By Clémentine Deliss
Published by: Caniche
Rustic cover. 168 pages. 13´8 x 21 cm
A significant proportion of European museums have forged their collections on the basis of colonial and looting dynamics. Born to control how we look at and relate to the Other, ethnographic museums accumulate thousands of artefacts torn from their places of origin and of which the identity of their original creators has been ignored.
The cultural historian and curator Clémentine Deliss mixes in this passionate account the autobiographical with rigorous (and sharp) theses that question hegemonic cultural discourses. The Metabolic Museum tells the story of what happens when an attempt is made to transform one of these institutions - the Weltkulturen Museum in Frankfurt, of which Deliss was director - into a living organism where contemporary thinkers and artists can translate, reinterpret and contribute new meanings to everything that a museum treasures.