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.
COMCOL' s next Annual Conference will take place in Umeå, Sweden, in December 2017, in collaboration with Västerbottens museum and ICOM Sweden. Keep a close eye on our conference page and our facebookpage for updates.
With our minds filled with impressions and ideas from ten intense days in the cultural landscape of Italy and Milan we can look back at an interesting pre-conference and conference that COMCOL arranged together with ICFA. During the sessions we have explored topics like the meaning of heritage, shared responsibility, memory of fine art museums and historic houses and their fine art – and we have shared experiences and ideas. A conference publication will be published, so you who couldn´t attend the conference can soon get inspired as well.
At the annual meeting the new board was elected and I am honoured and happy to have had your trust to be the president of COMCOL for the next three years – and I am eager to start working! Together with the board and all of you members we will continue to develop the issues of importance to COMCOL. But first I want to send all the love and best wishes to our resigning president and board members who are the mothers, fathers and grandparents of our young and vibrant committee; you have all made a fantastic work creating this important, relevant and much needed committee – thank you all for that! We will meet again at the upcoming conferences!