Ways of Seeing

The last couple of weeks we have seen an interesting discussion and maybe personal tragedy unfold itself in Norway. The case involved the Norwegian Minister of Justice, his closest family, a small, independent theatre and two artists. Several of the involved people were investigated by the police, and the Norwegian Prime Minister announced her personal opinion in public early on.  


2019-03-26T07:23:35+00:0026. 03. 2019|Aktuelt/forside ENGLISH|

Museums in the changing world order: a question of ethics

The Art Newspaper is publishing a new series about museums in the changing world order. The first part is about increased public critical observation of museum boards in the age of social media. Museums have lately, especially in New York, been under pressure from activists  reinforced by social media protests to publicize their cases. The writer discusses the role of the museums in the question of ethics; about the actual and potential board members and financial contributors’ moral behavior.

Museums in the changing world order: a question of ethics

It is an incontrovertible fact, and hardly a revelatory observation, that we are in a period of rapid and accelerating change.

2019-03-21T13:00:15+00:0021. 03. 2019|Aktuelt/forside ENGLISH|

Do historical objects belong to their country of origin?

Most of all of the global artifacts are held in the West’s museums and galleries. The question is: do the historical objects belong in their country of origin. Four historians discuss whether the objects should be returned to the place of origin as a reparation process for the countries that has been victims for European colonialism and imperialism, or stay where they are, where they are culturally and socially beneficial. What is best for the historical objects, and the society?

Do historical objects belong in their country of origin?

Tiffany Jenkins, author of Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums – and Why They Should Stay There (Oxford, 2016) When, 3,000 years ago, sculptors in the Assyrian Empire chiselled into being winged, human-headed bulls for King Ashurnasirpal II, they could not have dreamt that their creations would end up centuries later in museums thousands of miles away.

2019-03-21T12:58:34+00:0021. 03. 2019|Aktuelt/forside ENGLISH|

Museumproffessionals sharing experience on working with poverty

Three museums in Norway have highlighted a particular issue – POVERTY – and summed up their experiences in this short movie. How can museums be an active force in society? Can we highlight issues themes that are largely unseen in society? If we allow those affected to speak out, the message will be more personal – and often more powerful.

2019-01-14T14:37:41+00:0026. 04. 2018|Aktuelt/forside ENGLISH|

International Conference

“You shall be heard!?” – A conference about how (not) to share personal narratives 

The Vest-Agder Museum in Kristiansand, Norway is pleased to announce a conference about the possibilities and challenges entailed in the sharing of personal narratives. The main question we want to explore is how museums can contribute to a society where multiple voices are heard, multiple perspectives are revealed and more people are – and feel – included and recognized.


2019-01-14T14:37:25+00:0005. 01. 2018|Aktuelt/forside ENGLISH|

ICOM International Committee for Collecting Annual Conference

ICOM’s International Committee for Collecting’s Annual Conference will take place in Umeå the 5 – 9. of Desember 2017.  The conference theme is “The Guardians of Contemporary Collecting and Collections – working with (contested) collections and narratives.”

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Save The Date: Annual Conference Umea, Sweden

This years Annual Conference will take place in Umeå, Sweden,​ from 5-9 December 2017, in collaboration with Västerbottens museum and ICOM Sweden. Theme will be :The Guardians of Contemporary Collecting and Collections – working with (contested) collections and narratives.

2017-11-01T07:16:07+00:0006. 09. 2017|Aktuelt/forside ENGLISH|

Hudson & Callihan : Do museums need to be more socially engaged?

The question ” Do museums need to be more socially engaged?” has been asked by Alistair Hudson (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), and Elisabeth Callihan (Minneapolis Institute of Art) in this article in Apollo Magasine. Read teh full text here:



Do museums need to be more socially engaged? | Apollo Magazine

Today museums focus as much on learning and public engagement as exhibition making and collecting. To what extent should museums be useful or agents of social change? Alistair Hudson I am grateful to my predecessors for making Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima) what it is: an institute.



2017-09-06T08:59:32+00:0006. 09. 2017|Aktuelt/forside ENGLISH|

Difficult Issues Conference


This ICOM conference will be located in Helsingborg the 21-23. of September. Prepare for the big event by checking out the articles, programme and more published on the conference blog:


Blog Home :: ICOM Conference

Conference Info, presentation of wars, traumatic experiences, science, diversity, methodology, fine art, tradition, critique, vandalism, russian minority, education, community building, legacy, dialogue, engagement, interpretation, de-accessioning, photography, policy, cultural identity, social memory, local museums, everyday culture, collaborative museum, holocaust, mental illness, moral challenges, digital humanities, open data, legislation, dark history, Lapland,

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