In preparation for the major exhibition “The Etruscans”, this project aims to experiment with a new form of international cooperation. Curators from Italian museums and historical preservation agencies will team up with curators from the Badisches Landesmuseum. The binational team will collaborate in all matters, from planning the exhibition and conducting research to selecting the items for display. A fellow from Italy will be given the opportunity to develop his/her own exhibition module.
Recent discoveries illuminating Etruscan culture and lifestyle attest to their historical and cultural relevance. The subject is especially topical in academic circles as research from the past decade has painted a sharper image of this culture which has often been described as strange and mysterious.
The Etruscans may well represent a paradigm for functioning multicultural and polyethnic communities, as they succeeded in building an intercultural and transcultural identity through intensive cultural transfer and interaction. This too is reason enough for modern society to reacquaint itself with this ancient culture.