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New perspectives for the research on museum history

The Museum Is Open

Towards a Transnational History of Museums 1750-1940

Ed. by Meyer, Andrea / Savoy, Benedicte

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    • A ground-breaking contribution to transnational art scholarship and museum history
    • Contribution to a better understanding of museum practice and its international framing

    Aims and Scope

    Museum science, museum analysis, museum history, and museum theory – all this expanding terminology underscores the growing scholarly interest in museums. A recurring assertion is that as an institution, the museum has largely functioned as a venue for the formation of specifically national identities. This volume, by contrast, highlights the museum as a product of transnational processes of exchange, focusing on the period from 1750 to 1940.


    Approx. viii, 272 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Art; museum; museum history; artifacts
    Art historians, museologists, historians, cultural scholars, historians of science

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    "This wide-ranging essay collection offers insights into the transnational museum as both monumental site and ‘spatial fiction’."
    Tom Stammers in: Journal of the History of Collections 10/2014

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