Museum pilot projects in an international perspective, museum educators in the role of curators

Museum pilot projects in an international perspective, museum educators in the role of curators

How could extra-terrestrials be explained what art is? Do you bravely wander around in contemporary art exhibitions, even without any scholarly knowledge?

The exhibition housed at the Ferenczy Museum Centre, titled The invisible presence. Introduction to contemporary art for adolescents – but not exclusively for them tries to give an answer to these and other similar questions. The exhibition is the yield of the pilot project implemented at the museum. The rebooted version of the exhibition created in 2018 by curators Gabriella György and Hajnal Kassai hit the road this year to go to Sepsiszentgyörgy to be on view from 18 September to 4 October under the title of Invisible presence 2.0.  The exhibition creates a dialogue between the items from the Ferenczy Museum Centrum (FMC) and the collection of MAGMA Contemporary Art Space.  The novel methodology developed within a pilot project and applied at the exhibition, promotes easily understandable contemporary art interpretation.

 

Pic. from Ferenczy Museum Centrum

Association games and a board game inspire dealing with the questions raised by the exhibited items and the easier reception of contemporary art. The Sepsiszentgyörgy exhibition was curated by museum educators Erika Fám, (MAGMA) and Gabriella György (FMC).

More information about the exhibition is on the link below:

http://www.muzeumicentrum.hu/lathatatlan-jelenlet-2-0/

https://magma.maybe.ro/

The pilot project, in the framework of which the exhibition was realized, is a methodological novelty, as the content of art education is not dealt with linearly, but the works of art are approached in a broader context instead, i.e. from the perspectives of picture theory and visual culture. As a closing event of the pilot project enhancing self-reflexion and media awareness, the exhibition titled “Make it contemporary” based on the collection, is a great success, and it is a unique rarity in the domestic museum field, as it is the first example of a contemporary art exhibition created with didactic purposes in mind. As part of the project, a microsite is continuously being developed, where teaching aids are at the disposal of teachers for current exhibitions. More information about the collaboration with the visual Culture Department of Nyíregyháza University, and the pilot project involving 80 students, are accessible on the link below:

http://mokk.skanzen.hu/ferenczy-muzeumi-centrum-kortarsitas.html

The online pilot project guide published by the Museum Education and Methodology Centre, Hungarian Open Air Museum is going to be accessible soon. With the aid of the guide, other institutions with contemporary art collections will be able to adapt the methodology developed by the pilot project realized at the Ferenczy Museum Centrum. All this will hopefully promote a better understanding of contemporary art, its embeddedness in everyday culture, and contribute to a wider audience’s access to contemporary art.

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The pilot project of Ferenczy Museum Centrum and the exhibition linked to it, titled The invisible presence. Introduction to contemporary art for adolescents – but not exclusively for them was realized within the European Union project entitled “Museum and library development for everyone” identification number 3.3.3-VEKOP-16-2016-00001. The project is implemented by EU fund of two billion HUF between 1 February 2017 and 31 January 2020, with the consortium cooperation of the Museum Education and Methodology Centre, Hungarian Open Air Museum, and Szabó Ervin Metropolitan Library. The implementers of the project are committed to strengthening the role of equal opportunities, the inclusion of disadvantaged groups and creating possibility for providing equal access to cultural goods.