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The proposal of an encyclopedic museum was once born of the Enlightenment, a manifestation of society’s transforming into trust that the unfold of information and the promoting of highbrow inquiry have been the most important to human improvement and the way forward for a rational society. yet in recent times, museums were less than assault, with critics arguing that they're little greater than relics and promoters of imperialism. may it's that the encyclopedic museum has outlived its usefulness?

With Museums Matter, James Cuno, president and director of the artwork Institute of Chicago, replies with a convincing “No!” he is taking us on a quick travel of the trendy museum, from the construction of the British Museum—the archetypal encyclopedic collection—to the current, whilst significant museums host thousands of holiday makers each year and play an incredible function within the cultural lives in their towns. alongside the way in which, Cuno recognizes the valid questions about the position of museums in nation-building and imperialism, yet he argues strenuously that even a really national museum just like the Louvre can’t support yet open viewers’ eyes and minds to the large range of global cultures and the lovely artwork that's our universal background. attractive with thinkers comparable to Edward acknowledged and Martha Nussbaum, and drawing on examples from the politics of India to the destruction of the Bramiyan Buddhas to the heritage of exchange and shuttle, Cuno makes a case for the encyclopedic museum as a very cosmopolitan establishment, selling tolerance, realizing, and a shared feel of history—values which are crucial in our ever extra globalized age.

Powerful, passionate, and to the purpose, Museums Matter is the made of a life of operating in and wondering museums; no museumgoer should still pass over it.

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