In Heimat:Machen, the Volkskundemuseum Confronts its own Role in Shaping National Identity – Vienna Events


The past is only foreign if you deny its powerful impact on the present

Thanks to fresh research by curators Birgit Johler und Magdalena Puchberger, the exhibition Heimat:Machen (Creating:Homeland) at the Volkskundemuseum (The Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art) reveals not only how a powerful national identity was built on simplistic rural objects and imagery, but how the museum itself played a significant, not always constructive role in shaping Austria’s sense of self.

Heimat:Machen is a review, commemorating the Volkskundemuseum’s 100th anniversary on its premises at Palais Schönborn in the 8th district. However, the museum’s defining years were during the interwar period. “In the 1930s, as in many European countries, politics concentrated on the ‘own,’…



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