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Newsletter - 04/2019

Time for action is now

NEMO is pleased to announce that its 27th Annual Conference will focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. NEMO wants to showcase how museums already are contributing, and can contribute, to a better and brighter future.

Do you want to speak at NEMO’s European Museum Conference? Read the call for papers for "Museums 2030 - How museums can help build a sustainable future" and submit your proposal for

  1. Workshops/ interactive sessions, and/ or
  2. Museum Slam presentation on Courageous Museums

by 31 May 2019.

The conference takes place from 7-10 November 2019 in Tartu, Estonia. Registration will open in June 2019. Sign up for an email reminder here.

We hope to see you in Tartu!

Happy reading,
the NEMO office


photo: Achim Kleuker

photo: Achim Kleuker

EESC President Luca Jahier will do a NEMO Internship at the Royal Museums of Turin

Luca Jahier, president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), is confirmed as the next EU politician to take part in the initiative NEMO Political Internships in Museums. The Royal Museums of Turin, Italy, will...
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Report from NEMO’s last Learning Exchange on Education and Museums

From 28 February – 1 March 2019, 11 museum professionals gathered in Ljubljana and Maribor in Slovenia for a NEMO Learning Exchange. The training focused on Museum Education and it was hosted by the Slovenian Museums Association.
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What happens when Museums Start Relying on Experience Design?

As museums pick up phenomena from the marketing world, such as “experience design”, one might have to rethink the mission of the museum, a recent article from artnet news suggests and explores. What happens when museums want to...
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How Europe’s Museums and Cultural Heritage Institutions are boosted by the new Copyright Directive

On 26 March 2019, the European Parliament voted to adopt the Copyright in the Digital Market Directive. Some clear benefits for museums and cultural heritage institutions can be identified. The EU Member States have two years to...
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Museums as a Remedy for Loneliness

Feelings of loneliness and isolation are becoming an increasing problem and prolonged loneliness can cause several negative effects. The connection between museums and well-being has often been recognized and a visit to the museum...
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NEMO is taking part in Culture Action Europe's Live Online Dialogue on 25 April. In the 8-hour discussion between citizens and MEP candidates, key issues related to the future of Europe and the future of culture will be discussed. Join us and register via


24.04. - 26.04.2019, Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia

Conference: Museums as Agents of Memory and Change
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03.05. - 05.05.2019,

Workshop: Strategic Planning for Heritage Managers
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14.05. - 17.05.2019, Lisbon, Portugal

Conference: Archiving 2019 - Digitization, Preservation and Access
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27.05. - 29.05.2019, Katowice, Poland

Conference: We are Museums
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27.06. - 29.06.2019, Berlin, Germany

Conference: Queering Memory. Archives – Arts – Publicities
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01.09. - 07.09.2019, Kyoto, Japan

Conference: ICOM - Museums as Cultural Hubs: the Future of Tradition
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News from our Members

NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND: Exhibition ‘Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art’ on display 13 April – 7 July 2019
Spanning 250 years, this exhibition curated by Donal Maguire comprises artworks by fifty artists, exploring the relationship between people and the natural world. Tickets €15 and under. See

BALKAN MUSEUM NETWORK: The news subject - Museums surveying their accessibility
Consultants from the awarded Balkan Museum Access Group are inviting museums in the Balkans to identify barriers in their institution and exhibitions and undergo an access-surveying process. Based on the experience of four museums, the process is designed to respond to the need of making all museums accessible to all individuals.
>> More information

RIJEKA 2020: Did you know that Rijeka is European capital of culture 2020?
More info on 

