Cartoon museum meeting 2012

the 4th cartoon museum meeting will be held in Kruishoutem – Belgium

The First Cartoon Museum meeting in 2009 was in Eskisehir – Turkye 2012/01/09

Filed under: Cartoon Conference 2009 Eskisehir,Previous meetings — Admin @ 4:13 pm

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),
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.),
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.


Coming together is a beginning … 2011/11/07

From the 2nd till the 4th of September 2011 the 3th Cartoon Museum Directors Meeting took place in Zemun – Serbia. Mr and Mrs. Najhold were the hosts for this important international meeting between cartoon museums, centers and houses.

The theme of the meeting this year was ‘How to improve the collaboration between international cartoon museums?’

First of all the participants wanted to remember Atila Ozer, who took the initiative for the first Cartoon Museum Directors Meeting two years ago. Unfortunately Atila passed away at the beginning of this year. We were all very happy that his wife did come to this year’s meeting. The cartoon heritage of Atila is very important for the international cartoon scene, so all participants did agree to write a letter to the head of Anadolu University of Eskişehir to underline the importance to continue Atila’s work and museum in Eskişehir.

We all agree that contacts between the museums are very important and that initiatives like these international meetings help us to built bridges between the different organizations all over the world. But it isn’t sufficient to see each other once a year, collaboration between museums must be continuously. Exchanging experiences about the development of the museums, knowledge about interesting lectures and jury members, school projects and exhibitions are crucial for all museums. Collaboration on exchanging cartoon exhibitions from one museum to another seems a very important activity in future. As well as stimulating the exchange of cartoon books, study materials and other documentation about cartoons. Promotion of our work is important. First of all cartoon museums, houses and centers should exchange more information about their activities. This information can be distributed to a larger public by publishing it on each other’s websites. The different organizations have to take a more pro-active role in this international promotion. At the beginning of 2012 a ‘Feco News’ special will be released on the different Cartoon Museums. On the other hand museums have to stay close to the cartoonists themselves. They should f.e. take part in discussions on the different cartoonists Facebookgroups and promote their activities on cartoonist sites. The different museums did engage themselves to work on the development of national cartoon history galleries. In that way the international cartoon history will be preserved for next generations. In the future museums should consider new artistic projects and exhibitions in the form of ‘shared events’ (at the same time at different places). Also working together on international fund raising seems an important action point.

The next meeting will be held in the European Cartoon Center of Kruishoutem Belgium in September 2012. All participants expressed the wish that in future more museums would participate, because they are all convinced of the value of this cooperation. And just a final word to say how important it is not only to talk about collaboration, but to really get started, even if we are not sure yet where this collaboration will bring us in the future. Because, as Henry Ford already knew at the beginning of the previous century: ‘Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”


%d bloggers like this: