0024 A Museum Open to the Street

  • Katarzyna Jagodzińska (Author)
    Międzynarodowe Centrum Kultury (MCK) (International Cultural Centre), Krakow, Poland

    Ph.D. in Art History (2012). Graduate of Art History (M.A.) and Journalism and Communication (B.A., M.A.), Jagiellonian University, Krakow. Her academic research deals with museum studies, especially in the region of Central Europe. She works in the International Cultural Centre in Krakow  and in the Institute of European Studies, Jagiellonian University.

    She is author of the book "Czas muzeów w Europie Środkowej. Muzea i centra sztuki współczesnej (1989–2014)" [Museum Age in Central Europe. Museums and Centres of Contemporary Art (1989–2014)] as well as of a number of articles in the field of museums and art history in academic and specialist magazines and volumes, member of the editorial team of the "HERITO" quarterly and local editor of the "RIHA Journal" – international academic journal of art history, member of ICOM, AICA and Association of Art Historians in Poland.

    Fellow of The Corbridge Trust at the University of Cambridge in Spring 2013 and fellow at the University of Melbourne (Australian Institute of Art History) granted by the Group of Eight in Fall and Winter 2014/2015. She delivered papers and presentations at numerous academic conferences worldwide, including the 32nd Congress of CIHA in Melbourne (2008), 22nd ICOM General Conference in Shanghai (2010), "The Making of National Museums and Identity Politics" in Taipei (2011), 33rd Congress of CIHA in Nuremberg (2012).

    She popularises museums in her blog www.museumsadvisor.com

  • Jerzy Juruś (Translator)

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Glazed exhibition rooms, enabling passers-by to see works of art from the level and perspective of the street, without going inside. Merchandise displayed in an art bookshop, also visible from the outside, tempting passers-by. Café tables spilling out into the space of the adjacent town square. Sculptures, installations, but also benches and fountains placed in the public space, creating an entrance space. These are the characteristic components of democratic art institutions. Museums, galleries and centres of art – of contemporary art in particular – go out into the space of the street to encourage passers-by to step inside. This mutual permeation and observation of the two worlds – the outdoor world of the street and the interior holding cultural treasures – has become part of the cognition process in the museum and of artistic sensations.


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