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Theatres of memory

- Languages: it
Naples had always excelled in the most diverse cultural fields: it had philosophers, scholars and jurists, but also engineers and architects, the 'canzone napoletana' [Neapolitan song] as a cultural industry, department stores of a European standard, entrepreneurial initiatives and advanced social struggles.
Origin and exile, or Mount Ararat and the island of San Lazzaro in the Venice Biennale: it is not possible to think of 2015 without considering 1915, like it is not possible to think of the Armenian Diaspora without considering the area from which it emanated. The Armenity asserts itself on the periphery of Europe, at the Venice Biennale it steps into the center.
- Languages: fr

The idea to create a Museum of Europe in Brussels was born from a triple assessment: Europe exists; its citizens do not know much about it and, what is worse, do not want to know anything; and, since nothing is done without the citizens’ approval in a democracy, it is important to develop a pedagogy for Europe. A history museum is an excellent tool to do this, among others.

In Ukraine and Russia this year, no historical date held more importance than Victory Day, the May 9 holiday that traditionally commemorates the end of World War II in Europe. As the holiday came and went by, virtually all Western eyes were trained on Moscow: the gigantic military parade on Red Square, Putin’s invitation to state leaders from the world over, and Western leaders’ boycott of the event. Few commentators paid attention to how people in Kiev and elsewhere in Ukraine observed Victory Day.
- Languages: it
The 70th Anniversary of D-Day focus attention on Walter Rosenblum, one of the most decorated photographers of WWII and an important figure in the advancement of twentieth century photography.
- Languages: fr
We are used to seeing Greek statues sagely lined up in ranks in the collections of archeological museums. For the tourist in a hurry, flitting from work to work, the misunderstanding is triple: in the first place, the observed statues are not even Greek most of the time, because they are often marble copies dating back to the Roman period; then, they glisten in white, whereas the original statues were enhanced with vivid colors or cast in shiny bronze; finally they are neutralized by the museum context which transforms them into simple objects of aesthetic joy.

In the last fifteen years, the links between Politics and Memory have come to the forefront of public attention.

- Languages: es

The Mosque of Cordoba is one of the great sites of European memory. With its famous colonnade, its semi-circular arches and the alternating red and white voussoirs it is one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, and also a reminder of its Moorish past.

Traditionally, the Day of Victory over Nazi Germany has been one of the most important holidays in Ukraine’s calendar, just as it is in Russia. But the recent falling-out between Moscow and Kiev has divided the two governments even over how to commemorate May 9. A team of seven historians and seven photographers observed Victory Day celebrations and countercelebrations in the Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Kharkov, Donetsk, Lviv, Odessa, as well as in Sevastopol.
- Languages: it
The word "ghetto" is normally used to indicate two distinct realities. On the one hand, we have the Italian ghettos of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Here, Jews who had until then lived freely among Christians were closed in behind walls and gates in various Italian cities and forced to live in a state of semi-imprisonment, aimed at preventing familiarity with Christians and pushing them to convert. On the other hand, there are the ghettos conceived by the Nazis, starting in 1939 in Poland, where the Jews of eastern Europe were concentrated, locked in and left to perish from lack of resources while awaiting deportation.