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The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art
The Politics of Artistic Display in France after 1968

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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107656918

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About the Authors
  • Winner of the Laurence Wylie Prize for best book in the field of French Cultural Studies, 2006–2007. The protests that shook France in 1968 served as a catalyst to a radical reconsideration of artistic practice that has shaped both art and museum exhibitions up to the present. Rebecca DeRoo examines how issues of historical and personal memory, the separation of public and private domains, and the ordinary objects of everyday life emerged as central concerns for museums and for artists, as both struggled to respond to the protests. She argues that the responses of the museums were only partially faithful to the aims of the reform movement. Museums, in fact, often misunderstood and misrepresented the work of artists exhibited as a means of addressing these concerns.

    • Interdisciplinary approach to see museums as sites where cultural values are negotiated
    • New unpublished materials, including accounts of Christian Boltanski and Annette Messager
    • Explains origins of the Centre Pompidou, a center for contemporary art and example for museums internationally
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    Reviews & endorsements

    “This book makes an important and welcome contribution to our understanding of the broader impact and legacy of 1968 in French art and culture. DeRoo’s investigation of the politics of artistic display in the second half of the twentieth century make The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art a valuable resource for specialists and non-specialists alike.”
    –-H-France Review

    “Although there has been a great deal of attention paid to May–June 1968 over the past forty years, accounts of events in the streets have always trumped accounts of events in the cultural sphere. … DeRoo has done an excellent job of reconstructing and synthesizing that history.”
    –-Oxford Art Journal

    “Although DeRoo’s study focuses primarily on French art and its institutions, her methodology and findings are broadly applicable to museum studies throughout Europe and North America. Students of museum practice and theory, as well as those investigating the history of museums, will find DeRoo’s book to be both a model of rigorous scholarship and an indispensable source on a seminal moment in twentieth-century museum history.”
    –-Museum and Society

    “The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art is a fluently written, thoroughly researched, and engaging book that is laudatory in its demand for art to be understood as political and for the museum to engage with its wider public.”
    –-The Art Book

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107656918
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Museums as political centers
    2. Dismantling art institutions: the 1968 explosion of social awareness
    3. Christian Boltanski's personal memorabilia: remaking museums in the wake of 1968
    4. Annette Messager's images of the everyday: the feminist recasting of '68
    5. Institutionalizing '68: the Pompidou center
    6. America and Europe post-Pompidou: sustaining the new political mission of the museum.

  • Author

    Rebecca DeRoo, Washington University, St Louis

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