Liv Ramskjær, Break! On the unpleasant, the marginal and taboo, and the invisible or controversial in Norwegian museum exhibitions
The scheme Break was launched in 2003 by the Norwegian government through Arts Council Norway, encouraged by a critical approach to museums and their way of dealing with controversial truths. The main purpose was to encourage museums to ask critical questions and to treat taboo topics and difficult stories at the heart of Norwegian society. This paper will focus on the governmental strategies for encouraging museums to be bolder, and the struggles and effort involved in fulfilling these strategies, specifically the adaptation of the results of Break in society. Was the scheme a success in stimulating critical reflection and daring? Some images, sounds or other media used in the following presentation are subject to copyright restrictions that prevent them being shown. In order to provide a complete record of the conference, these items have been blurred or silenced. Should we obtain permission to use these images, sounds and other media in the future the films will be updated.