Exhibiting the 20th century. Examples, comparisons, suggestions


18th and 19th of June 2019


A joint conference of the Südtiroler Landesmuseen and the Bayerische Museumsakademie


Museum or historical exhibitions function as cultural memory, they make use of the cultural heritage and want to make it readable anew under current aspects. Influenced by recent cultural studies, however, a clear change in the presentation of history can be observed. So how is history to be shown (and thus preserved) while its interpretations are constantly changing?

The conference will focus on the central question: "How to exhibit 20th century history in museums", although this does not exclude the possibility of extending the exhibition to previous epochs. On the one hand, it aims to clarify positions of current museum and exhibition research, and on the other hand to gain insightful approaches for current projects from the knowledge of outstanding museumisation achievements and best-practice examples.

The conference languages are German, Italian and English, depending on the choice of speakers. No simultaneous translation.

Concept: Josef Kirmeier (Munich), Hannes Obermair (Bolzano)
Organisation: South Tyrolean State Museums (http://betrieb-landesmuseen.provinz.bz.it/) and Bavarian Museum Academy (https://www.bayerische-museumsakademie.de/)
Place: Fortress Franzensfeste and Bolzano-NOI Techpark
Date: Tuesday, June 18 and Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Registration deadline: 16 June

Conference programme

Further information and registration here.