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Експозицията отвъд манекена: силиконови фигури на исторически личности в българските музеи
The Exhibition beyond the Mannequin: Silicone Effigies of Historical Figures in Bulgarian Museums

Author(s): Vera Boneva
Subject(s): Anthropology, Social Sciences, Museology & Heritage Studies, Customs / Folklore, Library and Information Science, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Culture and social structure
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН
Keywords: museum exhibition; museum mannequin; historical personalities

Summary/Abstract: The silicone figures of celebrities are a memorable museum attraction that entered the Bulgarian exhibitions during the last two decades. The article describes several interior renovations – mainly in the memorial museums – which lay in the museum narrative silicone models of popular historical personalities from the Middle Ages and the Revival epoch. The impact of new human figures in recognizable exhibition spaces is interpreted mainly through the popularity of the reproduced historical figures. The creative sides of the mentioned process have been analyzed in the context of substantive and aesthetic approaches towards the contemporary museum exhibition. Possible prospects are outlined in the logic of the new communication strategies of the Bulgarian memorial institutions.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 378-386
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian