Cartoon museum meeting 2012

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

Original art or reproductions? 2012/09/18

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During the cartoon museum conference we had some interesting discussions about the question: ‘do museums have to show the original cartoons or can we use prints or even digital images in our cartoon museum?’

Today I read a blog post of Jasper Visser on the Future of Museums’ blog about this theme.

At this moment there is an exhibition about Van Gogh in Amsterdam, where not a single work in the exhibition is a real Van Gogh. Instead the exhibition shows reproductions restored to their original colors and some 3D works inspired by the paintings of Van Gogh.

The exhibition wants to tell a story: the story about Van Gogh’s life by his own words, a story about Van Gogh as an artist and the evolution in his work, a story about the work, materials, etc.

Perhaps reproductions can help us to better understand these stories.

Through 5 questions Jasper reflects on the challenges and opportunities of reproductions in the museum context.

You can read the post here.

Hope it inspires cartoon museums on their reflections about showing original cartoon art or reproductions.

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Connecting through an object 2012/09/06

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At the start of a conference it is always difficult to get contact. So we asked all participants to bring an object that was relevant to them and their museum. In little groups we shared the stories behind the objects.

Galit Gaon of the Israeli Cartoon Museum talked f.e. about the logo of her museum, a clear blue thinking bubble. A symbol for the museum as a place of dialogue. If you are a visitor or a cartoonist, you have to express yourself. If you enter the museum as a visitor you have to start the debate about the cartoon.

Tatyana Tsankova did bring a photo of the Gabrovo staff. Most of them all ready work there for several years and are part of the museum. Even when they are retired they still come to the museum to help in events. They are really committed to the House of Humour.

Vicdan Ozer brought the pipes, tobaccos and lighter from lately deceased Attila Ozer. They are the symbol for Atilla’s life and work which you can see in the Atilla Ozer Cartoon House.

These are just some examples of the great stories that cartoon museum directors and staff members shared with each other. It was a good start for the next days.

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