The Gallery of Matica srpska in Novi Sad (Serbia) and The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (Austria) signed the Protocol on Cooperation on Selected Projects in Research, Conservation and Presentation of Museum Collections and Museum Education for the period 2016‒2019 on Wednesday, the 8th of June, 2016 in The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

The Protocol has been signed by the general director of The Kunsthistorisches Museum from Vienna, Sabine Haag, PhD, her deputy Franz Pichorner, PhD and the director of The Gallery of Matica srpska, Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, MA, in the presence of the ambassador of The Republic of Serbia in Austria, Mr. Pero Janković and the second secretary of the Embassy Mr. Bojan Stojanović.

Within the next four years, The Gallery of Matica srpska and The Kunsthistorisches Museum from Vienna are going to cooperate on selected projects in the area of museology, museum education, conservation and presentation of museum collections, in particular on:
- Exchange and communication of experts;
- Realization of study visits in order to exchange know-how and get acquainted with the museum practice in the partner institution;
- Research on links in collections and preparation of exhibitions and the accompanying museum programmes intended for different categories of audience;
- Promotion of common values ​​and broadening of partnership;
- Cooperation on the development of joint projects of European funds in the field of culture.

The cooperation between The Gallery of Matica srpska and The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna supported by the Kulturforum Belgrad, established in 2015, has been successfully continued in 2016 and formalized by signing the Protocol on Cooperation of these two institutions of culture.

In March 2016, experts of The Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Andreas Zimmermann and Barbara Herbst, from the Department of Art Education visited The Gallery of Matica srpska. On that occasion educational programmes and creative workshops for children were introduced to them. They gave their contribution to the improvement of museum practice during their second visit to the Gallery, in May, when they held a seminar called Museum Educators Forum. Best Practice KHM Art Education presenting the work of The Kunsthistorisches Museum and the work of their Department as an example of good practice to colleagues from museums of Belgrade and Novi Sad. The presentation was followed by a very constructive discussion. Welcoming speeches were held by Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, the director of the Gallery, as well as by Jelena Glišić, project manager of the Kulturforum Belgrad and the representative of the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Serbia, Asja Drača Muntean, deputy minister for international cooperation.

During the study visit to The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna in June, 2016 when the Protocol onCooperation was signed, the experts of The Gallery of Matica srpska, Tijana Palkovljević Bugarski, director, Snežana Mišić, programme director and Jelena Ognjanović, museum educator, had appointments with directors of several Departments: Christian Hölzl, director of Exhibitions, Stefan Weppelmann, director of the Picture Gallery, Stefan Zeisler, director of Visual Media and Design, Andreas Zimmermann, director of Art Education and Florian Pollack, director of Marketing and Communication, discussing with them the programmes and projects on which these two institutions could cooperate in future. They also had the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the Department of Art Education, through workshops for elementary and secondary school children. Moreover, they got introduced with the programme Museum for all, as well as with programme for the blind and visually impaired persons. Finnaly, they were introduced the android application guide through the permanent exhibition of The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna (App-KHM Stories), which has been also designed in Serbian.




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