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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 7/26/2014)