The Home, Nations and Empires, and Ephemeral Exhibition Spaces

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.
  • Cover
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction: Ephemeral Exhibition Spaces and the Dynamic of Historical Liminalities
    • Dominique Bauer
  • I: The Home
    • 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 N. Prina
    • 3. Expanding Interiors: Architectural Photographs of the Countess de Castiglione
      • Heidi Brevik-Zender
  • II: Bygone Nations and Empires under Construction: Political Imaginations
    • 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: Izabela Czartoryska’s Musée des Monuments Polonais in Puławy (1801–1831)
      • Michał Mencfel
    • 6. A Burning Mind, a Dream Space, a “Fantastic Exhibition”
      • Inessa Kouteinikova
  • III: England and the British Empire: Civil Society, Civil Service, and Ephemeral Exhibition Spaces
    • 7. An Ephemeral Display within an Ephemeral Museum: The East India Company Contribution to the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition of 1857
      • Elizabeth A. 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 Paper Peepshow of the Thames Tunnel, 1825–1843
      • Shijia Yu
  • Index



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