Ｗritten by Yun-Mao Lin, Image credit to NCKU Museum.
The NCKU Museum representatives took the group photo with UMAC president Marta C. Lourenço and Ondřej Dostál, director of International Cooperation of the National Technical Museum before the NCKU pavilion
The triennial conference held by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has always been a significant event in the museum industry. Taking place in Prague from August 20 to August 28, this year’s event featured keynote speeches, forums, expert lectures, and ICOM International Committee meetings. A three-day fair was also held for museum professionals throughout the world to exchange experiences and promote international cooperation.
Chung-Ping Young, NCKU Museum's Chief of Exhibition Division, answered participants' questions
In 2019, NCKU Museum and TAUM (Taiwanese Alliance of University Museums) participated in the ICOM exhibition in Kyoto with the financial support from the Taiwan-SEA Cultural Exchange Programs of the Ministry of Culture for the first time. It was Taiwan's first opportunity to demonstrate the distinctive features and experiences of Taiwan University Museums. This year in Prague, NCKU Museum continued its collaboration with TAUM and attended the ICOM General Conference, where it presented its 15-year achievements and characteristics, the future goals, the motivation for founding TAUM, and the collaboration experience with other museums to represent this year's theme, "The Power of Museums."
Opening day of the ICOM event drew large crowds
In 2015 and 2016, NCKU Museum had partnered with the National Technical Museum in Prague, Prague City Museum, and Masaryk University's Mendel Museum to organize the IC Taiwan Exhibition. Therefore, participating in the ICOM general conference this time felt more like meeting with partners than just being a guest to the staff of NCKU Museum. They also look forward to discuss about future collaborations after pandemic with these valuable Czech partners.
Across the world, archivists, curators, and museum workers met in Prague to exchange ideas
ICOM's conference this year began on August 22 at 9:00 a.m. at the Prague Congress Center. Attracted to the Taiwan Pavilion were museum representatives, researchers, and professionals from around the world, many of whom simply wanted to learn more about Taiwan and the University Museum. Taiwan Pavilion's bright colors and vibrant images were highly appreciated, and the brochures provided by TAUM members were almost run out at the first day of the exhibition.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, the National Palace Museum, and a number of other public and private museums, the Chinese Association of Museums built a Taiwan Pavilion alongside NCKU x TAUM's tent, making Taiwan a distinguished exhibition area.
The Taiwan delegation attended the Prague ICOM event