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2013 Micheletti Award: the winner is The Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany

At a ceremony held in Bursa, Turkey, the Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr in Dresden, Germany, was announced as the winner of the 2013 Micheletti Award.

The trophy was presented to the museum’s director, Dr Matthias Rogg. Representing the Luigi Micheletti Foundation were René Capovin and Giovanni Tampalini. A strong delegation from the European Museum Academy, which was responsible for the selection and assessment of candidates, was also present.

The judges said: “This is a museum that encapsulates the principles of the EU, unity in diversity and peace. It is making a unique effort to change the grammar of the past, as it is seen and understood by today’s society, in order to bring more hope for peace in the world.” “Although architects place their own landmarks in their designs as Libeskind does, it is clear that to achieve a good result this needs to be balanced with a strong group of policy- and decision-makers and advisors in the museum, and this has been done to great effect.”

“The museum is proud to be a forum which puts questions without giving answers. However, what is obvious for any visitor is that the museum is not quite neutral: it advocates peace and understanding …It is not a hymn for the bravery of ancestors, but a very honest witness of the past and of the present. Some of the themes of the temporary exhibitions are very daring.”

Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr
(Director: Oberst. PD Dr Matthias Rogg)
Olbrichtplatz 2, D-01099 Dresden, Germany
MilHistMuseumBwEingang@bundeswehr.org; www.mhmbw.de

 

LIST OF FINALISTS FOR THE 2013 MICHELETTI AWARD

  • Musée Lalique, Wingen-sur-Moder, France
  • Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr, Dresden, Germany
  • Museu do Douro, Peso da Régua, Portugal
  • Regional Museum, Maribor, Slovenia
  • Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain
  • Bursa Merinos Energy Museum, Bursa, Turkey

THE 2013 DASA AWARD
In its exhibition the DASA (first winner of the Micheletti Award in 1996) shows themes of the
world of work from the past, present and future. The aim is to address not only experts in
this field, but also, as the principal target group, the broad general public. The DASA is thus
endeavouring to achieve effectiveness on a social level. The presentation of old, modern or
future worlds of work, while at the same time focusing on man with all his concerns, needs
and abilities, is very rare. That is why the DASA wishes to present other museums with the
DASA Award and accord them recognition for their presentation of the world of work.
The winner this year is the Culture of Prevention Pavilion at the Parque de las Ciencias
in Granada, Spain. The museum is exceptional in that it has an exhibition all exclusively
devoted to Prevention, not only at work but in ordinary day-to-day life – in school, at home, in
the street. The Culture of Prevention Pavilion (CPP) was inaugurated in 2008 and is the
only one of its type in Spain. All the modules are interactive, enabling the public to
participate and to experience the risk or consequences of certain actions, and preventative
measures which can and should be taken. Audiovisual testimonies from people who have
suffered injuries can also be seen. The Pavilion is a venue from which to develop
conferences, seminars and workshops on this important topic, where projects can be
developed on the world of work. In the museum’s opinion the placing of this subject in the
Science Park shows its full integration with science and technology, rather than being a
space for specialists in an isolated location.

The judges said: “The Culture of Prevention Pavilion is bright and attractive and succeeds
in its attempt to show the dangers of daily modern life with a humane and not overly medical
approach. The visitor can feel what it means to be exposed, for example, to overpowering
sounds and incessant vibrations, and even experience how it feels to be involved in a crash.
It is also a very appropriate venue for international and multilingual gatherings on this
important subject, where discussions are concrete, comprehensive and comprehensible.”

Pabellón Cultura de la Prevención, Parque de las Ciencias
(Director: Ernesto Pâramo Sureda)
Avenida de la Prevención, s/n
ES-18006 Granada, Spain
jarroyo@parqueciencias.com; www.parqueciencias.com

 

THE EUROPEAN MUSEUM ACADEMY EMA is a non-profit Foundation established to
reflect museums at the international level, to promote research on museography and
museology as a high cultural activity, to provide constructive criticism and promote discussion
on new exhibitions and museums, and to diffuse museological knowledge and ideas among
members of the profession. It aims to promote the conception and development of new as well
as of traditional museums as tools of social change. The Micheletti Award is organised to
illustrate best museum practice, in co-operation with the Micheletti Foundation, Twenty-three
countries are currently represented within the European Museum Academy organisation.

The European Museum Academy Prize will be announced in September 2013 at the meeting
in Bologna of the EU funded project LEM – The Learning Museum. The Prize is given by the
EMA Board on the basis of proposals submitted by its Pool of Experts, National
Representatives, Institutional Supporters or other groups which are involved in EMA activities
during the year. It was established with the aim of recognising the outstanding results of
organisations, researchers and cultural institutions in creating pioneering museums or
producing studies and carrying on projects of European relevance which are destined to
influence the development of museological discourse at the international level.

THE LUIGI MICHELETTI FOUNDATION (Fondazione Biblioteca Archivio Luigi
Micheletti) The Foundation (established 1981 in Brescia) is a research centre specialising in
20th-century history. It has been leading the debate on industrial archaeology in Italy and has
concentrated so far on the history of technology, work and industry. It has also played a key
role in the setting up of musil (the Museum of Industry and Labour), which consists of three
complete and functioning areas: the Museum of Hydroelectricity in Cedegolo (Camonica Valley,
Brescia); the Museum of Industry and Work in Rodengo Saiano (Brescia); and the Museum of
Iron in San Bartolomeo (Brescia). www.fondazionemicheletti.it;http://www.musilbrescia.it.
www.luigimichelettiaward.eu

THE PANEL OF JUDGES
Mr Thomas Brune Head, Department of Ethnology, Landesmuseum Württemberg, Stuttgart
Mr René Capovin, Luigi Micheletti Foundation, Brescia
Dr Christopher Grayson Expert in European cultural cooperation, Strasbourg
Dr Arno van Berge Henegouwen Head, Natural History Department, Museon, The Hague
Dr Karl Borromäus Murr, Director, tim Staatliches Textil- und Industriemuseum Augsburg
Dr Massimo Negri EMA Director, Scientific Director of the Master Course of European Museology, IULM University, Milan
Professor François-Xavier Nève de Mévergnies, Service de Linguistique expérimentale Université de Liège
Miss Ann Nicholls EMA Co-ordinator, Bristol
Dr Virgil Stefan Nitulescu Director, Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest
Dr Andreja Rihter EMA President and Head of the School of Museology, Celje
Dr Hermann Schäfer Former General Director for Culture and Media, Chancellor’s Office, Berlin;
Founding President of the House of History, Bonn
HRH Princess Sibilla de Luxembourg Art Historian
Mrs Danièle Wagener Director, Les 2 Musées de la Ville de Luxembourg
Dr Jorge Wagensberg Scientific Director of the ‘la Caixa’ Foundation, Barcelona
Dr Wim van der Weiden EMA Chairman; former General Director of Naturalis, Leiden

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