Big online museum conference Thursday with 40 guests: first of its kind since Covid began

An online conference on museums will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., with 40 guests, including directors and institutions. Minister Franceschini will open the proceedings.

To be held on Thursday, January 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and open to all, the More Museum: the future of museums between crisis and rebirth, change and new scenarios conference: an oline meeting, the first of its kind in Italy since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, to reflect in 360 degrees on the present and future of Italian museums. It is organized by the Department of Culture of the City of Florence together with Muse and the Novecento Museum of the Tuscan capital.

The conference will be visible on Vimeo and will open with a speech by Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Franceschini, to be followed by that of the mayor of Florence, Dario Nardella. The director general of the Italian Museums, Massimo Osanna, is then entrusted with the task of introducing the main themes on which the meeting will focus, which will be followed by the other speeches divided into 12 panels of 30 minutes each.

Speeches are scheduled by, among others, the councillors for culture of Florence, Milan and Turin Tommaso Sacchi, Filippo Del Corno and Francesca Leon; Sylvain Bellenger, Director Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, Naples; Christian Greco, Director Museo Egizio, Turin; Giovanna Melandri President MAXXI; Anna Maria Montaldo, Director Museo del Novecento, Milan; Eike Schmidt, Director Gallerie degli Uffizi; Barbara Jatta, Director Musei Vaticani; Sergio Risaliti, Artistic Director Museo Novecento; Gabriel Zuchtriegel, Director Archaeological Park of Paestum; Stefano Boeri, President Triennale di Milano; Laura Valente, President Fondazione Donnaregina per le Arti Contemporanee and Madre Museum of Naples; Vittorio Sgarbi, President Mart - Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto; Tiziana Maffei, Director Reggia di Caserta; Gabriella Belli, Director Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia; Alfonsina Russo, Director Archaeological Park of the Colosseum; Karole P. B. Vail, Director Guggenheim Museum and Foundation of Venice; Stefano Casciu, Director Polo Museale Toscano; Giovanni Iovane, Director Accademia Belle Arti di Brera; Aurelie Filippetti, Director Villa Finaly - Chancellerie des Universités de Paris; and Valdo Spini President Association of Italian Cultural Institutions.

Through discussions among leading representatives of Italian and European museum institutions, the conference will focus on the redefinition of museum structures, which now add new forms of cultural mediation, communication and knowledge dissemination, using innovative platforms and technologies, to the traditional functions of conservation and enhancement. Such an aspect, which opens the museum dimension to perspectives unseen until recently, turns out to be central, especially at this stage, when the physical presence of visitors in places of art (museums, archaeological parks, churches and other complexes), is greatly reduced, and in museums reduced to zero, due to the measures taken to counter the health emergency.

“Upgrading museum facilities is a work that began some time ago but has become urgent in the last year to address this tragic pandemic,” says Tommaso Sacchi, councillor for culture of the City of Florence. “Thanks to the discussion between leading representatives of Italian and European museum institutions and colleagues from important Italian art cities, we will look for a way to design the future of our museums. We want to turn this epochal crisis into a push for change and start from sharing ideas, projects and experiences to improve. The conference will be dedicated to the figure of an art historian and profound innovator like Lara-Vinca Masini, who passed away a few days ago. We will be guided by the lucidity of her vision, and I consider fundamental the decisive contribution that her critical studies, cultural organization work and enhancement of contemporary arts have made to culture, and to Italian culture in particular.”

Photo: Florence, Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento. Ph.Credit

Big online museum conference Thursday with 40 guests: first of its kind since Covid began
Big online museum conference Thursday with 40 guests: first of its kind since Covid began

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