Advanced

The living museum: theory converted in praxis

Olinsson, Sascha LU (2009) ARKM04 20091
Department of Archaeology and Ancient History
Abstract
A visit to an archaeological museum often has more in common with a visit to an art
collection than with a visit to a learning faculty. The objects on display in the
archaeological museum are chosen for their beauty and the aspects of their time period which they can enlighten are often neglected. Hence many museums present their
material as mere objects of art instead of as time pieces. When the museums do not
interpret their material, the visitor misses out on the opportunity for learning that the museums otherwise represent and a great amount of studies and knowledge goes unused.
The objective of this paper is to show how museums can become teaching faculties
through the set up of temporary exhibitions. Here a deeper visitor... (More)
A visit to an archaeological museum often has more in common with a visit to an art
collection than with a visit to a learning faculty. The objects on display in the
archaeological museum are chosen for their beauty and the aspects of their time period which they can enlighten are often neglected. Hence many museums present their
material as mere objects of art instead of as time pieces. When the museums do not
interpret their material, the visitor misses out on the opportunity for learning that the museums otherwise represent and a great amount of studies and knowledge goes unused.
The objective of this paper is to show how museums can become teaching faculties
through the set up of temporary exhibitions. Here a deeper visitor understanding is
achieved applying academic research, meaning that theories and interpretations of the
museum material should be explained to the visitor. This is done through a case study,using the Ara Pacis museum in Rome. The theory based analysis regards the
propagandistic aspect of Augustean golden age imagery, using the altar of Ara Pacis as the example. A such exhibition is meant to function within the framework of the museum and is meant to be temporary, enabling the museum to lore the visitor back, with yet another temporary exhibition, demonstrating a new aspect. (Less)
Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:
author
Olinsson, Sascha LU
supervisor
organization
course
ARKM04 20091
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
language
English
id
1365492
date added to LUP
2013-01-04 13:57:01
date last changed
2013-01-04 13:57:01
@misc{1365492,
  abstract     = {A visit to an archaeological museum often has more in common with a visit to an art
collection than with a visit to a learning faculty. The objects on display in the
archaeological museum are chosen for their beauty and the aspects of their time period which they can enlighten are often neglected. Hence many museums present their
material as mere objects of art instead of as time pieces. When the museums do not
interpret their material, the visitor misses out on the opportunity for learning that the museums otherwise represent and a great amount of studies and knowledge goes unused.
The objective of this paper is to show how museums can become teaching faculties
through the set up of temporary exhibitions. Here a deeper visitor understanding is
achieved applying academic research, meaning that theories and interpretations of the
museum material should be explained to the visitor. This is done through a case study,using the Ara Pacis museum in Rome. The theory based analysis regards the
propagandistic aspect of Augustean golden age imagery, using the altar of Ara Pacis as the example. A such exhibition is meant to function within the framework of the museum and is meant to be temporary, enabling the museum to lore the visitor back, with yet another temporary exhibition, demonstrating a new aspect.},
  author       = {Olinsson, Sascha},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The living museum: theory converted in praxis},
  year         = {2009},
}