“Wir, die Museen, stehen nicht außerhalb der Politik, aber darüber”

Foto: http://topdialog.ru/2013/12/05/yuliya-kantor-za-god-kultury-k-etoj-sfere-budet-privlecheno-bolshe-vnimaniya/

Foto: http://topdialog.ru/2013/12/05/yuliya-kantor-za-god-kultury-k-etoj-sfere-budet-privlecheno-bolshe-vnimaniya/

Prof. Dr. Julja Kantor, Historikerin, Journalistin und Beraterin von Michail Piotroskij, Direktor der Staatlichen Ermitage in St. Petersburg, hielt auf der Konferenz in der Sektion 3 „Museums and ‚Hard History‘“ einen Vortrag zum Thema “The paradigm  ‚The historical truth – historical memory – historical policy‘ in Russia. Museum aspect“. Zwei Tage nach der Konferenz habe ich mit ihr über die gesamte Konferenz gesprochen.

Welches waren Ihre stärksten Eindrücke?

Als stärkster Eindruck bleibt zunächst mal die Tatsache, dass die Konferenz überhaupt stattgefunden hat und dass die Vertreter der drei ICOM-Komitees zusammen gekommen sind. Weiterhin hat mich die professionelle und konstruktive Atmosphäre beeindruckt, was ja vor dem Hintergrund der aktuell schwierigen internationalen Situation nicht selbstverständlich ist. Dabei gab es weder das Bestreben,  die schwierigen Themen  unter den Teppich zu kehren, noch bewusste Provokationen oder auch übertriebene politische Korrektheit. Das freut mich sowohl als Historikerin als auch als Museumsmitarbeiterin. Die  ICOM-Vertreter und Mitglieder haben eine gemeinsame Sprache gefunden. Continue reading

Press Review

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We present here a roundup of press coverage for the conference itself (not the social media project, which reached worldwide).  We’ve done our best to round up links, but if you’ve come across additional press, please add in the comments. Continue reading

Museums – objects and subjects of territorial development

Section 2 of the Yekaterinburg part of the conference looked at museums on a broader scale, discussing the professional development of whole museum regions through professional exchange and the interplay of museums, cultural tourism and marketing of a region or city.

Wolfgang Stäbler and Olga Cherkaeva shared their experiences from many years of cooperation between German and Russian museums and museum professionals, from which both sides benefit a great deal, although working together is not always easy for several reasons, especially so now. But both expressed again their strong wish to continue the longstanding dialogue and exchange on cultural grounds.

On the Role of Museums

Volunteers building the New Belgica

Many of the Saint Petersburg conference participants traveled to Yekaterinburg for the second part of the meeting – a three hours flight to the Ural -, and many more Russian colleagues joined us there. But before any papers were presented, an agreement was signed in the presence of the international participants and many members of the press: the agreement of intent to establish a Hermitage-Ural cultural and learning center. Yekaterinburg has long been a closed city, but today it is bursting with construction and development projects, and the cultural center is an important component to make an appearance on an international scale. Continue reading

Industrial History in the Urals

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One afternoon session in Yekaterinburg was devoted to ways of interpreting and promoting industrial history, particularly of this region. This is a rich aspect of this region and presenters, all from Russia, shared both their innovative approaches and the challenges they face.

Contemporary art as a tool of regeneration of industrial areas was discussed by Alisa Prudnikova, Director, NCCA-Ural. Industrial biennale in Yekaterinburg. Biennales are are art world staple, attracting great attention, but this Biennale takes a unique approach, where artists from around the world focus on industry; using materials and processes as inspiration.  Ivan Grinko, Head of Museum, Design Laboratory, Heritage Institute also used design and creativity as a framework for his presentation, which explored the ways in which museums use maps, both on the territory and in the museum itself.

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Tsarskoye Selo

P1030902The last day of the conference in Saint Petersburg took us to the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum for both tours and the roundup of the conference (see the Reflections post).  Such a magnificent place–what problems could they possibly have?  Amidst all this glamour, its director, Olga Taratynova, openly talked to us about the struggles to manage the site:  managing finances and coping with development pressures around this historic site; the same issues faced in many other countries and locations. Continue reading

Politics, Power, and the Public

Conference Section 4 on Thursday was officially running under the topic of ‘Museums and Internal Politics’ and took place at the A.S. Popov Central Museum of Communication. Founded as the museum of telegraphy, sitting just opposite the huge main post office building in Saint Petersburg, it was reopened in 2003. The new name reflects the many new topics that were then integrated and followed up through time– from horseback riding messengers until modern telecommunications. You can tell that major efforts have been made to include new ways of display and apply highly modern media to attract a wide range of audiences. The museum, run by 63 members of staff, welcomes 90,000 visitors per year, many of whom attend special events. Continue reading

Stoff zum Träumen: Das neue Depot der Eremitage

Zur Eröffnung des zweiten Depotbaus der Eremitage, “Staraya Derevnya”, wurde geladen. Lage: bedingt durch die rushour eine Stunde Busfahrt. Größe: viele Etagen, endlose Quadratmeter. Ausstattung: Depots begehbar oder mit Schränken (überwiegend noch leer), Restaurierungswerkstätten von Antiken über Mumien bis Photographie. Aufzug: bis 10.000 Kg Traglast. Material der Ausstattung: i.d.R. Stahl vom Geländer bis zum Schrank. Continue reading

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