The Art of Being a World Culture Museum

Photography by Wolfgang Thaler

Since 16 February 2019
World Culture and Ethnographic Museums are the museums of our time in Europe. They are in the spotlight of a changing society and in the centre of public discourse about cultural diversity, the legacies of colonialism, and the challenges of living together in a society shaped by migration and globalisation.

About the exhibition

About the exhibition

This exhibition shows a selection of photos by Wolfgang Thaler from the book The Art of Being a World Culture Museum, which gives a glimpse of the variety and practices of ten museums in Europe by giving a lively insight into exhibition ambiances, work environments, museums architecture, and the collections. The visual narrative focuses on context rather than objects and enables us to gaze behind the scenes of museum work and to discover angles that are usually concealed from the visitors.

The book, which forms the basis for this exhibition, was edited by Barbara Plankensteiner, published by Kerber Verlag and produced in the frame of the project SWICH (Sharing a World of Inclusion, Creativity and Heritage), co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Daily except Wednesday
10 am to 6 pm

Friday
until 9 pm

Weltmuseum Wien

Heldenplatz
1010 Vienna, Austria

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