Museography is an art


For Métapraxis, museography does not simply mean combining a range of techniques to show museum collections to their best advantage. For Métapraxis, museography is first and foremost an art and, like any art, it demands technical expertise but this technical expertise is itself not sufficient to produce everything one would expect from these very special spaces we know as museums. Museography allows us to create much more than simply “a fine display of objects". We use it to construct objects which are simultaneously real, discursive and collective.

They are real because they are objects, works one can see; they are discursive in that their meaning is suggested, or even imposed, by written or spoken texts and finally they are collective because they are shared and discussed and form part of a collective experience which takes root in a common point of reference. To a certain extent, museums are the repositories of our store of realities and essential truths.

Indeed museography and interpretative resources work these raw materials - the object, the spoken word and the space – not to reproduce formal expert statements but to encourage discussion, to incite visitors to form an opinion through storytelling and movement through the space, thus creating a special, meaningful relationship between the works and the visitors.

In this way museography and interpretative resources build complex systems of works, culture, technology and communication which we can use to explore human interaction in the construction of reality without, for all that, claiming to define it or set it in stone: here lies the magic of the art of museography, a magic which refuses to stand still.