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Recent Press Releases

  • WORLD MONUMENTS FUND AND VILLA ALBERTINE LAUNCH PUBLIC SERIES ON PRESERVING AT-RISK CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES
  • ARGENTINIAN AVANT-GARDE ICON THE CASA SOBRE EL ARROYO AWARDED 2024 WORLD MONUMENTS FUND/KNOLL MODERNISM PRIZE
  • AT ANGKOR, WORLD MONUMENTS FUND HANDS FUTURE PRESERVATION OF THREE COMPLETED SITES TO LOCAL CAMBODIAN AUTHORITIES
  • WORLD MONUMENTS FUND ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $15 MILLION USD FOR CLIMATE HERITAGE SOLUTIONS WITH LAUNCH OF MAJOR INITIATIVE AS WELL AS NEW PROJECTS SLATED FOR 2024
  • WORLD MONUMENTS FUND CELEBRATED 34TH ANNUAL HADRIAN GALA
  • World Monuments Fund and Global Heritage Fund Announce New Affiliation to Protect Cultural Heritage
  • World Monuments Fund to Honor The Krehbiel Family, Maryvonne Pinault, and Tata Sons at 34th Annual Hadrian Gala
  • Opening of World Monuments Fund French Affiliate
  • World Monuments Fund to Recognize Efforts in Türkiye and Syria
  • World Monuments Fund Britain Announces New Executive Director
  • WMF Announces More than $10 Million in New Projects
  • World Monuments Fund Announces Completion of Major Conservation Project at Osmania University College for Women in India
  • Magnum Foundation and World Monuments Fund Award $120,000 in Grants Via Unique Global Collaboration to Build More Inclusive Narratives Around Cultural Heritage
  • 33rd Annual Hadrian Gala
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art and World Monuments Fund Announce Their Collaboration on a Digital Resource for the Michael C. Rockefeller Wing
  • WMF Announces New Projects to Protect Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage with Local and International Partners
  • World Monuments Fund and Tiffany & Co. Announce Partnership to Launch First Professional Gold Leaf Craftsman Program in Japan
  • International and Local Efforts for Physical Restoration Begin at the Yadam Temple within the Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Mongolia
  • World Monuments Fund Moves to Rockefeller Center’s 600 Fifth Avenue
  • World Monuments Fund Announces Ukraine Heritage Response Fund
  • Moseley Road Baths Transformational Masterplan Moves 'Forward'
  • World Monuments Fund Announces New Historic Revitalization Project to Address India’s Growing Water Crisis
  • Preston Bus Station, British Brutalist Building, Wins 2021 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize

New York, NY - February 27, 2024 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Villa Albertine today announced the collaborative launch of Heritage Speaks, a public discussion series exploring the diverse threats facing cultural heritage across the globe. From the impacts of climate change to armed conflict and over-tourism, this set of talks will unpack the challenges facing historic places and the best preservation solutions emerging among experts and local communities. Scheduled throughout the year, the talks will be open to the public and provide attendees with an expansive forum to learn how we approach global heritage in changing times. Read the full press release here

New York, NY – February 7, 2024 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announces the Ministerios de Cultura y de Obras Públicas de Argentina y Municipalidad de Mar del Plata (Ministries of Culture and Public Works of Argentina and the Municipality of Mar del Plata) as the winner of the 2024 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, recognizing the commission’s thoughtful and detailed conservation of la Casa sobre el Arroyo (the House on the Stream). Read the full press release here

New York, NY – January 30, 2024 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) recently announced the full transfer of future preservation work at three longstanding project sites within Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia, to the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor (APSARA) where conservation work has been completed. Read the full press release here

New York, NY, January 17, 2024 — World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced an ambitious set of projects to address the greatest threats facing humanity and cultural heritage sites around the globe, with a special emphasis on adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change. Read the full press release here

Last night, on Wednesday, October 25, World Monuments Fund (WMF) – the leading independent organization devoted to safeguarding the world’s most treasured places – hosted its 34th annual Hadrian Gala at the iconic Rainbow Room in New York City. Read the full press release here.

New York, NY, October 17, 2023—World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Global Heritage Fund (GHF) announce a strategic affiliation to grow their impact in protecting cultural heritage around the world. The groundbreaking affiliation will see WMF and GHF unite efforts to protect endangered heritage as global challenges increasingly threaten vital sites and the well-being of communities around them. To read the full press release, click here

New York, NY, September 29, 2023—World Monuments Fund (WMF)––the leading independent organization devoted to safeguarding the world’s most treasured places––will honor The Krehbiel Family, Maryvonne Pinault, and Tata Sons at the 34th annual Hadrian Gala. The event will take place in the iconic Rainbow Room in New York City on Wednesday, October 25, 2023. To read the full press release, click here

FRANCE, JUNE 30, 2023—World Monuments Fund (WMF) announces the reopening of a branch in France and unveils its new affiliate during the European Heritage Days planned for September 16 and 17, 2023. To read the full press release, click here.

