The DNA of the museum demystified

(Nicolet) He most recently known for shows like Tabarnak: Expo swears, To life, to death Here, the Muslim veil unveiled, or even 1984, I remember.

Casually, the Museum of World Religions Nicolet demystifies the diversity of religions and radiates Nicolet for 30 years. A new exhibition, 30 objects and emotions, says this anniversary.

True to their habit to be creative in their approach subjects a priori more “serious”, the museum’s director, Jean-François Royal, and his team have innovated again with the angle chosen to celebrate its 30th anniversary . Thirty words and 30 objects were identified to unveil the scenes of the museum illustrate the upstream and downstream of its activities.

“We present the museum in a little-known facet, we present it in what we do, in what we are. Typically, it always shows the final results, we show an exhibition when it is complete. Here, we present the DNA of our institution. Through 30 words and 30 iconic objects, you’ll find actions we do in daily life, “says Jean-François Royal.

Voluntarily, thumbnails that accompany each of the objects that identify, without saying more about their meaning. The goal is to promote cultural mediation between the guide and the visitor.

Each of the 30 words associated with the life and identity of the museum can be developed in connection with the exhibits. For example, to illustrate the word “research” and its importance in Museology, we connect with a Chinese funeral lamp dating from the Han Dynasty.

“We thought it was a Bodhi tree. A consultant has done the research to discover that it was a funeral lamp that accompanied the dead in Chinese tombs, “says Royal. luminescence expertise have enabled to date the creation of the piece to between 1600 and 2000 years.

“I think it is the only museum in America that a lamp like that and very few museums in Europe have,” says museum director. Another rare piece is in the Museum of World Religions and included in the exhibition inaugurated on Thursday.

This is a tombstone of Lower Normandy to the late fourteenth century, exposed to illustrate the concepts of conservation and restoration. “There is only the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in New York and that we have,” says Royal.

With this exhibition, Jean-François Royal hopes to precisely demonstrate the importance of his collection. “Many people think it is a museum of relics, medals, old cases that the priests wanted to get rid … What we wanted to show with this exhibition there, is that we have a collection of prestige, a serious collection, with serious artifacts. We become the heritage guardians. We had reservations, and we take care of our objects. ”

Besides, one of three reserves of the museum will be open this summer. From June 29 to August 3, Jean-Franqois Royal offer himself guided tours of the new reserve museum, Wednesdays at 13: 30 pm, by reservation.

Among the objects selected for the exhibition 30, a synagogue window you can also see the first half of the twentieth century, a French chasuble 1889, two Egyptian funerary masks of the second millennium BC and a carved Buddha head Thailand in the seventeenth century.

For 30 years, the museum has presented 175 exhibitions, 70 art, 54 on Christianity, multireligious 26, eight dedicated to Buddhism to Judaism five, three to Islam, Hinduism and two to three for spirituality.

It is the only museum in the Americas to address the similarities and differences between various religions. There are six more elsewhere in the world, Germany, Russia, Belarus, Taiwan, Scotland and Tunisia.

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