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E-newsletter June 2014

A German Version of ICOM’s Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects

ICOM President Prof. Dr Hans-Martin Hinz presented the German language version of ICOM’s Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk on 17 June, 2014. Thanks to the generous support of Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK), Deutsches Archäologisches Institut (DAI) and ICOM Germany, the publication was launched at the Archaeology Centre of the State Museums in Berlin, Germany, followed by discussion on the current status of Syrian cultural heritage sites and museums. The publication of this Red List in German will raise awareness among museums, auction houses, art dealers and collectors of the illicit traffic of Syrian cultural objects and help art collectors, heritage professionals and customs and police officials identify these items. Read More

ICOM and ICCROM sign a Statement of Cooperation

Out of mutual interest and common efforts in the conservation and promotion of world cultural heritage, ICOM and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) have recently signed a statement of cooperation, with a desire “to establish a partnership of excellence to ensure a better collaboration and training of museum professionals.”

ICCROM, an intergovernmental organisation representing 133 member states, is dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage with its main areas of activity focusing on training, information, research, cooperation and advocacy.

The two organisations have been long-time partners, notably in developing the Museums Emergency Programme (MEP), which responds to the needs of museums in periods of conflicts or natural disasters. ICCROM also works closely with ICOM-CC (ICOM’s Committee for Conservation) and its 21 working groups. By signing this statement of cooperation, ICOM and ICCROM look forward to further developing collaborative activities in areas of common interest, such as disaster risk management and the protection of cultural heritage in emergency situations. The collaboration will involve ICOM’s National and International Committees and the ICOM Secretariat in “shar[ing] and enrich[ing] mutual expertise” and “encourag[ing] and promot[ing] international cooperation.” The ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums will also be promoted through this important partnership.

ICOM Annual Meetings 2014 in Paris

ICOM’s Annual Meetings were held from 2-4 June, 2014 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, and proved to be a great success. The event was attended by more than 200 museum professionals from all over the world. Renowned Japanese architect and recent Pritzker Architecture Prize winner, Shigeru Ban, delivered a keynote speech on “Works and humanitarian activities” on the first day of the meetings. The three-day programme also included the 79th meeting of the Advisory Committee, separate meetings of ICOM’s National and International Committees, and an Ordinary General Assembly, in which ICOM’s 2013 Annual Report, the President’s Report, the Financial Statements and the Management Report were presented and unanimously approved by the membership.

As Prof. Dr Hans-Martin Hinz declared in his opening speech, his aim “for the remaining two years is to make ICOM fit for the future, make it more efficient as a service agency for its members. ICOM should continue as a well-respected driving force for the protection of cultural heritage, inside and outside of museums.” Looking ahead, a new Strategic Plan is being drafted, based on the work led by two working groups, and will be presented to the next General Assembly, which will take place during ICOM’s Annual Meetings from 1-3 June, 2015.

Brazilian museums join the celebration of the 2014 World Cup

On the occasion of the 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil, many museums throughout the country are presenting new exhibitions on a variety of football-related themes. The Museu do Futebol in São Paulo is hosting the temporary exhibition Brasil 20 Copas (Brazil 20 Cups), which reviews the history of the 20 editions of the World Cup. In the same city, the Museu Afro Brasil is a contemporary museum that aims to highlight the importance of Africans in the formation of Brazilian culture, heritage and identity, offering a celebration of the art and accomplishments of Africans and Afro-Brazilians. The museum is hosting the exhibition O Negro no Futebol Brasileiro (Blacks in Brazilian Football), a temporary exhibition focused on Afro-brazilian football players in Brazil.

The Museu de Arte do Rio in Rio de Janeiro is offering a new exhibition entitled Armadillo: Soccer, Adversity and the Culture of the Caatinga. The exhibition shows the perspective of the adversity that governs the history of Brazil from the point of view of the armadillo, which was chosen as the mascot for the World Cup. Finally, the Museu Pelé opened to the public on 15 June in Santos, the city where the football player rose to fame. This new museum has a surface of 4,000 m2 and will house more than 2,500 items related to his career, including trophies, jerseys and images of Pelé with world leaders and celebrities.

