Each year, ICOM creates an International Museum Day poster, as well as a postcard and web banner, linked to the theme of the year, enabling participating museums to illustrate the theme and to attract visitors with an appealing design.
For the 2017 poster, we wanted to capture a theme that is particularly difficult to address and illustrate. The poster therefore reflects the challenge of addressing contested histories and taboos and saying the unspeakable in museums. Contested histories are often marked by self-imposed silence or are simply particularly difficult to address. This idea is reflected in the 2017 poster, which focuses on what is left unsaid or what cannot be easily said. It encourages breaking the chain of silence to free voices and ease consciences through the sharing of knowledge between the public and the museum. The poster also encourages museums to bring contested histories out of the shadows and discuss them in a new light so they can be better understood. By doing so, museums can become essential places for reconciling and acknowledging memories to encourage people to live together in peace.
If you wish to use the poster in a language that is not available, do not hesitate to contact your ICOM National Committee.