Archive for the ‘News’ Category

This is a bastard artist

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

An idiot “artist” from Costa Rica, Guillermo Habacuc Vargas, kill a dog leave it without food and water and expose this performance as a live artwork in a gallery , Galeríam Códice.

There is no comment, only the chance to  boicot this idiot, seraching for Vargas Dog you will find many blog with letter to boicot this idiod.

Here some dramatic photos 

Museums Marketing & Communications list

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

There is a lack of a unique thematic mailing list about marketing and communication in and for museums. The list can also operate as a forum between professional involved in mktg, comm and PR.
There is the PRAM list from the PR and Marketing committee of American Association of Museums that is the most active one, but it is not much aware on the European side.

I also think that it will be useful to create a forum/round-table of museums marketing and communication professionals.

There is the chance to create two version of the list, I waiting for opinion and ideas. One open to all people who can have interest in the field and one more professional oriented, open only to professionals with demonstrable references.

To be ready and concrete, I start to create the list

here the address to subscribe:

Many thanks to all for cooperation.


Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

I’m in Vienna to cover ICOM General assembly.

I will write something about the conference later in teh week, meanwhile please watch the official videos from ICOM TV 

Museums iPhone

Friday, July 13th, 2007

Probably all of you is now aware about the new Apple iPhone that will create the revolution on the way to use cell phones.
But the iPhone can find an ideal usage also in museums environment as a video/audio/web guide, all into a unique device connected by Wi-Fi or by Edge protocol.

We start to work in cooperation with Apple to test it as museums visitors tools.

Who will have ideas or comment to share please do it here or write me directly.


Microsoft Surface

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

As Apple user, usually I hate Microsoft, but the new product Microsoft present yesterday appear that will be very useful to use in museum environment.

There is an article presenting it, here and here, but all the web is full with information about Microsoft Surface.

Microsoft Surface is a 30-inch table-like display where to apply surface and gestural 3D interface. It is more difficult to explain in text then you can see in action.

On-line libraries

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

Europeana it is a prototype of on-line library, with more than 12.000 documents. It is the Francaise contribute to the European Digital Library.

The European Library is for searching the content of European national libraries.

The Drawings and Manuscripts of Leonardo

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

The Drawings and Manuscripts of Leonardo are now on-line thanks to Biblioteca Leonardiana and e-Leo Project.

On “Leonardo Digitale” there are the Atlantic Code and the Madrid I and II Codes.

Cultural Content for OLPC initiative

Thursday, January 18th, 2007

NOTE: this is a post that I will publish soon in Museum-L, Africom, AAM-Pram and ICOM List. I ask, please, to every museum related blog publisher to give the maximum echo to this initiative and please feel free to distribuite this text at my name in other list. Many thanks. Mario

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Dear colleagues, probably most of you are aware of the efforts of Prof. Nicholas Negroponte (founder of the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to give a chance to children in low-development countries. The Negroponte ideals are base on bridging the digital divide.

After many years of effort his group has managed to create a Laptop at a cost of under $150, through a non-profit organization called OLPC (One Laptop per Child). More information can be found on The OLPC Laptop is a remarkable device, waterproof, built to last 5 years in difficult conditions, with a WiFi and mesh network connection, and with a manual system for power supply.

One problem of this great project is to use this opportunity to provide useful and inspiring educational content to children in these poorest areas. Content can be available pre-loaded on the laptops when they arrive — and for their school servers, which will have more space and will serve as digital libraries for the schools.

As a professional inside the museum sector, Iam sure that we can cooperate with this relevant project.

Talking with those who care for content within the OLPC project, they asked for museums and associations to sign up to curate 100 core cultural areas and topics, with 100 ideas or works in each of these topics where that group has the most expertise.

It would be useful for organizations to put together focused collections, aimed at children [and with minimal use of language], presenting the cultural heritage of every region of the world. It is also be interesting to know what topics museum curators from different countries think would be most interesting to children.

I told OLPC that I am available to make more colleagues aware about this chance to cooperate, and that my blog (in cooperation with new OLPC blog) can act as a platform to work on this idea.

First of all, we need to better define guideline, for content delivery and fruition, in cooperation with OLPC. My proposal is to create a workgroup with colleagues to better define those guidelines (format, weight in term of memory of contents, copyright management etc).

Next step will be to better understand who can, and want, provide content for OLPC on the basis of these guidelines.Please, if you are interested in participating in this Guidelines Workgroup, contact me on my private email and please contact me also if you can cooperate with specific content.

Many thanks for cooperation and attention

Mario Bucolo

Museumland, 2007 Edition

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Wow, I’m very happy to announce that it is online the 2007 Edition of updated database, new user interface, new graphics. It is in beta version, so probably there are some error. Please post here any critics, ideas, opinion.

BUT…check if your museum is linked in Museumland or use this form to inform us of your museum and PLEASE put a link to in your site, this will help all of us. Thanks.

Campaña Argentina Lucha contra el Tráfico Ilícito de Bienes Culturales

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Presentación Campaña Argentina Lucha contra el Tráfico Ilícito de Bienes Culturales

From our collegue Claudia Cabouli I just receive an important notification for an event will be held in Buenos Aires on Wed 29 November.

Any info on the dedicated web site, click here. 

PS: My personal compliment for the communication images.

$491mln at Christie’s evening sale

Thursday, November 9th, 2006

Christie’s Impressionist & modern art evening sale, nov 8 New York. Realized $491,472,000, setting a new record for any auction.
The attention was attract by Gustav Klimt with the record of $78.5M for the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II.

Buyers in the sale, by lot (not value) were 39.5% American, 42.5% European, 4% Asian, 1.5% Russian, 3% Latin American and 9.5% other.

I was there and was very exiting.

Night At The Museum

Monday, August 21st, 2006

wow…after The Da Vinci Code and the perfect role of The Louvre, an entire movie dedicated to a Museum!

Night at the Museum, by 20th Century Fox, in Theatres December 22nd

Link to the Trailer

Link to the Movie web site

“An action-adventure-comedy that comes to life by night. Good-hearted dreamer Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), despite being perpetually down on his luck, thinks he’s destined for something big. But even he could never have imagined how “big,” when he accepts what appears to be a menial job as a graveyard-shift security guard at a museum of natural history.”

Shawn Levy (dir.)
Ben Stiller
Carla Gugino
Dick Van Dyke
Mickey Rooney
Robin Williams


Monday, July 10th, 2006

Italy wins the World Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Japan’s first robot museum to open in Oct. ‘06

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

From a 2600sq foot former car showroom, the first Japan’s robot museum will open in October. Inside a wide range of models, from toys to industrial robot.

A complete article to this link. 



Monday, May 29th, 2006

Dear friends sorry for this off-topic but after 23 years the soccer team of my city win the access to the major italian soccer championship…SERIE A.

All the city was in the street till early mornig.