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Asia Society Arts & Museum Summit: Collection Practices in the 21st Century

Fri, 11 Oct 2:00PM
New Delhi , Outdoors
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The modern concept of a museum can be traced to the sixteenth-century wunderkammern, or cabinets of curiosities, which were settings for objects procured from around the world to showcase the unique taste and knowledge of their owners. Across the globe, collections of valuable works of art by imperial courts form the basis of many of today’s best-known museums. Given changes in artistic production as well as new tools afforded by today’s technological advancements, artworks no longer need to exist in the physical dimension and can be experienced outside the white cube, which creates new possibilities for finding more democratized forms of viewing art. With so many museums investing in online visitors, the changing distribution of wealth globally, and the exponential economic growth in Asia, it is worth examining collection practices in the arts and museums of the twenty-first century. 

The 2019 Arts & Museum Summit will feature presentations, panel discussions, and a workshop featuring leading arts professionals from the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Participants will share their insights on current collection practices and philosophies at arts institutions, including non-collecting museums and artists’ estates. The program will be held in New Delhi, India from October 11 to 12, 2019.


James M. Bradburne, Director General, Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

Yasmine Chemali, Head of Collections, Sursock Museum, Beirut

Gridthiya Gaweewong, Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok

Ma. Elizabeth "Mariles" L. Gustilo, Senior Director, Arts and Culture, Ayala Foundation, Inc., Manila; and Senior Director, Ayala Museum, Manila

Victoria Ivanova, Cofounder, IZOLYATSIA—Platform for Cultural Initiatives, Kiev

Laura Kuhn, Director John Cage Trust, Red Hook, New York; John Cage Professor of Performance Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York

Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York; Chief Curator, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro; and Associate Curator, Museu de Arte de São Paulo

Carol Mancusi-Ungaro, Melva Bucksbaum Associate Director for Conservation and Research, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Tasneem Mehta, Director, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum

Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Mumbai

Sneha Ragavan, Senior Researcher, Asia Art Archive in India, New Delhi

Aaron Seeto, Director, Museum MACAN, Jakarta

Kavita Singh, Dean and Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

Akira Tatehata, Director, Yayoi Kusama Museum, Tokyo

Arlette Quynh-Anh Tran, Director and Curator, Post Vidai Collection, Ho Chi Minh City

Ikko Yokoyama, Lead Curator, Design and Architecture, M+, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Hong Kong

October 11, 2019

National Museum

Janpath Road

New Delhi 110 011


October 12, 2019

India Habitat Centre

Lodhi Road

New Delhi 110 003


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About the Arts & Museum Summit

The biennial Arts & Museum Summit brings together museum and arts and cultural leaders from across Asia, the Americas, and Europe to explore challenges, share new models, and develop deeper connections across the field. The Summit provides a forum to exchange ideas, strategies, and cultural issues relating to the arts of Asia. It presents the opportunity for the arts community to take part in important discourse with luminaries on the most pressing topics in the field of Asian arts and culture.

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About Asia Society

Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with major centers and public buildings in New York, Hong Kong, and Houston, and offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Melbourne, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Washington, D.C., and Zurich.

About Asia Society India Centre

The Asia Society India Centre, which is now 13 years old, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2006 and has rapidly become an important forum for the discussion of regional and global affairs and is increasingly recognized as a leading source of arts and cultural programming.

The India Centre, through its diverse and multidisciplinary programming initiatives including public lectures, business discussions, policy roundtables, guided art tours, performances, lecture demonstrations and leadership programmes, cultivates nuanced understandings of Asia Pacific affairs.

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Please carry a valid ID proof along with you.

Attendees to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

No refunds on purchased ticket are possible, even in case of any rescheduling.

Security procedures, including frisking remain the right of the management.

No dangerous or potentially hazardous objects including but not limited to weapons, knives, guns, fireworks, helmets, lazer devices, bottles, musical instruments will be allowed in the venue and may be ejected with or without the owner from the venue.

The sponsors/performers/organizers are not responsible for any injury or damage occurring due to the event. Any claims regarding the same would be settled in courts in Mumbai.

People in an inebriated state may not be allowed entry.

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