Bridging the Fluid.

Material and Living Culture in the Museum of Modern Greek Culture

In: Jahrbuch für Europäische Ethnologie

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Since 1918, when officially established, the Museum of Modern Greek Culture (MMGC), the central national ethnographic museum of Greece, has been several times re-named and has adapted its collecting and exhibit policies, reflecting historical and social changes. The fast-evolving 21st century marks a turning point to the centennial presence of the Museum: a significant renewal is set up, comprising new premises, and above all new museological conceptions, stretching the importance to the social function of the exhibited artefacts and attempting to integrate interdisciplinarity in its interpretational methodology. One of the prominent stakes for the MMGC is to bridge the notions of cultural heritage – both tangible and intangible – and living culture, with the largest vivid and multiple community implication. As museum-based ethnologist, I aim to enlighten the MMGC cultural institution, guiding through its past and exploring the labyrinth of the future.