Rio de Janeiro – Berlin – Vienna: Museums as a relational web.

A Digital Talk organised by "Weitwinkel - Global Perspectives on Collections"

Mi 01.12.2021 14:00 Uhr - 15:00 Uhr
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WEITWINKEL “Globale Sammlungsperspektiven”

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

Digital Talk

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 in this talk will focus on different aspects of the relationships between museums.

(1) João Pacheco de Oliveira will give an overview of the history of the Museu Nacional and the perspective for the future after the destruction of the collections in Rio.

(2) 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 tries to show.

(3) Insofar as 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.


João Pacheco de Oliveira, Full Professor, National Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Manuela Fischer, Curator of the South America Collections,  Ethnological Museum, Berlin, Germany

Claudia Augustat, Curator for South American Collections, Weltmuseum Wien, Austria


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