Anadolu University Research Center for Cartoon Art intended to hold an international meeting in order to establish interaction and communication among the directors of cartoon museums in the world. This meeting took place at Anadolu University Congress Center in Eskisehir on 30 September – 2 October 2009.
The directors who participated in this meeting self-financed their arrival in Eskisehir. Their accommodation and meal expenses in the city were met by Anadolu University.
During this meeting;
a) the participants made presentations about their museums,
b) the directors of similar museums met each other and shared their experiences,
c) the problems of museums were discussed,
d) new suggestions about museums were brought up,
e) the participants visited Anadolu University Cartoon Art Museum and joined the opening of “Bulgarian Cartoons Exhibition” held by the Museum.
Furthermore, the guests had the opportunity to visit the city of Eskisehir.
Thirty cartoon museums in various countries have been invited to the meeting, and eleven of them accepted the invitation. Florin BALABAN, the director of Vianden Cartoon Museum in Luxembourg, did not take part in the meeting although he had already sent information about his museum.
In the meeting,
EUROPEAN CARTOON CENTER ECC / BELGIUM was represented by Rudy GHEYSENS (Director) and Paul De RUYCK (Vice Director),
MUSEUM HOUSE OF HUMOUR and SATIRE / BULGARIA by Tatyana TSANKOVA (Director), Yordanka SHIYAKOVA (Art Expert) and Siyka PENCHEVA (Translator),
MUSEUM KARTUN INDONESIA BALI / INDONESIA by Istio ADI (Director General) and Amandus ADELIE (Director),
TABRIZ CARTOON MUSEUM / IRAN by Rahim Baggal ASGARI (Director) and Mahdiye ASGARI (Vice Director),
MUSEUM OF CARTOON ART and CARICATURE in WARSAW / POLAND by Marek W. CHUMURZYNSKI (Director) and Elzbieta LASKOWSKA (Vice Director) (These participants had informed that they would not be able to attend the meeting, and sent a CD about their museum. The participants watched this introductory film.)
ZEMUN CARTOON MUSEUM / SERBIA by Branko NAJHOLD (Director) and Bojana IVANOVIC (Vice Director),
ISTANBUL METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY CARTOON AND HUMOUR MUSEUM / TURKEY by Erdogan BOZOK (Director) and Akdag SAYDUT (Museum representative),
INTERNATIONAL MANGA MUSEUM, Kyoto / JAPAN by Manabu KITAWAKI (Museum representative),
MUSEUM – APARTMENT OF AZIM AZIMZADE, Baku / AZERBAIJAN by Irade AZIMZADE (Director) (The director had informed that she would not be able to attend the meeting. The presentation of the museum was made by Yurdagün GضKER.),
ANADOLU UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF CARTOON ART / TURKEY by Prof. Atila ضZER.
The participants had sent presentation texts and visual documents before the meeting, and these materials had been published in a proceeding book, which was distributed to the participants.
The participants of the meeting brought with them books, magazines or albums they published and exchanged these with each other, which contributed to the enlargement of the collection of museums.
It was understood that some of the museums function on the basis of voluntariness and that one of the common problems of museums is financing. It was suggested to take further steps to solve this problem, to ask for help from local governments, Ministries of Culture and foundations, and to submit projects to organizations such as the European Union, UNESCO and UNICEF.
One of the main emphases of the meeting is that cartoon is an artistic means of communication. Therefore, it is required to exert efforts to make the audience see cartoon from this perspective.
It was highlighted that cartoon museums are different from other types of museums and that their directors and personnel should be experts in both cartoon art and museology.
The participants mentioned that there are old historical cartoons for researchers, but that these collections can be boring for ordinary visitors. It was suggested to hold exhibitions that appeal to the public in addition to exhibitions of old cartoons, to carry out applied workshops for children, to invite schools to make visits to museums, and to ensure that teachers assign homework which requires students to visit museums.
It was also proposed to develop projects to develop “tourism of cartoon” in the cities where there are cartoon museums. Further efforts should be exerted to make these museums more known, and CDs of cartoon collections can be sent to televisions and newspapers.
Further suggestions to promote cartoon museums are as follows:
Museums can work in solidarity, requesting exhibitions from each other.
Museum directors can enhance their collections by sending letters to cartoon masters and request them to donate some works to the museum.
Museums that hold competitions should accept only original works to the competition.
An “Association of Cartoon Museums” can be established. A web site can be designed, where each museum can upload news about their museum with a special password.
”The Cartoon Museum Directors’ Meeting” can be held regularly every year, and hosted by a different museum each year. Rahim Baggal ASGARI, the director of Tabriz Cartoon Museum, stated that the meeting can be held in Tabriz in 2010. Branko NAJHOLD suggested that the following one can be organized in Zemun.