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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 10/30/2014)