Turning Full Circle: An Early Nineteenth Century Museum Revisited

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After 170 years in storage, the remarkable collection of the first Polish Museum could be soon relocated to its original place in the garden of the country estate of Pulawy. This possible move brings into focus several conflicting issues of viewing: an issue of a private taste, of the emotional value of exhibits and a matter of a politically charged collection, all this in a country of post-communist dilemmas. I shall argue that the problematic response to the collection is not the product of our time, but it was already not resolved when the Museum first opened in 1802, in the shadow of the Louvre. I shall explore different modes of viewing at the turn of the nineteenth century and relate them to today’s expectations


Keywords: Museum, Garden, National identity, Education, Audience
Stream: Audiences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Collection of Princess Izabela Czartoryska and Issues of its Reception, The


Agnieszka Whelan

Instructor in Art History, Department of Art, Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia, USA

My research is primarily in eighteenth-century landscape garden, aesthetics and social context, Japanese garden and comparative issues of time and history.

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