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IMD Think Piece by Wang Bin, Director of the Tang West Market Museum, China

Culture is great because of its diversity.  The protection and inheritance of diversified culture is one of the most important missions of the museum.  Museums should incorporate the concept of pluralism and inclusion into their business and practice, and further enhance mutual learning and inclusion in the world through continuous ...
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IMD Think Piece by Guo Meixia, Deputy Director, Publicity and Education Department, The Palace Museum, Beijing, China

Almost all museums worldwide have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and the Palace Museum is no exception.  The disruption caused by the pandemic has prompted immediate responses ranging from free online courses to nationwide live broadcasts at the Palace Museum, which was closed from 24 January to 30 April ...
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IMD Think Piece by Dr. Nu Mra Zan, Museum Consultant, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, Myanmar

Following this pandemic, most museums will have to face challenges on many economic, political and social issues. Among them, the most serious may be budget constraints for government-funded museums and the increased difficulty of fundraising for private museums. The second-biggest challenge may be the inevitable political and social changes in the ...
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IMD Think Piece by Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary and Curator, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, India

There can be little doubt that Covid-19 is leaving in its wake a world with heightened inequities, monumental poverty, and drastically reduced access to opportunities.  How does a museum deal with such a world, and sustain its efforts to remain an inclusive space?  It’s an immense challenge for us in ...
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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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Tonya Nelson curates ArtUK online exhibition from the British Council collection to celebrate IMD2020

On the occasion of International Museums Day (IMD), it is my pleasure to present a selection of artworks from the British Council collection which celebrate diversity and inclusion as a force for innovation. Each of the artists featured uses ‘difference’ as a means of discovery and an engine for new ...
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