The hero’s house type of history museum faces the challenge of preserving architecture and artifacts related to a revered, often quasi-sacred cultural figure while proving relevance to a changing and diverse public. Temporary interventions into the space of the museum, for example in the form of contemporary art installations, can serve to expand what and who is represented in history, creating an atmosphere of openness that encourages visitors to see themselves as active agents in the creation of cultural heritage. Recent new museum practices at the Casa Museo Quinta de Bolívar, a former home of the South American independence leader Simón Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia, illustrate the potential of creative intervention to open and reconstruct national history. Museum director Daniel Castro has collaborated with a wide range of civic institutions, schools, and universities to create programs allowing artists and others to envision the history of Colombian independence and the relationship of Bolívar to the present. This case study can help others both to evaluate the benefits and pitfalls of creative intervention as a practice and to think critically about ways to make history museums, in general, more inclusive.
|Keywords:||Artistic Intervention, Contemporary Art, Hero’s House Museum, Heritage, History Museum, Installation Art|
Assistant Professor, School of Art and Design, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, USA
There are currently no reviews of this product.Write a Review