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Other research product . 2012

Europa møder Verden - om Nationalmuseets fremstilling af europæisk historie

Wiendel Rasmussen, Andreas; Meyer-Juhlin, Andreas; Ryttergaard, Emil;
Open Access
Published: 01 Jan 2012
Country: Denmark

In this project we have sought to explore how the National Museum's special exhibition Europe meets the World produces and disseminates the history of Europe and how the exhibition contributes to the discussion of a common European identity. As a basis for our theoretical understanding, we have availed ourselves of theories concerning identity and collective memory, narrative, the viewer's relationship to the exhibition and a conceptualization of the museum's presentation forms by virtue of museum theory and practice. We then compare the exhibition's various presentation forms and methods of the exhibition Kulturkontakte - Leben in Europe, which is a permanent exhibition at the Museum Europäischer Culture in Dahlem, Germany. Through these different perspectives about museums produce the form of European history; we can conclude that there exists a weighted relationship between the degree of the museum's narrative-related discourse and the viewer's interpretative framework. Through the National Museum's master narrative-related articulation is the space of negotiation that would have to be established between viewer and display impaired. In connection with the exhibition's contribution to the debate on a common European identity, it can be concluded that the identity is subject to the condition of a common understanding of the museum's historical production, which thus expresses itself in a collective memory. By virtue of the National Museum production, the contribution to the debate based on whether the chosen form rightly includes and relates to people living in modern and contemporary Europe.


National Museum, Museum, Collective, European, History, Identity

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