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Museums and the Construction of Identities

Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), Prague, c. 1870. Photo: Ignacy Krieger. Courtesy Historical Museum of the City of Kraków.

Sukiennice (Cloth Hall), Prague, c. 1870. Photo: Ignacy Krieger. Courtesy Historical Museum of the City of Kraków.

Thursday, February 27, 2014
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Adolphus Busch Hall, 29 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Museums and the Construction of Identities
Busch-Reisinger Museum Lecture

Matthew Rampley, Head of the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

It has long been argued that museums were important to the formation of nation states in the 19th century. The increasingly fragmented nature of societies since then, however, means it is much more difficult for museums to appeal to a shared sense of identity. This lecture considers museums that have been most visibly affected by this issue and have had to address diverse audiences. In particular it focuses on how museums in the multiethnic empire of Austria-Hungary were often drawn into promoting competing social and political visions.

Free admission.

Limited complimentary parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street.

The Busch-Reisinger Museum Lectures, sponsored by the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, present important speakers on topics of central and northern European art.