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How Europe is portrayed in exhibitions

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Jean-Yves Marin is director of the Museum of Normandy in Caen and president of the International Committee of the Museums of Archaelogy and History of ICOM. With a long international and European experience in the organization of exhibitions, he is also a renowned medievalist and general superintendent of a large number of archaelogical and history exhibitions. In this article, he describes the forces behind the growth in the European public’s desire to know their shared past and understand their origins, and the corresponding trend to identify and recognize the intermixing of the peoples of Europe in all their complexity. He believes that this evolution encourages a revision of the concept of the history museum and recommends an example that would integrate objects and work with the historical dimension – including the delicate political aspects of the origins of modern Europe – to enable the creation of a global museographic discourse on European history.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Museum of Normandy in Caen

Publication date: July 1, 2001

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