Museology (i) (2017/2018)

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Name of lecturer
Valerio Terraroli
Valerio Terraroli
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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Second half of Semester 1 dal Nov 13, 2017 al Jan 20, 2018.

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

To profitably follow the course and sit the examination the students should possess adequate art history and historical knowledge.

The student should be able to acquire the fundamental elements to critically interpret the History of Collecting, History of Museums, Museology and Museography. The student should be able to analyze and confront facts, formulating lines of reasoning and, consequently, the student should develop a smart and critic use of documents, sources, collectable materials, and architectural-expositive structures of museums.
The course intends to give tools for a correct speaking ability on historic/artistic problems and critic/historic/structural analysis of a museum collection, and various professional figures in the museum management. The student should be able to use the correct glossary of the specific sector.
The student should acquire the knowledge of various development lines of art history, History of Art Criticism and History of Taste, Collectionism, Museums; the student should also be able to reinforce different kind of critical approaches, to demonstrate capacity in reinterpretation of data and obtain critic notations.


Museology as historic-artistic discipline through the history of museum as institution

The knowledge of History of Museum from Hellenistic tradition to the Twentieth century, with notions of History of Museography with the following information:
Definition of museion in the Classic Age
The collection of art objects in Roman and Medieval Culture
The Renaissance studiolo
The Wunderkammer
The royal collections and the Mannerist studiolo, the Gallery of Antiquity
The royal and noble great collection; Gallery of paintings
The discovery of Antique
The birth of museum of Neoclassical Age
The museum in Nineteenth century
Scientific museums
Museums of Decorative Arts
A specific focus will be dedicated to Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts.
During the course various tours will be purposed: Verona, Museum of Castelvecchio (Carlo Scarpa’s project); Milan: Museum of Castello Sforzesco (Studio BBPR Project), Museum Bagatti Valsecchi, Museum Poldi Pezzoli.

Bibliografia consigliata e di riferimento:
M. T. Fiorio, Il museo nella storia. Dallo studiolo alla raccolta pubblica, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2011;
J. von Schlosser, Raccolte d'arte e di meraviglie del tardo rinascimento, Firenze, Biblioteca Sansoni, 1974
W. Liebenwein, Studiolo, Panini, Ferrara-Modena 1988, pp. 41-135
A. Lugli, Museologia, Milano, Jaka Book, 1992
A. Mottola Molfino, Il libro dei musei, Allemandi, Torino 2003, passim
G. Belli, Il museo contemporaneo. Dell’architettura e del senso, in L’arte del XX secolo. 2000 e oltre Tendenze della contemporaneità, a cura di V. Terraroli, vol. V, Milano, ed. Skira, 2009, pp. 151-167
V. Newhouse, Arte and the Power of Placement, The Monacelli Press, New York 2005

Further bibliographical information will be given during the lecturs.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam purposes should verify the learning and critic reprocessing capacities of the treated topics, texts and bibliography.
The exam contents will be over the subjects recommended during the lectures and external tours, and complete sheets over 5 museums chosen by the student.
The modalities will be oral through a conversation on the above subjects
The exam will be oral with a conversation between student and professor related to the topics of the course, the bibliography and critic texts, the external tours.
The student should also choose 5 museums (Italian, European or Extra-European) creating a short data sheets (museum history, collection, masterpieces, museographical assets, personal observation over criticalities, public services etc.) with a maximum of 3 folders (6000 characters with blank spaces) that must be sent to the professor within 15 days before the exam. During the oral test one of the sheets will be chosen.
The evatuation is in 30/30.