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Imagined MuseumsArt and Modernity in Postcolonial Morocco$
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Katarzyna Pieprzak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665181

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665181.001.0001

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Degeneration and Decay in the National Museum: Useful and Useless Memory in Modern Morocco

Degeneration and Decay in the National Museum: Useful and Useless Memory in Modern Morocco

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(p.3) One Degeneration and Decay in the National Museum: Useful and Useless Memory in Modern Morocco
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Imagined Museums
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Katarzyna Pieprzak

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665181.003.0001

This chapter focuses on Moroccan museums. It provides an overview of the museum’s origin and history in Morocco from 1912 to the turn of the twentieth-century using memoirs, travel narratives, and interviews that speak of how the museum was used, seen, and imagined before it failed, decomposed, and became an absent institution. It discusses the important function of the museum as a cornerstone for another nascent industry: a new culture industry that marketed and sold Moroccan heritage to eager tourists wanting an authentic Moroccan experience. It highlights that in many post-colonial countries, national museums serve primarily as political symbols in nationalist movements and modernization processes to prove to an international community that the state is fulfilling the responsibilities of a modern nation-state.

Keywords:   Moroccan museums, Morocco, institution, culture, tourists, national museums, modernization

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