Venezuela and Kenya hold videoconference for museum cooperation

The close link -especially- in the matter of cultural and environmental exchange, served as an incentive for this Monday to carry out a videoconference between authorities of the national museums of the Republic of Kenya and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The meeting served for both authorities to carry out an x-ray of the museums and the collections that they have at the moment. As well as the mutual will of cooperation and exchange in museum areas.

In this sense, Clemente Martínez, president of the National Museums Fundation (FMN) in Venezuela, began his intervention with a brief presentation of the institution and on the importance of cooperation in the areas of conservation and research.

“The foundation has 14 museums [13 of contemporary art and 1 of them dedicated to science] under its administration. The science museum in Venezuela, the oldest one, dates from 1875 and at its current headquarters since 1940, it has more than 7,000 works and 120,000 specimen-pieces, of which 70 come from Africa”, Martinez explained, while expressed the will to work together; “From the FMN we are sure that we will reach many agreements.”

For the African region, Mzalendo Kibunjia, President of the National Museums of Kenya, shared his pleasure and enthusiasm for exhibiting on Kenyan and Venezuelan soil the cultural diversity that characterizes both continents.

“The oldest museum in Kenya is 110 years old, its collection is approximately 10 million pieces in different areas: biodiversity, fossils, archeology, paleontology, and cultural material (…) We are very interested in showing our collection in Venezuela and vice versa” Kibunjia pointed out.

During the meeting, both the Venezuelan Ambassador to Kenya, Jesús Manzanilla, and the Vice-minister of Identity and Cultural Heritage of the People’s Power Ministry for Culture, Alejandro López, agreed on the importance of cultural relations and exchanges with the peoples of the African continent within a vision of strengthening South-South relations.

It should be noted that the virtual meeting, in which the mutual will was expressed in terms of cooperation and exchange, among other points of interest, was attended on behalf of the Venezuelan State by the Ambassador Jesús Manzanilla, the Vice-minister of Identity and Cultural Heritage Alejandro López, and the director of the Vice-ministry for Africa of the People’s Power Ministry for Foreign Relations, Laura Cordones.

While on behalf of the African country, the president of the National Museums of Kenya, Mzalendo Kibunjia, the director of Antiquities, Sciences and Monuments, Purity Kiura, the director of Research, Mary Gikungu, and the technical director Lawrence Monda attended the meeting.

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