Week 9: ‘Professional restitution of Nazi-spoliation artwork’

Following the claim of Nazi-spoliation regarding an object in our collection, here are the steps to investigate the ownership of the object as well as the professional, legal and moral obligations with by which we are abided. The first step a museum professional should take is to validate the evidence that the claimant brings withContinue reading Week 9: ‘Professional restitution of Nazi-spoliation artwork’

(Week 7) Andy Warhol: ‘I want to be a machine’,

The National Galleries of Scotland host the Andy Warhol’s portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy and Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol is known as one of the most famous appropriation artists as he borrowed images from other sources and include or assimilate them into his own work. But in this case, we will see that thereContinue reading (Week 7) Andy Warhol: ‘I want to be a machine’,

Week 6: ‘Exploring East Asia’ exhibition in NMS: questioning its colonialist character

It is commendable to include a varied collection of objects of East Asia, and the three new galleries added earlier this month in the National Museum of Scotland will make foreign art available to any visitors. The collection comprises all kind of objects: costumes, ceramics, everyday use items and tokens for good luck and protection.Continue reading Week 6: ‘Exploring East Asia’ exhibition in NMS: questioning its colonialist character

Week 5: Interpretational labels: when are they cultural invigilators or contributors to ignorance ?

There are three principal types of museum: the art museum, history and science museum. The science museum presents objective facts, the history museum a particular [political] viewpoint and in the art museum the visitor is encouraged to take a more subjective stance. These differing viewpoints are reflected in the interpretational labels on display. For example,Continue reading Week 5: Interpretational labels: when are they cultural invigilators or contributors to ignorance ?

Week 4: Challenges of the National Gallery Project

  The National Gallery Project is underway and expected to complete in 2021. The Trustees of the Project clarified ‘Our ambitious plans to create an internationally significant new setting for the world’s greatest collection of Scottish art have been revealed, and construction work on our exciting transformation of the Scottish National Gallery is already underway. This major projectContinue reading Week 4: Challenges of the National Gallery Project

Week 3: Entrepreneurship or cultural heritage applause?

  http://www.artiongalleries.com/about/ Artion Galleries is a chain of art organizations based in Geneva having expanded its ‘mission’ in Greece, France, Cyprus and Lebanon(soon). The aim that runs through my decision to critically comment its mission statement is to emphasize on how falsely it links its commercial with its cultural activities. To begin with, Artion GalleriesContinue reading Week 3: Entrepreneurship or cultural heritage applause?

Week 2: Anna Roza/ MSc in History of Art, Theory and Display

Dear all, It is a pleasure for all to introduce ourselves and reveal our background and interests. I am Anna Roza and I am from Greece, my Bachelor studies were devoted to History and Ethnology in the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece . As a humanities addict, passionate for law and art, the SchoolContinue reading Week 2: Anna Roza/ MSc in History of Art, Theory and Display