History of a Museum. Burden or Resource? Meeting and Discussion around the Monograph of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź

ms2, Ogrodowa 19
16 February 2016, at 18.00 hrs, admission is free 

Panellists: Waldemar Baraniewski, Jacek Ojrzyński, Józef Robakowski, Joanna Sokołowska, and Jarosław Suchan

The meeting will be moderated by Daniel Muzyczuk

On the occasion of the 85th anniversary of the inauguration of the ‘a.r.’ Group collection we would like to invite to a meeting and discussion around the publication ‘Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. Monograph’. This two-volume publication explores not only the history of the institution but also the evolution of the museum concept. Multiple narrative echoing in the essays of experts in the history of art and in the theory of culture intertwines with the voices of artists, curators, and researchers, whose contributions provide the foundations for reflections over the mission and practice of  Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. On top of that, the publication presents the projects by artists for whom the history of the Łódź Museum is the starting point for their own searches.   

The history of Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź and the mythology accumulated around it, together with its collection and archives, could lay the basis for a specific axiology or ethos. Thus, the institution is in a way forced to engage into the update of the leading ideas on the role of art and museum. The discussion will also be an opportunity to examine various methods that change the institutional past into a mechanism used to shape the programme and future of museums. 

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