ICOM Milan 2016
THE MUSEUM PROFESSIONAL LANDSCAPE, 2016: REFRAMING PRECEPTS AND PEDAGOGY FOR THE CONTEMPORARY CULTURE AND HERITAGE PROFESSION
Key-note speaker (1): René Rivard
BUILDING CULTURAL LANDSCAPES AND MUSEUMS: FROM FIDDLES TO VIOLINS…
In the 70s and 80s, curators where hired in museums because of their degrees in art history, natural sciences, ethnology… They mostly had to learn the museum world through their work. Academic museum training was in its infancy. So curators “fiddled” with their museum trying to get the best music they could, some using their creativity and passion to enhance the “sound” of their institution. Today, museum studies are one of the keys to enter. Most aspirants are now trained to play with professional knowhow the fantastic “violins” many museums have become. Does it give them the occasion to do better, to show visitors new music works and cultural landscapes? Do budget restrictions give them access to great works and symphonies they could play to the public? Foremost, how do we interest the Y generation in using the museum as a “Stradivarius” for developing knowledge, awareness and empowerment?
René Rivard, Fellow, Canadian Museums Association
Chairman, project manager and senior museologist for Bureau d’études Cultura since its foundation in 1987, René Rivard has more than 40 years of experience in the field of museums, of heritage interpretation, presentation, and enhancement, in cultural and touristic development in Québec, Canada, France, the United States and many other countries. For more than 40 years now, he was associated with many projects for museums, interpretation centres, archaeological sites, national parks, natural reserves and other heritage sites, doing inventories and operational analysis, programming visitor reception and interpretation services, planning museum architecture, developing new and innovative enhancement strategies, directing the production of permanent and temporary exhibitions… Approximately 20 studies and projects are completed each year at Bureau d’études Cultura under his supervision. René Rivard received in 2000 the ICOM-Canada International Career Award, the 1996 Career Award from the Société des Musées québécois as well as the 1990 Merit Award from the Quebec Association of Heritage Interpretation. He was nominated Fellow of the Canadian Museum Association in June 2002, and he received in 2003 and in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for his exceptional contribution to the Canadian museum scene.
Key-note speaker (2) = Focus on Italy
Dr. Anna Maria Visser: From the Traditional Museum to One Opening Towards the Cultural Landscape: The Reform of Museums in Italy
Dr. Rita Capurro: New scenarios for Museums in Italy: A View on Italian Museums and the Challenges of the Present
Key-note speaker (3) = Global perspective
Dr. Amareswar Galla: Do European Museums Have the Capacity to Address Migration & Cultural Diversity?