Claro-Obscuro – Around cinematographic representations of the museum

This dissertation aims to explore the representation of museums in film. This process is established by a historical, etymological and critical approach to the concept of the museum. Demonstrating that its connection with cinema happens not only in the public nature of the experience, but also as a refraction of a distant “art of memory” technique, whereby visual associations construct an imaginative path which is strictly connected to cinematic representations of museums. The categorisation of museum scenes in so-called narrative cinema, its analysis and understanding of its causes, shows that these representations are quite different from the image projected by the museum: if the museum sees itself as a bright and clear space, cinema sees the institution, most of the time, as a strange and obscure place.

Keywords: cinema, museum, museum studies, representations, fiction, memory

Year 2014
Type Thesis
Institution Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto
Degree Master
Supervisor(s) Professor Doutor Bernardo Pinto de Almeida
Language Português
Field Museology, Curatorial Studies, Film and Visual Studies