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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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Imaginary Museums and Their Real Phantoms: Exorcising Monumental Discourse

Imaginary Museums and Their Real Phantoms: Exorcising Monumental Discourse

(p.91) Four Imaginary Museums and Their Real Phantoms: Exorcising Monumental Discourse
Imagined Museums

Katarzyna Pieprzak

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines how Moroccan intellectuals and artists deeply committed to modern art cleared spaces for negotiation of their position within the discourse of modernity and its aesthetic manifestations. In the Moroccan discursive museum, many artists believed that their work was basically a transformative engagement in the decolonization of art and the creation of a national culture. Moroccan artists, intellectuals, and curators argue that Moroccan museums do not exist. However, they succeeded in creating their own imaginary museum, a discursive museum that housed not art objects but issues of great debate on art and culture. Additionally, it discusses how art and artists made significant contributions to creating new and dynamic cultures that address and contest the marginalization locally and across postcolonial communities.

Keywords:   intellectuals, artists, modernity, Moroccan discursive museum, culture, imaginary museums, curators

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