October 19, 2015 - Asia Society Museum - Asia Society Arts & Museum Summit
October 19, 2015

Asia Society Museum

Asia Society Arts & Museum Summit
The Past and Present Preserved: Assuring Our Cultural Legacy in the 21st Century
November 19–20, 2015


Threatened by regional conflicts, natural disasters, and changing populations, the continuity of Asia’s cultural legacy is at risk. In the last decade, Asia has seen dramatic economic and demographic transformation. With more than half of Asia’s population living in urban areas, notions of community are being challenged and reshaped as the next generation moves away from traditional trades. Devastating news of both human-made and natural catastrophes at unprecedented scale reveal to us daily how fragile the arts can be without precautionary measures and response procedures in place. Asia’s rich tangible and intangible heritage, whether ancient or recent, face serious threat.

The 2015 Arts & Museum Summit will approach these challenges and explore our responsibilities as stewards of culture. Through compelling keynotes and in-depth panel discussions, we will probe the key ethical questions facing preservation and explore the technologies, methods, and practices used to keep these traditions intact and relevant into and beyond the 21st century.

Join Arahmaiani (artist), Irina Bokova (UNESCO), Bonnie Burnham (World Monuments Fund), Chang Lin-sheng (Aurora Museum), Chen Kelun (Shanghai Museum), Cosmin Costinas (Para Site), Vishakha N. Desai (Columbia University), Laurent Gaveau (Google Cultural Institute Lab), Sarah Kenderdine (University of New South Wales), Hongnam Kim (National Museums of Korea), Vasif Kortun (SALT), Wai Kit Lee (Western China Cultural Ecology Research Workshop), Sabrina Motley (Smithsonian Folklife Festival), Hammad Nasar (Asia Art Archive), Fairouz Nishanova (Aga Khan Music Initiative), Ong Keng Sen (Singapore International Arts Festival), Helen Philon (Deccan Heritage Foundation), Phloeun Prim (Cambodian Living Arts), Zeyba Rahman (Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts), Ahmad Sarmast (Afghanistan National Institute of Music), Rajeev Sethi (The Asian Heritage Foundation), Suresh Suras Shrestha (Department of Archaeology, Kathmandu), Timothy P. Whalen (The Getty Conservation Institute), Winnie Yeung (Central Police Station Revitalisation Project), and Louis Yu (Performing Arts, West Kowloon Cultural District Authority) for a critical conversation on The Past and Present Preserved: Assuring Our Cultural Legacy in the 21st Century. 

Pre-registration is required and may be completed online here.

The 2015 Arts & Museum Summit is made possible through support from The Getty Foundation. Google is an Official Summit Partner. Additional support has been provided by The Julis-Rabinowitz Family Art Initiative, H2 Foundation for Arts and Education Limited, Hallam Chow, and Fanzhi Foundation for Arts and Education Limited.

About the Arts & Museum Summit
The Arts & Museum Summit brings together museum and arts and cultural leaders from across Asia, the United States, 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 art world luminaries on the most pressing topics in the field of Asian arts and culture.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center
T +852 2103 9511 / F +852 2877 5343 / museumsummit [​at​] asiasociety.org

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