|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||L-ART/04|
During this course, you will find the answers to these questions:
The course aims to provide information on the museum concept, the museum's role in contemporary society and the practices associated to it, including curating, preservation, public programming, and education.
In this course we will explore some of the key fundamentals concerning museums and galleries. Beginning with an examination of various definitions of ‘the museum’, as well as the changes in these conceptions and perceptions over time, this course will discuss the role and involvement of key international museology institutions before focusing on the question of what and - crucially - who museums are for.
We will also consider some conservation aspects in terms of the materials, their characteristics and matters of preservation in the museum environment; we will focus on how museums both shape and are shaped by the diverse communities, and the wider social and cultural landscapes within which they are situated.
This course will explore and assess how wider agendas, policy and current museology have impacted and continue to impact on these institutions. Key themes relating to the analysis of the museum’s place in society - investigated by looking at museums’ history, and at changing ideas about them as sites of knowledge and education - lie at the heart of this course. The debate animating the contemporary museum discourse and practice (with reference to decolonising practice, museum ethics and the postdigital museum) will be addressed.
The student will be able to:
Students are advised to attend at least two thirds of the classes.
B1 level in English, with adequate skills in listening comprehension.
Fourty hours divided into twenty classes (two hours each), face-to-face classes, PowerPoint presentations; field activities (visits to palaces, museums etc.).
In the first part of the course (Raffaella Bruzzone) seminars might be organized, where small groups of students will have to discuss and lead a debate on one of the readings from the bibliography. At the end of the first part of the course a practical workshop is scheduled, where students will have to produce something (a text, a leaflet etc) on a specific theme discussed during the module.
The second part of the module (Eliana Carrara) will be devoted to a focus on Genoese Museums (State Museums, City Museums, Private Museums): from local history and tradition on the display of painting collections and interiors to modern museology with a specific interest in the work of Franco Albini (1905-1977). Case studies on Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Rosso with guided tours of each museum. Students will have access to the collections, museums' departments for conservation and restoration, deposits; will learn how museums organize exhibitions, educational programs, communication, administration, restoration and maintenance; will talk to museum staff on topics such as museum organization, administration, accessibility security and safety, education and conservation.
Introduction to the history and the key elements of museums.
Programme for students attending classes (at least two third of lectures):
Programme for students unable to attend classes:
The above-listed recommended bibliography is valid for all exams; further reading options might be suggested by the lecturers (as alternatives to the papers mentioned here) during classes.
Office hours: By appointment (please write an email to the teacher: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Office hours: The office hours during the courses, starting from 20 September 2022, will be held on Tuesday and on Thursday, from h. 16.00 to h. 17.00. In any case, students are invited to contact the teacher at the institutional address (email@example.com) to announce their presence or to agree on other times, in order to avoid misunderstandings. Finally, a special Teams channel has been set up (code: dp79jfm) for those who cannot / want to go to the office for the reception, always after having contacted the teacher by email.
RAFFAELLA BRUZZONE (President)
ELIANA CARRARA (President Substitute)
Thursday 16th February 2023
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
Oral exam on the recommended bibliography, the teaching material, notes taken by students (for students who attended classes).
Oral exam to assess learning of general concepts and specific contents tied to the themes of choice analysed by the candidate, as well as the candidate’s acquisition of methodological tools necessary for the understanding of museological issues.