International Panorama Council

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The International Panorama Council [1] 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. A non-governmental organization, it comprises about 250 members from all over the world who are either representatives of museums and research institutes or private researchers and enthusiasts. The organisation 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 organisation is called International Panorama Council.

Main goals[edit]

The main goals of IPC are to ensure the conservation of surviving historical panoramas and cycloramas, to extend and to distribute the knowledge of the panorama phenomenon and to develop new initiatives for the panorama in a contemporary context. 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. The IPC is also currently campaigning to protect the endangered Panorama Mesdag.[3][4] A further goal of the IPC is to have the most important historical panoramas listed 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.

Annual conferences[edit]

Since its foundation in 1992 annual conferences have been held worldwide.

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 following sources:

  1. ^ Fact sheet International Panorama Council
  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

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