Official publication of the five lectures given on November 15, 18, 22, 25 and 29, 2021 at the Musée du Louvre, by Neil MacGregor, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Musée du Louvre, former director of the National Gallery and the British Museum in London, former founding director of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, on the occasion of the new edition of the Chaire du Louvre.
Each year, a renowned historian presents at the Auditorium of the Musée du Louvre an original synthesis on an original subject, enabling transdisciplinary comparisons between works from all over the world. The great political questions are now invading cultural debates. What role can our museums - and monuments - play in these attempts to rethink our society? That's the question this series of lectures and the accompanying book aim to answer: we live in a world that no longer has a center, and the familiar maps no longer correspond to the realities we live in, be they political, economic or climatic. Established hierarchies and hegemonies - cultural, epistemological, sexual, racial - are being challenged on all sides. The idea that distinct communities exist within the same state has (re)become explosive. In this context, who will tell the particular and contradictory stories of diverse communities? Who has the right to tell them? What role can our museums and monuments play in these attempts to rethink our society?
Release date: 2021
Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21 cm
Author: Neil MacGregor