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September 1, 2019

ICOM Kyoto 2019

Museums as Cultural Hubs: the Future of Tradition

On 1-7 September 2019, Kyoto will be the city to receive some 3,000 participants to the ICOM General Conference. A flood of discussions and exchange of ideas on museum-related issues will sweep the city during the week. From excursions to workshops give you opportunities to engage with other museum professionals and enthusiasts and to broaden your experience and understanding of the museum world.


Large Impact by Joining Forces

4 September 2019, 13.30 pm
Kyoto International Conference Center

In this session “Large Impact by Joining Forces”, we will use the historical Dutch-Japanese ties as backdrop to discuss exactly this trend, how museums can function as a hub. The two countries have a four-century old connection in trade, military and knowledge exchange. This connection is still strong as governments, companies, cultural organisations and technology innovators from both sides regularly join forces.

The internationally oriented speakers in this session will look well beyond the museum sector and define their ambitions for the future of museums and their role in society. 

Speakers and lectures:

Léontine Meyer van Mensch: Where worlds meet, museums setting the stage for international cooperation
The centuries-old Japanese-Dutch connections were vital for the development on both sides of the globe. Taking up this lesson from the past, we can see how museums have an important role to play.

Kris Schiermeijer - Japan Museum SieboldHuis: A new Symbol of Japanese-Dutch exchange
Japan Museum SieboldHuis functions as a hub for people from academia, business, as well as art lovers, artists, members of civil society and amongst others children and students.

Mijuki Yamaguchi Dejima, Transcending Time Itself
In the 17th -18th century, Dejima was a gateway between Japan and the Netherlands, and through them, to the world. It is now being restored to the early 19 th century looks, open to the public.

Joy Hendry Japan's Representation of Holland as a model for Cultural Display in a Global Perspective: an early “hub” of intercultural communication?
The park Huis ten Bosch in Kiyushu is an original hub of international communication, placed in the context of some other with innovative ideas of empowerment, inclusion, tradition and sustainability.

Gail Lord - From Islands to Hubs—the Future of Museums
Lessons from the past, inspiration for the future; we see a new role for museums in the modern, globalised society where museums become engines towards meaningful action in contemporary society.

Learn more about the session