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Herbert, James D. 1959-  Search this
Exposition internationale des arts et techniques dans la vie moderne 1937  Search this
Exposition internationale (1937 : Paris, France)  Search this
Exposition internationale (1937 : Paris, France)  Search this
Physical description:
xiv, 207 pages illustrations 27 cm
20th century
20e siècle
Introduction: Global Speculations -- part 1. The Trocadero. Ch. 1. The View of the Esplanade. Ch. 2. Gods in the Machine. Entr'acte: Point of Exchange: Art Appreciation -- part 2. In the Galleries of Art. Ch. 3. The French Masterpiece. Ch. 4. Short Circuit. Epilogue: Jupiter Makes Wise Those He Would Lose
This book, illustrated with forty-five photographs, explores the cultural significance of six exhibitions or new museum installations, all opening in Paris between mid-1937 and early 1938: the commercially oriented world's fair titled L'Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques; the historical Musee des Monuments Francais; the ethnographic Musee de l'Homme; two massive art retrospectives, one sponsored by the state of France and the other by the municipality of Paris; and L'Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme
James D. Herbert capitalizes on the proximity of these disparate exhibits to show how they competed with and yet also complemented one another in visually rendering the full scope of human accomplishment through time and across the globe. In this task, Herbert argues, they both succeeded and failed in interesting and productive ways. He asserts that the exhibitions projected and, in a sense, created (created precisely through the act of projection) the real world that they ostensibly only represented
In fact, Herbert argues, the exhibitions developed a particular sense of French national identity - one that, in managing to be at the same moment both inwardly focused and beneficently expansive, would present a vivid contrast to the growing German nationalism of the Third Reich. His epilogue takes a final look at these issues from the perspective of Jean Cocteau's 1950 film Orphee
Art, Modern--Exhibitions--History  Search this
Art--Exhibitions--History  Search this
Ethnological museums and collections--History  Search this
Exhibitions--History  Search this
Surrealism--Exhibitions--History  Search this
Art and society--History  Search this
20.13 art exhibitions  Search this
Art and society  Search this
Art--Exhibitions  Search this
Art, Modern--Exhibitions  Search this
Ethnological museums and collections  Search this
Exhibitions  Search this
Tentoonstellingen  Search this
Expositions artistiques  Search this
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