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Gallery of the Day: Facing the Sea

December 12, 2011

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Gallery of the Day: Facing the Sea

I must press on with my gallery guides for the new National Museum of Scotland if I want to get them all posted before the end of the year. Facing the Sea is another of the first floor atrium galleries in the World Cultures block: The Pacific is a vast ocean scattered with thousands of islands. Here, people belong as much to the sea as to the land. For thousands of years Pacific Islanders have travelled huge distances across the ocean to trade and settle new […]

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Gallery of the Day: Performance & Lives

November 24, 2011

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Gallery of the Day: Performance & Lives

Performance and Lives is one of the first floor atrium galleries in the World Cultures block: Music, sounds and performance are important to people’s lives all over the world. Sounds and rhythm are at the centre of ceremonies and performances, from community festivals to sacred rituals. The costumes, masks and musical instruments that are part of performance reflect long long-held traditions, but also reveal how contemporary makers, musicians and performers reinterpret traditions from their own times. (gallery intro panel) The dazzling collection of masks actually […]

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Gallery of the Day: Living Lands

November 23, 2011

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Gallery of the Day: Living Lands

On the occasion of our recent trip to Edinburgh, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to continue with my remaining gallery guide for the new National Museum of Scotland galleries. I’d already covered all the Natural World galleries, but had only made a start on the World Cultures galleries, starting with Patterns of Life on the ground floor, which has quite a few interactive as it’s expected to be visited by a lot of families. Right next to it is Living Lands: Landscapes […]

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{Croatia} Vatra – Fire

September 22, 2011

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I already briefly mentioned our tour of Zagreb’s Ethnographical Museum in my write up about the CECA conference, but I wanted to say a bit more about their special exhibition ‘Vatra’, Croatian for ‘fire’, which originated from a long-standing collaboration with the Fränkische Schweiz Museum in Germany. The exhibition explores “the importance of functions which fire has in the life of man…through historical perspectives, accentuating its economic, communicative, social and symbolic meaning” in six sections: ‘Earth and Fire’ looks at how fire is represented in […]

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Gallery of the Day: Patterns of Life

August 18, 2011

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Gallery of the Day: Patterns of Life

The first World Cultures gallery that we visited (not counting Imagine) on our day by day trip around the new National Museum of Scotland galleries was Patterns of Life: “From America to Asia, possessions reflect identity and mark important life events. They are personal or communal expressions of the diversity of cultures and traditions. Getting ready to face the day, celebrating a coming of age, or mourning the death of a loved one – there are patterns of life that connect us all.” (gallery intro […]

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