S. Macdonald: »The museum is not, however, merely a product of or a site for displaying the narratives of modern developments; it is also one of the technologies through which modernity – and the democratic ideals, social differences and exclusions, and other contradictions which this has produced – is constituted.«

Sharon Macdonald: Exhibitions of power and powers of exhibition. An introduction to the politics of display. In: Sharon Macdonald (Hg.): The Politics of Display. Museums, Science, Culture, London 2006, S. 1–24, S. 9.