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Rio de Janeiro - Berlin - Vienna: Museums as a relational web

WEITWINKEL – Global Perspectives on Collections

Tue 05.05.2020 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lecture series | Panel discussion / Adults
no booking/prior registration required

Discussion: Manuela Fischer (Ethnologisches Museum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin) and Claudia Augustat (Weltmuseum Wien)

The history of the Museu Nacional in Rio reflects the changing representation of the Brazilian Empire, where the display in the museum can be considered a “performance of an image of the nation-state” (Andermann 2003:285). The changing approaches within the 19th and early 20th century are not only national issues but are closely related to transnational relationships. The three contributions at this event will focus on different aspects of the relationships between museums:

The discussions about the colonial gaze, inherent in all ethnographic collections hosted in European museums, get a new perspective in a globalized world. The relatedness of the institutions in Europe and Brazil can now be seen in a different light, as Manuela Fischer will show.

Not all collections in European museums are the result of asymmetric relationships. Based on examples from the Weltmuseum in Vienna, Claudia Augustat fuels the discussion about “decolonizing” collections showing the broad range of relationships in which acquisitions took place.

The discussion wil be in german.