MUSEUMS Ц WHAT IS THEIR MEANING TODAY?

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24.02 - 25.02.2012, 19:00-14:00

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CYCLE OF LECTURES BY ANATOLY GOLUBOVSKY
“MUSEUMS – WHAT IS THEIR MEANING TODAY?”

February-March 2012 г.

Introduction of a museum as an institute dates back to the end of the 18th century, when private collections of those in power became public. A lot has changed since then. From the main keeper of the heritage museum turned into its main interpreter. Moreover, museums significantly expanded boundaries of what was commonly considered to be the heritage. Now they encompass all what constitutes a man’s way of life and his surroundings. Longs since the art ceased to be the main object of museumification. Contemporary art became its highly efficient tool, and sometimes - a subject.

With all the changes, a museum today is a centre of city community, an identity centre of territory’s inhabitants, and the liveliest cultural institution in constant and dynamic development. The cycle of discussions-presentations “Museums – what is their meaning today?” describes successful experiences of museums transformations, as well as lessons which might be drawn from such experiences.

The cycle of lectures relates to museums of 4 types:
Museums of cultural history and folklore (February)
Natural science museums, science and technology museums (March)
Museums dedicated to cultural diversity (April)
Museums of contemporary art (May)

 

PART ONE. MUSEUMS OF CULTURAL HISTORY AND FOLKLORE

24 February 19:00 Norwegian Museum of Cultural History (Norsk Folkemuseum), Oslo.
25 February 12:00
DEPOT Museum of History (Luzern, Switzerland) and Museum of Folklore (Ghent, Belgium).

For the past several years museums portraying lives of ordinary, “small” people became incredibly popular. Not only do they offer an opportunity to immerse oneself in another epoch, but they also make one comprehend why we live today the way we do – where our values, our everyday life, our interests and needs stem from. Experience of three European museums – Museum of Cultural History (Oslo, Norway), DEPOT Museum of History (Luzern, Switzerland) and Museum of Folklore (Ghent, Belgium) – is but a starting point for discussion about museumification of human habitat.

 

Golubovsky Anatoly – art historian, sociologist, journalist, the “Around the World” magazine columnist, author of articles about museums and museum exhibitions.

 

 

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