Museo come territorio di Esperienza traces the experience of the MAMbo education department, a real pioneer in Italy in terms of the modernization of museum education, understood as an intermediary between the artistic heritage and the public. A journey that began in the late 1990s at GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna di Bologna aimed at promoting an increasingly conscious and shared enjoyment, imagining new ways to accompany the public, and especially children, in the reading and understanding of artworks.
The book, edited by Cristina Francucci, tackles themes such as the educational role of the museum, enjoyment of the artwork, accessibility to the heritage, the school/museum relationship, framing the history and the initiatives of the department in a larger national and international context, providing sources and useful tools to deep the museum dimension of art education from multiple viewpoints. The second part of the book consists of a testimony, both written and visual, of some particularly important and emblematic projects carried out by the department, including workshops, guided tours, training courses and educational exhibits.
Cristina Francucci is the director of the Art Communication and Education Department at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, where she teaches Art teaching and education, and directs the courses that lead to teaching qualifications. In 1997, she founded the Educational Department at MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna and has followed its scientific and planning aspects, outlining the educational methodology that characterizes it. She was also head of Didart, a European project on art teaching, and she has worked with major Italian museums. She has edited collections of art books for children and published works on art and education.