10898 - Museography and Museum Techniques

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  • Teacher Lucia Corrain

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-ART/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Ravenna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Cultural Heritage (cod. 9076)


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

The course aims to provide the basic knowledge of museography and museo-techniques, both from a historical-theoretical and a technical-practical perspective. By the end of the course the students will be able to orientate themselves in the field of the conservation and management of historical and artistic heritage and will be fully aware of the emergence of museum models in the West, from their origins to the present day.

Course contents

The museum today is no longer solely a place to contemplate works classified as art. First and foremost, it is a singular architectural space that welcomes the visitor. The museum is a 'body' that increasingly resembles the world of show business, the exhibitions hosted in it, for example, are increasingly heralded as great “shows”: an attraction far removed from the intimacy with the work of art that in the past the museum space created by its intimate nature. Today, the museum is something that is constantly changing. This course aims to trace the main evolutions it has undergone in order to draw up a sort of inventory of its most significant developments, also in view of the lengthy period of forced closure that this institution has undergone.


Argan G. C., Museologia e museografia in M. Garberi, A. Piva, a cura di, L’opera d’arte e lo spazio architettonico, Mazzotta, Milano, 1988, pp. 131-136.

Lugli A., Museologia, Jaca Book, Milano, 1992.

Zunzunegui S., Metamorfosi dello sguardo. Museo e semiotica, a cura di Luisa Scalabroni, Edizioni nuova cultura, Roma 2011

Hammad M., “Il Museo della Centrale Montemartini a Roma. Un’analisi semiotica”, in Scene del consumo: dallo shopping al museo, a cura di Isabella Pezzini e Pierluigi Cervelli, Meltemi, Roma, pp. 203-279, scaricabile da http://www.ec-aiss.it/biblioteca/pdf/17_pezzini_cervelli_scene/pezzini_cervelli_scene_indice.pdf

Teaching methods

The frontal lectures will be supplemented by seminar sessions for the attending students, who will have to present a museum case in the classroom describing the main transformations it has undergone.

Assessment methods

Oral examination aimed to assess the critical skills acquired during the course by the students, who are expected to deal with the texts in the syllabus according to the teacher’s analysis methods during the lectures. Students shall demonstrate an appropriate knowledge of the recommended readings.

1. It will be graded as excellent the performance of those students demonstrating to be able to thoroughly analyze the texts and know how to put them into an organic view of the topics of the course. A proper use of the specific language during the interview will be also essential.

2. It will be graded as discrete the performance of those students with a 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 an approximate knowledge, superficial understanding, poor analytical capabilities and an inappropriate language.

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

Teaching tools

In addition to lectures, power-point presentations, movies and documentaries will be used to support the teaching.

Office hours

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