The Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Medias of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe met from 23 to 26 April, 2012. On this occasion, the Council of Europe Museum Prize 2012 was awarded to the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne (Germany) and to its Director Prof. Dr. Klaus Schneider, during a ceremony held at the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg (France) on 24 April.
Ceremony of the Council of Europe Museum Prize 2012: Goranka Horjan Chairperson of the European Museum Forum (EMF), Prof. Dr. Klaus Schneider, Director of the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum (Cologne), winner of the 2012 Prize and Julien Anfruns (ICOM Director General)
3 May 2012 - The Rautenstrauh-Joest-Museum is an anthropologic museum whose collection includes more than 60,000 artefacts from Oceania, Africa, Asia and Americas, 100,000 historic photographs and 40,000 specialised volumes. Through varied themes, in particular the themes of “prejudice”, “museum”, the “living”, “religion” and “ritual”, the museum aims at creating links between cultures, breaking down social and political boundaries and connecting historical and contemporary issues.
The prize was awarded in the presence of Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Goranka Horjan, President of the European Museum Forum (EMF) and Julien Anfruns, Director General of ICOM. The Museum Prize aims at encouraging museums’ contribution to a better understanding of the European culture’s rich diversity.