The European Museum of the Year award ceremony 2015 took place in Glasgow on Saturday, 16 May. At that event the EMYA distinction is conferred each year on a European museum that has been inaugurated, modernised or extended in the previous two years. This year the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum was among the prizewinners.
Chosen from among 42 museums which included, in particular, the MuCEM in Marseille and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum was given the Kenneth Hudson Award, a distinction presented for “the most unusual and daring achievement that challenges common perceptions of the role of museums in society”.
The members of the Jury were particularly impressed by the Museum’s decision to choose three famous designers from different cultural backgrounds to visualise the three major topics in the permanent exhibition. This, they felt, was a bold manifestation of true cultural diversity.
The Museum has thus been acknowledged “for the perfect balance it has found between the sharpness of its message and the multitude of nuanced ways it is expressed, and for the creation of a compelling case from selected personal stories which tell of humanitarian crises but also of hope and perseverance”.
The European Museum of the Year Award was conferred on the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which was completely overhauled in 2013.
“We are delighted and very proud to have been given this award. This distinction conferred on us by a jury of professionals confirms the museum’s popular success. A survey of our visitors shows that 97% of them are happy with what our museum offers. What else can we do but feel pleased,” said Roger Mayou, Director of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum.