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Number 12, year 2022
Revista Catalana de Museologia
Number 12 - 2022
Number 12 - 2022
Number 11 - 2021
Number 10 - 2020
Number 9 - 2019
Number 8 - 2014/2015
Number 7 - 2012/2013
Number 6 - 2010/2011
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Number 4 - 2007
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Number 2 - 2005
Number 1 - 2003

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Editorial

Norma Vélez San Juan

The 12th issue of “Mnemòsine,” the Catalan museology magazine, comes out while museum professionals keep seeking to recover our pace, what with all the limitations due to the covid-19 pandemic. From AMC, despite the pandemic, we were able to celebrate the 25th anniversary of our association in an event that allowed us to meet in person at the History Museum of Catalonia. We enjoyed the interventions of the authors of the book to commemorate the occasion, Daniel Solé and F. Xavier Menéndez, and the speeches of the presidents of the association throughout these 25 years.

We should also celebrate the publication of the fourth Museology Han...

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Opinion

From the Museum to the Hospital—Bringing Cultural Heritage Closer to Hospitalized Children

Àngels Fernández Canals

Publication date: 20/04/2022

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This project is an educational proposal for social inclusion that, through museological education, intends to make cultural heritage accessible at hospitals. Thus, it highlights the importance of raising awareness and participation on the museums’ part in order to ensure maximum accessibility to their museological content, creating an emotional link between culture and society.

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Narrative

Issues, accomplishments and demands around the LGTBI Museums project

Víctor Ramírez Tur

Publication date: 12/01/2022

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The following article covers the author’s experience as a curator of some of the main guidelines of the LGTBI Museums project, developed by seven cultural institutions in Barcelona in collaboration with the LGTBI Center of the same city, since June 2021 to January 2022. Some of the strategies developed by the author at the National Art Museum of Catalonia and the Maritime Museum of Barcelona linked to this initiative will be analyzed. Their goal—to incorporate queer narratives in all cultural fields.

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The MAPFRE Foundation and its commitment to photography

Nadia Arroyo Arce

Nadia Arroyo Arce

Publication date: 31/03/2022

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“One Object, Three Visions. Virtual Museum of Integration”—An Experience in Participatory Museology

Aina Ferrero Horrach

Aina Ferrero Horrach

Publication date: 31/03/2022

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The Inca Museum of Footwear and Industry story is full of a sense of community that, despite it being born with the desire to pay tribute to the industrial history of its people, was inaugurated at a time of unrest and crisis in the sector of footwear following the closure of multiple factories. In recent years, the museum has undergone a major transformation process to build bridges with its hosting community and to acquire a leading role in its context with a new museography and a renovated annual program. The museum has been awarded the 2020 Ibermuseos Prize for Education for the project “One Object, Three Visions. Virtual Museum of Integration”, rooted in the framework of participatory museology. This project has continued the work previously set in motion to document the oral memory linked to the footwear industry, the revaluation of a traditional craft to promote a new resurgence and socioeconomic recovery in the municipality, the recognition of the cultural diversity of Inca to integrate it into the museum’s programming, and to promote intergenerational and intercultural dialogue so that new generations of researchers know their industrial past and can project it into the future.

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#museuobert: una iniciativa perquè els museus no s’aturessin durant el confinament

Enric Zapatero , Mari Vállez

Publication date: 26/07/2022

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The COVID-19 pandemic initially led to a lockdown that halted cultural activity around the world. Museums had to close their doors and the only means of communication was through their own digital spaces. Initiatives such as #museuobert were born out of the need to keep the cultural sector alive and at the same time helped change the paradigm of digital communication in museums. Making their collections available online is the present and future of many museums. Communication departments need to understand this and adapt to the situation in order to be present in the social and cultural conversation.

 

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News

Museographic interventions in Catalonia (2020-2021)

F. Xavier Menéndez i Pablo

F. Xavier Menéndez i Pablo

Publication date: 29/03/2022

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We are once again preparing to report on the (permanent) museographic interventions carried out in Catalan museums in recent years. In this case, we talk about two extraordinary and (hopefully) atypical years—the years 2020 and 2021—the years of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has led to the suspension or delay of many museological projects in Catalonia and the drastic reduction of new inaugurations.

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XXXIII Conference of the Local Museums Network. Museums and SOStainability. From the Mission to the Action— Chronicle and Reflections

Laura Costa Mateo. Head of the Local Museum Network Unit

Laura Costa

Publication date: 11/05/2022

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On 17 and 18 November 2021 the XXXIII Conference of the Local Museums Network was held at the Francesca Bonnemaison Space of the Barcelona Provincial Council, live broadcasted via Zoom and entitled “Museums and SOStainability. From the Mission to the Action”. During these two days, leading specialists in the field and various professionals in museums and cultural facilities reflected on the role of museums in the face of the climate emergency. They also discussed how to address the fit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the different areas of the museological activity and management while presenting several experiences and actions carried out by different facilities in relation to sustainability, which are a good example of work in favor of a more sustainable, just and egalitarian society.

This article summarizes the contributions made by the different speakers at the conference, as well as a final reflection as a conclusion.

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Conservation-restoration in Catalonia. A Study on the Current State of the Sector

CRAC

Publication date: 11/05/2022

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Conservation-restoration plays a vital role in the preservation of cultural heritage, but the professionals who work in the sector, mostly women, have been working in an unfavorable context for years due to the lack of legislation, the lack of recognition, the deficit of public jobs, a precarious private practice, and professional intrusion.

Faced with this situation, the professional association Associated Conservators and Restorers of Catalonia (CRAC) commissioned a study of the sector to have a precise analysis with solid evidence and to be able to formulate effective change strategies that improve the situation of both the profession and the conservation of heritage.

This article briefly presents the context of the study conducted by an independent consultant, some key findings, its conclusions and the reflections reached by the research. This work has made it possible to identify, contrast and argue a set of problems, challenges and solutions that the sector faces.

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Review: The Museographic Language. A Brief Introductory Manual to the Knowledge and Use of 21st Century Language. Author: Guillermo Fernández

www.ellenguajemuseografico.org Pere Viladot Barba

Pere Viladot Barba

Publication date: 13/06/2022

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The second self-published book by Guillermo Fernández, this work provides a very interesting view on museography understood as a language. The author rightly defends the communicative value of museography, which forces us to be very careful when using it to write the stories we want to tell with our exhibitions. Museographic language is endemic to museums, and it has a potential that, according to the author, has not yet been well explored nor exploited. This book, which can be either purchased on paper or consulted online, is a good attempt to systematize the constituent elements of museographic language and its use both inside and outside museums.

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The Flying Nest

Greta Boix Garcia-Cairó , Montse Olmeda , Montse Ballester Rovira

Publication date: 29/06/2022

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The Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona (MCNB) aims to generate and share knowledge with a desire to create a society that is more informed, connected and responsible towards nature. This goal is achieved through the preservation of collections that are material evidence of the natural heritage, the search for biological and geological diversity and an own educational model that encourages exploration, learning and participation among the wider public.

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New times and new museography

#NouMuseuPortTarragona (New Tarragona Port Museum)

Mercè Toldrà Dalmau

Publication date: 27/07/2022

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Comprehensive renovation of a port museum created in 2000. The passage of time translated into the need to intervene both in the adaptation of the building (an old goods warehouse) and in a new museography to achieve a more exciting, active and modern experience. Interactivity and immersion are present in the #NouMuseuPortTarragona.

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The Impact of the Pandemic on Catalan Museums

Antoni Laporte

Publication date: 20/09/2022

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Covid-19 caused a profound impact on the Catalan cultural system and, as a result, on the heritage field too. The global nature of the pandemic had similar effects in all countries. The lockdown first and the following limitations on mobility during the two years of the pandemic caused severe blows on attendance to museums, their income and especially their work teams. The imprint of this crisis left a profound mark in the sector, from fierce situations such as shutdowns and the resulting layoffs to the suspension of many activities. It should be noted that its different effects can be classified according to three main factors: location (museums located in territories with a strong tourist dependence have suffered the most), size (managing teams during lockdown and teleworking has been more complex for large organizations), and ownership (although the impact of the pandemic has been widespread and large and publicly owned museums have suffered severe consequences, the situation has been even more dramatic among the rich network of private facilities, which mostly depend on the income that they gather from visitors). In these long months of the pandemic, the sector focused a very considerable part of its efforts on increasing and improving its digital offer. Hopefully, at least, we used this crisis to consolidate some insight and to update digital resources.

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