All the Speakers Announced For November's Iconic Houses Symposium

  • The Finnish Institute in London and The Iconic Houses Network are proud to announce the first European Iconic Houses Symposium will be held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London 12 November 2013. The Symposium focuses on the future of architecturally significant 20th century house museums all around the world – and how to communicate their importance to the public.

    The day starts with four cases: Melnikov House, Villa Tugendhat, Schindler House and Fallingwater. The topics explored include, how to build audiences? How to make sure that iconic houses, as an extremely valuable part of our built heritage, will be professionally cared for and passed on intact to future generations?

    The Symposium is supported by Goethe Institut, Skandium, the National Trust's London Project and the V&A Museum.


    10.00-10.30 Registration

    10.30-13.00 MORNING SESSION
    Natascha Drabbe, chair and founder of the Iconic Houses Network, director of the Van Schijndel House, Utrecht:
    Opening words
    Susanna Pettersson, director of the Finnish Institute in London, co-founder of the Iconic Houses Network:
    Modern houses as sites of excitement, joy and fear, introduction to the themes
    Clem Cecil, director of Save Britain’s Heritage, London:
    The Melnikov House: the struggle to save an international icon
    Iveta Černá, director of Villa Tugendhat, Brno:
    Beyond the glass room: re-restoring of Villa Tugendhat in Brno
    Werner Möller, researcher and curator, Bauhaus Dessau:
    Clarity and fuzziness–or the ambiguity of rebuilding the Bauhaus Masters’ House

    13.00-14.00 Lunch

    14.00-17.15 AFTERNOON SESSION
    Lynda Waggoner, director of the Fallingwater, Mill Run:
    God is in the details: managing the museum experience
    Kimberli Meyer, director of the Schindler House, Los Angeles:
    Reconsidering the Schindler House
    • Keynote Speaker: James Putnam, independent curator/writer and research fellow exhibitions, University of the Arts, London:
    Modern house museums as sites of contemporary art interventions
    • Panel, chaired by Kieran Long, senior curator Victoria & Albert Museum.
    Panelists: Tommi Lindh, director Alvar Aalto Foundation/Alvar Aalto Museum, Helsinki and Marga Viza, cultural director at La Pedrera, Barcelona, Catherine Croft, director of the Twentieth Century Society and Owen Hatherley, writer and journalist.
    Natascha Drabbe and Susanna Pettersson:
    Closing words

    Iconic Houses Symposium
    Tuesday 12 November 2013 10.30am-5pm, Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

    A few places still available! For bookings contact Eleanna Breza:

    More information about Iconic Houses here.
    Twitter hashtag #iconichouses

Thursday, 29th August 2013