News / Statement by the EMF/EMYA on the invasion of Ukraine /

The European Museum Forum (EMF)/European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) is, as are other cultural organisations across the world, deeply concerned and distressed by the attack of the Russian Federation’s army on civilians and civic institutions in Ukraine.

Since the 1970s the EMF/EMYA has worked to connect cultures and to bridge social and political borders based on the values of citizenship, democracy and human rights. During this time EMYA has welcomed museum candidates and selected prize winners from all areas of Europe.

However, bearing in mind the recent events, it is with much regret that we now see it as necessary to temporarily suspend our, up to now fruitful and constructive, collaboration with Russian museums and museum professionals and their involvement in the awards, until the hostilities waged on Ukraine are deescalated and an acceptable solution negotiated.

EMF/EMYA is also working to find ways to lend positive support to museums and colleagues in Ukraine.