Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti (Author of the Futuris Manifesto)Museums are public dormitories
Georgian National Museum’s MapSIMON JANASHIA MUSEUM OF GEORGIASHALVA AMIRANASwHVILI MUSEUM OF FINE ARTSGIORGI CHITAIA ETHNOGRAPHY MUSEUM (OPEN AIR MUSEUM)IOSEB GRISHASHVILI TBILISI HISTORY MUSEUM (QARVASLA) SVANETI MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ETHNOGRAPHYNATIONAL GALLERY IVANE JAVAKHISHVILI SAMTSKE-JAVAKHETI HISTORY MUSEUMELENE AKHVLEDIANI HOUSE MUSEUM OTAR LORDKIPANIDZE VANI MUSEUM RESERVEMOSE TOIDZE HOUSE MUSEUM DMANISI MUSEUM RESERVEINSTITUTE OF PALEOBIOLOGY SIGNAGI MUSEUMOTAR LORDKIPANIDZE ARCHAEOLOGY RESEARCH CENTER
Building Better Museums Changing an Organization’s DNA11/29/2012 9:39 PM 6
Organizational Life CyclesChildhood – Entrepreneurial; informal; willingness to take risks; experimentation with new ventures; dynamic leadership, often by a single individualAdolescence – Transition to professional management; greater focus on strategy and performance; growth oriented; emphasis on acquisition of resourcesAdulthood – Mature; stable; development of operational systems, processes, procedures and plans; formal; numerous controls; risk averseOld Age – Resistance to change; repetition of behavior; top-down management; complacency; “we know best” attitude; loss of legitimacyDeath – Inability to learn and adapt; isolation; further erosion of leadership; external entropy and ultimately deathNote: Public institutions die. Many which existed in the 1920s and 1930s have disappeared or have lineal descendents that are very different11/29/2012 9:39 PM 7
Traditional Museums vs. Modern, Reinvented Musuems11/29/2012 9:39 PM 8
Governance Traditional Museums Modern Museums Keeper of the Mission Mission driven Elitist Equitable Exclusive Inclusive Reactive Proactive Monocultural Multicultural Internal focus External focus Singular Vision Shared vision Single visionary leadership Shared leadership Top down management Bottom up management Assumed value Earned value Good intentions Public accountability Paternal Mutual respect Managing Governing11/29/2012 9:39 PM 9
Institutional Priorities Traditional Museums Modern Museums Management Leadership Collection driven Education driven Limited representation Broad representation Limited community Expanded community involvement involvement Internally based Community based Visitor friendly Customer service Business as usual Self study and criticism Voice of authority Multiple viewpoints Focused on past Forward looking Retrospective Current11/29/2012 9:39 PM 10
Management Strategies Traditional Museums Modern Museums Internally driven Audience focused Selling Marketing Assumptions of audience Knowledge of audience Insular organization Learning organization Unilateral decision making Shared decision making Individually driven Cooperative / Collaborative Cautious Risk takers Dependent on funds from a Entrepreneurial; numerous single source sources of funds Individual strategies Partnerships Individual work Teamwork Static role Strategic positioning Top down Top down, bottom up and horizontal11/29/2012 9:39 PM 11
Communication Styles Traditional Museums Modern Museums Closed communication Open communication Privileged information Shared information Suppressed differences Welcomed differences Debate Dialogue One-way communication Two-way communication Keeper of knowledge Exchange of knowledge Cautious and protective Welcoming and trusting11/29/2012 9:39 PM 12
Plan of Tbilisi, 1884 Caucasian Museum State Library Female Gymnasium Main Administration Press Building of the Viceroyalty
Dmanisi Paleoanthropology and Archaeology Summer Field School
The preservation of the collection for future generations is the Museum ’ s primary statutory duty. Therefore conservation and scientific research is of critical importance and GNM’s main scientific research goals are to enhance conservation science and technical art history. Facilitate research at the interface of science and art, technology and tradition. Through conservation science, treatment, and preventive conservation, GNM supports preserving heritage collections so they can be accessed by current and future generations.
To advance the philosophy and practiceof conservation, the GNM generates andexplores new ideas, undertakes projectsin research and applications, fosterscontinuous learning internally, shares itsknowledge, and establishes alliances andpartnerships to promote publicawareness and community involvementin safeguarding the cultural heritage.
The Georgian National Museum will hold archeological excavations atFailaka Island, Kuwait for two months, annuallyThe first archaeological mission in Kuwait was held in 2011, with 15Georgian scientists and studentsThe Project is financed by Kuwait