Klio K. Panourgias, Thematic Exhibitions: An Approach to Curating
The thematic arrangement of works of art is an approach which has been considered
for some time as a method of curation that could deal with the issues of education and access,
which museums and galleries are being urged to promote. Through an examination of some examples
of past thematic exhibitions, culminating in the creation of the Tate Modern, this paper proposes
to discuss the impact of these developments in the fields of curation, education and art history
and ask whether the thematic approach can provide a valid context through which the significance
and meaning of museum and gallery collections can be re-established or whether they are purely
instruments for the popularization and simplification of visual culture.
Theano Mousouri, Current Trends in Exhibit Evaluation
Over the last two decades, evaluation has become an integral part of exhibition development.
Evaluation is a systematic activity which involves designing the study(ies), setting aims and objectives,
collecting and analysing the data gathered and writing a report. This paper will present the current
trends in exhibit evaluation using examples from specific studies conducted in museums in Greece, in the
USA and in the UK.
Pari Kalamara, Chronicle of Studying and Conserving the Costume Ensemble of Hagia Sophia at Mystras. Technology as Subject of Study and Aid to Archaeological Research
The excavation in 1955 at the floor of the western and southern stoa of Hagia Sophia at
Mystras led to a great number of costume relics, a unique finding in Greece. Their special
importance within the framework of Byzantine textiles lies in the fact that they are related
with a particular area of Byzantium and with their Byzantine owner. For years the finding
"was silent". The conservation and study of the costumes of Mystras that took place in the Museum
of History and Art of the City of Geneva in cooperation with the relevant Services of the Hellenic
Ministry of Culture was necessary for its preservation, but also an essential prerequisite for the
in-depth study and the comprehension of its archaeological and historical importance. This effort
demanded deep knowledge of traditional and modern technology and the completion of this project
contributed substantially to the knowledge of the social-economic life of one of the last and more
vital centres of the Byzantine Empire during the Late Byzantine Period.
Athanasios Sideris, Cultural Heritage and Digitization
Cultural heritage, as subject of digital documentation, raises many questions,
some of which are examined in the following paper, including working definitions - descriptions
of both cultural heritage and digitization. The aims of digitization are discussed along with the means
for its achievement and the audience to which it is targeted. Among the various types and forms of
digitized cultural information, visualization appears as the most complex and demanding case.
Technical, economic, scientific and social motives for digitization are presented in a succinct way,
in relation to the general and specific requirements that should be fulfilled.
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