Article | NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden | New Nation; New History: Alexandre Lenoir and the Musée des Monuments français (1795–1816)

Title:
New Nation; New History: Alexandre Lenoir and the Musée des Monuments français (1795–1816)
Author:
Jennifer Carter: School of Architecture, McGill University, Canada
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Year:
2007
Conference:
NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden
Issue:
022
Article no.:
015
Pages:
165–181
No. of pages:
17
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-09-19
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


In answer to one of this conference’s foundational questions; “How has the con­cept of the national museum been understood and defined by different actors in the past?”; this paper proposes a case study of the design and creation of the MusĂ©e des Monuments français (1795-1816) by its founding curator; Alexandre Lenoir; in late eighteenth-century France. As France’s original national museum of sculpture; architecture; and monuments; the MusĂ©e des Monuments français emerged in the wake of the French Revolution – indeed as a direct consequence of this revolution – just as the nation’s first national public museums were taking shape.

The paper considers the MusĂ©e des Monuments français as one individual’s endeavour to explore the new aims of history and its uses in the expanded social and public spheres of France’s post-Ancien regime; and positions the MusĂ©e as an example of a specific museological genre – the narrative history museum. As a hermeneutic study of this genre; the terms of engagement range from parallel readings on the subjects of historiography; pedagogy; and cultural reform; in ad­dition to landscape and architectural theory; to demonstrate how a changed sense of history and theories of sense perception informed museum scenography at a pivotal moment in its development.

NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Jennifer Carter
Title:
New Nation; New History: Alexandre Lenoir and the Musée des Monuments français (1795–1816)
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NaMu; Making National Museums Program; Setting the Frames; 26-28 February; Norrköping; Sweden

Author:
Jennifer Carter
Title:
New Nation; New History: Alexandre Lenoir and the Musée des Monuments français (1795–1816)
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