Quotidian 3-1 (February 2012)Demelza van der Maas: Pionieren in Poort: De culturele constructie van Almere

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Museologist Simon Knell stated recently that museums are performative spaces in which identity is presented in the form of myths. The following article applies Knell’s approach to a recent museological project of museum ‘De Paviljoens’ in Almere (Netherlands): Pioneering in de Poort. It is shown how museological authority is used in the construction of a cultural identity in a place where it is not yet self-evident: a recent housing estate. Through the use of a performance combining history, culture and modern art an attempt is made in this recently reclaimed land to provide the polder city Almere and its inhabitants with a collective identity.