Monuments Men: Protecting Art And Cultural Heritage In The Midst Of Conflict

Monuments Men: Protecting Art And Cultural Heritage In The Midst Of Conflict

A new Smithsonian exhibit explores the true story of the scholars, historians and art curators who became known as the "Monuments Men," which was also recently adapted for film. We explore a unique chapter in art history, and explore the ongoing challenge of protecting cultural heritage sites around the world.

During World War II, a U.S. Army unit known as the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Section helped save European art treasures from destruction. A new Smithsonian exhibit explores the true story of the scholars, historians and art curators who became known as the "Monuments Men," which was also recently adapted for film. We explore a unique chapter in art history, and explore the ongoing challenge of protecting cultural heritage sites around the world.

Guests

Kate Haw

Director, Archives of American Art

Cori Wegener

Cultural Heritage Preservation Officer, Smithsonian Institution

Michele Lamprakos

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, University of Maryland-College Park

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