Museum Week: #inspirationMW

Continuing this Museum Week blogging (which at least as prompted me to post twice in a week!), today the theme is ‘inspiration’. So, I decided to keep it simple and think about the 5 most inspirational museum experience I’ve had:

1) Crimes de Sang, at the Musèe d’Histoire de la ville de Luxembourg

This is surely the most shocking and challenging exhibition I’ve ever visited, but from a museological perspective it was equally fascinating and interesting for the great use of interactives, multimedia, and participatory practices.

2) Museum of St. Prokulus in Naturno/Naturns (Italy)

This is a very small museum, basically it has only one room, but it gives a complete and engaging overview of the history of the nearby church of St. Prokulus, alternatively dated in the 7th or in the 10th century, a little gem of early medieval paintings. I simply loved how in a simple gallery there was such a good presentation of the history of the area and of the processes of archaeological research.

3) The Iceman Museum, in Bolzano/Bozen (Italy)

This museum, not so far from the previously mentioned St. Prokulus, is surely a constant source of inspiration: every time I go there and find a new exhibition, there’s always something to learn and to appreciate in their approach to interpretation!

And, incidentally, last time I was there I got something like 15 postcards: they had a new series of images that on purpose did not represent the Iceman himself, but instead focused on all the objects around him, while recalling popular culture and internet memes references!

4) The Bayeux Tapestry Museum

I just loved it! The way it uses panels and audio-guides to direct and pace visitors was fantastic, and the diverse type of interpretation offered were also very interesting and never repetitive.

5) Istanbul Archaeological Museum

IMG_6479Simply amazing! Of course, the collections are just wonderful, but, though when I visited it, there were still some area being redeveloped, etc. – I appreciated how it covered a lot of interesting points, from the colours on ancient sarcophags, to the issue of restitution emerging in relation to the Tetrarchs group (hinting how only a foot was there, since the group is now in Venice).


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