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The (Jean) Nouvel Other: Primitivism and the Musée du Quai Branly
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The (Jean) Nouvel Other: Primitivism and the Musée du Quai Branly

Author: Natasha Ruiz-Gómez
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Modern & Contemporary France, 14, no. 4 (2006): 417-432
Other Databases: British Library Serials

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Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 366669283
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    schema:description "<p>The Musée du Quai Branly, located beside the Eiffel Tower in Paris, opened in June 2006. Constructed to house France's important collection of non-western art, the museum has been promoted as `decidedly post-colonial' and a place of `reconciliation and sharing'. Historians have situated the creation of the museum within political debates over the restructuring of several of France's museums and, more broadly, the country's position in a post-colonial world, while focusing little critical attention on the building itself. The author argues that Jean Nouvel's architectural program for the Musée du Quai Branly--a `primitive shelter' surrounded by a `sacred wood'--gives physical form to a primitivist aesthetic. The unproblematised binaries of self versus other and culture versus nature evident in Nouvel's design reveal a surprisingly unsophisticated theoretical standpoint. As a frame in which to view and understand the objects on display, the Musée du Quai Branly invites a primitivist--and colonial--reading of its collection.</p>" ;
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