Hungarian National Gallery, Department of Education
is Head of Education Department in the Hungarian National Gallery (Budapest) where she has been working as an art historian and museum educator since 2008. She specializes in formal and informal educational programs and innovative methods for museum education which she aims to put into practice in creative and inventive exhibitions and cultural, educative projects. After being project manager on several European Union programs on museum education, she also teaches at two leading Hungarian universities. She was co-curator – with Réka Krasznai – of the unusual and innovative exhibition “Hyperlinks. Reflections on Rippl-Rónai” (16 October – 16 November 2014, Magyar Telekom Registered Offices, Budapest) realized in the frame of the Autumn Festival of Museums within the program “Travelling Museum – Museum Experience Outside Museum Walls”.
trzecie dzień konferencji
10:50 - 11:10
Museum Experience Outside Museum Walls" – New Challenges and Opportunities in Museum Education
In 2014, the organizers of the yearly held Autumn Festival of Museums appealed to the Hungarian museums to step out of their walls and take their exhibition and/or museum education program to public space. The Hungarian National Gallery responded by creating an unusual exhibition which – for the first time in Hungary – displayed actual artworks in the open social space of a work environment. By bringing the museum closer to people, the project encouraged art appreciation as part of everyday life, just before or after work, during lunchtime or coffee break. Thus the effort to engage the community outside the museum walls met with the ambition of increasing visual and art literacy among the wider public. A comprehensive look on this initiative will reveal the opportunities that lie in such an enterprise without concealing the challenges and problems surrounding it. The principal benefits concern museum marketing, museum education, as well as the core of any fine art museum: the collection. At the time when museums are reassessing their reserve collections and adopting a variety of approaches to open up and utilize their stores, such outside (or should we say outsider) exhibition could be another way to exploit the potentials lying in the hidden resources of a museum. The purpose of this lecture is to discuss this new phenomenon in museum education – "a museum experience outside museum walls" – and its methodology through the example of the exhibition Hyperlinks. Reflections on Rippl-Rónai.