Museum Age. From the temple of art to the centre of culture?

2015-04-01, 6:00 p.m.
We are living in the age of museums. After the period of political transition of 1989, and especially after the events of the turn of the millennia, the museum boom has finally reached Central Europe. The Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary have become construction sites for the emerging new art institutions.

The long years of neglect have been followed by a period that witnessed the construction of tens of new works of architecture that provide home for museums and centres of contemporary art (as the majority of newly founded institutions engage in this type of activity). These new institutions have been located either in structures erected especially for the purpose of display of contemporary art, or in already existing buildings that have been adapted for this purpose. They are to be found both in capitals and big cities, as well as in less popular locations. The new structures host recently founded institutions, as well as museums whose history dates back to the 20th and 19th century.

Katarzyna Jagodzińska discusses the phenomenon of Central European museums of the last twenty-five years in her comprehensive study published under the title “Museum Age in Central Europe. Museums and Centres of Contemporary Art (1989–2014)”. This new publication will be our starting point for the discussion of the age of museums in Central Europe. The participants will consider issues such as: the significance of museums of contemporary art for cities and their inhabitants, the changing role of museums and the challenges they are facing, as well as the particular features of museums in Central Europe. The discussed topics will cover museum architecture, the museums’ place in urban space, their social role, and their collections.

Katarzyna Jagodzińska – Doctor of Philosophy in art history. A graduate of the Institute of Art History and the Institute of Journalism, Media and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. A graduate of the Doctoral programme at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University. In 2012 she received her doctoral degree for a dissertation on museums, centres and galleries of contemporary art in Central Europe. Her academic research focuses on museum studies, cultural heritage and cultural communication. She has conducted research in museology as a fellow at The University of Melbourne (2014/2015) and the University of Cambridge (2013). Member of ICOM and AICA. She is a local editor of “RIHA Journal”, an international academic magazine for the history of art, and a member of editorial team of “Herito” quarterly. Author of  “Museum Age in Central Europe. Museums and Centres of Contemporary Art (1989–2014)”, as well as of numerous articles on museology and arts. Recently, she has started a blog which promotes museum-related knowledge: She works at the International Cultural Centre and at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University.

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