Association for the Knowledge of the Arts in 1986, established these international meetings in 2001 with the support of Prince Rainier III. She is the president and the director of these “Rencontres”. The meetings are open to the public and are intended to gather experts from different backgrounds every two years to reflect on the major contemporary challenges of the Mediterranean region and propose possible solutions. Over the years, several major themes have been broached during these conferences, including the cities of the Mediterranean, archaeological sites, freshwater and the last one was dedicated to artists and intellectuals.
Preservation of the Mediterranean heritage
This year, Prince Albert II, who gives his high patronage to these meetings, will officially open the symposium and award the RIMM 2020 Prize, while Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and Xavier Darcos, Chancellor of the Institut de France and former Minister of National Education, will deliver the inaugural conferences. The presentation of the colloquium will be hosted by Mounir Bouchenaki, Honorary President of the RIMM and former Deputy Director-General for Culture at UNESCO. The colloquium will consist of several round tables. It will deal in particular with the place of the Mediterranean heritage in the world, the means used to preserve it, protection strategies, university researches on rehabilitation and the relationship of heritage and ecology as well as the role of digital technology. One of these round tables will be dedicated to “Monaco facing its heritage”. A very rich program involving a large number of personalities, including Nicolas Grimal, professor at the Collège de France, president of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-lettres, Charles Méla, president of the European Centre for Culture, Maamoun Abdulkarim, former Director General of Antiquities and Museums of Syria, and Luis Monréal, Director General of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, who will intervene on the rehabilitation of the old town of Aleppo by this trust. The round table discussion on the Principality will be marked by the interventions of Thomas Fouilleron, Director of the Archives and Library of the Palace and Elena Rossoni-Notter, Director of the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology. In the evening the film Halfaouine, the Child of the Terraces of Ferid Boughedir will be screened at the Théâtre des Variétés followed by an exchange with the filmmaker.
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