The paper investigates how a major national museum in the Nordic countries, The National Gallery of Denmark, strategically creates, reifies and subverts hegemonic images and narratives of Danish national identity. In particular, the paper focuses on the element of subversion, that is, how the museum contests dominant narratives and understandings. The paper offers an empirical and theoretical elaboration of organizational use artworks, narratives and space, in order to navigate extremely polarized national debates concerning immigration, race and multiculturalism. Theoretically, the paper connects institutional and critical theory, in order to understand both the legitimizing imperatives but also efforts to delegitimize the current status quo. The paper conceptualizes this effort as a polyvocal kind of national identity work, in which different understandings are purposefully proffered.
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||Cultural Heritage Branding - Frederiksberg, Denmark|
Duration: 21 Nov 2019 → 22 Nov 2019
|Workshop||Cultural Heritage Branding|
|Period||21/11/2019 → 22/11/2019|