Te Papa to Berlin : the making of two museums / Ken Gorbey.

Gorbey, Ken, author.
Dunedin, New Zealand : Otago University Press, Te Whare Tā o Te Wānanga o Ōtākou, 2020.
245 pages, 31 pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 23 cm

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Making of two museums
Gorbey, Ken.
Jüdisches Museum Berlin (1999- ) -- History.
Te Papa (Museum) -- History.
Jüdisches Museum Berlin (1999- ).
Te Papa (Museum).
Museum directors -- New Zealand -- Biography.
Museum directors -- Germany -- Berlin -- Biography.
Museums -- New Zealand -- Employees -- Biography.
Museums -- Germany -- Berlin -- Employees -- Biographgt.
Museums -- Germany -- Berlin -- Employees -- Biography.
Museums and community.
Museum directors.
Museums -- Employees.
Germany -- Berlin.
New Zealand.
Ken Gorbey is a remarkable man who for 15 years was involved with developing and realising the revolutionary cultural concept that became Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand. Then in 1999 he was headhunted by W. Michael Blumenthal to salvage the Jewish Museum Berlin, which was failing and fast becoming a national embarrassment. Led by Gorbey, a young, inexperienced staff, facing impossible deadlines, rose to the challenge and the museum, housed in Daniel Libeskind's lightning-bolt design, opened to acclaim. As Blumenthal writes in the foreword: 'I can no longer remember what possessed me to seriously consider actually reaching out to this fabled Kiwi as a possible answer to my increasingly serious dilemma ...' but the notion paid off and today the JMB is one of Germany's premier cultural institutions. Te Papa to Berlin is a great story - a lively insider perspective about cultural identity and nation building, about how museums can act as healing social instruments by reconciling dark and difficult histories, and about major shifts in museum thinking and practice over time. It is also about the difference that can be made by a visionary and highly effective leader and team builder.
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Growing up at the bottom of the world
ch. 2 Waikato and Tainui
ch. 3 Te Papa
ch. 4 The genius of Cliff Whiting
ch. 5 Telling our stories
ch. 6 Opening day
ch. 7 What's the boy from Maungatautari doing here?
ch. 8 Storytelling
ch. 9 Nigel Cox: words and action
ch. 10 A Holocaust museum as magical theatre
ch. 11 Bringing hope
ch. 12 Citizens of Berlin
ch. 13 Daniel Libeskind, architect
ch. 14 Reaching for the unexpected
ch. 15 The era of problems
ch. 16 Making progress
ch. 17 The Gallery of the Missing
ch. 18 Triumph, 9/11 and despair
ch. 19 Time to go
ch. 20 Germany and the East: a personal odyssey
ch. 21 A new view of New Zealand.
Forword by W. Michael Blumenthal.
Includes bibliographical references.
Blumenthal, W. Michael, 1926- writer of foreword.