2019 Arts & Museum Summit

Collection Practices in the 21st Century

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The modern concept of a museum can be traced to the sixteenth-century wunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosities, which were settings for objects procured from around the world to showcase the unique taste and knowledge of their owners. Across the globe, collections of valuable works of art by imperial courts form the basis of many of today’s best-known museums. Given changes in artistic production as well as new tools afforded by today’s technological advancements, artworks no longer need to exist in the physical dimension and can be experienced outside the white cube, which creates new possibilities for finding more democratized forms of viewing art. With so many museums investing in online visitors, the changing distribution of wealth globally, and the exponential economic growth in Asia, it is worth examining collection practices in the arts and museums of the twenty-first century.

The 2019 Arts & Museum Summit will feature presentations, panel discussions, and a workshop featuring leading arts professionals from the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Participants will share their insights on current collection practices and philosophies at arts institutions, including non-collecting museums and artists’ estates. The program will be held in New Delhi, India from October 11 to 12, 2019.

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James M. Bradburne, Director General, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan
Yasmine Chemali, Head of Collections, Sursock Museum, Beirut
Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok
Ma. Elizabeth "Mariles" L. Gustilo, Senior Director, Arts and Culture, Ayala Foundation, Inc., Manila; and Senior Director, Ayala Museum, Manila
Victoria Ivanova, Cofounder, IZOLYATSIA—Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kiev
Laura Kuhn, Director John Cage Trust, Red Hook, New York; John Cage Professor of Performance Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York; Chief Curator, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro; and Associate Curator, Museu de Arte de São Paulo
Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Melva Bucksbaum Associate Director for Conservation and Research, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Tasneem Mehta, Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum
Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai
Sneha Ragavan, Senior Researcher, Asia Art Archive in India, New Delhi
Aaron Seeto, Director, Museum MACAN, Jakarta
Kavita Singh, Dean and Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Akira Tatehata, Director, Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo
Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, Director and Curator, Post Vidai Collection, Ho Chi Minh City
Ikko Yokoyama, Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong

About the Arts & Museum Summit

The biennial Arts & Museum Summit brings together arts and museum professionals from Asia, North America, and Europe to engage in face-to-face discussions. There is no doubt that Asia will experience the most museum growth in the next decade, with more Asian countries now shifting their focus to the cultural sector and building new museums. The Summit is intended to identify and navigate the challenges and potential opportunities developing in the new museum ecology in Asia, and provides professional development and collaborative exchange opportunities among museums internationally.

Each Summit focuses on a specific topic that reflects the current thinking in the arts and museum world. In 2013, the Summit examined the surge of new museums in Asia and the pressing issues institutions face in this century; in 2015, the Summit explored the urgency of cultural heritage preservation in Asia across tangible and intangible mediums, both traditional and contemporary. The 2017 Summit addressed audience engagement at cultural institutions and outreach strategies used to build those audiences.

The 2019 Arts & Museum Summit was made possible through support from The Getty Foundation.

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October 11-12, 2019

Arts & Museum Summit: Collection Practices in the 21st Century

India Habitat Centre
Lodhi Road
New Delhi 110 003

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Past Summits

  • Arts and museum experts discussed how to cultivate an arts community in the 21st century in Manila, Philippines, November 6-7, 2017.
  • Experts from around the world and across many disciplines gathered in Hong Kong to discuss the importance of preserving our cultural legacy.
  • Global experts discuss what the museum of the 21st century should look like, Nov. 21-22.