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A Study of Creating Context in a
Museum Environment

Artifacts from the past are regularly collected, valued and exhibited. Some are appreciated as high art. The rich and powerful, persons and countries alike, compete for artistic collections as symbols of their wealth and sophistication. But every artwork is founded on a social background which gives it a meaning. A work detached from its context, changes its meaning. To decontextualize a work means effectively to desemanticize it. Objects, including buildings, assume different meanings when treated as works of art.

The aim of this research was to address the issue of context in a museum environment. The case of the architectural remains of the Parthenon as currently exhibited in both London and Athens were employed and some guidelines on an alternative methodology of presentation has been explored.

‘Exhibiting Context: A Study on Creating Context in a Museum Environment.’

 London, 2011