The International Panorama Council is the international organization of panorama specialists which is committed to supporting the heritage and conservation of the few existing heritage panoramas dating from the 19th and early 20th century, and the promotion of knowledge and awareness of the panorama phenomenon, including its current relevance and development.
The main goal of the International Panorama Council is to promote professional trusteeship and to stimulate worldwide research and communication on panoramas, both historic and modern. IPC’s interests include the panorama phenomenon in a wider context including nineteenth-century derivatives of the panorama such as the moving panorama and the diorama as well as modern art forms that are closely related to the panorama, such as photography, film and video. IPC is active in the fields of restoration, research, financing, exhibiting and marketing of panoramas.
The International Panorama Council is a non-government and not-for-profit association, subject to Swiss law.
Fascinating visual spectacles
The word 'panorama' is common in modern language. But the term was originally created in 18th century for an extraordinary visual spectacle. A panorama (or a cyclorama as it is called in some parts of the world) includes a huge painting and its foreground, the surrounding building, and its meaning in history and modern society. In its original sense the panorama is a large cylindrical painting together with its 360 degree foreground, surrounding the spectator in virtual continuum. Thus a panorama creates the illusion of standing in the middle of a landscape and scene, while the depicted events were happening. Natural lighting from an invisible source adds to the virtual reality of the experience.