On 18 December 2012 I started the internship the Master Degree in History of Art at the Museum of Ancient Art - Palazzo Madama - on the occasion of the exhibition Treasures of Albanian heritage. The exhibition traveled to Turin after being opened in Rome in the month of the celebration of the centenary of the Independence of Albania. My involvement in this work has been possible thanks to the collaboration between the institution museum and the University of Turin.
This opportunity allowed me to have direct practical experience and theoretical concepts learned during the research done for my bachelor thesis. My thesis work was concerned, in fact, the history of museums in Albania after the Second World War and in the early chapters describing the discovery and preservation of the collections sent in this exhibition.
My participation in the preparation of this event starts in the early stages of organization and presentation of the collections housed in the Senate Hall of the Palazzo Madama, where I worked mainly handling, cataloging the lists of works from museum bodies in different tiling with various professional , including that of the Registrar.
Stages of the preparation of an exhibition are important to identify the space that works occupy, making the most efficient way possible the exhibition. This exercise led me to know the dynamics behind the preparation of a show that, far from the gaze of the public, contributing to the success or otherwise of the same. For this reason, one last attention was also given to the advertising and the communication of the event: Website, invitations to the various agencies, invitations to cultural associations, advertising posters, promoting the event in all its forms.
In a second step I followed the activities related to the study of visitors. In this way I famigliarizzato with an important aspect of the museum, which I had studied in university education, but that it is critical to understand what is the image, the presence and the service that the public receives and how these may change in favor of a closer dialogue with those who visit the museum.
In other museums I have ever participated as an audience: in most cases as a visitor receptive (who learned the information from a work exposed without being able to act on it) and in other cases as a visitor participatory (which reinterprets the message of some works on display in the museum, to intervene with his artistic work showcasing the meanings drawn from this experience through an original creation).
The novelty of this formative experience was to teach me a new way to experience the museum. Seeing with the eyes of those who offer a service to the public and try to deal with the latter in order to rethink and update the role that the museum stands in relation to its visitors and the social context in which it is inserted, to offer a best place for dialogue and cultural exchanges.
From this report, the museum tries to get out of it renewed becoming a place of interaction and active learning, where everyone can participate thanks to its contribution.
This type of activity involves different ways of studying the public: the observation of the different behaviors of people visiting or assessing their opinions collected through the questionnaires. Addressing a direct relationship with the public, it means to know not only their opinions but also discover the interests, needs and attractions that visitors have when they are interested in an event / exhibition and the museum in general.
The relationship established with the public has been useful because it has matured me in skills in initiating a dialogue aimed at bringing to the surface criticisms, opinions and thoughts that are unlikely to be expressed without an appropriate stimulus by the interviewer that must be sufficient to arouse enough interest in the topic of the survey.
I therefore conclude, this internship experience vital to my training because it allowed me to have a direct and concrete about what it means to work and live in the museum. The experience gained and concepts learned, with the help of the staff of the Senate, I will serve as a useful luggage for the construction of my future career path.