The ico-D Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Design Cities and Design Museums took place on 21 October 2017 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Special Meeting brought together representatives of 15 entities from ten different countries, and was conceived to determine how the international design community can better collaborate to achieve mutual objectives and tackle shared challenges.
This first meeting was organised by ico-D as a pilot project targeting a small cross-section of potential participants to ascertain future potential. ico-D sees collaboration with these entities as an effective avenue for conveying ico-D messaging to new audiences while at the same time providing valuable content to the collaborating institutions.
Ting Xu - Shenzhen UNESCO City of Design
Doreen Toutikian - Beirut Design Week
Min Wang - Beijing Design Week
The Special Meeting was held at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts located in the city’s downtown Golden Square Mile. Founded in 1860 by private art collectors, the museum is the largest in Montreal. Today it holds a collection of over 41,000 pieces - including paintings, sculpture, photographs, decorative arts, craft, and design - exhibited in four pavilions.
Representatives from the following organisations participated in the Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Design Cities and Design Museums:
Design Exchange Museum (Canada)
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Canada)
Bienal de Diseño de Chile (Chile)
Beijing Design Week (China)
INDEX: Design to Improve Life (Denmark)
Beirut Design Week (Lebanon)
MUMEDI Museo Mexicano del Diseño (Mexico)
Porto Design Biennale (Portugal)
DesignPhiladelphia Festival (United States)
Sioux Falls Design Center (United States)
Graz UNESCO City of Design (Austria)
Montreal UNESCO City of Design (Canada)
Puebla UNESCO City of Design (Mexico)
Nagoya UNESCO City of Design (Japan)
Shenzhen UNESCO City of Design (China)
Each participant was asked to share a successful practice, programme, or particular competency of their organisation that would be relevant to the others around the table, and transferable to other contexts. Short discussion periods were held between presentations, giving participants an opportunity to exchange views on their major challenges and how they could most benefit from international collaboration. It was concluded that Design Weeks, Design Cities and Design Museums from all over the world face similar issues despite different political, economic, cultural, and environmental circumstances, and that cooperation with similar organisations worldwide would be beneficial in a variety of ways.
All participants expressed that the diverse presentations and discussion that took place at the Special Meeting were both valuable and thought provoking. Many agreed that the programmes and practices presented were transferable, and left with new ideas to adapt to the framework of their own organisations.
It was also recognised that it would be beneficial to hold a Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Design Cities and Design Museums on a regular basis, and that this could be instrumental in addressing issues faced by Design Weeks, Design Cities and Design Museums worldwide. The next ico-D Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Design Cities and Design Museums will be an expanded version of the meeting held in Montreal, and will take place in Beijing in September 2018.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
For more photos see the news story from Design Montreal about the ico-D Special Meeting: Rencontre spéciale Ico-D // Tournée de Montréal avec AZAMIT
The ico-D Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Design Cities and Design Museums was held at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts located in the city’s downtown Golden Square Mile. Founded in 1860 by private art collectors, the museum accumulated sculptures, paintings, drawings, and prints until 1912 when objects of design, decorative arts, and world cultures were included in the collection. Today, the museum is the largest in Montréal and holds a collection of over 41,000 pieces from a variety of disciplines. Large-scale exhibitions of works outside the museum collection present diverse works, and recent years have featured Dave Cihuly, Jean Paul Gauthier, and Marc Chagall.The Special Meeting was conducted in a private room on the second floor of the main museum building, the Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion. Inaugurated in 1991, the five-storey building was designed by renowned Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. The façade of the original 1905 building was retained, which maintained the structure’s historical properties and integrated the project into the existing neighbourhood architecture. The building is characterised by a modern glass atrium that allows for all levels of the pavilion to be seen from the entryway.Special Meeting participants together toured the museum’s Decorative Arts collection located in the Liliane and David M. Stewart Pavilion—a 1976 extension to the original museum building, designed by architect Fred Lebensold. The majority of works in the Decorative Arts collection were given to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts in 2000 from the Montréal Museum of Decorative Arts that no longer had the space to exhibit the objects. These works are known as the Stewart Collection and include pieces from 1935-2000.
The ico-D Special Meeting of Design Weeks, Biennales, Design Cities and Design Museums was conducted in Montréal, Canada on 21 October 2017. Held at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Special Meeting brought together representatives of 15 organisations from ten different countries, and was conceived to determine how the international design community can better collaborate to achieve mutual goals and tackle shared challenges.