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Konsten att objektifiera en civilisation

Lindh, Lisa LU and Mason, Julia LU (2012) ABMM63 20121
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Abstract
We have reacted to the lack of museological studies about exhibitions of the Classical world, especially considering how the relationship between ancient Greek and Roman culture and the traditional Western ‘fine arts’ might have affected curators’ and visitors’ experiences and expectations of them. The aim of this study is therefore to investigate and analyse which values and narratives the producers behind exhibitions of the Classical world have pursued, and which target audience they aim to address. In addition we would like to ascertain if this is in accordance with the experiences, expectations and interpretation of their visitors, and compare this with our own analysis of the exhibitions.
This study consists of a trisected analysis... (More)
We have reacted to the lack of museological studies about exhibitions of the Classical world, especially considering how the relationship between ancient Greek and Roman culture and the traditional Western ‘fine arts’ might have affected curators’ and visitors’ experiences and expectations of them. The aim of this study is therefore to investigate and analyse which values and narratives the producers behind exhibitions of the Classical world have pursued, and which target audience they aim to address. In addition we would like to ascertain if this is in accordance with the experiences, expectations and interpretation of their visitors, and compare this with our own analysis of the exhibitions.
This study consists of a trisected analysis of two exhibitions in different museums, interviews with the exhibition personnel and their visitors. The museums are the National Museum of Denmark, in Copenhagen, and Medelhavsmuseet, in Stockholm.
During the course of our study we discovered that even if the curators had ambitions to pursue the human- and the historical perspectives as their central focus the resulting exhibitions are exceedingly focused on the material aspect of ancient cultures. The result is that the dominant focus on ancient artefacts sometimes risks overshadowing the human perspective, and that the immaterial aspects of the cultures risk being overlooked by the exhibitions and, by extension, visitors. However we also discovered that visitors and curators share a distinct interest in the human aspect and daily life of people in the Classical world. (Less)
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author
Lindh, Lisa LU and Mason, Julia LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
The Art of Objectifying a Civilization
course
ABMM63 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Exhibition, Classical World, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Antiquity, Classical Archaeology, Museology, Exhibition Studies, Cultural History Museum, Pierre Bourdieu, Material Culture, Art History, The Fine Arts, Cultural History, Museum Studies
language
Swedish
id
2629235
date added to LUP
2012-07-05 09:23:53
date last changed
2014-04-11 14:16:22
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  abstract     = {We have reacted to the lack of museological studies about exhibitions of the Classical world, especially considering how the relationship between ancient Greek and Roman culture and the traditional Western ‘fine arts’ might have affected curators’ and visitors’ experiences and expectations of them. The aim of this study is therefore to investigate and analyse which values and narratives the producers behind exhibitions of the Classical world have pursued, and which target audience they aim to address. In addition we would like to ascertain if this is in accordance with the experiences, expectations and interpretation of their visitors, and compare this with our own analysis of the exhibitions. 
This study consists of a trisected analysis of two exhibitions in different museums, interviews with the exhibition personnel and their visitors. The museums are the National Museum of Denmark, in Copenhagen, and Medelhavsmuseet, in Stockholm.
During the course of our study we discovered that even if the curators had ambitions to pursue the human- and the historical perspectives as their central focus the resulting exhibitions are exceedingly focused on the material aspect of ancient cultures. The result is that the dominant focus on ancient artefacts sometimes risks overshadowing the human perspective, and that the immaterial aspects of the cultures risk being overlooked by the exhibitions and, by extension, visitors. However we also discovered that visitors and curators share a distinct interest in the human aspect and daily life of people in the Classical world.},
  author       = {Lindh, Lisa and Mason, Julia},
  keyword      = {Exhibition,Classical World,Ancient Greece,Ancient Rome,Antiquity,Classical Archaeology,Museology,Exhibition Studies,Cultural History Museum,Pierre Bourdieu,Material Culture,Art History,The Fine Arts,Cultural History,Museum Studies},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Konsten att objektifiera en civilisation},
  year         = {2012},
}