30509 - Museology and Collecting (LM)

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  • Teacher Sandra Costa

  • Credits 12

  • SSD L-ART/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Course Timetable from Sep 24, 2018 to Dec 21, 2018

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The student will pursue knowledge regarding the preservation and valorization of artistic traditions, the protection and preservation of Italian cultural heritage often specific to historical site and the protection of the environment.

Course contents

This course will be held in the first semester, and divided into two modules of 30 hours of lessons each, corresponding to 6 credits. LM students in Visual Arts shall refer to both modules (12 credits exam), while LM students in Italian Studies, European Literary Cultures, Language Sciences only to the first module (6 credits exam).

First module (6 credits)

In the first module, the course aims to provide theoretic-methodological and historical-critical tools for understanding Museum through History and today; Formation of collections and transformations of the museum as an institution from the modern era to nowadays; Historical places of art fruition; Museum and society’s requests: a debate on the 20th century museum.

Second module (6 credits exam)

Preserving, cataloguing, communicating, engaging and enhancing value are the guidelines for museums and libraries. Accordingly, this course aims at: providing means to understand the evolution of museums and their role for culture and in society; raising awareness and interest in knowledge, protection, conservation and appreciation of the surrounding cultural heritage; examining strategies of visitors involvement, also through new mass media.

In academic year 2018/2019, special attention will be paid to the analysis of the relation between publicly and privately collecting and enjoying art. This will be possible focusing on places of exhibitions and on debates about forms of displaying.



For the final examination Students enrolled in the 6 CFU are required to prepare all the texts listed in Section One

For the final examination (first and second modules 12 CFU), students are required to prepare all the texts listed in Section One, plus at least one text from Section Two and one text from Section Three.

Section One

L. Cataldo, M. Paraventi, Il museo oggi, Milano, Hoepli, 2007.

S. Costa, M. L. Pagliani, Arte, Archeologia e Pubblico, Bologna, BUP, 2017.

M. T. Fiorio, Il museo nella storia, Milano-Torino, Bruno Mondatori, 2011.

Section Two

AA. VV. L’art de l’exposition. Une documentation sur trente expositions exemplaires du XXe siècle, Parigi, édition du regard, 1998.

C. De Benedictis, Per una storia del collezionismo italiano. Fonti e documenti, Firenze, Ponte alle Grazie, 1991 (e ss. ed).

S. Costa, D. Poulot, M. Volait (a cura di), The Period Rooms - Allestimenti storici tra arte, collezionismo e museologia, Bologna, BUP, 2016.

F. Haskell, The ephemeral museum. Old master painting and the rise of the art exhibition, New Haven, Yale University Press, 2000. (trad. it. La nascita delle mostre. I dipinti degli antichi maestri e l’origine delle esposizioni d’arte, Milano-Ginevra, Skira, 2008).

M.C. Mazzi, In viaggio con le muse. Spazi e modelli del museo, Firenze, Edifir, 2005 (e ss. ed.).

A.M. Molfino, Il libro dei musei, Torino, Allemandi, 1991.

K. Pomian, Collectionneurs, amateurs et curieux. Paris, Venise: XV.e-XVIII.e siècle, Paris, 1987 (trad. it Collezionisti, amatori e curiosi. Parigi-Venezia XVI-XVIII secolo, Milano, Il Saggiatore, 2007).

D. Poulot, L’art d’aimer les objets, Laval, Presses de l’Université de Laval, 2016.

Section Three

P.Bourdieu, A. Darbel, L'amore dell'arte, le leggi della diffusione culturale: i musei d'arte europei e il loro pubblico, Rimini Guaraldi 1972 [titolo or. L'amour de l'art: les musées et leur public 1966].

S. Costa, G. Perini Folesani (a cura di), I savi e gli ignoranti. Dialogo del pubblico con l'arte, Bologna, BUP, 2017.

Teaching methods


On-site visits to art exhibitions, museums, art galleries or historical complexes will integrate the course, as well as meetings with experts variously engaged in conservation and advocacy of historical-artistic heritage.

Students attending the course Museology and Collecting ( 12 CFU) interested in laboratory activities will find more informations about the initiatives of the academic year 2018-2019 on the teacher's webpage.



Assessment methods

Students will be assessed during an interview: the final examination will evaluate the competence acquired at the end of the course. Successful candidates shall demonstrate an adequate knowledge of the contents covered during the course and the material indicated in the recommended readings/bibliography. They shall demonstrate critical ability to understand and explain both the theoretical approaches to the art mediation and the constantly evolving practical solutions proposed within the EU.

1. It will be graded as excellent the performance of those students demonstrating to be able to thoroughly analyse the texts and to put them into an organic view of the topics discussed during the course. The proper use of the specific language during the examination will be also essential.

2. It will be graded as discrete the performance of those students with mostly mnemonic knowledge, no in-depth analysis capabilities and a correct, but not always appropriate, language of the recommended texts.

3. It will be graded as barely sufficient the performance of those students with approximate knowledge, superficial understanding, poor analytical capabilities and a not always appropriate language.

4. It will be graded as insufficient the performance of those students with learning gaps, inappropriate language, no orientation within the recommended bibliography.

Teaching tools

Lectures; powerpoint slides and videos.

Office hours

See the website of Sandra Costa



Office hours

See the website of Sandra Costa