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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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Rethinking the Museum in Morocco

Rethinking the Museum in Morocco

(p.159) Conclusion Rethinking the Museum in Morocco
Imagined Museums

Katarzyna Pieprzak

University of Minnesota Press

This concluding chapter focuses on multiple museums in Morocco. It discusses the three contemporary museological models that exist in tension with one another in early twenty-first-century Morocco. The first is the construction of the National Contemporary Art Museum. The second is a curatorial practice that conceives of exhibitions as nomadic expeditions. The third is a portable literary museum that emerges from exile. The coexistence of these three models reveals how multiple actors—firmly invested in art museums as vital collective spaces for art, memory, and communal interaction—critically challenge each other, showing the fictions inherent in monolithic discourses on art, modernity, and the nation. It also argues that Moroccan artists, curators, intellectuals, and politicians all believe in museums and their main role in an open and progressive society.

Keywords:   Moroccan museums, Morocco, National Contemporary Art Museum, nomadic expeditions, portable literary museum, memory, Moroccan artists, curators

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