Opening Up! Collection Centre Strategies
SBMK and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
English-language Online Event
Friday 28 May 2021, 15:00 – 18:00 hours / 3 – 6 p.m. CET
As a museum professional, how often have you invited a visitor into your museum’s storage facility? Probably never. As a museum visitor, how often have you thought: ‘I’d really like to see the works in storage? Undoubtedly very often. Museum storage facilities have traditionally been invisible and inaccessible to the public, usually housed in anonymous warehouses outside the city or in cellars beneath the museum’s building. But there have been changes in recent years.
The Dutch Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (SBMK) and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands have organised an international online symposium ‘Opening Up! Collection Centre Strategies’ about interesting international developments in the field of museum storage. The Netherlands is not alone in developing new ideas about preserving collections and opening them up to the public. An international panel of six speakers will share their experiences of combining collection care with public access within their storage facility.
Join us for the symposium and find out how depot buildings are conceived and designed. To what extent are they publicly accessible? How do they guarantee the safety of the collections? And how do they approach their visitors? The symposium will conclude with a round-table discussion with all speakers. As a participant, you will be actively involved in the online event: there will be lots of time for questions and comments from the international audience. The event will have a strong visual component with videos of the buildings’ architecture and internal layouts.
The speakers are:
Sjarel Ex, Director of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
Joachim Huber, Consultant at Prevart GmbH, Konzepte für die Kulturgütererhaltung (Concepts for the Preservation of Cultural Assets), Winterthur
Tim Reeve, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Markus Leuthard, Deputy Director of the Collection Centre, Zürich
Jane Dini, Senior Curator of American Art at the Brooklyn Museum, New York
Isabel Friedli, Curator at Schaulager, Basel
Participation in Opening up! Collection Center Strategies costs € 25.
You can register via the website of the SBMK.
Students pay € 12.50. (When registering, also send a copy of your student card to email@example.com, otherwise the registration will not apply).
The symposium is free for a number of museum employees who pay an annual contribution to the SBMK. (Click here for the conditions).