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Authors:Kristy K. Phillips: Asia Society, New York City, USA
Publication title:The National Museum of India: A Museum to and of the Nation
Conference:NaMu, Making National Museums Program, Setting the Frames, 26–28 February, Norrköping, Sweden
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:022
Article No.:009
Abstract:More than any other type of museum, a national museum provides its publics with a theatre for presenting the ultimate act of the modern era, namely the performances of citizenship and nationhood. In this paper, I will explore the founding of the National Museum of India as a colonial institution, and follow its development as a national symbol through the 1950s. Given the colonial framework for the museum’s original conception, including its site, the physical development of its collections, as well as their intellectual meanings, how did the National Museum come to symbolize the national aspirations of the postcolonial Indian government? How did museum objects that were collected and categorically assigned to the imperial canons of Indian art history shift in meaning to assume a national significance, associated with cultural pride, heritage and modernity? These questions epitomize the complexity of the museum as an experimental zone of the postcolonial era, working to consistently reproduce itself as a national symbol, its public as citizens, and its culture as modern.
Language:English
Year:2007
No. of pages:19
Pages:95–113
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/022/009/ecp072209.pdf
Available:2007-09-19
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Kristy K. Phillips (2007). The National Museum of India: A Museum to and of the Nation, NaMu, Making National Museums Program, Setting the Frames, 26–28 February, Norrköping, Sweden http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=022;article=009 (accessed 9/20/2014)