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From museum critique to the critical museum

From museum critique to the critical museum

Murawska-Muthesius, Katarzyna, editor; Piotrowski, Piotr, 1952- editor

Since the late nineteenth century, museums have been cited as tools of imperialism and colonialism, as strongholds of patriarchalism, masculinism, homophobia and xenophobia, and accused both of elitism and commercialism. But, could the museum absorb and benefit from its critique, turning into a critical museum, into the site of resistance rather than ritual? This book looks at the ways in which the museum could use its collections, its cultural authority, its auratic space and resources to give voice to the underprivileged, and to take an active part in contemporary and at times controversial issues

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Published Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius and Piotr Piotrowski
ISBN: 1472422368, 9781472422354, 9781472422361
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xiv, 256 pages : illustrations
Subject: Art galleries; Art museums Social aspects.; Art museums Philosophy.; Museums
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. Introduction: from museum critique to the critical museum, Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius and Piotr Piotrowski. Part I Histories: A very brief history of the art museum in the United States (focusing mainly but not exclusively on the nineteenth century), Alan Wallach
  2. `The contemporary museum is a laboratory of knowledge': the origins of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Russia, Andrzej Turowski
  3. Wilhelm R. Valentiner's Reshaping Museums in the Spirit of the New Age (1919) and its reception, Monika Flacke
  4. Myth and reality of the White Cube, Charlotte Klonk
  5. Jerzy Ludwi┼,ski's testing of the dysfunction of the museum: on the Museum of Current Art in Wroc┼,aw (1966), Magdalena Zi¾┼,kowska. Part II Tools: Objects, Space, Viewing Practices: Masterpieces and the critical museum, Katarzyna Murawska-Muthesius
  6. From the White Cube to a critical museography: the development of interrogative, plural and subjective museum discourses, J. Pedro Lorente
  7. From the inside looking out: the possibility of a critical establishment, Penelope Curtis
  8. Making the National Museum critical, Piotr Piotrowski
  9. Historical space and critical museologies: POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett
  10. Museums that listen and care? Central Europe and critical museum discourse, Mßria Oriskovß
  11. Towards embodied, agonistic museum viewing practices in contemporary Manchester, England, Alpesh Kantilal Patel. Part III Critique: The context and practice of post-critical museology, Victoria Walsh
  12. `Is the contemporary already too late?' (Re-)producing criticality within the art museum, Jacob Birken
  13. Neuromuseology, John Onians. Index.