What is ASEMUS?

ASEMUS is a voluntary network of museums. The cooperation is based on the idea that the sharing of museum collections can help museums improve their capacity to become relevant arenas for the mutual understanding of the peoples of Asia and Europe.

Who can become a member?

Every museum from an ASEM-member country and that has collections that form part of the cultural heritage of Asia and Europe. Membership in ASEMUS is institutional and the participating museums must acknowledge and respect the ICOM code of ethics.

What is ASEM?

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) was officially established in 1996 at the first summit in Bangkok. It is an inter-regional forum that aims to deepen the relations between Asia and Europe at all levels. The process is enhanced by the biannual meetings of the heads of state (held alternately in Europe and Asia), and political, economic, and cultural meetings and events at various levels.

ASEM now brings together 46 member states (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam) plus the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat. www.aseminfoboard.org.

How does my museum become a member?

In the section “Join Us”  under ”Become a Member” you will find an application form. Just answer the questions and post the signed copy or you can scan the signed copy and email the application to the ASEMUS Secretariat.

Any costs involved?

ASEMUS has no membership fee.

How are ASEMUS activities supported by ASEF?

Since its formation, ASEMUS has received strong financial and moral support from the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

ASEF continually encourages networking opportunities among ASEMUS members on the occasion of the ASEMUS General Conferences and the Executive Commitee Meetings. Towards that end, ASEF also provides mobility funds for museum members of specific countries.

Furthermore, ASEF contributes financially to the ASEMUS Secretariat and to the ASEMUS website, in addition to hosting the website on its portal culture360.org.

Over the years, ASEF has supported three main ASEMUS projects:
1) Museum Education, Outreach and Public Programme;
2) The Virtual Collection of Masterpieces and
3) The travelling exhibition started with the ”Self and Other : Potraits from Asia and Europe (2008-2009)” in Japan.

In 2010, ASEF sponsored the exhibition ”A Passage to Asia: 25 centuries of exchange between Asia and Europe” held at BOZAR, the Center of Fine Arts, in Brussels, held in conjunction with the ASEM Summit.

Presently, ASEF is supporting the development of ASEMUS’ Mapping Project (Mapping of Asian collections, Mapping of Asia-Europe Museum Engagements and Initiatives, and Mapping of Institutions and Professionals) launched at the ASEMUS General Conference in Paris in 2010.

How can ASEMUS support ASEMUS Members?

ASEMUS supports members by:

  • Connecting members thus enabling the sharing of information and collections.
  • Members can participate in various ASEMUS projects
  • Initiate an ASEMUS project
  • Membership gives exposure to your museum
  • As a member, you receive regular email newsletters with updates on the latest news, events and projects

How can ASEMUS members support the network’s activities?

  • Members can participate in the variousASEMUS projects or initiate a new ASEMUS project.
  • To keep the network informed of the latest news, provide information on the activities of your museum to the Secretariat.
  • Join the Virtual Collections of Masterpieces
  • Link the ASEMUS website in Member Museum’s webpages.
  • Members can speak up on the value of ASEMUS and of museums in general.

When was ASEMUS formed?

The ASEMUS network was formed in 2000 at a conference at Foresta in Stockholm, Sweden. The conference titled  Reforming Museums for the 21st Century was initiated by the Swedish National Museums of World Culture.

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