International Panorama Council

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The International Panorama Council (IPC) is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization, subject to Swiss law.[1] It is a global network involving museum directors, managers, artists, restorers and historians who deal with the historical or the contemporary art and media forms of the panorama. The organization comprises members from all over the world who are either representatives of museums and research institutes or private researchers and enthusiasts. The organization was founded in 1992 as the European Panorama Conference in Szeged/Hungary and renamed in 1998 at Altoetting/Germany the International Panorama Conference. Since 2003 the organization is called International Panorama Council. IPC has been a Membership Association since 2010. It is governed by a member-elected Executive Board whose Secretary-General acts as the operational center for the Board’s members.

Main goals[edit]

The purpose of the International Panorama Council is to stimulate worldwide research and communication about existing and future panoramas and cycloramas, advocate for and help preserve the few surviving heritage panoramas, and promote professional affiliation. IPC serves as a bridge connecting the heritage era of the panorama art form to its contemporary and future manifestations, and strives to facilitate the formal international recognition and protection of panoramas by organizations like UNESCO and the Council of Europe. The International Panorama Council actively supports the preservation of historical panoramas and cycloramas. In 2007 and 2008 it started a lobbying campaign to save the endangered panorama painting and building [2] in Innsbruck, Austria. An initiative was taken to support the protection of the endangered Panorama Mesdag.[3][4] A further goal of the IPC is to have the most important historical panoramas from 19c. enrolled as UNESCO World Heritage sites. A first step has been taken in July 2008 when the Waterloo Panorama was added to Belgium's tentative proposal for the UNESCO list.[5] In February 2009 Panorama Mesdag applied for inclusion in the tentative list of the Netherlands.


IPC is active in the fields of restoration, research, financing, exhibiting and marketing of panoramas and related art forms from the heritage era to its contemporary and future manifestations. IPC maintains a database of existing panoramas/cycloramas, Moving panoramas, large-scale dioramas and semi-circle panoramas and many other related art and media forms.[6]

Annual conferences[edit]

Since 1992 the International Panorama Council has held annual conferences throughout the world. The conferences are planned to provide a meaningful, professional exchange of ideas with lunches and dinners included, and a joint post-conference excursion to a panorama related site. Presentations in the conference proceedings range from illustrated essays on topographical mapping to restoration and conservation techniques.

See also[edit]


  • Gabriele Koller (ed.), Die Welt der Panoramen. Zehn Jahre Internationale Panorama Konferenzen / The World of Panoramas. Ten Years of International Panorama Conferences, Amberg 2003
  • Gabriele Koller (ed.), The Panorama in the Old World and the New. Based on the proceedings of the 12th International Panorama Conference, November 2004, Hunter College of the City University of New York, organised by the International Panorama Council and the Art Department of Hunter College of the City University of New York, Amberg 2010 (ISBN 978-3-936721-36-2)
  • Gebhard Streicher (ed.), Panorama: Virtualität und Realitäten. 11. Internationale Panoramakonferenz in Altötting 2003 / Panorama: Virtuality and Realities. 11th International Panorama Conference in Altötting 2003, Altötting 2005
  • Stephan Oettermann, Das Panorama. Die Geschichte eines Massenmediums, Frankfurt am Main 1980
  • Sehsucht. Das Panorama als Massenunterhaltung des 19. Jahrhunderts, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, Basel und Frankfurt am Main 1993
  • Ralph Hyde (ed.), Panoramania! The Art and Entertainment of the “all-embracing” View, Barbican Art Gallery, London 1988
  • Tagungsbericht der Internationalen historisch-kunstwissenschaftlichen Konferenz "Panoramamalerei in der Weltkunstgeschichte" anlässlich des hundertsten Jahrestages des Panoramas "Verteidigung Sevastopols 1854-1855" am 25. Mai 2005, ed. Sevastopoler städtische Staatsadministration, Sevastopoler Stadtrat, Das Museum der heldenhaften Verteidigung und Befreiung Sevastopol, Sevastopol 2007
  • The Panorama Phenomenon. The World round!, The Hague 2006


Most of the information in this article is taken from Gabriele Koller, (ed.), Die Welt der Panoramen. Zehn Jahre Internationale Panorama Konferenzen / The World of Panoramas. Ten Years of International Panorama Conferences, Amberg 2003. The rest of the information is cited from the organization’s webpage and the following sources:

  1. ^ IPC information Brochure
  2. ^ campaign in Innsbruck/Austria: media articles in Kronenzeitung on March 27, 2008, p. 19, weekly magazine Profil on September 8, 2008, p. 117 and Tiroler Tageszeitung, November 12, 2008
  3. ^ campaign to preserve the endangered Panorama Mesdag, call for action by Europa Nostra on the initiative of IPC [1]
  4. ^ Website of Panorama Mesdag with information on the campaign
  5. ^ Belgium's tentative list on website of UNESCO
  6. ^ IPC Database

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