New York, NY, May 18, 2023—World Monuments Fund (WMF) will honor Dr. Marwa Al-Sabouni, architect and author, and Prof. Dr. Zeynep Gül Ünal, Vice President, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP), for their work advocating for cultural heritage in Syria and Türkiye in the wake of crises. To read the full press release, click here

NEW YORK, NY, May 15, 2023— Magnus von Wistinghausen has been appointed Executive Director of World Monuments Fund Britain (WMFB), replacing John Darlington, who takes up a new role as Director of Projects. Magnus starts in his position in May 2023, bringing with him more than 25 years’ senior-level experience working in the arts and heritage sector as well as arts higher education. To read the full press release, click here

New York, NY – February 16, 2023 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced a commitment from funders of more than US$10 million toward safeguarding treasured places around the globe in urgent need of intervention. Ranging from winterization efforts at Ukrainian heritage sites damaged by conflict to documenting oral histories with survivors of one of Australia’s past Aboriginal child ‘training institutions', the new suite of projects launching in 2023 build on WMF’s commitment to working in partnership with communities to address the greatest threats and challenges to heritage today—namely, conflict, climate change, and underrepresentation.  To read the full press release, click here

New York, NY – January 14, 2023 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced the completion of a major conservation program at Osmania University College for Women, capping a 20-year initiative to restore the first institute of higher education for women in Andhra Pradesh, India. The completion represents over two decades of work and an investment of $2,700,000 thanks to funding from a number of generous supporters listed below. To read the full press release, click here.

New York, NY, October 24, 2022—World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Magnum Foundation today announce a unique global collaboration aimed at showcasing the talents of emerging, local photographers as they tell the stories of cultural heritage sites from the perspectives of local stakeholders. To read the full press release, click here.

New York, NY, Sept 28, 2022—World Monuments Fund (WMF)––the leading independent organization devoted to safeguarding the world’s most treasured places––will host the 33rd annual Hadrian Gala at the iconic Rainbow Room in New York City on Monday, October 24, 2022. The evening will honor Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, President of the Mellon Foundation; philanthropist Suzanne Deal Booth; and designer, entrepreneur and businessman Christian Louboutin. To read the full press release, click here.

New York, May 23, 2022—The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced today a collaboration to create digital resources that will be featured throughout the African Art galleries in The Met's new Michael C. Rockefeller Wing—which is currently closed for renovation—that aim to provide gallery visitors and online audiences alike with a more expansive view of the richness of artistic and architectural expression on the continent and to provide deep context to the Museum’s collection of sub-Saharan African art. To read the full press release, click here.

NEW YORK, NY, July 12, 2022—World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced the launch of four new projects as part of its recently established Ukraine Heritage Response Fund to address the immediate, critical needs of heritage professionals in Ukraine and to lay the groundwork for the future rehabilitation and long-term recovery of cultural heritage in the country. To read the full press release, click here

May 11, 2022, New York, NY—Today World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Tiffany & Co. announce the launch of Japan’s first professional gold leaf craftsman training program in Kanazawa, a coastal city north-east of Kyoto. The project aims to collaborate with the city of Kanazawa in ensuring the sustainable preservation of traditional craftsmanship of Kanazawa Haku gold leaf production, which was recently inscribed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List. To read the full press release, click here.

May 4, 2022—World Monuments Fund (WMF) and Arts Council of Mongolia (ACM) today announced the start of physical conservation on the Yadam Temple, situated within the enclosed Choijin Lama Temple complex in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, funded with support from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). To read the full press release, click here.

April 20, 2022–World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced the relocation of its global headquarters to Rockefeller Center’s 600 Fifth Avenue. To read the full press release, click here.

April 6, 2022 - World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced the launch of the Ukraine Heritage Response Fund. The fund aims to address the immediate critical needs of heritage professionals in the country and to lay the groundwork for future rehabilitation. The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has committed $500,000 in initial funds to support this initiative. To read the full press release, click here.

March 17, 2022–The project to transform Moseley Road Baths and Balsall Heath Library has entered a new phase, transitioning from a bold idea to the reality of major building conservation work. To read the full press release, click here.

February 14, 2022 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced today the launch of a major initiative to address the growing water crisis for communities across India through the revitalization of traditional water management systems and the reinforcement of Indigenous knowledge. To read the full press release, click here.

November 18, 2021 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced John Puttick Associates has been awarded the 2021 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, recognizing its thoughtful and detailed conservation of Preston Bus Station, located in Preston, UK, a civic monument of central importance that serves as a hub for mass transit. To read the full press release, click here.

2023 Mosul Cultural Museum Press Kit

  • 2023 Mosul Cultural Museum Press Release
  • 2023 Mosul Cultural Museum Press Release [Arabic]
  • 2023 Mosul Cultural Museum Press Release [French]

2022 World Monuments Watch Press Kit

  • 2022 Watch Press Release
  • 2022 Watch Jury Panel
  • 2022 Watch at a Glance
  • 2022 Watch Video
  • 2022 Press Release [Arabic]
  • 2022 Press Release [Chinese]
  • 2022 Watch Press Release [French]
  • 2022 Press Release [Portuguese]
  • 2022 Press Release [Romanian]
  • 2022 Watch Press Release [Spanish]