The ICOM International Museum Meetings in Paris: a time for discussion and reflection

The ICOM International Museum Meeting took place from 4-6 June, 2012, at the UNESCO House in Paris. This annual meeting brought together 200 or so participants who gathered for the ICOM Advisory Committee and the General Assembly, as well as for thematic sessions (see ICOM News vol.65 n°1, March 2012).

Milan to host the ICOM General Conference in 2016

Three cities were competing to host ICOM’s 24th General Conference, to be held in 2016: Abu Dhabi, Milan and Moscow. Each one presented its candidacy during the ICOM Advisory Committee meeting on Monday, 4 June, highlighting their strengths prior to the participants’ vote. A majority vote elected Milan as the host of ICOM’s 2016 General Conference, confirmed by the decision of ICOM’s Executive Board.

The Milan delegation

International Museum Day

The choice of themes for upcoming International Museum Days was also subject to the participants’ vote on Monday, 4 June. International Museum Day, which is held every year on 18 May, gathers more and more participating museums, which organise specific activities around a common theme. In 2012, this event gathered some 32,000 museums in 129 countries. The upcoming International Museum Days will have the following themes:

2013 – Museums (memory + creativity = social change)
2014 – Museum collections make connections
2015 – Museum and sustainable society
2016 – Museums and cultural landscape

Amit Sood, guest of honor

Amit Sood, head of the Google Art Project, was the keynote speaker at meetings on 6 June. With dynamism, humor and ease, he presented the website, its beginnings and subsequent evolutions. This was followed by a question-and-answer session which allowed the participants to gain in-depth understanding of the Google Art project, a veritable digital phenomenon in the field of museums.

Amit Sood, head of the Google Art Project, during his keynote speech

The Cité de la Musique, partner in the event

On 4 June, a cocktail was held at the Cité de la Musique for participants, during which they were able to converse in an informal setting and discover the Musée de la Musique in the company of the museum’s curators. The museum director, Eric de Visscher, welcomed the participants and spoke of the museum’s commitment to ICOM.

2011 Activity Report

Published for the first time as an annual report, the 2011 ICOM Activity Report is now available. It provides an overall vision of all of the activities undertaken within the network over the course of the year and highlights the accomplishments of the National and International Committees within the context of the organisation’s 2011-2013 Strategic Plan.

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