Between the 1st and the 7th of September 2019, Kyoto (Japan) will host the biggest and most important conference of museums in the world. More than 3.000 museum professionals and experts from all international backgrounds will participate in this triannual event, the 25th General Conference of ICOM. After 24 successful editions, ICOM’s flagship conference has become a worldwide reputed hub for exchange about the topical issues museums tackle today, as well as the most innovative solutions. The theme chosen for the Kyoto 2019 General Conference is “Museums as cultural hubs: The future of tradition”. Aside from the debates, round tables and panels, the Kyoto 2019 General Conference will also host keynote speeches on September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.The International Council of Museums and ICOM Kyoto Organising Committee are delighted to announce the architect Mr. Kengo Kuma as the keynote speaker on September 2nd.
Kengo Kuma was born in Yokohama in 1954 and he completed his master’s degree at the University of Tokyo in 1979. In 1990 he established its own firm Kengo Kuma & Associates, which today designs a wide variety of projects across the world with more than 200 architects based in Tokyo, China and Paris. Kuma taught at Keio University as professor, and in 2009 he was installed as professor at the Graduate School of Architecture of the University of Tokyo.
Kuma was awarded with Architectural Institute of Japan Annual Award in 1997 for the Noh Stage in the Forest and Mainichi Art Award in 2010 for Nezu Museum. Some of his recent works include Suntory Museum of Art, Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center, Nagaoka City Hall Aore, Kabukiza, Besançon Art Center and Cité de la Musique, FRAC Marseille and V&A Dundee. Kengo Kuma & Associates are also working on the New National Stadium Japan along with Taisei Corporation and Azusa Sekkei.
He has also written numerous books and most of the titles have been translated into Chinese and Korean. His major writings, Anti-Object, Natural Architecture, Small Architecture have been published in English from AA Publications, the book department of AA School, UK’s prestigious architecture institution.
*More detailed infromation of the keynote speech will be annouced on ICOM Kyoto 2019 Website soon! Please stay on tune!
ICOM Kyoto 2019
We are thrilled to announce that the early registration for "The 25th ICOM Conference ICOM KYOTO 2019" is now available until the 30th of April! Please register on the ICOM KYOTO 2019 official website, where payments are accepted by credit card and bank transfer. We are looking forward to seeing you in Kyoto!
*Registration for Institutional members will be opening soon. *ICOM KYOTO 2019 Poster.
Title: Light Descends on Kyoto painted by Mr Kinutani Koji.
ICOM Kyoto 2019 General Conference aims to provide a forum, in which we (re)consider the future of museums, while respecting the traditions of the past.
The theme of this year's conference, "Museum as Cultural Hubs" is all about a rich future of museums, while respecting and cherishing traditional culture.
We hope that ICOM Kyoto 2019 will be an opportunity for professionals and enthusiasts from various backgrounds and disciplines across the museum and cultural sector. No matter whether you are a professional or in academia, we are looking forward to your submissions on "Museums as Cultural Hubs".
* Information to be updated * Please note that each committee is solely responsible for the process and selection of proposals for the submissions. Please contact the committee of your interest for more details, or questions.