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Museum of Democracy to be created in iconic Rosario building

Rosario’s iconic Fuentes Palace is undergoing renovation and will soon host the new Museum of Democracy, an exhibition space which means to defy the static layout of traditional museums and focus on an interactive profile, built as a dynamic presentation of the country’s history as a democratic society.

The idea behind the project emerged in 2011 at Fundación Litoral, which sees museums as “social beings — a part of the city in this case — that reflect particular issues and help instill the changes improving that specific geography,” a statement said. The site, in a key location of the city, “will help shape and support the museum’s identity and a sense of belonging to the city of Rosario,” the statement said.

The new museum is already joining similar projects throughout the world and is a co-founding member of the Social Justice Alliance for Museums (SJAM), alongside museums from the US, Mexico, Dominican Republic, UK, Denmark, Germany, Taiwan and New Zealand. The SJAM is led by National Museums Liverpool.

“We agreed that it is necessary for museums to stop being an exclusive property of minorities and become places that are accessible to the general public; we joined this alliance because we believe that the construction of the cultural, historical and social identity of a country is a common right of all,” Guillermo Whpei, the museum’s president, told reporters. On March 25, Whpei signed a cooperation agreement in London with David Flemming, the director of National Museums Liverpool. The agreement reinforces the commitment to provide any necessary resources so that the Museum of Democracy may become an international symbol of the defence of democratic values.

Herald staff with online media

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