musée imaginaire

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A concept deriving from the writings of André Malraux (1901–76), author, war hero, and French Minister of Culture 1959–69. In the first volume of his major work La Psychologie de l'art, entitled Le Musée imaginaire (published in 1946 and translated in 1949 as Museum without Walls), he proposed that all works of art, widely available in the modern age to a mass audience through the means of photographic reproduction, should be appreciated for their formal qualities, whatever they originally signified.

Subjects: Art.

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