Temporary Exhibitions and Museums: Increasing Visitor Numbers and/or Extending Inclusion? The Case of “Costantino 313 d. C.”, at Palazzo Reale, Milan, Italy

By Rita Capurro.

Published by The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum

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The exhibition Costantino 313 d.C. (Milan, Italy, Palazzo Reale, October 25th 2012 - 24th 2013) celebrated the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, decreeing religious toleration throughout the Roman empire. Although designed by the Diocesan Museum of Milan, it was held in the Palazzo Reale (royal palace), an historic building in the centre of Milan used for a wide range of temporary exhibitions. In view of the significance of religious tolerance for social inclusion, the aim of this paper is to assess how the current relevance of this issue was highlighted in the exhibition and whether the exhibition’s location at the Palazzo Reale, rather that at the Diocesan Museum itself, had a positive impact on these aspects. In the current Italian scenario, this case study is relevant and timely, given the low comprehension of the real social and cultural role of museums: places where temporary exhibitions form part of a comprehensive discourse that includes conservation, research, education, cultural development, and enjoyment in the service of society.

Keywords: Exhibitions, Tolerance, Diocesan Museums

The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum, Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2014, pp.25-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 506.451KB).

Dr. Rita Capurro

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department INDACO, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy, Italy

Graduated in Arts and Humanities and specialized in History of Art at University of Genoa; Ph.D. in Design and Technology for the Valorisation of Cultural Heritage at Politecnico of Milan. She is currently researching with the team MeLa (Museums in an Age of Migrations) at Politecnico of Milan and collaborating to didactic activities on several courses within the Faculty of Sociology at the Università Milano-Bicocca (Religious Tourism) and the Faculty of Economy at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan (History of Art and Museology). Her research interests are focused on religious art and tourism, musealisation and interpretation of religious cultural heritage, intercultural dialogue and museums through educational activities. She is member of AMEI (Association of Italian Ecclesiastical Museums) and editor of AMEI’s website.

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