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New visual identity for ICOM
The saga of ICOM’s logos!
Hand in hand with its transformations and new aspirations, ICOM has updated its image a number of times over the years. Just a few weeks from the unveiling of its new logo on 6 July 2016, we invite you to discover the history of ICOM’s different visual identities.
Today we set off on the longest leg of our time travels!
Let’s go back to 1966. ICOM was celebrating its 20th anniversary and the successful launch of the second International Museum Campaign. On this occasion, the organisation made itself over, adopting a new logo.
The acronym was placed under the outline of an eye featuring a globe as its pupil. The precision and minimalism of the design clearly reflected the geopolitical context of the Cold War. In an era of divisions, ICOM continued to promote the cause of a global museum community united within a strong, neutral and universal institution.
In 1972, ICOM adopted a new variation on the identity unveiled in 1966. In this new version, the eye lost its monumentality and was incorporated into the acronym ICOM, graphically replacing the letter “O”. The colour blue was abandoned in favour of black and white. This third identity was used until 1995, and is thus the logo used to represent ICOM’s identity for the longest period.
The new identity developed for ICOM also proposes a graphic element to replace one of the letters in the acronym ICOM. The simplicity of the 1966 and 1972 logos is also preserved in order to best embody ICOM’s fundamental role: serving museums.
Photo: 11th ICOM General Conference, Moscow, 1977
The talk of Milan!
The 24th ICOM General Conference is just around the corner! The online detailed programme is being constantly updated and enriched to help you navigate through a week chock full of activities, and this month, we’d like to spotlight some of the encounters at the heart of the General Conference, from 3 to 9 July in Milan.
We are delighted to welcome five keynote speakers, artists, thinkers and doers renowned the world over, each distinguished in their very different lines of work and sharing a commitment to the ideals of ICOM. The Opening Ceremony on the morning of Monday, 4 July will include speeches by Orhan Pamuk, Nobel Prize-winning Turkish novelist, and Christo, artist famous for his environmental interventions, carried out with his late partner Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009). The Plenary Session the following morning, 5 July, will feature keynote speeches by Michele De Lucchi, Italian architect prominent in movements including Cavart, Alchimia and Memphis, and Zambian Minister of Gender and Development Nkandu Luo. And finally, the morning of Wednesday, 6 July will see a keynote speech by David Throsby, Australian cultural economist at Macquarie University in Sydney.
The afternoon of Tuesday, 5 July will feature another event of vital interest for the ICOM community: the ICOM Memorial Lectures, which were launched at the 2007 General Conference in Vienna. Sponsored jointly by ICOM Austria and the International Committees for Education and Cultural Action (CECA), for the Training of Personnel (ICTOP), for Exhibition Exchange (ICEE) and for Museum Management (INTERCOM), the 2016 edition of this series features interdisciplinary talks on current issues and future developments in our field. Bernice Murphy will give the Jubilee Lecture for ICOM’s 70th anniversary, entitled “ICOM 70 years on: An ethical vision of nature, culture, heritage, and museums’ continuing social mission”; René Rivard will give the Fourth Alma S. Wittlin Memorial Lecture, devoted to “Museums and changing cultural landscapes”; and Cristina Vannini will give the Eleventh Stephen E. Weil Memorial Lecture, on “Revisiting Weil’s cabinet of curiosity”.
Finally, three different Panel Discussions are to be held as well – two on the afternoon of Tuesday, 5 July, and one on the following morning immediately after the keynote speech. The first is devoted to museum efforts to counter illicit traffic in cultural goods, featuring Eric Dorfman, Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and Markus Hilgert. The second will address the new UNESCO Recommendation on the Protection and Promotion of Museums and Collections, their Diversity and their Role in Society, with the participation of Anna Coliva, François Mairesse and Tereza Scheiner. The final discussion will be devoted to the social role of museums, featuring David Fleming, Robin Hirst, Marlen Mouliou and Giusi Nicolini.
Be sure to mark them down on your General Conference agenda!
To make the most of Milan, you can now register online for Excursion Day, Social Events, Pre- and Post-Conference Tours!
Register now for ICOM Milano 2016: http://network.icom.museum/icom-milan-2016/registration/how-to-register/
For further details on the General Conference programme:
Arrivederci a Milano!