Within two decades since the first EMAC, held in the UK (April 1992), much has changed. Because of the crisis, museums are increasingly called on to cultural entrepreneurship and to become more self-reliant. Also the profile of the museum advisor underwent drastic changes in many countries in recent years, broadening to heritage consultant, the shift from official to private consulting agency, even in some countries the evaporation of a function with a long and honorable status. Is the museum advisor nowadays required or obsolete? What are the challenges and strenghts?
Leon Smets, Belgium
Leon Smets (1949) studied Art History at the University of Leuven, Belgium, Theory of restoration and Museology at Florence (It), and Preventive Conservation (Rome, ICCROM). From 1976 to 1997 he was the curator of the museum of religious art of the province of Limburg, at Sint-Truiden (Belgium) and till 1997 the head of the department for the cultural heritage, province of Limburg. In 1997 he started working as a museum advisor care and conservation, at the Ministry of the Flemish Community. Since 2008 he’s a member of staff and advisor care, conservation and collection management at FARO, the Flemish interface for the cultural heritage. Leon was the organizer of the 5th EMAC-conference, in Brussels (2001).