Closing Conference of EU Twinning Project; Support to the Institutional Development of the Georgian National Museum

17 September 2012

On September 17th, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. the Georgian National Museum auditorium will host the closing conference of the EU funded Twinning project "Support to the Institutional Development of the Georgian National Museum".

Twinning is a joint implementation tool of cooperation between public administrations of an EU Member State and a Beneficiary Country. Twinning is used to support the neighbor countries to harmonize their regulations with the EU standards through training, reorganization as well as drafting and applying of laws and regulations.

This program exists over ten years and has been successfully implemented in the East European countries, which became members of EU later. The program appeared to be an effective instrument on the way of integration with EU. Twinning as a basis for more intensive political-cultural relationships and stronger economic integration of the Beneficiary Countries, supports as well stability, democracy and welfare.

The mentioned project with its partners Georgian National Museum and Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz with the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin has been the first Twinning project in the cultural field. Therefore, much attention nationally as well as internationally was laid on the successful implementation of this project, as it could be an indicator for the future direction of the Twinning Strategy. Top German experts working on the development of the Museum Island and the reunification of the collections after the reunion of Germany have been involved in the project, supporting Georgian colleagues with experience-based consulting. Based on the reports in the Georgian and German media about the Twinning project and the achieved results, the mentioned project managed to meet the expectations of the national, as well as international audience.

The main goal of the project was to strengthen the Georgian National Museum as an institution, assist in introduction of the best practices in the museum activities - particularly in the fields of building planning, collection removal, restoration and conservation of objects, museum management and etc. The Oriental Collection removal has been a pilot case within the framework of the project which was implemented in several phases.  At Sh. Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts of the Georgian National Museum, conservation and removal program was prepared for the Oriental collections. This case should serve as a guideline for future collection removal procedures at GNM.  The results will be presented together with masterpieces of the collection at the exhibition "New Life to the Oriental Collection". The exhibition opening will take place on September 17th, at 5:30 p.m. at the Georgian National Museum temporary exhibition hall. 

Address: 1, Purtseladze Street, Auditorium of the Georgian National Museum.