The largest museological event in the world – the Museum Summit – was opened this morning in Hong Kong by the director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt. In its first post-pandemic edition, held simultaneously with the Art Basel Hong Kong fair, the event was organized by the Ministry of Leisure, Culture and Sports of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China in collaboration with Le Gallerie of the Uffizi. The event is attended by 2,000 museum directors and curators from around the world, plus over 6.3 million additional individuals (mainly from Asian countries) registered online through the Ifeng platform.
Delegations from over 30 countries were present, including Saudi Arabia, Australia, Austria, Brunei, Cambodia, China, South Korea, France, Germany, Japan, England, Italy, Kazakhstan, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, USA, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Vietnam.
The Italian delegation present in Hong Kong, led by the Consul General of the Italian Republic in Hong Kong and Macao Carmela Ficarra, also includes Flaminia Gennari Santori, director of the Barberini and Corsini National Galleries of Ancient Art in Rome, Silvia Barlacchi representing the Department for ‘Educazione delle Gallerie degli Uffizi and Antonio Godoli, curator emeritus of the architectural heritage of the Uffizi and the Vasari Corridor and adviser for the new installations, who are among the 30 lecturers speaking over these two days.