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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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A Private Cabinet of Curiosity: The Belghazi Museum and Its Politics of Nostalgia

A Private Cabinet of Curiosity: The Belghazi Museum and Its Politics of Nostalgia

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(p.67) Three A Private Cabinet of Curiosity: The Belghazi Museum and Its Politics of Nostalgia
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Imagined Museums
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Katarzyna Pieprzak

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665181.003.0003

This chapter provides an overview of the Belghazi Museum, a Moroccan museum that functions as a cabinet of curiosities. When Abdellah Belghazi founded the Belghazi Museum in 1996, he stated that the national museums were structures foreign to the Moroccan landscape and that his museum was the first private institution for cultural preservation and the encouragement of the Moroccan arts. The cabinet of curiosities as an institution has been studied in its historical context in France, Germany, and Italy. It argues that Belghazi’s path to the preservation and display of patrimony reveals a model that will exclude the majority of the Moroccan population in favor of privileged guests and private patrons, stating that not all cultural riches should be for everyone to see.

Keywords:   Belghazi Museum, Moroccan museum, national museums, private institution, Moroccan arts, patrimony

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