Today, the conference officially started with more than 350 participants gathered in the General Staff Building of the Hermitage Museum. To begin, Vladimir Tolstoy, president of ICOM Russia and head of the organizing comittee, reminded us all that only dialogue will move us forward. Continue reading
On Monday, the day before the full start of the conference, the three national ICOM chairmen were joined by Hans-Martin Hinz, President of ICOM and Mikhail Piotrovski of the Hermitage for a press conference in the ornate Hermitage Theater. They shared the start of the conference–a goal to collaborate between Russia and Germany, now three years ago, and the enthusiastic joining of the United States to become a third partner. The country chairmen, Michael Henkel of Germany, Vladimir Tolstoy of Russia and Kathy Dwyer Southern of the United States all shared their perspective on the importance both the topic and such person to person exchanges, because, as Southern said, “we all deal in politics every day,” from the internal to the global.
On September 8, the tri-national ICOM conference Museum and Politics finally starts and we are getting very excited! This social media project was created to accompany and document the conference. Since November 2013, we have shared posts from colleagues worldwide, asked questions and received thoughtful comments, gathered weekly worldwide news and created conversations on- and offline – all around the juicy topics of museums, politics and power.
In Saint Petersburg, the blog team will be complete and meet for the very first time in person (only Katrin has had the pleasure of knowing everyone in person). We will also give our best to share the events in both St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg with you: through posts on this very blog and updates on our Facebook page. If you are a Tweep, you can get in touch with us using the hashtag #museumspolitics and following Linda (@lindabnorris) or Katrin (@Museumthings) on Twitter. Linda’s also on Instagram as @lindabnorris. We will also try to update our Storify page while we are in Russia. Continue reading