After months of deliberations, and a failed attempt at a more politicized version in 2019, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has finally updated its definition of a museum.
Citing “draconian austerity measures” and the precarious situation of many cultural workers across Mexico, the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art is urging the government to take immediate steps to preserve its museums.
Released jointly, two studies by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) also say that nearly 90% of the world’s 95,000 museums have temporarily closed during the pandemic.
The International Council of Museums will vote on a new definition of museums in September. The proposed change includes language about “social justice, global equality and planetary wellbeing.” Critics say the text is too political for most museums to employ.
At an event last week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) officially released The Emergency Red List of Syrian Cultural Objects at Risk, which outlines the categories of cultural goods most vulnerable to illicit trade during the Syrian war.