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The 23rd ICOM General Conference– RIO 2013 – gets underway

The 23rd ICOM General Conference– RIO 2013 – gets underway

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Rio de Janeiro, 13 August, 2013

The 23rd ICOM General Conference was launched officially on Monday, 12 August, 2013. The opening ceremony took place at the Cidade das Artes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the presence of the Minister of Culture of Brazil, Ms Marta Suplicy; Ms Mariana Varzea, Head of Museums for the State of Rio de Janeiro on behalf of the Governor of the State, Mr Sérgio Cabral Filho; and the Secretary of Culture of the City of Rio de Janeiro, Mr Sérgio Sá Leitão, on behalf of the Mayor of the City, Eduardo Paes.

Following the ceremony, Brazilian museologist Ulpiano B. Meneses opened the discussions with a keynote speech on The museum and the human condition: the sensorial horizon. He suggested several possible topics for discussion over the next week, on the conference theme: Museums (Memory + Creativity) = Social Change.

The Museum Trade Fair, which gathers 38 cultural institutions, museum associations and commercial enterprises, was also inaugurated, allowing exhibitors to present their projects and services dedicated to the museum sector.

In the afternoon, several ICOM International Committees met to discuss various issues, underlining the particularities of Brazilian museums in their respective fields.

The International Committee COSTUME, which encompasses museum professionals and costume historians from all over the world, began the conference with a presentation of the history of fashion in Brazil, highlighting traditional dress items such as carnival costumes.

Meanwhile, CAMOC, the International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities, presented a series of papers, including two focusing on Brazil. The first discussed the history and evolution of the port district in Rio de Janeiro, which became the epicentre of the city’s new museums, and the other was entitled Rio, a lively intercultural museum and dealt in particular with Rio’s urban landscape, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A presentation on the history of Brazilian museums opened the session of the International Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques (ICAMT). This was followed by details on the project to build an annexe to the Museum of the Environment in Rio de Janeiro.

Finally, in order to increase accessibility to the 23rd ICOM General Conference, ICOM Brazil has partnered with Brazilian organisation, Forum Permanente, to streamline the main activities of the conference, now that registrations are open at the venue only. You can follow the conference activities at: http://www.forumpermanente.org/event_pres/encontros/icom-2013/icom-2013

For the detailed programme, please visit http://Rio2013.icom.museum