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HORIA BERNEA

One of the greatest contemporary Romanian painters, whose exhibitions inside and outside the country remained permanent landmarks in the field. From 1990 to his death in 2000 he was director of the Romanian Peasant Museum. He established an original style in European ethnomuseography which he liked to call nascent or flickering museology.
I learned from him that you must not hurry or get stubborn when you want to accomplish a project. You first have to think about it really well, to see if your initial idea is correct. Nobody saw better than he did. Then you should consult with others, preferably with those whom you know to have different opinions. Then you try to take into account all these remarks, arguing against those you reject and including those that can enrich the project. Then you wait, germinate, preparing the illumination. For Horia Bernea, illumination meant the conviction that the idea was convergent with the faith – freely chosen to be the Christian faith. Only then, the project could start the adventure of the mise-en-oeuvre. Only then, could the miracle of the formation of the team happen. I haven’t yet met anyone so capable of constructing little punctual families with people, all too human, to transform their weaknesses in creativity, their complexes in personal style, their frustrations in a new enthusiasm, their preferences in wish for collective accomplishment.
He was not afraid to shock, to irritate, to incite. He contaminated us with courage by asking difficult questions – what do you see here? What do you think about this? What do you understand? Why don’t you like it? – or by simply inviting us to contradict him. It wasn’t and it is still not easy. But nothing that we do at the museum under his wing is easy.

Ioana Popescu

REVISTA MARTOR, nr. 23 / 2018 // CURATING CHANGE IN THE MUSEUM







A apărut numărul 23/2018 al revistei MARTOR, „Curating Change in the Museum”, volum coordonat de Gruia Bădescu, Simina Bădică și Damiana Oțoiu. Tema numărului din acest an aduce împreună unsprezece texte științifice și studii de caz despre muzee care răspund provocărilor timpului, sunt inaugurate, în loc să fie închise, sunt îndrăznețe, în loc să fie precaute, în timp ce țin pasul cu normele de conservare și de păstrare a obiectelor și artefactelor pe care le au în grijă. Volumul se încheie cu două recenzii a două titluri de referință în lumea muzeelor. Totodată, numărul include un eseu vizual, cu o selecție de imagini din Arhiva de etnologie a Muzeului Național al Țăranului Român, imagini care intră în dialog cu articolele științifice.
Revista se găsește online integral, la adresa: http://martor.muzeultaranuluiroman.ro


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Cuprins:
CURATING CHANGE IN THE MUSEUM

Entrance hall. Curatorial statement.
Gruia BĂDESCU, Simina BĂDICĂ, Damiana OȚOIU
Curating Change in the Museum: Introduction to the Volume

First Hall. Transitional Museology: Museums React to Social and Political Change
Joel PALHEGYI
Revolutionary Curating, Curating the Revolution: Socialist Museology in Yugoslav Croatia

Charline KOPF
Dakar’s Museum of Black Civilisations: Towards a New Imaginary of a Post-ethnographic Museum

Njabulo CHIPANGURA
Working with Contested Ethnographic Collections to Change “Old Museum” Perspectives: Mutare Museum, Eastern Zimbabwe, 2015-2017

Study Corner. The Antidote Museum 25 Years On
Irina NICOLAU
The Museums of the World and I. My Museum Experience in an Eastern European Country

Florian FOUCHÉ, Marianne MESNIL
Le musée antidote mis en pratique: regards croisés d’un artiste et d’une ethnologue sur le Musée du Paysan Roumain

Second hall. The Antifragile Museum: Embracing Change
Cheryl KLIMASZEWSKI
Towards a Typology of an Emergent Museum Form

Selma HARRINGTON, Branka DIMITRIJEVIĆ, Ashraf SALAMA
Cracks and Light: Observing the Resilience of the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Flaminia BARTOLINI
From Iconoclasm to Museum: Mussolini’s Villa in Rome as a Dictatorial Heritage Site

Martijn van GILS
Material Remembrance in Contentious Spaces: Framing Multi-Scalar Memories and National Culpability in the Museo della Fondazione della Shoah

Third Hall. Museums Reviews and Interviews
Jasmina AL-QAISI
Objects + Things = Stuff. A Visitor’s Guide to Berlin’s Museum der Dinge

Irina HASNAȘ HUBBARD, Iulia IORDAN
Elephants, Cockoos, Horses, and Me. A Different Exhibition About Toys


Exit Through the Bookshop

Janet Marstine, Critical Practice: Artists, Museums, Ethics, New York: Routledge, 2017, 212 pp.
(recensé par Martin HULLEBROECK)

Fiona Candlin. Micromuseology. An Analysis of Small Independent Museums, London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016, 224 pp.
(reviewed by Anca-Maria PĂNOIU)

Visual Archaeologies
by Viviana IACOB


 




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