Resonance of the Republic: England 1660 and France 1831: The Relationship of Research to the Construction of the Exhibition, Tête-à-Tête, Musée des Beaux Art, Nîmes, Nov 2007 – Feb 2008

By Peter Seddon.

Published by The Arts Collection

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The development of any exhibition brings together two things, researching the historical contexts and available readings of its theme and devising and constructing the tropes and visual organisation of its final display. This produces an argument between the prescribed position and intentions of the curator and the experience and reception of the exhibition by its audience. Using Stephen Greenblatt’s concept of ‘resonance and wonder’ in relation to museum display the paper explores this problem in relation to a specific ‘museum interjection’ by Peter Seddon and Barry Barker; the exhibition, ‘Tête-à-Tête’ at the Musée des Beaux Arts, Nîmes, Nov-Feb 2007/8. In doing this it ‘lifts the lid’ on a continuing historiographic ‘rumble’ of symbolic, political turbulence, memory and its representations in France and England.

Keywords: Historiography, Art Practice, Museology, Intervention

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.399-410. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.709MB).

Peter Seddon

Reader in Arts Practice and Historiography and Director of the Arts Practices and Performance Research Institute, School of Arts and Communication, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK

Peter Seddon, Reader in the School of Arts and Media and Director of the Arts Practices and Performance Research Institute, University of Brighton, is an artist, writer and curator. His publications include ‘Representing History’, Manchester University Press 2000 and the curation of the exhibitions Civilwar@rochdale 2003, Tête-`a-Tête at Nimes Musée des Beaux Art, 2007, and William Kentridge ‘Fragile Identities’, University of Brighton Gallery 2007.

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