MCR501 Museology and museography: curation and design of exhibitions
Professor: Kali TZORTZI
The course integrates and amplifies the basic knowledge acquired in the field of museology, and aims, on the one hand, at a theoretical understanding of the way museums present and interpret their collections to create different kinds of experience, and on the other hand, at the practical knowledge of issues in the organization and design of exhibitions that engage their visitors. More specifically, the course deals with specialized theoretical questions, such as the multidimensional concept of communication in museums, objects as carriers of meanings, the exhibition as representation, and the interpretation of museum exhibits; in parallel, it explores diachronically the evolution of the architecture of museums and of exhibition practices. These provide the broader theoretical framework that will allow students to develop a deeper understanding of and critical approach to key questions in contemporary museum practice –such as interpretative strategies and planning, the relation between conceptual (museological) and spatial (museographical) design, the choice and use of different interpretative media, and the writing of museum texts. Examples of museological studies of contemporary museums are used to familiarize students with the key principles of their writing.