The President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Joachim Gauck, has honoured Prof. Dr Hans-Martin Hinz with the presentation of the “Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany” (Verdienstkreuz am Bande des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland). It is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can present to individuals for distinguished service to society and the nation.
At the ceremony in the Berlin City Museum on 4 September, State Secretary of Culture for Berlin, Mr Tim Renner, presented the distinction to Hans-Martin Hinz in the name of the Federal President of Germany.
Hans-Martin Hinz, President of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 2010, expressed his thanks to the Federal President and pointed out that above all this award pays respect to museums and their current work for society. It is only possible to run museums successfully and to protect cultural heritage both inside and outside of museums, Hinz stated, if museum professionals work closely together to develop museums for the future as places of dialogue, inclusiveness, learning, understanding, reconciliation and sustainable education.
Established in 1946, ICOM is the world’s organisation of museum professionals with nearly 35,000 members. In his role as ICOM President, Hans Martin Hinz is a prominent representative of the international museum community and a key advocate for the protection of cultural heritage around the world. He guides ICOM’s policy orientation and maintains relations with museum institutions and partner organisations, representing ICOM at museum meetings and conferences around the world.