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