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Rzeczy i opowieści. Muzeum Warszawy wobec modelu muzeum narracyjnego
Objects and Stories. Museum of Warsaw and a Narrative Museum Approach

Author(s): Joanna Wawrzyniak, Łukasz Bukowiecki
Subject(s): Museology & Heritage Studies, Higher Education , Present Times (2010 - today)
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: city museum; collection; display; exhibit; exhibition; museum; museum boom; museum holdings; museum narrative; museum object; narrative museum; thing; Warsaw;

Summary/Abstract: Wawrzyniak and Bukowiecki retrace the assumptions behind and the reception of the new core exhibition “Things of Warsaw” at the Museum of Warsaw (opened in 2017/18). Setting up this exhibition was part of a thorough transformation of the institution; it was also an attempt to question the rules guiding the work of contemporary narrative museums. Based on this case study the authors ask in how far the city museum’s new presentation, which drew on the specificity of its own collection and announced a return to materiality, carries the potential to redefine the formula of the historical museum – a formula that, in Poland, has been shaped over the course of the last fifteen years. The conclusions are informed by an analysis of the exhibition, the museum’s own reports and publications as well as interviews conducted in 2018/19 with museum professionals, city tour guides as well as visitors (university students).

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 233-257
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Polish