From crisis to future. New responsobilities for museums in Ukraine

Under the motto “From Crisis to Future: New Responsibilities for Museums in Ukraine”, the largest meeting of Ukrainian museums since the outbreak of the war will take place in Berlin at the end of May.
Over one hundred institutions from all parts of Ukraine will meet at the James-Simon-Galerie on May 28 and 29 to develop their own proposals for the reconstruction of their country.


May 28-29 2024


Berlin, James-Simon-Gallerie

Registration is closed

About conference

The conference “From Crisis to Future: New Responsibilities for Museums in Ukraine” is organized by the OBMIN Foundation and the Ukrainian Institute in Germany. The conference is an official pre-event of the International Donor Conference (Ukraine Recovery Conference), which will take place in Berlin on June 11 and 12, 2024.

In the run-up to the conference, representatives of Ukrainian museums are already working in weekly online workshops on concrete plans for their involvement in the reconstruction of the country at national and regional level.

The main focus is on how the programs will deal with the experiences, fears and expectations of visitors in the future. The museums not only want to renew themselves structurally, but also confront Ukrainian civil society with new questions. Some museums that have been deliberately destroyed or robbed by Russia will have to reinvent themselves, which is already being prepared today with digital offerings.

Program overview

May 28, 2024, James Simon Gallery:

9:30: Opening with Minister of State Dr. Tobias Lindner (Federal Foreign Office)

10:00: Introduction

11:10: Panel I “The Task of Museums in Municipal and Regional Reconstruction. Museums as objects of infrastructure and urban planning aspects of reconstruction”.

14:00: Panel II “The mission of museums to strengthen (civil) society”.

16:15: Panel III “Ukrainian culture as part of the common European cultural heritage: protection, restoration, mediation”.

May 29, 2024, James Simon Gallery:

9:00: Opening

9:10: Panel IV “Transnational perspectives on heritage and memory in Eastern Europe: The responsibility of museums for narratives in times of war (and how this can strengthen civil society)”

10:30: Signing of the agreement between the German War Graves Commission and the State Archive Service of Ukraine

11:30: Presentation of the study “Beyond Greener Grass: Strategies for the transnational cultural reconstruction of Ukraine”

12:00: Development of proposals by Ukrainian cultural institutions for the reconstruction of Ukraine and their presentation and discussion.

12:45: Closing of the conference.

14:00 – 16:00: Museum visits (3-5 groups, registration during the conference).

Accreditation for Press

Until May 19, 2024, 1 p.m. via mail to [email protected]

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Partners & Sponsors

The meeting is supported by the Ukrainian, Polish and German governments.

In addition to the Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz, the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, the Polish Institute Berlin, the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity and the Federal Institute for Culture and History of Eastern Europe are partners of the conference.