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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

ICOM contest: Reflecting Europe in its Museum Objects

Reflecting Europe in its Museum Objects

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

ICOM Europe, the European regional organization of the International
Council of Museums, and the Museum of Europe in Brussels have joined to
edit a publication that reflects Europe in selected museum objects. We
would like to encourage curators in Europe to choose objects, paintings
or photographs that they consider relevant for the comprehension of
Europe's diversity, its transnational relationships, its common
experiences and future perspectives. With this inclusive format of
participation we intend to trigger a debate on the representation of
Europe in its museum objects, because

- they reflect hopes and anxieties of every specific historical
situation,
- they show the panorama of human creativity despite war and
persecution,
- they are witness of the finest examples of human expression,
craftsmanship and inventory spirit.

With this open call for contributions we address all museums in Europe
to participate in our joint endeavour. We encourage all National
Committees of ICOM and other professional museums networks in Europe to
disseminate this call and to initiate a debate about the process of
selecting relevant objects.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLICATION

The publication will be the second edition of ICOM Europe's 'Views and
Activities'
(see PDF of Vol. 1 on ICOM Europe website www.icom-europe.org).

Format: 14 x 14 cm, booklet illustrated with colored pictures
Language: English
Number of pages: 72
Printed copies: 5000
Dissemination: free of charge, except for postal fee.

The publication will first be distributed at the General Conference of
ICOM in Shanghai, China (Nov. 7 to Nov. 12, 2010) and it can then be
ordered by museums and professional organizations.


HOW TO PARTICIPATE?

Your contribution will consist of a royalty free reproduction of the
object in form of a professional photograph (300 dpi) and an explanatory
text referring to the object, its relevance and meaning in the context
of the above mentioned aspects. Please make sure that the museum
direction approves your choice and text, because the selection will
refer to and mention the museum as well.

We kindly ask you to send your contribution form, which you can download
from the ICOM Europe website (www.icom-europe.de) filled out in English
to: reflectingeurope@gmail.com no later than March 19, 2010. The result
of the selection will be communicated on April 15, 2010.


SELECTION COMMITTEE

The final selection of the objects to be included in the publication
will be made by a joint committee of members of the Board of ICOM Europe
and the Museum of Europe including:

Prof. Krzysztof Pomian, Scientific Director of the Museum of Europe
Benoît Remiche, General Secretary of the Museum of Europe
Dr. Isabelle Benoit, Director for International Development, Museum of
Europe, and Board Member of ICOM Europe
Dr. Udo Goesswald, Director of Neukoelln Museum, Berlin, and Chair of
ICOM Europe
Dr. Damodar Frlan, Director of the Ethnographical Museum of Croatia and
Board Member of ICOM Europe


PRIZE FOR THE BEST CONTRIBUTION:

The best contribution will receive a travel grant given by ICOM Europe
for the ICOM Europe Tour 2010 in China, which will be organized as a
pre-conference tour of the General Conference of ICOM in Shanghai at
the beginning of November 2010.
(see: www.icom-europe.org).

Udo Goesswald, Chair ICOM Europe
Krzysztof Pomian, Scientific Director of the Museum of Europe

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