The Home, Nations and Empires, and Ephemeral Exhibition Spaces
The Home, Nations and Empires, and Ephemeral Exhibition Spaces
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I. Introduction: Ephemeral Exhibition Spaces and the Dynamic of Historical Liminalities (Dominique Bauer, KU Leuven)
II. Liminal Domesticities
1. Panorama as Critical Restoration: Examining the Ephemeral Space of Viollet-le-Duc's Study at La Vedette (Aisling O'Carroll)
2. An Ephemeral Museum of Decorative and Industrial Arts: Charle Albert's Vlaams Huis (Daniela Prina)
3. Expanding Interiors: Architectural Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione (Heidi Brevik-Zender) (University of California, Riverside/ Fulbright Visiting Scholar Professor, University of Aberdeen)
III. Bygone nations and empires under construction. The political imagination of liminality
4. The Land that Never Was: Liminality of Existence and the Imaginary Spaces in the Archbishopric of Karlovci (Jelena Todorovic)
5. The Theatre of Affectionate Hearts: Izabella Czartoryska's Musée des Monuments Polonais in Pu?awy (1801-1831) (Micha? Mencfel)
6. A Burning Mind, a Dream Space, a "Fantastic Exhibition" (Inessa Kouteinikova)
IV. England and the British Empire. Civil society, civil service and the liminal position of transient spaces
7. An Ephemeral Display within an Ephemeral Museum: The East India Company Contribution to the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857 (Elizabeth Pergam)
8. Julia Margaret Cameron's Railway Station Exhibition: A Private Gallery in the Public Sphere (Jeff Rosen)
9. Paper Monument: The Paradoxical Space in the English Optical Toy Paper Peepshow of the Thames Tunnel, 1825 - 1843 (Shijia Yu)

Dominique Bauer, Camilla Murgia (eds)

The Home, Nations and Empires, and Ephemeral Exhibition Spaces


This book explores ephemeral exhibition spaces between 1750 and 1918. The chapters focus on two related spaces: the domestic interior and its imagery, and exhibitions and museums that display both national/imperial identity and the otherness that lurks beyond a country’s borders. What is revealed is that the same tension operates in these private and public realms; namely, that between identification and self-projection, on the one hand, and alienation, otherness and objectification on the other. In uncovering this, the authors show that the self, the citizen/society and the other are realities that are constantly being asserted, defined and objectified. This takes place, they demonstrate, in a ceaseless dynamic of projection versus alienation, and intimacy versus distancing.

Dominique Bauer

Dominique Bauer is Assistant Professor of History at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Leuven, Belgium, and a member of the Centre d’Analyse Culturelle de la Première Modernité at the Université Catholique de Louvain.

Camilla Murgia

Camilla Murgia is Junior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Lausanne.