Vitry-sur-Seine, France | 9-11 November 2005

The County council of Val-de-Marne (Conseil general du Département) opened its new museum of Modern Art on the 15th of Novmber 2005. It’s the fruit of a public acquisition from the department and its quality brought it the label ‘musée de France’. The museum has a built surface of 13.000 m²; with over 1350 m² for temporary exhibitions and 2600 m² for the display of its permanent collection. These exhibition rooms allow for exchanges of collections and will foster partnership projects among different cultural institutions. This will be the first museum of its kind to open in the suburbs of Paris in dozens of years. On this occasion, the council has engaged a reflection on how a museum can be more than a public institution in the service of society, how such a major public cultural facility can contribute to local and regional development?

In this context INTA, in co-operation with DIRECT94, called for a 3-day International Conference in Vitry-sur-Seine, with the active participation of policymakers, economic and cultural institutions and development agencies with the aim to exchange ideas and experiences on these issues.

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