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La réforme muséale à l’heure postcoloniale. Stratégies muséographiques et reformulation du discours au Musée royal d’Afrique centrale (2005-2012)

Abstract : In the early 21st century, European ethnology museums – agents that promoted colonial expansion in the 19th century – are now reforming their very nature and reformulating their narratives. To what extent can a museum rephrase its nar­rative to account for a more complex postcolonial narrative and the relationships that intersect it without destroying its own autho­rity? In three temporary exhibitions at the Musée Royal d’Afrique Centrale (MRAC) in Belgium between 2005 and 2012, we study staging strategies and the variable approach to architecture. Enga­ging with a radically self-critical discourse in different ways, these exhibits appear to pave the way to the formulation of an alterna­tive narrative or even a counter-narrative about the colonial past and its contemporary resonances. However, through the use of humor, an appeal to nostalgia, and the inclusion of contemporary art pieces, the same exhibits preserved an ambivalent narrative that clearly diminished the force of the radical critique. As a result, these exhibits definitively tend rather to preserve and even reaffirm the legitimacy of the museum’s original project.
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Gaëlle Crenn. La réforme muséale à l’heure postcoloniale. Stratégies muséographiques et reformulation du discours au Musée royal d’Afrique centrale (2005-2012). Culture et Musées, Avignon Université, 2016, Le musée et le politique, 37, pp.177-201. ⟨10.4000/culturemusees.866⟩. ⟨hal-03083300⟩

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