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Authors:Johannes Siapkas: Uppsala University, Sweden
Lena Sjögren: Stockholm University, Sweden
Publication title:Appropriations of Antiquity: A Diachronic Comparison of Museums and Scholarship
Conference:Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18–20 February 2008
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:030
Article No.:016
Abstract:Sculpture from ancient Greece and Rome is an emblematic category of high art in the western museum tradition. Accordingly; displays of ancient sculpture in museums form an instructive case study for a wide-reaching; comparative analysis of museological developments from the 18th century and onwards. Isolating a category of exhibited objects like ancient sculptures is fruitful for a comparative approach because it transcends national traditions. It is hard to pinpoint differences in displays of ancient sculptures that can be attributed to; or explained by; national traditions. The appropriation of the classical legacy in various national traditions should not be viewed as an excluding facet of a unique national identity; but is often better understood as an inclusive part of the national identity since it signals that the specific nation belongs within a wide cultural sphere. In contrast; our empirical examples suggest that there are closer similarities between the theoretical developments in academia and museums. In this paper; therefore; we aim to elaborate on the chronological development of sculpture exhibitions and identify the discursive foundations that scholarship and museum exhibitions share. Drawing on this; it can tentatively be concluded the development of displays of ancient sculpture is associated closer to the development in academia than to national museological traditions. From our perspective; museums can be viewed as an integrated part of the institutions of knowledge.
Language:English
Year:2008
No. of pages:19
Pages:205-223
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/030/016/ecp0830016.pdf
Available:2008-05-20
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Johannes Siapkas, Lena Sjögren (2008). Appropriations of Antiquity: A Diachronic Comparison of Museums and Scholarship, Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18–20 February 2008 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=030;article=016 (accessed 10/31/2014)