icom national committee


ICOM Austria, ICOM Czech Republic, ICOM Slovakia, ICOM Poland and Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów cordially invites you to the 2nd Seminar in the “Planning an Extended Museum” cycle:


Museums and Identities


The seminar will be held on 21–23 November
at the Museum of King Jan III’s Palace at Wilanów, Warsaw


“Museums and landscapes are an essential element of humanity’s physical, natural, social and symbolic environment.” Based on this first sentence of the ICOM Resolution of the 24th ICOM General Conference held in Milan in 2016 “The Responsibility of Museums Towards Landscape,” we would like to continue the discussion initiated during the first Seminar in 2017 and concerning museums’ impact on and reaction to landscapes that surround them, whether urban or rural. What is the particular responsibility of museums in the scope of protecting this natural heritage and promoting sustainable development?




However, the term “landscape” also implies other perspectives: How do museums influence the cultural, social, economic or political identity of the surrounding area and community? They determine what objects are collected, presented and protected, what stories are told and in what manner. They define what is handed down to future generations. Quoting Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Spider-Man, “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” Therefore, we intend to question the role of governments or sponsors and their possible impact on the presentation or content of exhibitions. How do museums reactto financial dependencies or state ideologies?




While celebrating the European Year of Cultural Heritage this year, we also celebrate the diverse cultural heritage across Europe. We want to raise the question whether museums, apart from preserving Europe’s cultural heritage at national, regional and local levels, are also in the position to be important contributors to the process of building a European identity which, in general perception, is still missing.






“Museums and Identities” Seminar
21-23  November 2018






Wednesday, 21 November 2018


9:00-10:00        Registration


10:00-13:30     Opening of the Seminar: Museums Facing Identities – introduction.


1.       Paweł Jaskanis, Museum of King Jan III's Palace at Wilanów


2.       Dorota Folga-Januszewska, ICOM Poland; Elke Kellner, ICOM Austria; Martina Lehmannová, ICOM Czech Republic; Jasna Gaburová ICOM Slovakia


3.       Jarosław Sellin, Secretary of State, The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (Poland)


4.       Zdenek Novak, Secretary of State, The Ministry of Culture (Czech Republic)


5.       Luis Raposo, ICOM Europe


6.       Suay Aksoy, ICOM (the letter of Suay Aksoy will be read by Dorota Folga-Januszewska)


7.       Constanze Itzel, House of European History


8.       Christopher Whitehead, Newcastle University


13:30-14:30     Lunch


14:30-16:30     Session 1: Perspectives: Different Identities and Missions of Museums


Chairman: Elke Kellner, ICOM Austria


1.    Lisa Moran, Inheritance and Transformation and the Irish Museum of Modern Art


2.    Rebecca Pollack, Framing Holocaust Narratives in Britain: The Holocaust Exhibition at the Imperial War Museum


3.    Silva Colombo, “Spontaneous Museums” in Northern Sweden: Cultural Narratives within Norrbotten


4.    Michał Malinowski, A Little Match to Ignite a Big Fire


16:30-17:00     Coffee break




5.    Maria Anna Potocka, Museum in Context


6.    Jonathan Zisook, Towards a Sociological Analysis of the “Synagogue Museum” in Contemporary Poland






18:00-18:30     Session 2: Neighbors: Impact of Museums on Cultural Landscapes and Social Networks


Chairman: Jasna Gaburová, ICOM Slovakia


1.    Celine Wawruschka, From the Collector’s Passion to the Establishment of Tradition: the Scientific Network of Municipal Museums in Lower Austria in the Long Nineteenth Century


18:30   Dinner at the Orangery (Historical culinary re-enactment)




Thursday, 22 November 2018


10:00-12:00     Session 3: Politics: Museums in Historical and Contemporary Context


Chairman: Dušan Buran, ICOM Slovakia


1.    Guido Morpurgo, A Tale of Two Cities. Designing an Extended Museum of the Present with the Former Warsaw Ghetto Fragments: the Waliców Project


2.    Jacoline Buirma, Dealing with the Colonial Past: a Visitor's Perspective


3.    Marketa Jonasova, “The Second Centre Pompidou”: Display of the Modern and Contemporary Art Collection at the Czech National Gallery in the 1990s


4.    Meltem Yaşdağ, The Reconstruction of Cultural Landscape by Emigrant Identity: Population Exchange Museums in Turkey


12:00-13:30     Lunch


13:30-15:30     Session 4: Nature: Environmental Impact of Museums


Chairman: Martina Lehmannová, ICOM Czech Republic


1.    Zbigniew Myczkowski, Royal Gardens in Wilanów – the Pearl in Local Landscape and the Nest of Place Identity


2.    Zdenek Novak, Landscape for Breeding and Training of Ceremonial Carriage Horses at Kladruby nad Labem in Czechia


3.    Milan Jan Půček, Antonín Šimčík, Agriculture: Rediscovered Identity in the Context of a Changing World


4.    Julien Bastoen, Museums, Urban Regeneration and Environmental Awareness. The Luxembourg Museum’s Reconstruction Issue in Turn-of-the-Century Paris


15:30   Coffee break




16:00-18:00     Session 5: Economy: Impact of Museums on Local Development & Financial Sustainability


Chairman: Lubomír Anděl, ICOM Czech Republic


1.    Dorota Folga-Januszewska – Identity Builds Development. How Museums Stimulate Regional Changes.


2.    Robert Kotowski, Museum as a Platform for Personal Development


3.    Beata Nessel-Łukasik, Robert Supeł, Through the Doorstep. Museum in Relation to its Milieu


4.    Jindřich Ondruš, Museum/Landscape/People – Identity and its Stakeholders




Friday, 23 November 2018


10:00-12:30     Session 6: European Union: Impact of Museums on European Identity


Chairman: Dorota Folga-Januszewska, ICOM Poland


1.    Cristina da Milano, Museums and Social Landscapes


2.    Michalina Petelska, The Role of Emigration and Immigration Museums in Strengthening and Shaping Migrant’s Identity


3.    Katharina Küster, “Is the Museum a Battlefield?” Museum Occupations: Between Resistance and Complicity


4.    Paweł Kowal, Polish Discussions about the House of European History as a Register of Discrepancies in the Process of Shaping European Identity


12:30-14:00     Lunch


14:00-15:30     Final session & discussion


1.    Jan Godłowski, Cracow Saltworks Museum in Wieliczka as an Active Player in Building the Mining Heritage Community


2.       Discussion, conclusion of the seminar