Museum of the Mind
Art and Memory in World Cultures
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Museum of the Mind by John Mack
Book DescriptionThis thought-provoking book accompanies an exhibition which will draw together some of the Museum's most important objects in the context of its 250th anniversary. It addresses questions such as how, when and why people or events are commemorated, at the same time examining how the British Museum itself is celebrated and remembered. Institutions such as the BM, devoted to collections of cultural objects, provide extensive insight into the ways in which memory operates in a wide variety of different social and historical circumstances. Commemorative items of many sorts are their stock in trade, as illustrated widely here: painted or sculpted portraits, medals, coins and banknotes, sepulchres, reliquaries, inscriptions, souvenirs and memorabilia, photographs and archives, and diaries. Beyond its collection, the Museum itself has necessarily become a place of memory, from its architecture to the naming of its parts. This catalogue addresses fundamental questions concerning the linkage between the creation of objects and the creation of memory as an aspect of human culture in general. Ultimately, memory is tied up with the complex question of identity, personal identity and social or c
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780714126371
(246mm x 189mm x 13mm)
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Masks are objects that demonstrate creative skills of many different periods and cultures. Masks are a nearly universal phenomenon, but their uses and meanings are strikingly different across cultures. In this book, eight leading experts explore the stories of masks across ancient and modern civilizations in a survey of their meaning and power.
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Author Biography - John Mack
John Mack is Keeper of Ethnography in the British Museum and a Visiting Professor in the Anthropology Department of University College, London. He is the author or editor of twelve books, most focusing on themes in African Culture.
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