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Clockwise from top left: National Museum Lagos, Nigeria; Gutenberg Museum, Germany; Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, Brazil ; Whanganui Regional Museum, New Zealand; Ullen Sentalu Museum, Indonesia
International Museum Day is celebrated every year to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. This year, once again, the event elicited a great deal of enthusiasm around the world.
Activities were organised in museums in nearly 120 countries around the theme “Museums in a changing world. New challenges, new inspirations”. In Brazil, for example, the Museum of Modern Art in Sao Paulo created an original programme combining art, technology and ecology in collaboration with the Escola do Auditório Ibirapuera, the Planetário Artistóteles Orsini and the Escola de Jardinagem. In China, the Shaanxi History Museum de Xi’an inaugurated the exhibition Digital Museums, presenting the digital construction, display, conservation and collections exchanges of museums in Shaanxi. In Lithuania, where museums were highly active, sparked on by the celebration of the national year of museums, the Kaunas City Museum invited visitors to develop their creativity and ecological streak with the workshop “Don’t throw – create a miracle!”, combining creation and recycling.
Once again this year, ICOM patronised the European Night of Museums, an event that heralds in International Museum Day in the spirit of an all-day and all-night museum weekend, and partnered with the CNES Space Observatory, which created a special programme offering a contemporary and original view on museum practice.
ICOM President Dr Hans-Martin Hinz launched IMD from the National Museum in Manama, Bahrain in the company of the Bahraini Minister of Culture, Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, students and young professionals, participants in a 10-day museum workshop organised by the National Committee of Bahrain and led by Chedlia Annabi, in partnership with ICOM Arab, leading up to IMD. Dr Hinz also attended the IMD symposium and celebration in Doha, Qatar alongside the chairpersons of ICOM Qatar, representatives of the Qatar Museums Authority and Qatari museum colleagues. On both occasions, he spoke on the theme of “Challenges and Inspirations”.
Meanwhile, on IMD, ICOM Director General Julien Anfruns delivered the keynote address at the conference "Science Museums and New Technologies" organised by ICOM International Committee CECA (Education and Cultural Action) in Rome, Italy. He was also panellist and keynote speaker at the International Bar Association’s conference “New Art: New Legal Challenges”, held at MAXXI (Museum of the Arts of the XXI Century, Rome).
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of IMD, ICOM launched a photo contest inviting museum visitors around the world to take pictures of themselves displaying the event’s official badge. Thanks to the involvement of museums, 600 photos were received and published on the IMD Facebook page. This year’s winners are Yonit and Efrat in front of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel.
IMD 2013 will be celebrated around the theme Museums (Memory + Creativity = Social Change). ICOM hopes that the museum community will continue to widely participate in 2013, contributing to the event’s ongoing success around the world.
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The ICOM Annual Meetings are held two out of every three years, alternating with the General Conference. This year, now known as the International Museum Meeting, the event will be held from 4 to 6 June at the UNESCO House in Paris.
Beyond the administrative meetings held during the event, this is also an opportunity to reflect together and to share ideas. Thematic working groups allow participants to dialogue around three themes:
Practical workshops will also be organised in order to allow participants to discuss important topics for ICOM, including the development of programmes, the improvement of the Annual Meetings and the strengthening of recognition for International Committees within the network.
Finally, Amit Sood, director of the Google Art Project, will speak on 6 June: he will present the project’s concept in detail, describe the way in which museums can get involved, explain the project’s strategic vision for the future, and more generally, offer a vision for the future of museums in a digital context. Since early April, the Google Art Project counts 155 museums, with 32,000 works available in very high resolution. It has been subject to both interest and criticism from the museum community, and this encounter with Amit Sood on 6 June is an opportunity to discuss expectations and concerns.
Dr Hans-Martin Hinz, President of ICOM, Dr Ruth Sithole, Executive Director of AFRICOM, Mr Nath Mayo Adediran, President of AFRICOM and Mr Julien Anfruns, Director General of ICOM
On 1 May, 2012, ICOM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM) during the 2012 AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo in Minneapolis, USA.
Originally a Regional Alliance and subsequently an Affiliated Organisation of ICOM, with the signing of the MoU, AFRICOM will represent ICOM positions and actions in Africa, in consultation with ICOM Secretariat. ICOM and AFRICOM agree to cooperate with each other through their appropriate bodies; both parties will ensure communication and exchanges on shared subject areas and encourage participation in their respective meetings.
They will strive to develop collaborative actions in the following areas of common interest: the establishment of documentation standards; the fight against illicit trafficking in heritage programmes and/or projects, accompanied by a campaign aimed at raising awareness among the public and local authorities on illicit traffic, fraud and the forging of documents in Africa, as well as and seminars and training sessions; the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue addressed by cultural policies in Africa; the promotion of African regional integration through museum events; the promotion of exchanges, the unity of museum and heritage professionals across Africa in order to share knowledge and experiences; the undertaking of action for the promotion of the role of African museums in the areas of sustainable development, cultural tourism, tangible and intangible heritage; and the encouragement of African international cooperation through regional approaches in different parts of the African continent.
Other forms of collaboration include joint meetings to be organised during the respective General Conferences of the parties; the participation of one member of AFRICOM in the ICOM Disaster Relief for Museum Task Force (DRTF); and the funding of cooperative activities, to be decided by the parties on a case-by-case basis.
Since 2009, the innovative Tacile Gallery, developed within the Modern Gallery in Zagreb, has granted the blind and partially sighted with access to visual artworks. Three works – paintings, sculptures or bas-reliefs, which count among the major Croatian artworks of the 19th and 20th centuries – are exhibited on a rotating basis in this space in the heart of the museum, open to all.
This multisensory approach to art is based on a precise analysis of the works, which has allowed for the creation of a number of glass tactile diagrams, exhibited below the original works and presenting various aspects: a general overview, perspective, details, texture, colours, light and more. An audio guide, in English or Croatian, helps visitors to discover each work.
This Tactile Gallery, designed by Nataša Jovičić, art historian and Director of the Jasenovac Memorial, is the first in Eastern Europe to provide visitors with the possibility of seeing by “touch and sound”. This formula, which interests sighted as well as blind and partially-sighted visitors, offers a new way of experiencing art to all, creating opportunities for exchange.
© Modern Gallery, Zagreb
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Nota bene: Aedín Mac Devitt will be on maternity leave until the end of June.
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The CIDOC annual conference 2012 will be organized in Helsinki, Finland, from 10 to 14 June, 2012, with the National Museum of Finland as the main venue. Sessions, workshops and receptions will also be held at the Finnish National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, the Design Museum and the Finnish Sports Museum, all located in the centre of the city.
Under the title "Enriching Cultural Heritage", developments, achievements and visions will be discussed, alongside new possibilities offered for the cultural heritage sector by the developing information society. CIDOC 2012 Helsinki will offer an array of keynote speakers and forums for dialogue, encouraging contributions on a broad range of subjects, welcoming new and emerging research, innovations and results from participants interested in sharing their accomplishments with colleagues.
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