International Committee
for Museums and Collections
of Decorative Arts and Design

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Conference // Lisbon 2020 // CfP deadline postponed

April 27, 2020

Due to the pandemic situation, the ICDAD board decided to postpone the deadline of the annual call for conference papers to June 30, 2020.

As this is a rapidly-evolving situation, it is not possible to provide advice about travel in the near future. Also, we do not know what the financial situation in the museums will be after shorter or longer periods of closedown. For the moment we have decided to go on planning the conference in Lisbon on October 14-16, 2020. Therefore, we encourage you to participate in the round of call for papers and would like to inform you that alternatives are considered currently for the conference timing and format. You will be informed by the end of May about all possible changes in the plans.

Stay safe!

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February 12, 2020

The 2021 Annual Conference and General Assembly of ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Decorative Arts and Design will take place at the National Palace of Ajuda in Lisbon, Portugal (plus two days for the post conference tour to Coimbra and Porto).

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February 12, 2020

Call for Papers:

Reconsidering the Past in Decorative Arts and Design

The 2021 Annual Conference and General Assembly of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Decorative Arts and Design (ICDAD) will take place virtually, from 21 October to 23 October 2021.*

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Revivals are socio-cultural phenomena that have occurred many times over history, seeking to revisit principles and traditions of times gone by. In this conference we approach the idea of revivals through the lens of decorative arts and design.

We welcome presentations on revivals within the decorative and applied arts and design practices throughout centuries and worldwide regions. We also include the retro design and material culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, referring to the resurgence of old yet relatively recent decorative arts and design phenomena.

How is heritage used, valued, and reconsidered, from the perspective of artists, designers, or society? We are interested in the examples, phenomena, and notions that reflect upon the present’s relation to the past, treating it with both unsentimental and sentimental nostalgia, or introducing ways of dealing with the recent past from different periods in history.

How to apply

Papers should be 20 minutes in length and include a visual presentation component (Powerpoint, Google Slides, etc.). Presenters will also have the opportunity to publish their papers in a post-conference publication organized by ICDAD.
Please send an abstract of 250-300 words, including your name, title, institution and ICOM membership number to: icdad.secretariat[at]gmail.com

Deadline for paper proposition: 1 May 2021
Final notification for acceptance: 30 June 2021

Please note: ICDAD welcomes abstracts from museum professionals worldwide, members and non-members. However, all participants must be individual members or representatives of institutional members of ICDAD at the time of the conference.
Please find more information about how to become a member of ICOM and ICDAD here: https://icom.museum/en/get-involved/. If you are already a member of ICOM, please log in to the IRIS memberspace and choose ICDAD as your primary International Committee: https://icom-museum.force.com/login
*This CFP is a reissued version of the 2020 CfP, which had been scheduled for Lisbon, Portugal but was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you submitted a paper for that conference, you should have received an email asking if you would like your proposal to be considered for this conference.

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ICOM Kyoto 2019

June 20, 2019


ICDAD Individual Sessions, 2–3 September, and Joint Sessions with ICFA and GLASS, 4 September 

ICDAD’s 2019 annual meeting was entitled “The Future of Tradition in the Arts, East and West,” focusing on Asian art-related themes. Three days of lively sessions took place to a packed audience. Speakers from 20 countries or territories presented on such topics as cross-cultural influences; Japonisme and Chinoiserie; Asian or Asian-influenced ceramics, lacquers, textiles, and furniture; and the presentation of Asian art in Western museums. A major art world discovery was premiered at ICDAD by Tetsuro Degawa, director of the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka. The Japanese public broadcaster NHK came to ICDAD to film his first ever public presentation of the discovery of a Song-dynasty black glazed teabowl with iridescent markings (yohen tenmoku)—only the fourth of its kind in the world. At the General Assembly, Secretary Maria José Tavares announced the 2020 annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal and upcoming board elections.