MAY 18, 2017
A one-day exhibition in one of the rooms of the Portuguese art collection of the 1st floor displayed inside a showcase with pieces of gold smithery from the Cathedral of Funchal, a shackle temporarily conceded by the Sugar Museum, which can be dated between the end of the 16th century and the beginning of the 18th century.

The gesture of placing in dialogue seemingly disconnected objects was carried out here as a strategy of evoking and questioning other stories correlated with the ecclesiastical history and with the history of the city of Funchal and, further back in time, with the history of slavery in Madeira during the age of sugar. This confrontation between objects arises as a reinterpretation of the creative strategy used in 1992 at the Mining the Museum Exhibition by artist Fred Wilson at the Baltimore Museum, which draws attention to the potential of the unlikely encounter between art strategies and contemporary Artists in introducing alternative and challenging views of the official narratives of museums holding ancient art or other historical collections.

In this context, there were also two conferences, between the Sacred Art Museum of Funchal and the Museum of Natural History of Funchal. On the 18th, at 10:00 a.m., at the MASF, the Conference: “The museum as a medium: interventions of contemporary Artists in museums with historical collections”. In the evening, at 9:00 p.m., at the Natural History Museum of Funchal, the conference “Natural history, insects and artistic creation”.

Also in the context of the International Museum Day, the MASF held the exhibition: “Unwanted Visitors: from infestation to conservation in the Museum”.