The Museum for All People:

Art, Accessibility and Social Inclusion


El museo para todas las personas: arte, accesibilidad e inclusión social

Madrid, April 2-5, 2019

The MUSACCES Consortium (UCM-UNED-AUM) cordially invites you to participate in the International Conference «The Museum for all people: art, accessibility and social inclusion», that will be held on April 2-5, 2019, in the city of Madrid.

The conference aims to provide a forum for exchange and debate among museum managers, professors, researchers, artists, students and cultural practitioners regarding improving access in art museums to all people, regardless of any specific needs they may have.

Participation in the conference will be open to contributions via a Call for papers. Moreover, the conference will have breakup sessions, specific seminars, concurrent activities and will feature internationally renowned speakers.

This International Conference seeks to become a forum for reflection on the conceptual problems in the definition of the museum for all. We are confident that the overlap between intellectual interdisciplinary borders (art history, cultural heritage, museology, art criticism, aesthetics, communication, education, tourism, technology, preservation and restoration, etc.) will allow us to propose strategies for cultural action devised to expand accessibility in the museum to all people.

Fechas clave

february 2019

abstract submission

february 2019

early registration

february 2019

abstracts acceptance notification

april 2019

opening ceremony

Information of the communicants

authors of papers accepted
countries of the world
museums, institutions and associations

Contributions by geographical area

Countries of the authors of the communications

NATIONALS: Spain 63%
INTERNATIONALS: Other countries 37%

Institutions of the authors

Starting ideas to reflect

We are going to take the pictorial and sculptural production out of the museums - cemeteries - and the private hands to make them an element of maximum public service and a collective good, useful for the culture of the great masses of the people.
David Alfaro Siqueiros
Mexican painter and military (1896-1974)
Real museums are places where Time is transformed into Space.
Orhan Pamuk
Turkish writer, Nobel Prize for Literature 2006
The final value of all institutions is their educational influence.
John Dewey
Pedagogue, psychologist and American philosopher (1859-1952)
Of course I believe imaginative architecture can make a difference to people's lives, but I wish it was possible to divert some of the effort we put into ambitious museums and galleries into the basic architectural building blocks of society.
Zaha Hadid
Anglo-Iraqi architect
Museums and art stores are also sources of pleasure and inspiration. Doubtless it will seem strange to many that the hand unaided by sight can feel action, sentiment, beauty in the cold marble; and yet it is true that I derive genuine pleasure from touching great works of art. As my finger tips trace line and curve, they discover the thought and emotion which the artist has portrayed.
Helen Keller
American writer, speaker and political activist deafblind (1880-1968)
When in a museum, walk slowly but keep walking.
Gertrude Stein
American Writer (1876-1946)
The artist creates, the created thing does not belong to him: it becomes the heritage of the one who understands it, and I wish it were all. The artist creates and that is where his responsibility ends, because what is created becomes heritage and, therefore, the responsibility of the people
María Félix
Mexican actress (1914-2002)
The Museum is not meant either for the wanderer to see by accident or for the pilgrim to see with awe. It is meant for the mere slave of a routine of self-education to stuff himself with every sort of incongruous intellectual food in one indigestible meal.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
British writer and journalist (1874-1936)
The current museum, together with its traditional functions of acquiring, protecting, conserving, studying and exhibiting its cultural heritage, has the unavoidable ethical responsibility of making it accessible to all people, whatever their individual condition.
José Mª Salvador González
Scientific Coordinator of MUSACCES Consortium