The Ministry of Culture held a press conference in Taipei on May 15 to outline how museums across Taiwan will engage the public on International Museum Day 2019.
The Ministry said that in the process of promoting dialogue and forging new networks, museums act as a platform of creativity and knowledge to provide the public with a "cultural hub" where people can jointly create, share, and interact, thereby reflecting the spirit of this year's theme, "Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition." Initiated by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), International Museum Day has been celebrated worldwide on May 18 since 1977.
The Ministry has worked hard to promote the creative development of museum culture in recent years. To demonstrate how museums now serve as the cultural hubs of Taiwan, the press conference opened with a performance that featured museum materials and interdisciplinary creativity.
The National Taiwan Museum also debuted 3D holographic imagery of its century-old architecture in a new video production, shedding light on the growing global trend of preserving the history and physical heritage of museums. At the next stage of the 3D project, specimens of Taiwan's extinct Formosan clouded leopard from the museum's collection will be scanned and integrated with virtual reality or animation technology to promote biodiversity.
The National Museum of Natural Science noted that museums have to evolve alongside society, citing how several of its exhibitions were planned accordingly to different audience types and age groups. The National Palace Museum also called attention to the people who work ceaselessly to ensure that museums operate smoothly, adding that its International Museum Day event will spotlight museum volunteers and their interesting stories.
The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts will also roll out a series of activities under the theme "The Future of Tradition: New Roles of a Fine Arts Museum" to highlight its role as a hub while also serving as a museum, a library, and an archive. The future of tradition is also embodied by the museum's utilization of technology to display its exhibitions and create new works derived from its art collection.
Deputy Minister of Culture Hsiao Tsung-huang announced that the Ministry of Culture will hold public forums in northern, central, southern, and eastern Taiwan to discuss the future development of Taiwan's museums through four pivotal topics: "Cultural/Biological Diversity and Sustainable Development," "Public Participation and Contemporary Vision," "Professional Advancement and Applications of Technology," and "Organizational Growth and Legal Frameworks." The feedback will then be applied towards developing a comprehensive national policy for governing Taiwan's museums.
The Deputy Minister also revealed that over 40 research papers from Taiwan will be presented at the 25th ICOM General Conference in Kyoto, Japan this September, which reflect how the professional and academic strengths of Taiwan's museums are being acknowledged on the international stage.
Working with the Ministry of Education, National Palace Museum, and Chinese Association of Museums, the Ministry will coordinate the activities of over 70 museums and local cultural centers to make International Museum Day a truly national event. More than 50 participating venues will offer free access on May 18, and 140-plus events will run through the end of May. Find out more at https://museums.moc.gov.tw/MuseumDay.