ICOM Governance updates

Dear members of COMCOL, to keep you up to date with the current issues within ICOM, we will be sharing summaries of the ongoing discussion as well as relevant documents on this website. Please note that these documents are not intended to be shared on social media platforms, and should be used solely for personal review.

Summary July 29th 2020: Update from COMCOL regarding turbulence in ICOM

Dear colleagues,

As we already shared with you via email and on Facebook, the COMCOL board has been actively taken part in the discussions with the boards of the other committees (national and international) to get clarity on the current situation in the leadership of ICOM.

The turbulence that ICOM currently goes through, after the resignation of Suay Aksoy, as well members of the Executive Board and the MDPP2 Working Group is a big concern to all of us and raises questions of transparency, democratic values and good governance.

COMCOL, as others, is concerned with the common threads that seem to be present in all letters and documents. Mentions of a lack of transparency, undermining work, ignoring processes in place and an unhealthy environment are troubling sounds which call for immediate action.

COMCOL will continue to work closely with the other chairs of the national and international committees to follow and evaluate what happens. We strongly believe in the need to protect transparency and democratic principles for us and for our organization.

You will find the documents below which we will update regularly.

Kindest regards,



List related letters and announcements (updated 29 July 2020):

1.ICOM online farewell note President Suay Aksoy  (21 June 2020)

2. ICOM online message appointment President Alberto Garlandini (21 June 2020)

3. Open Letter COMCOL (23 June 2020)

4. Open letter IC Workinggroup (25 June 2020)

5. Reflections on our resignation from the ICOM-MDPP2

6. Resignation Letter President Suay Aksoy

7. Resignation letter Executive Boardmember Leontine Meijer-van Mensch

8. Open letter 2 IC Workinggroup (22 July 2020)

9. Open letter in response to the Internal Review (23 July 2020)

10.Resignation letter Treasurer Emma Nardi

The resignation letters of  Executive Boardmember Hilda Abreu de Uttermohlen, MDPP2 member Luc Eekhout and Museums and Society coordinator Afsin Altayli as well as other statements and related documents are available in the ICOM memberspace [under Governance and Toolbox for International Committees]. The Internal Review from the EB is also available in the memberspace [under Governance].


In preparations of  the Annual Meeting this week  – 24th  July,  COMCOL co-signed the amendment of ICOM Costa Rica, Chile, Dominican Republic with regards to the Extraordinary General Assembly minutes of 7 September 2019.

1. July 18 2020_ Amendments-ICOM-EGAminutes