Redaktion: Angela Dressen / Susanne Gramatzki

Ausgabedatum: 23.09.2015

Exhibiting art objects has certainly increased over the past decades. There are more and more large scale exhibitions, some of which able to attract masses of people. What is the driving force behind this multitude of exhibitions? Does Renaissance, once a classical topic, still play a significant role? In order to understand the outreach of the Renaissance in public view, we asked for insides on how museums are dealing with their Renaissance departments. A museum is seldom build of objects just of one single period, but collections and their curators are competing over permanent exhibition space and temporary exhibitions. We invited papers with reflections on the value of Renaissance objects in the perception of museum strategies, competing collections, possibilities of exhibition, etc. The value and perception of the collection might vary because the museum strategy values the Renaissance highly, because the curator is a successful promoter, because the civic surroundings are especially open to Renaissance topics, because the permanent collection already contains widely known Renaissance objects, or because the exhibition projects focus on topics which attract a mass of people. This thematic issue assembles a wide range of examples – from the past to the present and from all over the world – of how the Renaissance is (and was) presented in museums and collections.

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