In a special announcement yesterday, the murals of Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as a national landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior as part of National Park Week — an annual event to honor “natural beauty and cultural heritage”.
The designation does not protect the artwork from a change in ownership, but it does provided other forms of assistance, including:
… states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve our national shared history…
From their announcement:
This may not give absolute protection to the murals, but it certainly will add a layer of federal bureaucracy that should give creditors pause before attempting to liquidate one of Michigan’s great cultural treasurers.
Some good news at long last — We’ll take it!
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