‘War in the Sunshine’ at the Estorick Collection

This Saturday, I took an hour off to go and visit the exhibition “War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-1918” at the Estorick Collection. There were the paintings and drawings by Sydney Carline (1888-1929), who was initially dispatched to the front as a fighter pilot and then became an official artist with the RAF. I loved these paintings, especially since they represented an … Continue reading ‘War in the Sunshine’ at the Estorick Collection

New Publication: ‘Religion in Museums’

This is a short post to announce that Religion in Museums: Today and Tomorrow, edited by G. Buggeln, C. Paine, and S. B. Plate and published by Bloomsbury is now out. I contributed to this book with a chapter, Archaeological displays: Ancient objects, current beliefs, in which I discuss how archaeological displays of religious objects are experienced by museum audiences today. The chapter compares the … Continue reading New Publication: ‘Religion in Museums’

Universal Histories and Universal Museums

I’m happy to announce that we have just launched a website for the Universal Histories and Universal Museums, the project I am now working as postdoctoral researcher. The project is led by Prof Sandra Kemp (V&A), Prof Hervé Inglebert (Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre), and André Delpuech (Musée du Quai Branly) and it is jointly funded by the AHRC and LABEX. We will now be … Continue reading Universal Histories and Universal Museums

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. Continue reading “Museum Week: #inspirationMW”

Museum Week: #souvenirsMW

This week is Museum Week, and today’s theme is museum souvenirs – and, as all my family and friends will tell – this is one of my worse weakness. Let’s just say that when I was around 6-7 years old, there was a regular family trip to a regional tourism fair: while my parents would dream future holidays, I was always scouring the stands for leaflets on local histories … Continue reading Museum Week: #souvenirsMW

New exhibition on the Nike of Samothrace

The restoration of the Winged Victory of Samothrace, began in September 2013, was concluded last summer when the statue was redisplayed on the monumental Daru staircase.

IMG_3553The project (here the details) was in itself very interesting for its successful use of crowdfunding: out of the 4 million Euros needed, 1 million had been donated by individual donors, over a period of three months, through the ad hoc platform Tous mécènes! (which is now still in use for other crowdfunding campaigns by the Louvre).

This week, it has been announced a new fantastic exhibition on this statue, detailing the new data emerged from the project: it will be open until June, and it really looks like a must go! Continue reading “New exhibition on the Nike of Samothrace”

Skiing and Big Data

This year a new free app by Dolomiti Superski allows checking your own performance after a day of skiing and establishing your ‘wellbeing factor’.

Once you have inserted the code on your skipass ticket, the app will show you a short animation with all the lifts you have taken. Briefly, you can reconstruct your skiing day based on when you have checked in at a lift: the only data needed is your skipass number, because the system checks your skipass ID with the data collected at the barriers. Obviously therefore, it won’t tell the exact slopes you’ve done: it is impossible for the system to know whether you were skiing on the right or left of the lift, which slopes in succession have you done (especially given the wide range of possibility offered by all the Dolomiti Superski carousels). Continue reading “Skiing and Big Data”

Scripting the Globe: Exhibition opening

Originally posted on Institute for Cultural Practices:
In December we had the opportunity to co-curate the “Scripting the Globe” exhibition with Dr Francesca Billiani and Dr Mila Milani. Our involvement began when we received an e-mail soliciting Museology-based students to collaborate with the Italian Studies department on this project. Four Masters Art Gallery and Museum Studies students volunteered: Krista Goodfellow, Sonia Llewelyn, Michelle Kenner, and… Continue reading Scripting the Globe: Exhibition opening

Trento Science Museum (MuSe)

I have finally managed to visit the new science museum in Trento, which opened last month, attracting a huge public. Indeed, this was my second time trying to enter: last week I gave up, after seeing the long queue. Today, I was luckier! The previous science museum was still displaying plenty of dioramas with the animals living in the various environment: I remember few *long* afternoon spent wandering … Continue reading Trento Science Museum (MuSe)

“La Magnifica Ossessione” – MART, Rovereto

I finally managed to visit “La Magnifica Ossessione” (“the magnificent obsession”), the exhibition celebrating the first ten years of the MART Museum (Rovereto, Italy). This exhibition should probably be compulsory for museology students: there were just so many ideas and themes discussed. What is then this magnificent obsession? An obsession very appropriate for the celebration of a museum: collecting and exhibiting. It is difficult to sum up all … Continue reading “La Magnifica Ossessione” – MART, Rovereto