Disagreement Makes Us Strong?
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
© 2012 The California Academy of Sciences
Curator: The Museum Journal
Volume 55, Issue 4, pages 467–478, October 2012
How to Cite
Sandahl, J. (2012), Disagreement Makes Us Strong?. Curator: The Museum Journal, 55: 467–478. doi: 10.1111/j.2151-6952.2012.00169.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2012
Abstract Museums are mirrors of national, regional, and local identities, functioning as self portraits of nations, regions, and cities. But to what extent do city museums, for instance, actively and consciously reflect the ethical, political, or social dilemmas, contradictions, and conflicts that drive and impact the cities they serve? As concepts of democracy expand in the twenty-first century, can museums be platforms for dialogue and solution-building? What hinders museums in facilitating equal access to culture for everyone and encouraging a plurality of voices to speak? Like many other city museums, the Museum of Copenhagen is forced, enticed, and lured by the complexity, richness, and challenges of contemporary urban cultures to re-examine its vision and methods, seeking a new relevance and presence for itself within the city.