Bringing together the prehistoric heritage of Menorca in a travelling exhibition

Jordi Pascual Exposició itinerant “L’arquitectura Talaiòtica a la prehistòria de Menorca”

 

In Menorca’s attempt to be recognised by the Unesco for its Talaiotic heritage, a travelling exhibition has been created and taken around the country to raise awareness of the nearly 1,500 sites that are located all over the island. These are samples of the architecture and culture, generally related to habitat or death, of the island’s inhabitants between the Bronze Age and the Iron Age.

Museu Arqueològic de Catalunya (MAC)

Leve Projects was in charge of preparing this travelling exhibition that plays with the duality of life and death. A series of objects clearly associated with one of the two concepts or that can be interpreted from both perspectives are located on central and side tables. By doing so, the objects can be interpreted from the standpoint of life (on blue posters) and given a parallel, complementary interpretation from the standpoint of death (black posters).

Museu Arqueològic de Catalunya (MAC)

As a travelling exhibition, it does not feature large elements but focuses on simple yet representative objects, such as a pan that can be interpreted through both life (a cooking utensil) and death (a tool for funerals). Since much of the Talaiotic culture is preserved only as architectural ruins, the exhibition also features models and photographs.

 

So, the exhibition brings together a set of posters placed side by side, with context and additional information on the items displayed, plus central tables with various objects. As the structure is made up of separate elements, it can easily be adjusted to any space. As a culmination of the exhibition, there is a map of Menorca with projected elements. When visitors stand between the light and the map, the places on Menorca where samples of Talaiotic culture have been found emerge.

Museu Arqueològic de Catalunya (MAC)

Museu Arqueològic de Catalunya (MAC)

In this case, the exhibition did not require a lot of research, as it is based on a published book with a comprehensive compilation of Talaiotic culture on Menorca. To a large extent, the display is an adaptation of this publication to the format of a travelling exhibition.

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Museu Arqueològic de Catalunya (MAC)

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