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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 4/25/2014)