24.04.2009 | what’s on
by Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine
15th international conference of architectural museums 29th May – June 3rd 2010.
In a period of economic crisis, of urban and social mutations, is indefinite expansion still the expected future for architectural institutions? Are we engaged in a period of changes, concerning the organisation of our institutions, their budgets or their acquisition policies? Can this foster, for example, the merging of cultural institutions of various scope (on architecture, design, visual arts, etc.), or lead to a greater focus on ‘star’ people or material? What new opportunities stand in front of us?
Three sessions shall explore these issues: in managing architectural centres
session 1, Mergers and Partnerships, in dealing with prominent figures
session 2, The Icon and the Star, and in building up an archival collection session 3, Challenges and Opportunities.
Throughout the last conferences, icam has explored professional issues as diverse as the making of permanent and of temporary exhibitions, or the conservation of photographs, of architectural models, and even of buildings.
This year, two sessions shall deal with exhibitions, raising issues never
addressed so far in icam conferences: the architecture book as exhibit
session 4 and the use of text in exhibitions session 5.
The congress is organised around 5 lecture sessions, with site visits and visits to institutions. The sessions deal with collections, exhibitions, institutional policies, and, in a lesser way, with research in architecture history.
Proposals are to be submitted before Friday, July 17 th 2009.