A Firenze, on the days of 28 and 29 September 2018, the international conference will be held "Museology and Values: Human Art and Dignity in the 21st Century", organized byOpera of Santa Maria del Fiore and from Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

The conference, which arises from the recent experience of the recent renovation of the Opera Museum, directed by Timothy Verdon, aims to stimulate a debate on the role of museums in today's global culture, asking if they still educate the sense of dignity of the person . In the way they display and explain the works, do they bridge the gap between past and present? Do they offer alternatives to a rootless contemporaneity? What do they say to young people, to the handicapped, to immigrants wishing to integrate into our societies?

Open to the public free of charge, upon registration on the Museology and Values ​​website (, while the seats are running out, the conference will be broadcast live on the YouTube channel of the Opera di Santa Maria del Flower.

The very high level of participation in the event suggests the relevance of the theme and recognizes the historical role of Florence in the invention of the western model of the museum.

Speakers and participants in the round tables include directors and curators of famous museums, specialized academics and architects active in the sector, including: the directors of the Louvre (Jean-Luc Martinez), the State Hermitage Museum in St. Peterburgs (Mikhail Borisovič Piotrovskij ), the Bode-Museum in Berlin (Julien Chapuis), the Kunsthalle in Mannheim (Ulrike Lorenz), the Gallerie degli Uffizi (Eike Schmidt), the Pinacoteca di Brera (James Bradburne), the Egyptian Museum in Turin (Christian Greco), of the Accademia Gallery of Florence (Cecilie Hollberg), the Gallerie dell'Accademia di Venezia (Paola Marini) and the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo (Timothy Verdon). The curators of the National Gallery in London (Susanna Avery Quash), the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha in Quatar (Mounia Chekhab Abudaya) and the Vatican Museums, Maria Serlupi Crescenzi, as well as the President of the Academy of Arts in Florence Cristina Acidini and the Vice President of International Relations of the Bible Museum in Washington, DC, Allen Quine. Antonio Paolucci, former Minister of Culture of the Italian Republic and former director of the Vatican Museums, will offer a brief reflection on the historical role of Florence in the evolution of the idea of ​​the museum. The institutional greetings will be organized by Sergio Givone, vice president of the Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore and Antonio Lapis, Director General of the MIBAC Museums.

On the second day the round table chaired by Adolfo Natalini includes an intervention by Marco Magni, both authors, together with Piero Guicciardini, of the new Museo dell'Opera del Duomo. And of other architects specialized in museum exhibitions (Rispal, Micka, Canali) and museology teachers (Biscottini and Di Natale).

With the Sponsorships: Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Council of Europe, UNESCO, Tuscany Region, City of Florence, Florence Architects Foundation, ICOM Italy.

Conference locations

Florence Savings Bank Foundation Auditorium

Art and Culture Center of the Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

(cover photo: Claudio Giovannini Sala del Paradiso, Museo dell'Opera del Duomo)