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Authors:Cristina Lleras: Museum Studies, University of Leicester, UK/ Art and History Curator, Museo Nacional de Colombia, Colombia
Publication title:National Museums and the Legacies of Exclusion. Issues and Challenges Around Change in the 21st Century
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.:021
Abstract:The perpetual crisis of national museums is directly related to the character of the nation that has been considered – since the latter half of the 20th century – as elusive, fluid, constructed and difficult to grasp. How have national museums reacted, supported, resisted or rejected political changes of the nation? What were the privileged representations of the Nation-state? And what are the ways in which these institutions are trying to come to grips with multicultural and multiethnic societies? In an attempt to shed light on these questions, this essay is constructed around the tensions and challenges that face national museums as they aim to represent both a fragmented and united community with the pressures to overcompensate past exclusions.

In order to look at how national museums have responded to their contexts, and the role they are playing today, the paper will examine the case of the Museo Nacional de Colombia. This Latin American country has, in the last fifteen years, advanced greatly in terms of developing a legislation that recognizes the existence of multiple ethnicities and cultures in opposition of the well-known project of homogenization that characterized the Nation-state. Nevertheless, the reality of the communities is complex and though symbolically the 1991 Constitution has had great impact, there has been a backlash in terms of overcoming discrimination, poverty and improvement of the living conditions of marginalized groups. What then, is the role of the museum in this changed setting?

Language:English
Year:2008
No. of pages:22
Pages:279-300
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/030/021/ecp0830021b.pdf
Available:2008-05-20
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

REFERENCE TO THIS PAGE
Cristina Lleras (2008). National Museums and the Legacies of Exclusion. Issues and Challenges Around Change in the 21st Century, 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=021 (accessed 9/23/2014)