2020-2021 Richmond (cancelled) / Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond VA

October 5 & 6, 2020 ; postponed then cancelled

Fine Arts without Cultural Boundaries: Research, Display, Perception

Fine Arts are displayed not only in their place of creation, but in museums around the world; visitors see Fine Art from all over the world. This poses challenges for curators and audiences.

How do we present Fine Arts and for whom? Can Fine Arts from different regions create a fruitful dialogue when placed under one roof? What knowledge is necessary or useful and who creates and presents this knowledge? And for whom? Where does the act of research subvert its own cultural origins? What visitors desire which information? How does display affect perceptions of cultures; how does conservation?


2019 Kyoto

(XXVth ICOM General Conference, Kyoto, 2019 September 1-7)

Museums as Cultural Hubs : The Future of Tradition

ICFA individual Sessions, September 2-3 : Western Art in Asian Museums, Asian Art in Western Museums 2019_Kyoto_ICFA_IndividualSessions

ICFA Off-Site Meeting, Osaka, September 5  : Visit to Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts and National Museum of Art 2019_Kyoto_ICFA_OffSiteMeeting

ICDAD, ICFA, GLASS joint session, September 4 2019_Kyoto_ICFA, ICDAD, GLASS 4 September Joint Session


2017 Copenhagen

Changing rooms?! Permanent displays and their storage

Programme, delegates list and Minutes


2016 Bassano del Grappa and Milan

XXIVth General Conference – Joint meeting ICFA/COMCOL

Art collecting and the sense of place: an integral and integrated approach towards arts, other heritages and collecting

Programme and Abstracts



2015 Lausanne

The Museums of Fine Arts in the digital area

Programme, Delegates and  Minutes


2014 Palermo

Old and new outfittings in the Fine Arts Museums


Delegates List



2013 Rio de Janeiro

(XXIIIrd ICOM General Conference)

Places for reflection : Museums as connectors of cultures, times, people and social groups – Conference coorganised by DEMHIST, Glass,  ICDAD and ICFA

Programme, delegate list and minutes


2012 Moscow

Museum Complexes: Principles of functioning, management and development

Programme, Delegates List, Minutes



2011 Malta

The Mediterranean as a Hub for Artistic Ideas


Study Day – Papers


2010 Shanghai

(XXIInd Genéral Conférence of ICOM)

From Silk Road to Containers Ship : Artefacts, Environment and cultural transfert

Conference coorganized by DEMHIST, Glass, ICDAD and ICFA

Programme, Abstracts


2010 Oxford

The New Museum: Buildings and Display Strategies for the Early 21st Century

Programme, Delegate list and minutes


2009 Rome

Rome and the World: The Arts in Rome from 1860 to 1911


Programme, Delegates list, Minutes


2008 Athens

Greece and the World: Artistic Exchange and Influence from 1800 to the Present Day


Study day programme

Study day lectures

Delegates List


2007 Vienna

(XXIst ICOM General Conference)

Fine Art Collections and the Role of the Curator: Historical perspective and curatorial practice

Programme, Minutes


2006 Coburg (with visits to Gotha, Weimar, Altenburg, Dresden)

Fine Art Collections in Their Historical Contexts

Programme, Delegates list, Minutes


2005 Dublin

The Future of Fine Art Museum : Permanent Collections or Temporary Exhibitions

Programme,  Minutes


2004 Ljubljana

Landscape and Identity in ex-Jugoslavia



2004 Seoul

(XXth ICOM General Conference)

Museums and intangible Heritage


2003 Helsinki

Artists’ Colonies and Artists’ Travel

Programme, Minutes


2002 New York

Private Collectors and Donors

Programme, Minutes


2001 Barcelona

(XIXth ICOM General Conference)

Managing change : Museums facing economic and social challenges

Delegate List



2000 St Petersburg

18th-Century Collections

Programme, Minutes


1999 Stockholm

European Sculpture: 16th-20th Centuries



1998 Melbourne

(XVIIIth ICOM General Conference)


1997 Poznan (with visits to Cracow and Warsaw)

The Art Market and Illegal Traffic in East European Countries


Delegates list, Minutes


1996 Amsterdam

Museums in Historical Buildings

Programme, Minutes

1995 Nord-Pas-de-Calais

The Museums in Nord-Pas-de-Calais

Delegates List



1994 Boston

University Museums




1993 Budapest

The Museum in Civil War / The Absolute Masterpiece

Programme, Minutes


1992 Quebec City, September 21-24

(XVIth ICOM General Conference)

Rethinking the “Boundaries”

Programme, Minutes


1992 Berlin, October 15-18

Looking East

Programme, Minutes


1991 Copenhagen

Sponsorship in Museums

Programme, Minutes


1990 Florence

The Movement of Works of Art Within the European Community

Programme, Minutes


1989 The Hague

(Xthe ICOM General Conference)

Picture collection and Display

Programme, Minutes

1988 Munich

The Bavarian National Museum; CIDOC working group “Normes documentaires”

Programme, Minutes


1987 Edinburgh

The Display of Paintings and Sculpture in Fine Art Museums

Programme, Minutes


1986 Buenos Aires

(XIVth ICOM General Conference)

Fine Arts Museums in Argentina

Programme, Minutes


1985 Lisbon

Programme and minutes


1984 Venice

Import and Export Control of the Fine Arts

Programme and minutes


1983 Lille and London

Lille, 3-6  march, Minutes


London, XIIIth ICOM General Conference

Scholarship Within Fine Art Museums and It’s Transmission

London, 24-31 july, Minutes


1982 Stockholm and Amsterdam

The Collecting Activities of Fine Art Museums

Stockholm, 17-21 april, Minutes

Amsterdam,  9-10 september, Minutes


1981 Manchester and Paris

Manchester, Executive Board, 19 may


Paris, 18-19 june

The Collecting Activities of Fine Art Museums


Rules amended


1980 Mexico City

(XIIth ICOM General Conference)
Foundation of ICFA

Founding docs


1979-1980 : From IAEC (International Art Exhibitions Commitee) to  ICFA (International Committee for the Fine Arts (pre c.1900)

Preparatory documents

1979-1980 Prefounding