ICDAD Conference 2014 - Collectors and Collections: Their Role in Decorative Arts and Design Museums

  • Conference Call
  • The Inter­na­tional Com­mit­tee for Muse­ums and Col­lec­tions of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts and Design (ICDAD) is kindly invit­ing you to par­tic­i­pate in the ICDAD Con­fer­ence 2014 enti­tled “Col­lec­tors and Col­lec­tions: their role in dec­o­ra­tive arts and design muse­ums” which will be held on Octo­ber 15 – 17, 2014 in Graz, Aus­tria at the Hotel Mer­cure Graz-​City.

    Con­fer­ence Theme

    Art col­lect­ing began at the begin­ning of the his­tory of art. Schol­ars in Ancient Greece viewed both con­tem­po­rary and ancient art and with a crit­i­cal eye. Although objects have moved through var­i­ous pri­vate col­lec­tions for cen­turies, it is only in rare cases that we have been able to fol­low their his­tory before they entered the inven­to­ries of large pri­vate col­lec­tions or pub­lic institutions.

    The old­est muse­ums were formed from pri­vate col­lec­tions, from the 19th cen­tury with the Arts and Crafts Move­ment and the estab­lish­ment of the first Dec­o­ra­tive Arts museum in Lon­don, the South Kens­ing­ton Museum (now the Vic­to­ria and Albert Museum). Such gov­ern­ment funded muse­ums were founded with the aim to col­lect, inspire, and edu­cate the public.

    In “dif­fi­cult times”, such as times of war and nat­ural dis­as­ters, the museum can be a place that expe­ri­ences sig­nif­i­cant loss or gain of impor­tant objects or entire col­lec­tions, as in the col­lect­ing method of con­fis­ca­tion of pri­vate property.

    In “times of pros­per­ity”, the poten­tial dona­tion of a pri­vate col­lec­tion might pose a prob­lem for the museum, if the objects in ques­tion lie out­side the scope of the institution’s col­lec­tion devel­op­ment plan.

    We believe the theme of the role of pri­vate col­l­lec­tions in muse­ums of dec­o­ra­tive arts and design will pro­vide an oppor­tu­nity to dis­cuss his­tor­i­cal prece­dents as well as mod­ern and con­tem­po­rary case stud­ies. This pro­gram pro­vides a tremen­dous oppor­tu­nity to learn about the col­lec­tors and col­lec­tions from inter­na­tional perspectives.

    Pre­sen­ta­tions should be 20 min­utes in length and can be in Eng­lish or in French. Please send a 200 – 300 words abstract, a short bio­graph­i­cal note and con­tact details.


    The Inter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of Dec­o­ra­tive Arts and Design is offer­ing two schol­ar­ships for its annual meet­ing. The schol­ar­ships will cover the reg­is­tra­tion cost and will include all posted meals, admis­sions, bus travel and group inci­den­tals, but will not cover accom­mo­da­tions or travel to and from the con­fer­ence. Only museum employ­ees work­ing with the dec­o­ra­tive arts and design who have never attended an ICOM-​ICDAD con­fer­ence are eli­gi­ble to apply.
    Prospec­tive appli­cants should sub­mit their appli­ca­tion to the Pres­i­dent of the Board no later than April 30th for review by the board. Appli­ca­tions should include a one-​page C.V. or resume, a one-​page state­ment expli­cat­ing why the trip to the con­fer­ence would be impor­tant to the pro­fes­sional growth of the appli­cant, and the names and email addresses of three museum pro­fes­sions and/​or aca­d­e­mic advi­sors who would be will­ing to write on the applicant’s behalf. Noti­fi­ca­tion will occur no later than May 15th.


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