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An international symposium held at the National Gallery of Denmark, March 1st 2010

How can we create exhibitions and expose our common cultural heritage in a sustainable way which is also acceptable for future generations? How can museums be run in a more CO2 neutral way while simultaneously guaranteeing an adequate indoor climate? These, and other crucial questions and issues, were discussed and scrutinized during this one day symposium on March 1, 2010.

The symposium offered information and food for thought to stakeholders from ministries of culture, heritage organisations and partners within the European museum organisations, and aimed at informing those who are in the process of creating new museum buildings or rebuilding old ones – how do we accommodate current demands and future expectations in the building process?


CO2 neutral museum

The National Gallery of Denmark will present an inspiring case-history of how regulating their seasonal indoor climate resulted in considerable energy savings as well as minimising their CO2 footprint – with the aim of becoming totally neutral within the near future. On top of this the dangers to art works caused by increasing levels of ozone, nitrogen oxides, and other malign gaseous emissions within the museum climate will be touched upon.

Lending activity and European standards

Another main topic of the symposium was how to make the right decisions about attaining a realistic up-keep and presentation of our cultural heritage without compromising its physical fragility. European standards for museums and transport as well as political desires for a larger international lending activity were also addressed.

New challenges

Unilateral changes that effect institutional requirements for museum climate (RH, temperature and light) may also effect international loan procedures for temporary exhibitions. The symposium was addressing some of the questions which are inherent to these new challenges: Can we gather the museum field nationally and/or internationally around new acceptable climate requirements for exhibition galleries and storage? Can we envision Green Museums as role-models for society? And lastly, how does a global movement such as Cradle-to-Cradle see the function of the museum as keepers of the past and torches for the future?

The symposium took place on Monday March 1, 2010 at the National Gallery of Denmark. Simultaneous with the temporary exhibitions ‘Nature Strikes Back’ and ‘RETHINK’, both offering the public tantalizing food for thought.

The symposium was organised by the National Gallery of Denmark in collaboration with The Association of Danish Museums (ODM) and made possible thanks to support from the Heritage Agency of Denmark (KUAS)