Press Review

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

Industrial History in the Urals

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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Museums and “Hard History”


What’s “hard history?”  It’s not difficult to find hard to talk about subjects in any of the three countries who sponsored the conference and this session on Thursday, September 11 included talks from three nations, plus more, in a session at the Museum of Religion.  But the three primary foci were on the legacies of World War II; of the Soviet times; and of colonialism.

A post about all the speakers in detail would be far too long, so I’ll attempt to explore just a few points that interested and intrigued me within these themes.  Dr. Franziske Nentwig of the Berlin City Museum talked about the relationships of the post-war museums in that city.  The German-Russian Museum in Berlin was initially founded as a museum of German-Russian relations solely for the Russian military–originally local people did not have any access so now the challenge is to make it appealing for both locals and visitors.   Its founding principles still mean that the war is presented from a Soviet military perspective, making it in the only place in history to have a Russian history of that war; while the Allierton Museum, the Allied Museum) tells the story of post-war Berlin from the perspective of the three Western allies.  Having such a richness of museums means that the Berlin City Museum can be, as Neuwig said, “a key to the door of the city history.”

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Музеи и развитие общества

unnamed-1Irina Chuvilova submitted this report on Section 2 of the very full day of September 11, on Museums and the development of society.

Работа началась с осмотра экспозиций Государственого музея политической истории России, что явилось хорошим импульсом для начала дискуссии.Часть экспозиций обновлена и производит достойное впечатление и концептуальным подходом, и дизайном. Конечно, архитектурные и функциональные особенности зданий музея создают особые трудностидля размещения музейных памятников такой тематики в специфических пространствах дворцового характера. Тем более значимым представляется то, что удалось сделать на сегодняшний день нашим коллегам.

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We Share the Same Problems

P1030843_2In the sessions of the afternoon of September 10, we discovered how many issues we share transnationally;  how similar problems of our museums’ relationship to politics is both complex and important.

Hermann Schäfer of Germany began by taking on the task first of thinking about the conference title itself; saying that Germans would avoid using the word power in this context; but in Russian it has been.

He then proceeded to a fascinating explication of how the interests of museums and of politicians converge and diverge.  Museums are future oriented with our work of collection, preservation and education; while politicians are present-oriented, concerned with the next elections.

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Getting ready for the conference

P1030584On 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.

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Weekly News Roundup: August 11, 2014

Pyramiden_july2011_9Check out this website on Cold War era tourist sites in Europe and the United States, ranging from the UK’s Radar Museum to the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.

Despite being censured by professional organizations and its art selling far below estimate,  the Delaware Art Museum continues down its path of deaccessioning to raise operating funds.

The Moving Museum takes up residence in Istanbul.

The battle for Roma history in the Czech Republic.

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