ICDAD General Assembly on 28 July 2020
July 4, 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, ICDAD’s General Assembly will take place virtually on the Zoom platform.
The ICDAD General Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, 28 July 2020, at 2:00 PM Paris time. It will take place using the Zoom platform and is open to all current ICDAD members in good standing (meaning you paid your 2020 membership fee).
[Registration is closed] When your membership is confirmed, you will receive the meeting link via email. Registration closes on Sunday, 26 July 2020, at 5:00 PM Paris time.
Virtual Conference 2020 // Call for Papers
May 28, 2020
The 2020 Annual Conference and General Assembly of ICOM International Committee for Museums and Collections of Decorative Arts and Design will take place online from October 15 through October 16, organized around the theme of "Hidden Gems."
The previously scheduled conference in Lisbon, organized around the theme of "Revivals," will be postponed until 2021. All original submissions for that conference will be considered again at that time, and a CFP will be reposted at a later date.
Click here for the 2020 CFP: ICDAD CFP Hidden Gems 2020
Image: Storeroom – National Palace of Ajuda, Lisbon
February 12, 2020
ICOM-ICDAD ANNUAL CONFERENCE | LISBON 2023
10-12 OCTOBER 2023
PALÁCIO NACIONAL DA AJUDA, LISBON, PORTUGAL
“Ornament is not only produced by criminals; it itself commits a crime,” So said architect and designer Adolf Loos in his 1910 lecture-turned-essay “Ornament and Crime,” where he described the effort in designing and creating ornaments as superfluous and wasteful and helped to set the stage for the minimalist, stripped-down forms that would shape modern architecture and design for much of the twentieth century. More than fifty years later, postmodern designers rejected the strict functionalism of modern design, with Robert Venturi declaring, “more is more, less is a bore,” and Ettore Sottsass poetically describing decoration as “a state of mind, an unusual perception, a ritual whisper.”
The debate over ornament—what is its purpose, what should it look like, how should it be applied, and is it even necessary at all—chronologically and geographically transcends any of these figures and is in fact as old as the field of decorative arts itself. Skilled craftspeople have been producing ornament-laden decorative arts for more than a millennia. Throughout the world, cultures have developed complex relationships to ornament, making it an ideal topic for ICDAD’s 2023 annual meeting.
This year’s ICDAD conference invites papers that consider the many dimensions of ornament and its multiple roles in decorative arts and design. For instance, what is its role today? How have relationships to decoration evolved over periods of time? What are its social and political functions? Does ornament enhance or obscure meaning and use? How do different cultures address ornament and decoration, and where have they served as a connector between communities? How does decoration function in global art history, and how might the approaches taken by artists and makers in non-western countries illuminate alternative relationships to ornament?
Lisbon is an interesting site for this productive dialogue; a city marked by its centuries-old tradition of decorative tile as well as gilded and polychrome wood carving. Lisbon is also the home of present-day designers rethinking associations to material and aesthetics. The ICDAD meeting in Lisbon will take full advantage of this fertile ground, visiting significant historical sites and museums throughout the city and the surroundings while engaging with contemporary collections and makers.
Please note that there’s a limit of 60 participants. Registration will close when the conference reaches capacity. Register now to secure your spot.
The fee for participating in the conference (10–12 October) is 200 euros. Members who have registered by 20 August, up to the capacity of 60 participants, will receive an invitation to pay by bank transfer. If payment is not completed by the required deadline, the spot will be offered to the next member on the waiting list. You will receive an invoice first and a receipt afterwards. Any banking fees accrued from the transfer are the responsibility of each participant.
The fee for the two day post-conference tour (13–14 October) to Sintra and Coimbra will be 130 euros. Payment for this tour will be arranged in Lisbon, in cash.
Please note that all participants must be individual members or representatives of institutional members of ICDAD at the time of the conference.
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
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- 2023 Lisbon, Portugal
- 2022 Prague, Czech Republic (together with COSTUME and GLASS)
- 2021 Online "Revivals"
- 2020 Online "Hidden Gems"
- 2019 Kyoto, Japan (together with ICFA and GLASS)
- 2018 Baku, Azerbaijan (together with DEMHIST)
- 2017 Miami, USA
- 2016 Milan, Italy
- 2015 Krakow and Warsaw, Poland
- 2014 Graz, Austria and Ljubljana, Slovenia
- 2013 Zurich, Switzerland
- 2011 Istanbul, Turkey
- 2010 Shanghai, China (together with DEMHIST, GLASS and ICFA)
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- 2009 Hannover, Germany
- 2008 Zagreb, Croatia
- 2007 Vienna, Austria
- 2006 Helsinki, Finland, Tallinn, Estland and Riga, Latvia
- 2005 Oslo, Norway
- 2004 Berlin, Germany
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- 2002 Stockholm, Sweden
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- 1999 London, UK
- 1998 Lisbon and Porto, Portugal
- 1997 Prague, Czech Republic
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- 1995 Florence, Italy
- 1994 Vienna, Austria
- 1993 Berlin, Germany
- 1992 Warsaw, Poland