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.
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