Through January 5, Catastrophe! Ten Years Later: The Looting and Destruction of Iraq’s Past is on view at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. This award-winning exhibition focuses on the looting of Baghdad’s Iraq Museum in April 2003 during the Iraq war. The museum was one of the most important museums of ancient culture, and this loss of antiquities and records was devastating. No artifacts are displayed in the exhibition; the cultural loss is conveyed through images and text.
This year is the tenth anniversary of the museum’s looting, and the exhibition has been updated with new content. This updated version is premiering at the ROM; the exhibition was originally developed, written and produced at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago in 2008 and has toured internationally since then.