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Department of Eagles

Mapper since: August 01, 2014

In 1968, the Belgian conceptual artist Marcel Broodthaers created the first of a series of installations entitled Musée de l’art moderne, Département des Aigles (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles), a fictional museum department without building or collection, only existing as a constellation of ideas, debates, exhibitions, lectures, objects, and labels. The Département des Aigles was first of all a space in which it was possible to imagine what a museum could be.

In 2011, the Department of Eagles was established in Tirana, Albania — the ‘Country of Eagles’ — as a weekly reading group bringing together students and scholars from diverse disciplines in an attempt to reinvigorate the discourse of the “liberal arts." Over the last years, this interdisciplinary group has developed into an independent project bureau for artists and thinkers in and beyond Albania.

All data added to OpenStreetMap by the Department of Eagles has been gathered in the context of the Albanian Lapidar Survey