Some sketches for a Postcolonial Theories for Museums handbook

Marie-Laure Allain Bonilla
Qalqalah 1 (April 2015): 51-63, 2015

Four European museums of modern art have been selected for this study – Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, Stedelijk Museum and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia – precisely for their localization in former colonizer countries. They thus lend themselves perfectly to a survey on the ways postcoloniality interacts – or not – with their conception of the role of museums at the beginning of the 21st Century. Guiding lines for a hypothetical handbook of "Postcolonial Theories for Museums", that could be useful to dismantle the colonial foundations of museums of modern art, are sketched from the conclusions of this survey.

Modernités plurielles 1905-1970, display of the permanent collection by Catherine Grenier, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2014. Exhibition view of the "Modern Africa" room.
© Marie-laure Allain Bonilla

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