Information about programming at other museums can be found at the official website for Brazilian museums:

Image: ©Miécio Caffé, A Gazeta Esportiva: Lançado mais um “Sacitnik”, 1959

Early Bird registration for ICOM-CC’s 17th Triennial Conference


Early bird registration is open until 4 July for ICOM-CC’s 17th Triennial Conference in Melbourne, Australia, which will take place from 15-19 September, 2014. The conference will focus on the theme Building Strong Culture through Conservation and will attract leading international keynote speakers and up to 800 delegates from the world’s leading cultural institutions and the private sector. It will feature approximately 150 peer-reviewed papers, presented in 21 specialty Working Group sessions.

Conference week highlights will include the presentation of the ICOM-CC Triennial Lecture by Dr Ian D. MacLeod, Executive Director of Fremantle Museums and Collections at the Western Australian Museum; the presentation of the ICOM-CC Medal; and the announcement of the venue for the 18th Triennial Conference in 2017, which will mark ICOM-CC’s 50th anniversary. Approximately 100 posters and a trade fair will be on view throughout the conference week and participants will have the opportunity to participate in technical visits taking place in over 34 venues and interact with old and new colleagues at the welcome reception, a special cultural event, and the conference dinner at Cargo Hall South Wharf.

Annual Meetings of ICOMON, CIMUSET and ICLM

Three other ICOM International Committees are organising their Annual Meetings in July. Firstly, ICOMON (International Committee for Money and Banking Museums) will hold its 21st Annual Meeting on the theme Money and Banking Museums: Raising Heritage and Financial Education Awareness from 1-4 July, 2014 at the National Bank in Belgrade, Serbia. During the conference, participants will discuss and exchange experiences and ideas in order to raise awareness both nationally and internationally of the importance of education in the field of heritage and financial literacy.

Secondly, the International Congress of CIMUSET (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Science and Technology) will take place from 7-11 July, 2014 at the Musée des arts et métiers (Museum of Arts and Crafts) in Paris, France. The theme for this year is Collections, exhibitions, demonstrations: the role of museums to stimulate scientific and technical vocations. Finally, ICLM (International Committee for Literary Museums) will meet from 26-31 July, 2014 in Irkutsk, Siberia, Russia. The theme for 2014 will be Writer, Composer, Museum and the Environment, which is aimed at raising awareness of environmental concerns in relation to the legacies of writers and composers and their museums located on the Lake Baikal.

The Best in Heritage 2014, 25-27 September, Dubrovnik

ICOM has been the main patron of The Best in Heritage event since its creation in 2002. This annual conference brings together a wide scope of heritage professionals and organisations for presentations of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects from the previous year. The 13th edition of the event will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 25-27 September, 2014, organised in partnership with Europa Nostra and with the support of the City of Dubrovnik and Croatian Ministry of Culture.

The meeting will kick off with the pre-conference event “Dialogue Day,” followed by the conference’s opening ceremony and a keynote address by world-renowned conservation expert, Gaël de Guichen, at the neo-baroque theatre Marin Držić. Presentations of the award-winners will follow on the 26th and 27th, with projects from China, the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Russia and the European Union taking the stage.

Publication: ICOM’s 2013 Annual Report

ICOM’s 2013 Annual Report is currently available in a downloadable format. The report offers an overview of the activities carried out throughout 2013 by all of ICOM’s National and International Committees, Regional Alliances and Affiliated Organisations. The publication includes information about developing museum and heritage expertise, supporting ICOM’s strong and dynamic network, developing and managing resources and strengthening ICOM’s global leadership in the heritage sector. It also provides information about situations of armed conflict around the world, as well as key financial data for 2013. Events organised by ICOM, such as International Museum Day and the General Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are also highlighted in the report.

The impressive amount of conferences, symposiums, publications, workshops, exhibitions, joint activities and other activities covered in the report shows how ICOM has grown in significance in 2013, both in terms of membership and leadership on the world museum scene. 2013 has certainly been a fruitful and positive year for the international museum community.

On the occasion of the inaugural issue of Museum International published by ICOM and Wiley-Blackwell and dedicated to museums in Brazil, ICOM and Wiley-Blackwell are pleased to offer 300 complementary copies to ICOM members. To receive a free copy (only available in English), please write to by 15 July, 2014 with your full name, job title, institution and postal address of your institution.

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