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IMD Think Piece by Siak Ching Chong, CEO, National Gallery Singapore

As we battle a global pandemic, the familiar physical access to museums has been suddenly disrupted.  The digital realm has become new terrain to traverse, in pursuit of creating an accessible museum experience.   Access to museum collections, as sources of inspiration and healing, is more crucial than ever.  The Care Collection ...
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IMD Think Piece by Bummo Youn, Director, MMCA, Korea

We had to come up with new ways to meet our audience in the time of an unprecedented pandemic.  For example, we filmed an in-depth curator’s tour of our new calligraphy exhibition and widely publicised it to reach new audiences.  We have also strengthened our online presence by shaking up ...
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IMD Think Piece by Patricia Villanueva, Educational Projects Curator, Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru

Over the last few years we have been wondering how the museum of the future might look. We imagined scenarios and did prospective analysis.   There were also conferences where we – unsuccessfully – tried to find new ways of defining museums.  There was no rush and we did it facing ...
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IMD Think Piece by Bartomeu Marí, Former Director MALI, Lima, Peru

Diversity and inclusion are notions that burst somewhat brashly into the world of business and politics some time ago.  In the world of culture however, their use has been less frequent, and their appearance reminds us of an ethically unacceptable reality.  I have worked in Europe and Asia, and more ...
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IMD Think Piece by José-Carlos Mariátegui, Member of the Board of Directors at MALI, Lima, Peru

The Coronavirus has revealed the fragility of the system of culture in the world.  One of the most apparent aspects is the absence of new technologies in many museums, as well as the sheer inadequacy of skills to be able to use them.  During this terrible pandemic, events on Zoom ...
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IMD2020 Think Piece by Errol Francis, Artistic Director and Curator of Heritage Programmes

When asked to write a provocation about how museums should respond to the Covid-19 crisis, I had to ask myself this question: ‘Even though I miss going to museums and galleries, how much do we really need – or what do we need from – art and heritage in a situation like this?’  ...
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IMD2020 Think Piece by Thanh Sinden, Museum Detox

We know that the impact of Covid-19 on the sector is huge, and that we face a lot of unknowns in the months ahead. Inequality that existed across class, ethnicity, gender, disability and age before is now further compounded by the health crisis and accompanying economic fallout. The commitment of ...
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IMD2020 Think Piece by Becki Morris, Director, Disability Collaborative Network (DCN)

Everyone has their part to play within intersectional inclusive practice.  It is a choice to be inclusive.  Becoming inclusive as a museum is about understanding what causes barriers and why, and we can do that through collaboration and information sharing.  Collaboration then allows us to identify and plan how these ...
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IMD2020 Think Piece by Yanyue Yuan, Assistant Arts Professor, NYU Shanghai

How does limited physical access to museum collections prompt us to reflect on the social nature of museums and rethink the unique value museums can create? ‘Look at that grimacing face in the painting, mum! I can use it as an emoji!’;  ‘Can you imagine sitting on that chair?!  It’s so ...
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IMD Think Piece by Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

One of the immediate needs during the recent closure of museums worldwide has been for digital platforms to stay connected with our audiences. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, launched Mori Art Museum DIGITAL, which will continue to evolve and develop after reopening.  While traditionally digital platforms have been considered more or ...
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