#103 | Technological Statuary on Extraterrestrial Ground | Elsa De Smet

Considering a rocket as a gigantic thing, this object refers us back to the history of science and technology.  But Elsa De Smet also describes it in industrial and political terms.  Then, before being something really constructed, it was a prominent fantasy and, necessarily, a representation—in its own way, a “still life.” Laurence Bertrand Dorléac Technological ...

# 102 | The Albums of Yoko Ono | Prudence Bidet

Prudence Bidet studies the albums of Yoko Ono, who mixes everything together: music, politics, and autobiography. Less studied than the rest of her creative work, these singular objects, especially her first solo albums, contain strong symbolic charges while displaying her desire for liberation.  In her fourth album, in particular, Feeling the Space (1973), she ...

# 100 | Things in the Museum | David Guillet

Museums are not self-evident entities.  David Guillet, who has experience thereof, reflects on the status of things—drawings, for example—whose complexity, materiality, and multiple qualities, as well as their diversity of significations, he wishes to grasp. He isolates problems without concealing the limits encountered by visitors when offered only a linear path through a museum’s collections.  ...

# 98 | Women’s Share in Museum | Charlotte Foucher Zarmanian

Charlotte Foucher Zarmanian is known for having extended the perimeter of research devoted to women. Here, she studies the issue of the conservation of things in the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions (Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires, MNATP), which was created in 1937.  In taking a close look at the ...

# 97 | Piranesi’s Candelabra | Caroline Van Eck

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At the end of his life, Giovanni Battista Piranesi fabricated three large candelabra along with some vases, tripods, and stands out of some mud-covered debris left over from sculptures that had been rediscovered in Hadrian’s villa during the Pantanello excavations of 1769. In retracing the history of these candelabra that no longer evince any ...