The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Ohran Pamuk's Museum of Innocence

The Museum of Innocence is both a novel and a museum. It will open in Istanbul this year. You can read more at the link above, but I was just wondering what you feel about this idea? And following on from the questions raised by the reviewer, what books would you 'Museumify' and how?

3 comments:

Elee said...

Ooh, tricky question. Having glanced over the novels, the ones that stood out the most were Levi's 'The Periodic Table', Dante's 'Inferno', and 'Gulliver's Travels'. However, Levi is already turning a scientific chart into a novel, so to museumify it might be taking things a step too far, and I think Gulliver and the Inferno could make good exhibitions, but possibly not museums, as they describe places that aren't of this earth...

Jenny said...

Well, do museums need to be about reality? That's another dodgy question I suppose...

Amy said...

Can museums not be about and of the mind? Isn't that what art exhibitions are already? Fantasy and imagination are as revealing about humankind as the tangible and the 'real' aren't they?