The Museum of Rouen fought to pass legislation in France to pave the way to return a tattooed Maori human head to New Zealand — and won. The resulting relationships led to an exhibit on climate change facilitated by a Maori artist entitled “Bottled Ocean 2115”. In this session, you will hear the story of the museum’s responsible and sustainable philosophy throughout that process, and how working with communities directly enabled it to bring new audiences into the museum. You will also explore why it is important for museums, including small museums like this one with only 12 employees, to question society locally, nationally and internationally as we conduct our work.
- Sebastien Minchin