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Dialectical images, imaginary museums, virtual museums

This project aims to understand how technical reproducibility transforms both the works of art and the museums that conserve and display them. In fact, one can create a “personal” virtual museum containing engravings, photographs, and films. Today, the digital revolution is leading a third revolution of the image and it provides virtual museums with unlimited expansion, i.e., “museums without walls.” Borrowed from Walter Benjamin, the concept of “dialectical images” embraces all of its meanings: past and present comingle as much within the images as they are rapidly reproduced, thus accessible. In order to approach this phenomenon, a triple paradigm has been chosen: “dialectical images” in connection with imaginary museums updated in the format of virtual museums. The phenomenon will be studied according to different corpuses, which, by the originality of their format, articulate these three aspects: postcards with their paradoxical relationship to monumentality, artists’ libraries, art historians’ photographs and illustrations, illustrations in sales catalogs, posters, images of cathedrals, and Artists’ Web Projects.

Project leaders
Ségolène LE MEN, university professor (art history), University of Paris West Nanterre La Défense, History of Arts and Representations
Claire BARBILLON, associate professor (art history), University of Paris West Nanterre La Défense, History of Arts and Representations

Internal cluster partners
History of Arts and Representations (HAR, EA 4414)
Library of Contemporary International Documentation (BDIC)
French National Library (BnF)

Associated partners
National Institute of Art History (INHA), France
Rouen Museum
Rodin Museum
École du Louvre
Collection France Debuisson
Department of art history and film studies, University of Montreal
Department of history, archeology, geography, arts, and performing arts, University of Florence
Department of art history, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
Department of history, Cambridge University

Duration: 4 years

September 07 2016
Symposium

The symposium "Scenes of the Impressionist Life:
 A Musée imaginaire" is held on September 7 & 8, 2016, at the Museum of Fine Arts, in Rouen. It is organised within the framework of the project "Dialectical images, imaginary museums, virtual museums", funded by the Pasts in the Present cluster.

The programme of the symposium is available here or on the project's webpage.

September 7 and 8, 2016
Musée des Beaux-Arts
Rouen


January 10 2016
Call for papers

Last day to submit a paper to the call for papers for the international symposium "Scenes of the Impressionist Life: A Musée imaginaire" that will be held on September 6 and 7, 2016, at the museum of Fine Arts in Rouen. The symposium is organized in the framework of the project "Dialectical images, imaginary museums, virtual museums" developed within the Pasts in the Present cluster.

The call is available in the "Calls" section.


March 25 2015
Seminar

Next session of the seminar "Image, text, photograph : Genesis and history of the album" will be dedicated to a talk given by Ségolène Le Men and Christian Joschke on  "Malraux's imaginary museum".

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, 14:00-17:00
Salle Fabri de Peiresc at the INHA
2, rue Vivienne 75002 Paris


March 18 2015
Seminar

Next session of the seminar "Image, text, photograph : Genesis and history of the album" will be dedicated to a talk given by Ségolène Le Men on  "Prints album and amateurs' collection, the paper museums".

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 14:00-17:00
Salle Fabri de Peiresc at the INHA
2, rue Vivienne 75002 Paris


May 13 2014
Symposium

The international symposium " The transfigured cathedral. Views, myths, conflicts", organized within the framework of the exhibition "Cathedrals 1789-1914 : a modern myth" at the Fine Arts Museum of Rouen, will be held from May 13th to 16th, 2014 in Paris and Rouen. It is part of the project "Dialectical images, imaginary museums, virtual museums" carried within the cluster.

The programme of the symposium is available in the Downloads section on the project's page.

Tuesday, May 13th 2014
Centre allemand d'histoire de l'art
Hôtel Lully, 45, rue des Petits Champs, Paris (1er)
9h45-18h

May 14th, 15th and 16th 2014
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Auditorium
Esplanade Marcel Duchamp, Rouen


 


April 15 2014
Call for papers

The symposium "La cathédrale transfigurée. Regards mythes et conflits", organized with the support of the cluster, within the framework of the project "Images dialectiques, musées imaginaires, musées virtuels" will be held in Paris and Rouen from May 13th to 16th, 2014. A call for papers is open. It is available in the section Downloads on the project's page. (German version only)