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PASSING ON MEMORIES
Family Photograph Albums from the Museum of Applied Art Collections

May 17 – June 17, 2008


BOARD III

The nineteenth century photograph album was composed of family portraits in the first place and was formed as a visual genealogy of a given family. Assorted as a monumental codex with luxurious binding and decorated pages photograph album was a representative family memorabilia that was part of a private collection, a valuable exhibit in a house museum. Centre of this informal institution consisting of various objects (furniture, decorative items of glass, porcelain and silver, paintings, piano) was a parlour, the central, common space of an upper middle-class home designed for family gatherings and receiving visits. This room existed only in a city-family interior and was a distinct sign of social rank, an earmark of the owner being member of the upper middle-class and its contents were in accordance with this intention. House museums exhibited carefully chosen items gathered in order to make the image of its owner and his family as representative as possible. Family photograph album was assigned the same task and from the 1860s on it was given special place among them.

 


Authorof the exhibition: Jelena Perać, curator in The Department for Photography and Applied Graphics