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09 Oktober 2009

CARTOON MUSEUM DIRECTORS’ MEETING 2009





FINAL DECLARATION


Anadolu University Research Center for Cartoon Art intended to hold an
international meeting in order to establish interaction and communication
among the directors of cartoon museums in the world. This meeting took place
at Anadolu University Congress Center in Eskisehir on 30 September – 2
October 2009.

The directors who participated in this meeting self-financed their arrival
in Eskisehir. Their accommodation and meal expenses in the city were met by
Anadolu University.

During this meeting;

a) the participants made presentations about their museums,

b) the directors of similar museums met each other and shared their
experiences,

c) the problems of museums were discussed,

d) new suggestions about museums were brought up,

e) the participants visited Anadolu University Cartoon Art Museum and
joined the opening of “Bulgarian Cartoons Exhibition” held by the Museum.

Furthermore, the guests had the opportunity to visit the city of Eskisehir.

Thirty cartoon museums in various countries have been invited to the
meeting, and eleven of them accepted the invitation. Florin BALABAN, the
director of Vianden Cartoon Museum in Luxembourg, did not take part in the
meeting although he had already sent information about his museum.

In the meeting,

EUROPEAN CARTOON CENTER ECC / BELGIUM was represented by Rudy GHEYSENS
(Director) and Paul De RUYCK (Vice Director),

MUSEUM HOUSE OF HUMOUR and SATIRE / BULGARIA by Tatyana TSANKOVA (Director),
Yordanka SHIYAKOVA (Art Expert) and Siyka PENCHEVA (Translator),

MUSEUM KARTUN INDONESIA BALI / INDONESIA by Istio ADI (Director General) and
Amandus ADELIE (Director),

TABRIZ CARTOON MUSEUM / IRAN by Rahim Baggal ASGARI (Director) and Mahdiye
ASGARI (Vice Director),

MUSEUM OF CARTOON ART and CARICATURE in WARSAW / POLAND by Marek W.
CHUMURZYNSKI (Director) and Elzbieta LASKOWSKA (Vice Director) (These
participants had informed that they would not be able to attend the meeting,
and sent a CD about their museum. The participants watched this introductory
film.)

ZEMUN CARTOON MUSEUM / SERBIA by Branko NAJHOLD (Director) and Bojana
IVANOVIC (Vice Director),

ISTANBUL METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY CARTOON AND HUMOUR MUSEUM / TURKEY by
Erdogan BOZOK (Director) and Akdag SAYDUT (Museum representative),

INTERNATIONAL MANGA MUSEUM, Kyoto / JAPAN by Manabu KITAWAKI (Museum
representative),

MUSEUM – APARTMENT OF AZIM AZIMZADE, Baku / AZERBAIJAN by Irade AZIMZADE
(Director) (The director had informed that she would not be able to attend
the meeting. The presentation of the museum was made by Yurdagün GضKER.),

ANADOLU UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF CARTOON ART / TURKEY by Prof. Atila ضZER.

The participants had sent presentation texts and visual documents before the
meeting, and these materials had been published in a proceeding book, which
was distributed to the participants.

The participants of the meeting brought with them books, magazines or albums
they published and exchanged these with each other, which contributed to the
enlargement of the collection of museums.

It was understood that some of the museums function on the basis of
voluntariness and that one of the common problems of museums is financing.
It was suggested to take further steps to solve this problem, to ask for
help from local governments, Ministries of Culture and foundations, and to
submit projects to organizations such as the European Union, UNESCO and
UNICEF.

One of the main emphases of the meeting is that cartoon is an artistic means
of communication. Therefore, it is required to exert efforts to make the
audience see cartoon from this perspective.

It was highlighted that cartoon museums are different from other types of
museums and that their directors and personnel should be experts in both
cartoon art and museology.

The participants mentioned that there are old historical cartoons for
researchers, but that these collections can be boring for ordinary visitors.
It was suggested to hold exhibitions that appeal to the public in addition
to exhibitions of old cartoons, to carry out applied workshops for children,
to invite schools to make visits to museums, and to ensure that teachers
assign homework which requires students to visit museums.

It was also proposed to develop projects to develop “tourism of cartoon” in
the cities where there are cartoon museums. Further efforts should be
exerted to make these museums more known, and CDs of cartoon collections can
be sent to televisions and newspapers.

Further suggestions to promote cartoon museums are as follows:

Museums can work in solidarity, requesting exhibitions from each other.

Museum directors can enhance their collections by sending
letters to cartoon masters and request them to donate some works to the
museum.

Museums that hold competitions should accept only original works
to the competition.

An “Association of Cartoon Museums” can be established. A web
site can be designed, where each museum can upload news about their museum
with a special password.

”The Cartoon Museum Directors’ Meeting” can be held regularly
every year, and hosted by a different museum each year. Rahim Baggal ASGARI,
the director of Tabriz Cartoon Museum, stated that the meeting can be held
in Tabriz in 2010. Branko NAJHOLD suggested that the following one can be
organized in Zemun.