To create a dynamic COMCOL network in Brazil, COMCOL boardmember Claudia Porto started a Portuguese blog. The aim is to collaboratively identify, debate and address the major topics related to collecting in Brazil. Besides the blog, Claudia and COMCOL members Maria Izabel Branco Ribeiro and Clara Gerchman have started to also organise, since 2015, meetings where topics are addressed and discussed. In November 2015 they organised a one day seminar in Rio. Click here to visit the COMCOL Brasil blogsite
COMCOL is an International Committee of ICOM which aims to deepen discussions, and share knowledge on the practice, theory and ethics of collecting and collections (both tangible and intangible) development. COMCOL is a platform for professional exchange of views and experiences around collecting in the broadest sense. The mandate includes: collecting and de-accessioning policies; contemporary collecting; restitution of cultural property and respectful practices that affect the role of collections now and in the future, from all types of museums and from all parts of the world.
SAFE THE DATE: COMCOL Annual Conference and Meeting 2016 will take place in Milan, Italy, in conjunction with ICOM’s General Conference 3-9 July. COMCOL’s own conference will be organized in partnership with ICFA (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Fine Art), and will start with a pre-conference meeting from 30 June!
With a grateful heart we as COMCOL can look back at a very successful year. COMCOL was co-organizer of a conference on Queering the Collections in spring this year in Amsterdam. Our joint ICMAH and ICOM-South Africa conference of 2012 was e-published and the COMCOL board was editor of the Museum International volume dedicated to collecting issues: ‘museum collections make connections’.
Last year’s annual conference in Seoul was for me a personal highlight. Learning about collecting practices in South Korea, but also Japan, enriched my own theoretical understanding of this area.
Last but not least our active COMCOL Brazil group, organised a very successful conference in Rio de Janeiro in November.
Now we are preparing for Milan and the elections of a new COMCOL Board this year.
I am grateful and also proud that we as COMCOL are not only a dynamic entity, but that we have proven that the issues that we want to address are of importance and relevance.
Léontine Meijer-van Mensch