By Didier Maleuvre
From its inception within the early 19th century, the museum has been greater than a trifling ancient item; it has synthetic a picture of historical past. In amassing prior artifacts, the museum offers form and presence to background, defining the gap of a ritual come across with the previous. The museum believes in historical past, but it behaves as if heritage might be summarized and accomplished. by means of construction a monument to the top of background and lifting paintings out of the turmoil of old survival, the museum is expounded to dehistoricize the paintings. It replaces historicity with historiography, and residing background becomes timelessness.This twofold procedure explains the paradoxical personality of museums. they've been accused of being either too heavy with ancient airborne dirt and dust and too traditionally spotless, excessively historicizing artistic endeavors whereas slicing them off from the ancient lifestyles during which artistic endeavors are born. therefore the museum turns out contradictory since it lectures concerning the historic nature of its gadgets whereas denying an identical items the dwelling historic connection approximately which it purports to educate.The contradictory personality of museums leads the writer to a philosophical mirrored image on heritage, one who reconsiders the idea that of tradition and the ancient worth of artwork in mild of the philosophers, artists, and writers who're captivated by way of the museum. jointly, their voices instructed a reevaluation of the options of historic cognizance, inventive id, and the tradition of items within the smooth interval. the writer indicates how museum tradition bargains a special vantage aspect at the 19th and 20th centuries’ preoccupation with background and subjectivity, and he demonstrates how the structure of the cultured offers perception into the nation-states of expertise, business tradition, structure, and ethics.
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I am indebted to Peter Brooks and Denis Hollier for their support, example, and teachings. The University of California has assisted me by way of grants, the University of California Faculty Career Development Award, the University of California Junior Faculty Regents' Honor Fellowship, and yearly research grants. These funds were instrumental in giving me the time and peace of mind to write. Equally beneficial was the support of a sabbatical leave during which I gave the finishing touches to this manuscript, and launched into the next project.
The comparatively recent ecomuseums and community-aware, decentralized museums, which aim to find a mode of museum exhibition authentically tied to the life of the surrounding society, show that such concerns are still with us. It further demonstrates that charges of cultural denaturalization still hover over the existence of museums. This complex of inauthenticity pervades the esthetic discourse of the last two centuries. Accordingly, the museum looms large in the mood of historical decadence that pervades modern reflections on art and cultureit is implicated in the sentiment that art and culture have seen better days.
2. Historical museumsHistory. 3. HistoriographyHistory. 4. HistoryPhilosophy. 5. CultureHistoriography. I. Title II. Series. 5dc2198-35055 This book is printed on acid-free, recycled paper. Original printing 1999 Last figure below indicates year of this printing: 08 07 06 05 04 03 02 01 00 99 To Marie-Claire, and Faust Acknowledgments This book grew out of research done at Yale University for a doctoral dissertation on collecting and encyclopedias, a thesis to which the present work bears only nominal ties.
Museum Memories: History, Technology, Art (Cultural Memory in the Present) by Didier Maleuvre