L'herbier des Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques et ses quelque six millions d’échantillons est un des plus importants au monde. Quant au jardin, il abrite de magnifiques collections de plantes vivantes.

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L'herbier des Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques et ses quelque six millions d’échantillons est un des plus importants au monde. Quant au jardin, il abrite de magnifiques collections de plantes vivantes.

Site internet des Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques

Ouverte en 2009, la Médiathèque du FMAC a pour objectif l’encouragement et la diffusion de l’art vidéo à Genève. Elle réunit le Fonds André Iten, l’une des plus riches et importantes collections vidéo de Suisse, ainsi que la collection vidéo du FMAC.

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Avec une collection riche de 25'000 objets illustrant douze siècles de culture céramique, le Musée Ariana compte parmi les grands musées européens spécialisés dans les arts du feu.

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Les Musées d’art et d’histoire forment le plus grand ensemble muséal de Suisse, avec ses cinq musées et leurs 700'000 objets, sa bibliothèque, son laboratoire de recherche et ses ateliers de restauration.

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Haut lieu de la réflexion sur les sociétés humaines, le Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, dont les bâtiments se trouvent au boulevard Carl-Vogt propose au travers de ses expositions une variété de lectures anthropologiques des phénomènes sociaux et culturels qui traversent le monde actuel.

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Le Musée d’histoire naturelle accueille plus de 250'000 visiteurs chaque année à la découverte des millions de spécimens exceptionnels appartenant au patrimoine naturel qu'il conserve. Unique en son genre en Suisse, le Musée d'histoire des sciences - affilié au Muséum - abrite une collection d'instruments scientifiques anciens issus des cabinets des savants genevois du 17e au 19e siècle.

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Accueil Programme

The return of the Taonga.

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll, Julie Adams, Kay Robin and Jody Toroa

In this session, we discuss the connections created through Taonga. In particular, we focus on the return of a group of Taonga from UK museums to an exhibition mounted at the Tairāwhiti Museum, Gisborne, in 2019. We reflect on the profound experiences that occurred as the Taonga arrived back on ancestral lands for the first time in 250 years, and were carried on to the Marae to be unpacked and welcomed by descendants. We will bring the cultural portals that Taonga are to the space time continuum in which they effect the future of Māori. Looking at both the creative responses to the Taonga and the structural changes needed in museums to make their passage to Aotearoa possible, we speak to seeds sown for the future and ask – what will happen 250 years from now? Concepts such as the British Museum’s “Global co-curation” and the Weltmuseum’s “Sharing Collections, without moving them” are considered alongside the vision of those based at Rangiwaho Marae in considering the long journey of connections that brought their Taonga back to Gisborne.

Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll is an artist, professor and historian currently leading an ERC project (2021-2026) on repatriation entitled REPATRIATES: Artistic Research in Museums and Communities in the process of Repatriation from Europe. In 2021 she is the nominee for the Derek Jarman award for video art and holds the Chair of Global Art at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of the books “Art in the Time of Colony” (2014); “The Importance of Being Anachronistic: Contemporary Aboriginal Art and Museum Reparations” (2016), “Bordered Lives: Immigration Detention Archive” (2020); “Mit Fremden Federn: El Penacho und die Frage der Restitution” (2021); “The Contested Crown: Repatriation Politics between Mexico and Europe (2021).

Julie Adams has been a Curator responsible for the Oceania Collections at the British Museum since 2016. Prior to joining the British Museum she worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge and as a Curator at National Museums Scotland in Edinburgh. In recent years, she has worked on collaborative exhibition and research projects with communities in Aotearoa New Zealand, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Rurutu and Kiribati. Her book “Museum, Magic, Memory” (Sidestone Press, 2021), reflects on the challenges and possibilities of undertaking provenance research on colonial-era collections.

Kay Robin, Jody Toroa: “We belong to Ngati Rangiwaho, Ngai Tamanuhiri from the East Coast of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Our intention has been to reconnect present generations to those ancestors who created the Taonga - treasures that for the past 250 years have resided with institutions far far away. We have a responsibility to embrace the art, the knowledge and spiritual essence as we navigate connections that are relevant and respectful for these times. Relationships and partnerships founded in cultural imperatives with purpose… that is to honor our ancestors, reflect and express the chaos in our arts, which begin and end here in our cultural portal Rangiwaho Marae, Tawatapu, Te Tairawhiti, Aotearoa, NZ.”