Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS)
The main goal of the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) to promote collaborations between museums that are focused on Asian collections across Asia and Europe. To this end, the network supports dialogue and exchange opportunities among its members.
In 2012, the membership of ASEMUS grew from 82 to 97 members, adding 15 museums from 11 ASEM countries that were not yet represented in the Network.
ASEF continues to support the ASEMUS network’s visibility through a dedicated website, which is featured as a sub-site of the web portal culture360.org at asemus.culture360.org
The ASEMUS Secretariat is located at the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore. Its current Executive Committee is led by Dr Kim Youngna, ASEMUS Chair and Director General of the National Museum of Korea in Seoul and Ms Fionnuala Crook, ASEMUS Vice-Chair and Director of the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin . ASEF is also an active member of the ASEMUS Executive Committee.
In 2013, ASEF continues to work in consultation with the ASEMUS Secretariat, the ASEMUS Chair and the Vice Chair in order to increase the relevance, impact and visibility of ASEMUS.
- To facilitate the exchange of information between Asian and European museums focused on Asian Collections.
- To promote the exchange of expertise between museum professionals from Asia and Europe.
- To support the development of collaborative projects and, increase cooperation between museums in the two regions.
ASEF supports other key activities of the network including the organisation of the bi-annual ASEMUS General Conferences and the annual Executive Committee Meetings. In 2013, the Executive Committee is hosted by the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin (Ireland).
ASEMUS has so far initiated a series of meetings and workshops to address the different ways in which museums from Asia and Europe can stimulate interest and facilitate the sharing of Asian Collections. Past collaborations by ASEMUS include: the Education Exchange and Outreach Programme, which aims to build capacity of museum professionals through shared experiences, knowledge and skills; and, the Mapping of Asian Collections, which will result in an publicly-accessible online database of Asian Collections in Asia and Europe.
Asian Civilisations Museum (Singapore)
National Museum of Korea (Seoul, Korea)
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