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French museums rally to protect art collections in Ukraine with truckload of emergency supplies

PHOTO COURTESY OF International Council of Museums FRANCE (ICOM): Pictured here -- The Paris warehouse of the art transportation company, Chenue, which collected donations from museums across France and delivered them free of charge to Poland earlier this week.

Edited from Hannah McGivern's 3/25/2022 report for THE ART NEWSPAPER...

A delivery of 15 tons of donated packing and conservation materials was organized by ICOM France

More than 20 museums and institutions from across France including the Louvre, the Musée du Quai Branly—Jacques Chirac and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (national library) have donated emergency supplies to Ukrainian museums to help them protect their collections against destruction.

A truck carrying 15 tons worth of packing and preservation materials—ranging from crates and bubble wrap to fire extinguishers and blankets—left Paris earlier this week for Warsaw, where Polish cultural professionals are organizing rapid relief efforts for their counterparts across the border in Ukraine.

The aid initiative was coordinated by the French national committee of the International Council of Museums (Icom), which launched an urgent callout for materials to its members after a virtual meeting on 8 March between French and Ukrainian museum professionals.

Juliette Raoul-Duval, the chair of the Icom France committee, says the “most important” request from Ukrainian museums was for conservation materials to support staff on the ground who are moving collections into basements or other storage locations for safety.

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