Author Archives: Stefano

The design knot between Italy and Cambodia

An example of collaboration in the fields of handicraft and design which will be presented at the ASEM Cultural Festival 2021. Martina Cannetta is excited. The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of Cambodia has invited her and her association Il Nodo (“Il Nodo” is Italian for “The Knot”) to hold an exhibition to display […]

Interview with Chhay Visoth, Cambodia

We met Chhay Visoth, Director of Museum Department, Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, Kingdom of Cambodia. Why do Europe-Asia relations matter to you?There has been significant progress in Europe-Asia relations over the centuries. Numerous historical records demonstrate that the two continents began a close relationship in the 16th century, since when they have engaged […]

Interview with Manisha Nene, India

We met Manisha Nene, Director, General Administration and Collection Management, of the CSMVS. Why do Europe-Asia relations matter to you?People often assume that the relationship between Asia and Europe began with Europe’s colonization. However, if we look further back, we understand that it is older and multi-layered. Each continent influences and makes impressions on the […]

Interview with Min Byoungchan, Korea

We met Min Byoungchan, Director of the National Museum of Korea (NMK). Why do Europe-Asia relations matter to you?Despite the distance, Asia and Europe have exchanged influences from long ago. The religions, arts and cultures that run across Asia and Europe form a crucial context for understanding our cultures in a broader and deeper sense. […]

Interview with Sophie Lauwers, Belgium

We met Sophie Lauwers, Director of Exhibitions at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Why do Europe-Asia relations matter to you?The Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR) in Brussels wishes to strengthen its role as a platform for intercultural dialogue, by promoting opportunities for co-creation and co-production in Europe and Asia. It wants to […]

Interview with Ana Maria Theresa Labrador, Philippines

We met Ana Maria Theresa Labrador, Museum Curator at The National Museum of the Philippines. Your museum recently participated in the exhibition A passage to Asia. How important are international exchanges to you?A Passage to Asia is one of the virtual exhibitions we participated in when we were recalibrating our museum programs to fit the […]

What future for Asia-Europe museum cooperation?

A forum on the topic of ‘State of play, perspectives and new forms of cooperation between Asian and European museums’ was held at the ASEM Day Virtual Celebration organised by the European Union. This article written by Ms Preeti Gaonkar, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) presents the key takeaways from this discussion with museum directors and curators. […]