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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.134

Non-European collections from the time of the Non-Aligned Movement in Slovenia: solidarity for today's museum practice

Speakers

  • Tina PALAIC

Primary authors

Description

The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) functioned as a third way between the two blocs, aiming to creatively contribute to the existing world order. It advocated for peaceful coexistence, disarmament, territorial integrity, and supported anti-colonial struggles. Different collaborations and exchanges were established between non-aligned countries in the field of economy, business, education and culture. Yugoslavia as one of the founders of the NAM participated in those processes which significantly contributed to acquiring new museum collections from other continents. In this presentation, I will focus on museological practices of collecting non-European collections in Slovenia in the period between 1960 and 1990, when Slovenia was one of the six republics of former Yugoslavia. The new Museum for non-European cultures was established in 1964, and was filled with collections from all over the world. The museum used different ways to acquire collections, for instance the museum curators did fieldwork in several African countries, collaborated with amateur collectors, people of different profiles and interests, as well as with foreign students who donated or sold the objects to the museum. In addition, objects came by artists’ donations, and donations from the Presidency of Yugoslavia. Analyzing the collecting policy in the newly established Museum for non-European cultures, I will try to rethink the possible use of the NAM principle of solidarity in contemporary museum activities. The most important question is, if new strategies and visions of collecting those collections can be developed on the basis of specific anti-colonial disposition and notion of solidarity of the time.