ICOM RUSSIA – All-Russian Conference "Innovative activities of open-air museums" – 7- 9 June 2019, 2019, Krasnoyarsk region, Russian Federation, The Historical and Ethnographical Museum-Reserve “Shushenskoe”
In the framework of the conference, participants will discuss the successful practices of open-air museums in the field of protecting the historical environment, interpretation and representation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage in collaboration with local community, and building up an attractive image of the territory. Conference participants will explore new forms of effective partnership with other open-air museums, cultural organizations, and different types of museums. The event is organized by The Historical and Ethnographical Museum-Reserve “Shushenskoe” and ICOM Russia with the support of The Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation.
>> More information 

THE GALLERY OF MATICA SRPSKA: "Exhibition Dura Jakšic. Between Myth and Reality", Gallery of Matica Srpska, Novi Sad, Serbia, 5 April – 21 June 2019
Two national museum institutions in Serbia – the Gallery of Matica Srpska and the National Museum in Belgrade – have jointly created the exhibition Dura Jakšic. Between Myth and Reality. The exhibition presents over 40 artworks from museum collections, Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as private collections, of Dura Jakšic, the artist and poet of the 19th century. The exhibited artworks are enriched by his literary work and documents, which indicate the complexity of pervasion of artistic and literary expression in his creative work.
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AUSTRIAN MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION: Publication: New issue, new museum, new topic - Dealing with museum objects that were illegally taken from their rightful owners.
What to do with objects from illegal contexts? How to exhibit? How much show? How much comment? How brave are we in dealing with the institutional past, with times when the attitude was more opportune than oppositional? How secretive are the archives and how much are we willing to reveal from the past? How much do we even know? How long do the shadows of the past reach into the present? 
Order the publication for 8,80 € plus shipping 2,50 € (5,50 € abroad) at Only available in German.

FRENCH MINISTRY OF CULTURE: "La classe, l’œuvre": children become guides of an artwork for the European Night of Museums (Saturday May 18th).
In France, every year since 2013, children of all school levels study a museum's work of art all through the academicyear and interpret it in front of their relatives and visitors during the European Night of Museums. In 2019, Spanish museumshave joined the programme.
Please feel free to also join us this year! You can register at the following address:
>> More information (in French)

MUSEUM OF APPLIED ARTS BUDAPEST: In Circulation: Maria Jeglinska - New temporary exhibition in György Ráth Villa
The series entitled "In Circulation" asks contemporary designers to select an object or collection of objects from the Museum’s collection and to create a new project based on the selected items. The design object(s) born from the inspiration will also become a part of the collection. The second artist of the series is Polish designer Maria Jeglinska, who found inspiration in Sándor Mikó's armchair from 1969.
Curators: Judit Horváth, Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka
>> More information (in Hungarian)

LITHUANIAN MUSEUMS ASSOCIATION (LMA): Scientific Research of Collections Scientific–Practical Conference “World Lithuanians heritage In Lithuanian Museums”, Maironis Lithuanian Literature Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania 25 April 2019
The Conference is devoted to the theme of Lithuanian diaspora’s heritage and to the fact that Seimas of Lithuania declared 2019 as the World Lithuanian Year. 17 speakers will present their researches at the annual forum of museum society, all reports and summaries in English will be published in magazine “Lithuanian Museums Collections 2019”.
The event is funded by the Lithuanian Council of Culture.
>> More information (in Lithuanian)

"CHRISTOS KALEMKERIS" PHOTOGRAPHY MUSEUM of the Municipality of Kalamaria 
On March 21 and 23, the "Christos Kalemkeris" Photography Museum, organized an audio-visual event at the Yeni Tzami (Mosque), a historical Ottoman monument of Thessaloniki. A music journey based on a composition of the international composer Jannos Eolou. The title of the event was "La Foret des voeux (The Forest of the Vows).  A collection of digitalized photos taken from our museums rare archive were projected on the monument’s walls during the concert. People at the boundaries between life and death, between the darkness of war and the light of Liberation Day, as illustrated through the photographic collection of the "Christos Kalemkeris" Museum, recognized by the Academy of Athens Award. An audio-visual partnership that leads to a unique result of quality, harmony and emotions.

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