Culture produces a technical planning document to manage the reopening of museums


The COVID-19 crisis has conditioned this celebration, which comes every year accompanied by special activities and extraordinary openings, together with the European Night of Museums. This year both meetings postpone their face-to-face celebration to three days of autumn, between November 14 and 16, to coincide with November 16, the commemorative day of the 74th anniversary of the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

The Prado Museum will offer an interactive resource on the façade of the Family Plan Museum, with outstanding details that will address the motto of the DIM. The live show at 12 noon. On Instagram, this time, it will give way to different Spanish museums to comment on their collections.

The Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum celebrates International Day with a special online program around the idea of ​​care and its multiple dimensions. It will also offer the free download of the unpublished book by Dani Zelko that includes conversations since his confinement, with the family of Hossein, a neighbor of Lavapiés of Bangladeshi origin who died as a result of COVID-19.

The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum has scheduled an online meeting at 18:00 on the web, with the participation of Evelio Acevedo, managing director, Guillermo Solana, artistic director and Carolina Fábregas, head of the marketing and business development area to answer the question "How can museums ensure the plurality and inclusion of their digital activities, taking advantage of the potential of the network?".

Inclusive activities under the motto "Museums for equality"

The motto of the DIM, «Museums for equality: diversity and inclusion», will focus the activities of the sixteen state museums dependent on the General Directorate of Fine Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Sport. The National Museum of Anthropology will publish videos featuring people with intellectual disabilities, an initiative of Plena Inclusión Madrid in which three other state museums located in the capital participate.

The Altamira Museum will reinforce its activity in networks and will use the Spanish sign language in all its publications. The Cerralbo Museum will take advantage of the DIM to present its first easy-to-read guide in virtual format, which it will share with users for validation prior to its final publication.

The National Museum of Roman Art will post video comments from its cultural volunteers under the title "Open Doors to the Collection." For its part, the National Archaeological Museum will invite you to discover aspects related to diversity in different times and cultures and will test its followers with a virtual trivia. Finally, the Sorolla Museum will launch a video about Joaquín Sorolla's social painting.

Space for debate and reflection

Other museums have opted for initiatives that encourage debate and reflection. The National Museum of Decorative Arts schedules the "Hope and Utopia 2020" webinar for May 21, a reflection on the redesign of the world of tomorrow. The Museum of America will culminate on May 18 a series of reflections to contribute to a more egalitarian society. Under the title "7 capital prejudices against equality", the museum shares its proposals to combat seven fears and seven discriminatory hatreds, showing new possibilities of coexistence within diversity.

Through videos, the National Sculpture Museum will show the reflections of personalities from the field of philosophy, anthropology, music, psychiatry or the arts on the cultural changes that the current crisis will leave. Online meetings will be the main initiative of the Sephardic Museum, with a live talk about the Transit Synagogue.

Virtual visits and activities for families

Virtual visits will also have a prominent role in the DIM. The National Museum of Decorative Arts will share a tour of its temporary exhibition "Group 13. Advertising between art and design" and will offer meetings with designers through its YouTube channel. The Casa de Cervantes Museum and the National Museum of Romanticism will take advantage of the day to offer a virtual tour of their rooms.

The Costume Museum will encourage its fans to solve a game through a 3D visit to the temporary exhibition «Extra, fashion! The birth of the fashion press in Spain ». On his Instagram profile, he will also offer the opportunity to chat with the museum's experts about the subject of this exhibition.

Many activities will target families. The National Museum of Anthropology will encourage its followers to set up a large photo mosaic with their favorite pieces from the museum and will invite them to illustrate children's stories, which will shape a future digital publication. The National Museum of Underwater Archeology of Cartagena will propose an activity for families designed for children between 3 and 6 years old to learn about the curiosities of Roman cuisine.

The National Museum of Ceramics and Sumptuary Arts, following its tradition of celebrating this international day with music, will broadcast a concert by the pianist Rubén Talón on video. Finally, the Museo del Greco will reinforce its presence on social networks.



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