Objects and Images of Music in Public and Private Art Museums

ICTM Study Group on Iconography of the Performing Arts & Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music (CESEM)/ NOVA University in Lisbon

Symposium Lisbon – Alpiarça (Portugal), October 7-9 2021


The conference organizers can now confirm that the Symposium Lisbon-Alpiarça will be a mixed online–in-person event, as planned. We now encourage you to make your final choice concerning your presence in Lisbon with confidence in the future and in the advantages of live professional interaction.

Art museums can be either private or public. A private museum is often the personal art collection of an individual who determines how the collection is exhibited and how the museum is run. Privately owned museums are on the rise and they are dramatically changing the cultural landscape. Previously inaccessible works will be made available to the public. In the absence of adequate state funding for the arts, the generosity of individuals can fill a significant gap in the cultural life of a country. In the case of the arts, collectors’ personal tastes are increasingly influencing the kind of art that is commissioned, exhibited and ultimately written into history. Free from the demands of representing a wider community, private collectors are able to pursue, and exhibit works that reflect their own interests. A public museum must follow legal and ethical standards, plus it must adhere to its mission statement. Many public museums are members of professional museum organizations and must follow their standards, too. One thing that history has shown us is that the art world benefits from a diverse range of voices and perspectives. Models of public-private partnership that foster knowledge-sharing are emerging, enabling new and established museums to learn from each other and from the past. We now need to ask how music fits the taste of public and private collections? What art objects related to music exist in public and private museums around the world? How are these objects studied and cataloged? How are they organized in terms of public exhibition? At the very least, art audiences need to be aware of shifts in the direction of collective music heritage. It is only by enhancing exchange between artists, institutions and their publics that we have a chance to secure a dynamic art “ecosystem” for the 21st century and beyond.

2020 was the Beethoven year. Beethoven’s 250th birthday will be again celebrated in 2021. This Symposium joins the celebrations and pays homage to this composer by organising a session on Beethoven’s themes.

Curator for Beethoven’s session: Benedetta SAGLIETTI

Papers are invited concerning the place of music in the following events:

  • Music iconography (painting, ceramics, sculpture, tapestry, poster, drawing, engraving, photography, tiles, digital media, etc.) as object of collection.
  • Musical instruments in public and private collections
  • Sound sources/Sound archives
  • Images of music in advertising of art exhibitions (posters, videos, TV commercials, etc.)
  • Objects and music images in private collection
  • Objects and music images in large public collections
  • Orientalism and music in art collections.
  • Global East Asian Music in art collections
  • Music and Museology.
  • Curatorship of art exhibitions with music: past, present and perspectives of innovation in the future (round table)
  • Beethoven (iconography, organology, museology, Beethoven’s 250th Birthday, and other free papers)
  • Free themes in the area of ​​Musical Iconography

2nd Call for papers – The call for papers will start in the morning of March 18, 2021 and will end on April 18, 2021. The Program Committee will send the notifications of acceptance until the end of April 2021. The Symposium will start on the 7th October 2021 and will end on the 9th by the evening.

Submission Guidelines – Possible formats of presentation include

  • papers of 20 minutes (and 10 minutes of discussion)
  • posters
  • short 10-minute presentations

SYMPOSIUM Language – English

All proposals should be sent to the e-mail ictmsymposiumportugal@gmail.com until April 18, 2021 and should include:

  • title
  • indication of format
  • proposer’s name(s) and affiliation(s) (if any)
  • contact email
  • AV requirements
  • a short bio (or bios) of the participants (max. 15 lines)
  • abstract

PRESENTATION MODALITIES: Mixed in-person and on-line presentations

Joint organization with: Casa dos Patudos Museum of Alpiarça | Câmara Municipal de Alpiarça, Portugal. Casa dos Patudos is a house-museum located in Alpiarça, in the district of Santarém, Portugal. It was inaugurated as a museum on May 15, 1960. The house was built between 1905 and 1909, and the author of the project was the architect Raul Lino, commissioned by José Relvas (1858-1929). Being a prominent figure, Relvas was Minister of Finance in the Provisional Government of the Portuguese Republic between 1910 and 1911, was ambassador of Portugal in Madrid and stood out as Head of Government (1919). In this house we can find in loco his private collection, now exhibited as a public museum: works of architecture, painting, tiles, porcelain, furniture, textiles, by Portuguese and foreign authors from Spain, France, Italy, England, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, India, Persia, China and Japan. The wide chronological range extends from the late Middle Ages to the early 20th century, offering visitors a unique experience

Program committee

  • Zdravko BLAŽEKOVIC, City University of New York, The Graduate Center
  • Cristina SANTARELLI, Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte, Turin
  • Luzia Aurora ROCHA, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Luísa CYMBRON , Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Antonio BALDASSARRE, Hochschule Luzern: Musik
  • Cristina BORDAS IBAÑEZ, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

Organizing Committee: Luís Correia de Sousa (coord.), Nuno Prates, Maria Fernandes, Rui Araújo, Beatriz Carvalho, Edward d’Abreu, Luísa Gomes, Cláudia Sousa, Luzia Rocha, Rui Magno Pinto, Catarina Braga, Beatriz Silva

MANAGEMENT TEAM: Vera Inácio, Cristiana Vicente



Copyright: Luzia Aurora Rocha, CESEM/NOVA FCSH.

Symposium Logo by: Alexandre Sebastião, Câmara Municipal de Alpiarça, Portugal