The Storeroom Opens
Participating long-time strategic project run by the Museum of Yugoslav History (MYH)
*We’re opening a depot is a participating long-time strategic project run by the Museum of Yugoslav History (MYH) aiming at staging a permanent exhibition about Yugoslavia.
In spite of the fact that eminent national and international experts regard the Museum of Yugoslav History as one of the top structured, most dynamic and most visible institutions relating to cultural heritage of Serbia and ex-yu region, the museum is facing a number of challenges. One of the key challenges is creating a permanent exhibition that would be in conformity with the museum collections that is mostly comprised of presents that Josip Broz was given during his decades-long presidential mandate, the name of the museum in which the Yugoslav history is the central focal point and expectations of different communities sharing the Yugoslav experience and wanting their voice to be heard in the interpretation of the common heritage.
Activities of staging MYH’s permanent display present an open experimental creative work of transforming the museum from a memorial place to a contemporary and relevant institution dealing with research, re-examination and interpretation of the Yugoslav heritage. The work involves a transparent and collaborative research with a variety of players (artists, researchers, communities and all parties interested in the Yugoslav heritage). The end result of this endeavour is creating a relevant, modern, multimedia and critical museum exhibition that relies on its authenticity and richness of the museum fund, laying an emphasis on multi-perceptiveness. The process devised in this way will result in a quality, fresh and provocative contemplation of the recent history. Each stage of the work on the project will be carefully documented and published.
The project’s starting point involves participating interpretation of the museum fund that MYH curator would start, and an inter-disciplinary and international group of associates would continue through a joint experimental work on creating the future exhibition.
The arranging of the permanent display process will be carried out in the Old Museum, one of three facilities of the museum complex whose architecture and a delicate position in the MYH complex resembles more of a depot than of a space for art display. As such, the space is ideal for articulating dramatic conceptual and identity crisis of this institution into a comprehensible museum narrative.