Paris Primitive Jacques Chirac's Museum on the Quai Branly

ISBN-10: 0226680703
ISBN-13: 9780226680705
Edition: 2007
Authors: Sally Price
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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

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 theMona 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 Primitiverecounts 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.

Sally Priceis the Duane A. and Virginia S. Dittman Professor of American Studies and Anthropology at the College of William and Mary. She is the author or coauthor of more than fifteen books, includingPrimitive Art in Civilized Places, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Opening Notes
Where to Begin
Jacques And Jacques
The Primal Moment
The President's Secret Garden
The Passionate Connoisseur
Good-bye, Columbus
Museums In The City Of Light
The State of Culture
The Grandest Museum in the World
The Move To The Louvre
Down with Hierarchy
Getting Started
Cohabitation
In-House Rumblings
A Dream Come True
Artifactual Question Marks
The Organ Donors
Trouble at the Trocad�ro
Resistance Movement
Colonies and Crocodiles
Musical Chairs
An Anti-Palace On The Seine
The Turn to Concrete
Preparing the Transplants
Behind the Hairy Wall
Glass, Gardens, and Aborigines
A River Runs Through It
Art of Darkness
Epilogue: Cultures in Dialogue?
Back Matter
An American in Paris
Contributing Voices
Notes
Bibliography

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