"Last year's inaugural GMLC established a significant new venue for deeper dialogue among museum leaders and a growing network of institutions and directors worldwide," said Mr. Campbell. "I am encouraged by the many new collaborations, contacts, and initiatives that have evolved out of the GMLC already. For all of us here at the Met, it is an invaluable opportunity to get to know our international colleagues and benefit from their perspective and expertise."
The 2015 GMLC participants include directors of national, municipal, private, and academic museums. They oversee museums with a total annual attendance of more than five million visitors and collections of nearly six million objects. Several of the participants in this invitational program are directors of the largest or second-largest museums in their respective countries. Some of the institutions are undergoing major renovation and expansion projects or are in the process of rethinking their strategic priorities. With the exception of China, India, and Peru, all of the represented countries are new to the GMLC.
The participants, listed by country, are:
• BENIN, Fondation Zinsou / Musée d'Ouidah, Ouidah - Director Marie-Cecile Zinsou
• CAMEROON, Doual'art, Douala - Director Marilyn Douala Bell
• CHINA, Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology, Xi'an - Director Wang Weilin
• COLOMBIA, Museo del Oro, Bogotá - Director Maria Alicia Uribe Villegas
• EGYPT, Museums of Upper Egypt, Cairo - Director Sanaa Aly
• INDIA, The National Museum, New Delhi - Director Venu Vasudevan
• IRAN, The National Museum of Iran, Tehran - Director General Mahnaz Gorji
• NEW ZEALAND, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland - Director Rhana Devenport
• NIGERIA, The National Commission for Museums and Monuments - Director General Mallam Yusuf Abdallah UsmanPERU, Museo de Arte de Lima (MALI), Lima - Director Natalia Majluf
• PHILIPPINES, The National Museum of the Philippines, Manila - Director Jeremy Barns
• SPAIN, Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona - Director Pepe Serra
• UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, Sharjah Museums Department, Sharjah - Director General Manal Ataya
• UNITED KINGDOM, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford - Director Alexander Sturgis
• VIETNAM, Da Nang Museum of Cham Sculpture, Da Nang - Director Vo Van Thang
"One of the assumptions behind the GMLC is that, despite their varied circumstances, museums share many common challenges," said András Szántó, a museum analyst and writer on arts institutions who oversees the Colloquium and serves as its moderator. "As we add another group of museum leaders from more than a dozen new countries, the global reach and impact of the GMLC network are certain to increase exponentially."
Over the course of 11 days, the GMLC provides a 360-degree view of current museum practices worldwide, placing a strong emphasis on institutional leadership and strategic problem solving. A significant portion of the program is reserved for open dialogue among the invited directors, who present case studies on their institutions and meet in group workshops to address timely issues confronting museums and propose new models for collaboration. The GMLC participants will work with Metropolitan Museum experts across all departments and make group site visits to cultural institutions in New York and Washington, D.C.
The Global Museum Leaders Colloquium is made possible by Gilbert and Ildiko Butler.
Additional support has been provided by Jan and Marica Vilcek. The Colloquium is also made possible in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art and Sotheby's.
Information about the GMLC, including a video and the 2014 annual report, is available on the Metropolitan Museum's GMLC webpage.
The Met Around the World
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest museums, with collections spanning more than 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The Museum's main building, located at the edge of Central Park along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and The Cloisters museum and gardens, its branch museum for medieval art and architecture in northern Manhattan, received 6.2 million visitors last year.
The Museum's far-ranging international activities include loans of individual works of art and exhibitions, which travel to and from institutions around the world. Last year, two exhibitions were sent on loan abroad-Ancient Egyptian Queens and Goddesses: Treasures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (July 19 - September 23, 2014) and Kobe City Museum, Japan (October 13, 2014 - January 12, 2015); and The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925 at The Nanjing Museum, China (September 29, 2014-January 18, 2015). Each year, the Met also takes part in hundreds of international conservation projects, excavations, fellowships, and other exchanges of scholars, researchers, and staff.
Extensive information about the Metropolitan Museum's exhibitions, collections, programs, and other activities is available on its website. Details about the Museum's international activities can be found on the Met Around the World page of the website.
The GMLC program is not open to the public. Press interested in covering a session should contact the Metropolitan Museum's Communications Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-570-3951; access will be limited.
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