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Micheletti Award and DASA Award: the winners 2017

2017 Micheletti Judges’ Report


At a ceremony held at Skopje, the results of the Micheletti Award and the DASA Award were



GPO-The-winner-of-the-Micheletti-award-2017THE MICHELETTI AWARD was presented to the GPO WITNESS HISTORY VISITOR CENTRE , Dublin, Ireland. The General Post was seized by Irish rebels as the seat of the Provisional Irish Government. On Easter Monday 1916 the rebel leader Patrick Pearse read the Proclamation of Independence from its steps. The GPO was the centre of the battle between the Irish and the British in that year, and was destroyed by shelling by the British.
This led to a bitter war of independence and a partitioned Ireland. On the centenary of the uprising and as part of the commemorations a Visitor Centre was constructed which is both a cultural venue and a history museum, with personal stories, eyewitness accounts and historical artefacts. The Centre’s aim is to redress the balance of the events of the 1916
Easter Rising, which have been the subject of what it describes as ‘a century of idolisation
and demonisation’. The exhibition space is below ground, with a large display showing how
political posters overshadowed those advertising cultural and social events. There is a mix of
documents and artefacts, together with reproductions of uniforms and weapons. Audio
guides are available in six languages and touch screens show an overview of events and
their aftermath for every period. A large semi-circular video wall has a 17-minute programme
recreating events in central Dublin in 1916. The exhibition has made every effort to show
the viewpoints of the Irish and British, Roman Catholics and Protestants, rich and poor.

The judges said : The Centre is a perfect example of 20 th century history in retrospect,
dealing in an even-handed way with a very emotive subject, which would have been
impossible even a decade ago. It is an extraordinary achievement, an historical challenge
with has been transformed into a reconciliation centre which also poses questions for the
future. Our warmest congratulations go to the whole team.

GPO Witness History Visitor Centre
General Post Office, O’Connell Street Lower
Dublin 1, Ireland

This year within the Micheletti Award scheme a SPECIAL COMMENDATION was awarded
to the ALPINARIUM, Galtür, Austria. The little village of Galtür is situated at 1600 metres in
the Tyrol and became known worldwide in February 1999 because of a huge avalanche
which occurred to due to a combination of unforeseen weather conditions. Twenty-two
people were saved but 31 lost their lives. After the disaster, greater protection against
possible avalanches received government support. A 19-metre high wall, 345 metres in
length was constructed, combining its protection function with an underground car park, a​
community building and the Alpinarium. The museum architecture has been kept simple,
with alabaster representing the snow of the avalanche, while the stone circle in the foyer the
Frozen Water café lounge and auditorium are expressions of the conflict between Galtür and
its surroundings. Since its opening in 2003 the Alpinarium has presented a mixture of topics
in permanent and temporary exhibitions which are related to the community and also focus
on current topics, including ecological problems and the situation of refugees. Subjects such
as economics, literature, social migration, tourism and sustainability are linked together in an
attractive way. Because of its geographical situation, with periods of heavy snowfall cutting
the village off, the Alpinarium plays a particularly important part in the community.

The judges said: Whoever visits Galtür and the Alpinarium will not forget the village
atmosphere, the charm of the valley with its impressive mountains, and the convincing
concept of the Alpinarium with its dramatic founding background and the solidarity of the
population. The museum acts as a source of social cohesion and has become the model for
other disaster sites around the world. The Alpinarium is to be warmly congratulated on its

Alpinarium Galtür
Hauptstrasse 29c
A-6563 Galtür, Austria

THE DASA AWARD this year goes to the DESIGNMUSEUM DANMARK , Copenhagen. The
museum, housed in the former King Frederik’s Hospital, is in the latest phase of its Strategic
Plan (2017-2020), with a new team under its very active director. With its change of name
and new strategy visitor numbers have increased from 63,123 in 2011 to 229,179 in 2016, a
figure expected to be exceeded in 2017. This increase has been mainly due to an increase
in younger people coming to the museum and to additional foreign visitors. The museum’s
aim with its open format is to inspire their visitors, industry, the design field, educational
programmes and everyone living in a world increasingly shaped by design. The subject
design and crafts is now part of the national curriculum, and within its educational
programme the museum also runs sessions for refugees and asylum seekers in conjunction
with the Red Cross. It also takes part in educational networks and general collaborations at
national and international level and in all its work emphasises social awareness.

The judges said : This is a vibrant and forward-looking museum which aims to place design
at the centre of all aspects of daily life. The new strategy has transformed it from a traditional
museum to one which is relevant to the 21 st century, attracting visitors of all ages and from
all walks of life. Its emphasis on excellence and the importance of lifelong learning makes it
a worthy winner of this year’s DASA Award.

Designmuseum Danmark
Bredgade 68
DK-1260 Copenhagen, Denmark


  • Alpinarium, Galtür, Austria
  • ​Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding, Betina, Croatia
  • Designmuseum Danmark, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Horsens Prison Museum, Horsens, Denmark
  • German Football Museum, Dortmund, Germany
  • Archaeological Museum, Kythera, Greece
  • GPO Witness History Visitor Centre, Dublin, Ireland
  • Riga Motor Museum, Riga, Latvia
  • Waterline Museum, Bunnik, The Netherlands
  • European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk, Poland

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, Thirty-eight countries are currently represented within the
EMA organisation. www.europeanmuseumacademy.eu

THE LUIGI MICHELETTI FOUNDATION (Fondazione Biblioteca Archivio Luigi
Micheletti) LMF (established in 1981 in Brescia) is a research centre specialising in
20 th -century history. Scientific research covers ideologies of the 20 th century, wars, the
ambivalence of technical progress, industrialization and labour, conspicuous
consumption, the origin of environmentalism. The ideological, social and material
contemporary history, led by international researches and conferences, is linked to a
rich collection: writings, postcards, photos, posters, videos, audio documents, but also
objects, furniture and machines. It is in this context that the mus il – Museum of
Industry and Labour – was created, in order to focus on the recovery of productive
plants and whole urban areas. www.fondazionemicheletti.eu ; www.musilbrescia.it ;

Dortmund covers the past, present and future worlds of work in an area of about
13.000 m², with 12 exhibition units and three-dimensional exhibits. It is the permanent
educational facility of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Care
(Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin) and informs the general public
about the world of work, its status for the individual and society, and the importance of
tailoring work to human requirements. The relationship between people, work and
technology is demonstrated and explained in a variety of ways in the exhibition. The​
central theme is to establish human values at work, such as good health and dignity.
DASA focuses on people and their physical, intellectual, social and cultural needs.

Contact : Ann Nicholls, EMA Co-ordinator ann.n1493@mail.com



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