versión impresa ISSN 1870-1191
SAUVAGE, Alexandra. To be or not to be colonial: Museums facing their exhibitions. Culturales [online]. 2010, vol.6, n.12, pp. 97-116. ISSN 1870-1191.
This article first gives an insight at what the idea of museum meant before the modern era, to set the global, historical and political context in which modern museums emerged. It then analyzes the conditions that paved the way for institutional change as the weakening of the national setting has allowed other layers of histories -local, regional, community, indigenous, minority- to be expressed. Finally, it explains why handling colonial heritage in contemporary exhibitions -through the historical contextualization of the collections on display- is of paramount importance to museums small and big, and look at the extent to which they succeed in adapting to change, through various examples taken from Europe and Australia.
Palabras llave : museology; colonial heritage; collected objects; racial discourse; museología; herencia colonial; objetos de colecciones; discurso racial.