From 24 to 28 March 2006, the Japan Foundation organized the first Asia Museum Curators Conference in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. The objective is to bring together next generation of curators to participate in a workshop and meeting to discuss common issues, and explore the possibility of networking and working on long-term collaborative projects covering modern and contemporary art within Asian region.
Participants came from the National Museum of China, Guangdong Museum of Art, China, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT), Japan, The National Art Center, Japan, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea, The National Art Gallery of Malaysia, Ayala Museum, The Philippines and Singapore Art Museum.
The outcomes of the conference are: the same members will work together for three years terms to achieve a common goal, fixed membership to meet at least once a year and initiate information/ pursue collaborative projects where possible.For the next conference, 3 areas of interest will be explored in the agenda and will cover one area per day. In preparing for the conference, members are expected to make at least 1 presentation under the following section and each section is expected to have 3 to 4 speakers each: Modern
- Realism for social concerns
- Presentation on topics that may provoke interest of the group
- Conservation on media art
- Publicity and marketing
- Visitorship / performance
- Protocol between museum in mounting exhibitions / general guideline to achieve equal partnership
- Common website
For this conference the participants felt that it’s a good start for us (next generation curators) to find our own definition of art and try to define our own history rather than always comparing and depends on the history that came from the west. We should work together closely to pursue our own dreams and goal so that we can be the next respected region in art. We wish the Japan Foundation would not stop this kind of activities and invite all Asian countries to participate in the same conference so that we can know each other more and plan our own activities in order to help each other develop art. Art is For All.
Mohamad Majidi Bin Amir Curator (Exhibition& Design Department) The National Art Gallery of Malaysia