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Paris Primitive: Jacques Chirac's Museum on the Quai Branly
     

Paris Primitive: Jacques Chirac's Museum on the Quai Branly

by Sally Price
 

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ISBN-10: 0226680703

ISBN-13: 9780226680705

Pub. Date: 10/28/2007

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

In 1990 Jacques Chirac, the future president of France and a passionate fan of non-European art, met Jacques Kerchache, a maverick art collector with the lifelong ambition of displaying African sculpture in the holy temple of French culture, the Louvre. Together they began laying plans, and ten years later African fetishes were on view under the same roof as the

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In 1990 Jacques Chirac, the future president of France and a passionate fan of non-European art, met Jacques Kerchache, a maverick art collector with the lifelong ambition of displaying African sculpture in the holy temple of French culture, the Louvre. Together they began laying plans, and ten years later African fetishes were on view under the same roof as the Mona Lisa. Then, in 2006, amidst a maelstrom of controversy and hype, Chirac presided over the opening of a new museum dedicated to primitive art in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower: the Musée du Quai Branly.

Paris Primitive recounts the massive reconfiguration of Paris’s museum world that resulted from Chirac’s dream, set against a backdrop of personal and national politics, intellectual life, and the role of culture in French society. Along with exposing the machinations that led to the MQB’s creation, Sally Price addresses the thorny questions it raises about the legacy of colonialism, the balance between aesthetic judgments and ethnographic context, and the role of institutions of art and culture in an increasingly diverse France. Anyone with a stake in the myriad political, cultural, and anthropological issues raised by the MQB will find Price’s account fascinating.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226680705
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
10/28/2007
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,184,092
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Opening Notes     vii
Where to Begin     ix
Jacques and Jacques
The Primal Moment     1
The President's Secret Garden     5
The Passionate Connoisseur     11
Good-bye, Columbus     19
Museums in the City of Light
The State of Culture     23
The Grandest Museum in the World     29
The Move to the Louvre
Down with Hierarchy     33
Getting Started     42
Cohabitation     48
In-House Rumblings     54
A Dream Come True     59
Artifactual Question Marks     67
The Organ Donors
Trouble at the Trocadero     81
Resistanc Movement     88
Colonies and Crocodiles     98
Musical Chairs     103
An Anti-Palace on the Seine
The Turn to Concrete     111
Preparing the Transplants     116
Behind the Hairy Wall     119
Glass, Gardens, and Aborigines     129
A River Runs Through It     140
Art of Darkness     150
Epilogue: Cultures in Dialogue?     169
Back Matter
An American in Paris     179
Contributing Voices     183
Notes     187
Bibliography     221

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