chapter  5
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Musealisation processes in the realm of art


Musealisation is not a homogeneous process. Rather, depending on the nature of an object and the realm to which it belongs, this process can have different nuances and effects on the object itself. This chapter discusses the processes of musealisation, focusing on works of art. Intending to raise questions about musealisation of art objects, the concepts of ‘museum object’ and ‘work of art’ are approached from different perspectives. The notions of preservation in situ and ex situ are used as starting points to analyse false oppositions like objects versus ideas, collections versus territories, or classic museums versus ecomuseums. Aiming to shed light on in situ/ex situ as complementary approaches, a parallel is drawn with a strategy for plant conservation.