Official, artificial or (arte)factual? The Museu d'Història de Catalunya

Crameri, K. (2006) Official, artificial or (arte)factual? The Museu d'Història de Catalunya. International Journal of Iberian Studies, 19(2), pp. 121-135.

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The Museum of the History of Catalonia (MHC), opened in 1996, houses a permanent exhibition that takes the visitor through the story of Catalonia from pre-history to 1980, as well as temporary exhibitions. It was conceived as a political project with a clear nation-building function, devised by the ruling centre-right Catalanist coalition Convergència i Unió as a way of teaching Catalans a different version of their history from the one that had come to them from the Spanish state, especially under the Franco regime. The article analyses the structure and content of the Museum's permanent exhibition, as well as some of the debates that have surrounded it, in the light of work by Tony Bennett and others on the evolution of the role of museums in state- and nation-building since the nineteenth century. The analysis shows how the nationalist ideology of CiU shaped the design and functions of the MHC in the period up to 2003.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Crameri, Professor Kathryn
Authors: Crameri, K.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Hispanic Studies
Journal Name:International Journal of Iberian Studies

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