Achieving the Freer Circulation of Cultural Artifacts
09 May - 14 May, 2008
- Director, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; President-elect, American Association of Museum Directors
- Director, British Museum, London
- The Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
- Director General, National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi
Yves le Fur
- Deputy Director Responsible for Permanent Collections, Musée du quai Branly, Paris
- Chief of the Section of Museums and Cultural Objects, UNESCO, Paris
- Professor, Department of World Studies and Museology, East Anglia University, Norwich
- Director, Topkapi Museum, Istanbul
- Visiting Professor of Law, King's College London; Chair, Treasure Valuation Committee
- Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, D.C.
- Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
Additional Session Support:
- Steve Pulimood is currently a doctoral candidate in Art History at
Oxford University, where he is writing his thesis on Renaissance Intellectual
History. He has served both the Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Museums around the world are guardians of the cultural and artistic achievements of humankind. By providing people with the opportunity to experience cultural objects and art, museums foster not only an appreciation of aesthetic beauty and human inventiveness, but also promote mutual understanding of histories and culture among the diverse peoples of the world. Things can change the way people think about others and about the world. Granting public access to our common cultural legacy and to precious artworks is therefore a crucial responsibility of museums around the world, as are efforts to increase loans of precious artworks among institutions in different countries to ensure that a maximum number of people may have the opportunity to experience and appreciate them.
This session is aimed at building consensus among cultural authorities and museum representatives from around the world on ways to overcome legal, political, and practical obstacles to the circulation of cultural objects-including, but not limited to-those which have been transferred from one country to another in known or unknown circumstances in the distant or more recent past. Participants will work together to identify and assess new and better ways to promote the sharing of art and artifacts - from virtual access via "Second Life" to strategies for significantly expanding loan programs worldwide.
This session is made possibly by a generous grant from The Edward T. Cone Foundation.