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Authors:Isabelle Flour: Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, Department of Art History, France
Publication title:National Museums of Architecture: The Creation and Re-Creation of a New Model of National Museum in the 19th Century, London and Paris
Conference:Comparing: National Museums, Territories, Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV, Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden 18–20 February 2008
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:030
Article No.:011
Abstract:This paper discusses the worldwide rise of national museums of architecture in the shape of architectural casts museums in the second half of the nineteenth century, through case studies chosen in Britain (the Architectural Courts at the South Kensington Museum) and in France (the Museum of Comparative Sculpture).

The two national museums were born from emulation either with independent societies or from competition between the two nations as regards the creation of museums. Cross-Channel exchanges of ideas therefore helped define different modalities of the national museum of architecture.

The study cases show that different missions were endorsed by the various museums, ranging from educational to envisioning the notion of heritage and the history of art, and the prioritization of any one mission was the result of native disciplinary context, depending on whether the collection was part of a museum of a broader scope or constituted in itself a museum in its own right.

The acquisition policies of the two museums also allow analyzing the representation of national identities on both shores of the Channel, and re-evaluate the usual distinction made between British imperialism and French nationalism to define two tendencies: an imperialistic universalism in Britain and an expansionist nationalism in France.

Language:English
Year:2008
No. of pages:15
Pages:151-165
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/030/011/ecp0830011.pdf
Available:2008-05-20
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Isabelle Flour (2008). National Museums of Architecture: The Creation and Re-Creation of a New Model of National Museum in the 19th Century, London and Paris, Comparing: National Museums, Territories, Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV, Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden 18–20 February 2008 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=030;article=011 (accessed 4/17/2014)