M. Bal: »If there is anything that would differentiate the “new“ museology from the “old”, or plain museology, it is the idea that a museum is a discourse, and exhibition an utterance within that discourse. Bringing the discursive perspective to the museum is not a fashionable linguistic imperialism, although it can easily be so misconstrued and, in fact, misused. Rather, such a perspective deprives the museal practice of its innocence, and provides it with the accountability it and its users are entitled to.«
Mieke Bal: The discourse of the Museum. In: Reesa Greenberg, Bruce W. Ferguson, Sandy Naire: Thinking about exhibitions, London 1996, S. 201– 218, S. 214.