In the year in which we celebrate the role of museums as spaces for equality, inclusion and diversity, these institutions have been faced with a situation that transcends all challenges experienced so far.
The COVID-19 pandemic has meant closing museum doors and reinventing our relationship with the public and our communities, opening an important space for reflection on the position of museums in today’s world and on their capacity to respond to moments like the one we are experiencing.
In this sense, and promoting a message of hope and optimism, the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum marks International Museum Day with an online programme that celebrates a plurality of voices, diversity and our capacity to continue striving together. On 18 May we will also mark the reopening of the Gulbenkian Museum, with free entry throughout the day.
The Gulbenkian Museum has created a varied programme that will give voice to many of the museum's professionals who work directly with the collections, as well as to guests and artists, who will share their perspectives and reflections with us.
We believe that museums have a mission to seek out innovative ways to address contemporary social issues and conflicts, positioning themselves as places of transformation and debate, visibility and empowerment. Museums also have the power to establish dialogue between cultures, to build bridges and fight for a sustainable future. This year we have responded to a period of uncertainty and confinement by seeking new spaces for gathering and sharing.
We continue moving forward together!
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