04762 - Outfitting and Museography

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students acquire sufficient knowledge to analyze, break down and manage the complexity and articulation of an architectural project in the field of museography .

The student acquires also the basic knowledge in the broad of disciplinary matters museography learning the ability to anticipate meta-projectual schemes, methods and solutions aimed at the design solution. Through the knowledge gained, the student can then use the architectural project as a methodology for the study, analysis and presentation of the creative process of the museographic and exhibition design and is able to define the overall development.

Course contents

“Collect”, “preserve" and to "pass on" are the archetypal matrix an the anthropological foundation of collecting and then of the museography. The tomb, the temple, the city, the arsenal, the theater, the garden and the library are the places where you «inverano» different epiphanies of the museum. The tomb bears witness to the birth of collecting anthropological origin of which musealità, the temple is the place of elective phenomena of hoarding and resulting in sanctification, the city stands against the musealità together as a "machine" rhetoric and mnemonics, the arsenal is the place-museum without masterpieces, the theater is the architecture of a symbolic and allusive together theatricality "museum" and a musealità "play", the garden embodies the iconology of the museum between myth and etymology, the library is the place of memory and eidetic memory semantics. The Contemporary Museum is the sum of all of that and much more.

The acquisition of the major historical experiences in the field of the specific disciplinary becomes the preliminary condition for the formulation of a coherent knowledge.

The term "allestimento" identifies a specific legal peculiar design of the architect. It is, in fact, a very broad field in itself that involves multiple disciplines, some linked to history, as the preservation or archeology, other communication such as graphics or semiotics, others more technological fields such as lighting or industrial design, and others to commercial fields such as marketing or product category.

The course aims to investigate this project area considering it in the sense of "place" of the relationship between the objects / subjects, overcoming the rigid classification of "products" to be presented either on the conventional distinction between container and contents.


K. Pomian, Dalle sacre reliquie all’arte moderna. Venezia-Chicago dal XIII al XX secolo, Il Saggiatore, Milano 2004

E. Hooper-Greenhill, Musei e formazione del sapere, Il Saggiatore, Milano 2005

M. L. Tomea Gavazzoli, Manuale di Museologia, Rizzoli, Milano 2011

M. V. Marini Clarelli, Che cos’è un museo, Carocci, Roma 2005

Arrigo Rudi. Architettura, restauro e allestimento, a cura di V. Pastor, S. Los e U. Tubini, Marsilio, Venezia 2011


M. T. Fiorio, Il museo nella storia. Dallo studiolo alla raccolta pubblica, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2011

L. Basso Peressut, Il museo moderno: architettura e museografia da Auguste Perret a Louis Kahn, Edizioni Lybra Immagine, Milano 2005

L. Basso Peressut, 73 musei, Edizioni Lybra Immagine, Milano 2007

L. Basso Peressut, I luoghi del museo. Tipo e forma fra tradizione e innovazione, Editori Riuniti, Roma 1985

F. Minissi, Il museo negli anni ’80, Edizioni Kappa, Roma 1983

A. Huber, Il museo italiano: la trasformazione di spazi storici in spazi espositivi. Attualità dell'esperienza museografica degli anni '50, Edizioni Lybra Immagine, Milano 2005

F. Antinucci, Comunicare nel museo, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2006


Mostrare. L'allestimento in Italia dagli anni Venti agli anni Ottanta, a cura di S. Polano, Edizioni Lybra Immagine, Milano, 1988

A. C. Cimoli, Musei effimeri. Allestimenti di mostre in Italia 1949-1963, Il Saggiatore, Milano 2007

Teaching methods

The teaching of the course is structured according to a "path" approach to the discipline made possible by a synthetic framework of bibliographic reference, deepened and enriched, during the course, of a varied program of lectures ex cathedra and a design experience. In the lessons we will analyze the fundamental issues of discipline and performed comparative analyzes of case studies as well as top of the tutorial project. During the lessons will regularly use video projections. In particular, the lessons will be set in a seminar, in order to encourage staff and critical contribution of the students, the same will be checked the state of progression of the project.

Assessment methods

Students will be asked to perform a design experience, simulating the permanent “musealizzazione” of the opera ARCHITECTURAL MEMORY (1984-1985) of M° Pino Castagna (1932-2017) and the accommodation of the spaces and the internal paths to the Court of weapons of the Rocca Malatestiana of Cesena.

The project will build on the construction of a narrative and the complex relationships that exist among the sculpture and space. The project will be conducted using the tools of architectural design taking into account the graphical techniques most appropriate to the topic. The graphic material and necessary analytical in the drafting of the project as well as a specific bibliography will be provided during the course and made available on the platform iol.unibo.

The assessment is done by evaluating the design of the exercise, which ensures the acquisition of knowledge and skills expected by conducting an oral examination lasting a minimum of 30 minutes without the aid of notes or books.

The oral examination consists of: a design review of the exercise during which the teacher informs the student on correction criteria, receiving any clarifications to the same student; an oral study aimed to assess the knowledge and skills acquired general applied to a critical discussion of the project.

Passing the exam will be granted to students who demonstrate mastery and operational capacity in relation to the key concepts discussed in teaching, and in particular to capcity to understand and manage the complexity of the design point. A higher score will be awarded to students who demonstrate that they understand and be able to use all of the teaching content illustrating them with skills and peculiar properties of language, solving issues too complex, with good operational control, etc. Failure to pass the exam may be due to insufficient knowledge of the key concepts, the lack mastery of specific technical language and a lack of or insufficient operational capacity.

Design exercise

Permanent “musealizzazione” of the opera ARCHITECTURAL MEMORY (1984-1985) of M° Pino Castagna (1932-2017) and the accommodation of the spaces and the internal paths to the Court of weapons of the Rocca Malatestiana of Cesena.

Design documents

The construction documents shall be in A1 format using digital techniques of drawing by hand accompanied by the study of the assumptions made and the proposed solutions, photography and processing programs digitized in the same provide a valuable support for the verification of locations and staging in general and in detail.

a report design (maximum 5400 strokes). CD or DVD - The files relating to the three tables and the report will be saved on digital media - CD or DVD - and delivered on the occasion of the discussion of the exam.

TABLE 1 - Analysis general framework.

TABLE 2 - Project.

TABLE 3 - Detail and executive analysis.

REPORT - A report design (maximum 5400 strokes).

CD or DVD - The files relating to the three tables and the report will be saved on digital media - CD or DVD - and delivered on the occasion of the discussion exam.

Will be organized visits to museums, exhibitions of art and to companies operating within specification.

The evaluation of the examination will be determined not only by the quality of the tutorial presented by the knowledge of the topics covered during the lessons and refer to the bibliography.

Teaching tools

The lessons will be held with constant use of graphic and photographic material that will be presented through video-projections and links in the classroom on the web.

The didactic material necessary to carry out the design exercise can be found by the students on the iol.unibo platform in digital format.

Office hours

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