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Authors:Péter Apor:
Publication title:National Museums in the Czech Republic
Conference:Building National Museums in Europe 1750–2010. Conference proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Bologna 28-30 April 2011. EuNaMus Report No. 1
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:064
Article No.:010
Abstract:National museum institutions in Bohemia were formed in two distinct areas: art and sciences. Although the Picture Gallery of the Society of Patriotic Friends and the Patriotic Museum; established in 1796 and 1818 respectively; were the creations of enlightened aristocrats as elitist institutions to improve local taste and civilization; they became crucial in shaping Czech nationalism since the 1830s. As a consequence; historical and archaeological collections began to be built. As Czech society increasingly started to participate in the modernization and industrialization process of late nineteenth century Austria; applied and decorative arts emerged as the unique marks of a distinctively modern Czech national identity. Two museums originally devoted to industrial production illustrate this development; the Náprstek Museum of Asian; African and American Cultures and the Museum of Decorative Arts. Historical identity inseparable of the idea of building a Czechoslovak nation after 1918; began to emerge at the Vítkov Hill monument; which was revitalized after 1989 as a major site of historical exhibitions.
Language:English
Year:2011
No. of pages:10
Pages:203-212
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/064/010/ecp64010.pdf
Available:2011-09-30
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Péter Apor (2011). National Museums in the Czech Republic, Building National Museums in Europe 1750–2010. Conference proceedings from EuNaMus; European National Museums: Identity Politics; the Uses of the Past and the European Citizen; Bologna 28-30 April 2011. EuNaMus Report No. 1 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=064;article=010 (accessed 10/2/2014)