Malraux’s idea of an imaginary museum, a “museum without walls” (which he first announced in ), is a prescient manifesto of the digital. (file size: MB, MIME type: application/pdf). Expand view. One day in , André Malraux, the dazzling all-rounder who had . The Book on the Floor: André Malraux and the Imaginary Museum by.

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As a government minister, Malraux had promoted the idea of creating full-size colour photographs of French paintings, for display in provincial museums. Citing articles via Google Scholar. Musdum In or Create an Account.

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This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Most users should sign in with their email address. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. It is within the museum that artworks of different styles can be compared, and it is through this comparison that the nature and quality of individual work of art presents itself.

Drawing on a range of contemporary publications, he adopted images and responded to ideas. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account?

Grasskamp defends Malraux against the charge of simply stealing ideas and museu, — in particular, from the philosopher Walter Benjamin — but he stresses that his work was collaborative and at times heavily reliant on the efforts of others.


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He brought his distinctive dramatic style to the images, shooting the objects in front of a dark backdrop with a circular pool of light to produce an effect close to silhouette. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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These days we are accustomed to portable objects that assemble paintings or sculptures from far afield. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.

But the composition was eloquent as well as striking. Although there was hardly any writing in the book, the copyright was shared by Malraux and Gallimard, the publisher with which he had close ties, being at various times an editor, adviser and shareholder.

Malraux and the Musee Imaginaire: the ‘museum without walls’

The Voices of Malrauxx. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Email alerts New issue alert. The Book on the Floor: The availability offered by photographic reproductions coincided with an expansion of traditional categories. He shows how it catalyzed the practice of comparing works of art on a global scale.


Nigel Saint; The Book on the Floor: The imaginary museum contributed to this effort because, unlike conventional art history with its emphasis on traditions and coteries, the juxtaposition of photographs was able to establish an affinity shared symbols, similar techniques between art from different continents and millennia.

Both authors were engaged in juxtaposing artworks via photographs and publishing these photographs by the hundreds, but Malraux was the better sloganeer. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The camera had created a level playing field. You could not be signed in. Related articles in Google Scholar.

Getty Research Institute; 1 edition December 10, Language: Aby Warburg’s History of Art. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Write a customer review. According to Malraux, the 20th century conception of art is much more inclusive than ever before, which means that the dialogue has a very wide scope allowing us to compare African art to French Renaissance painting and Chinese Ming vases.

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