Parution : Museum matters : making and unmaking Mexico’s national collections

Museum matters
Museum matters


  • Achim, Miruna. Éditeur scientifique
  • Deans-Smith, Susan (1953-….). Éditeur scientifique
  • Rozenthal, Sandra. Éditeur scientifique
  • Bueno, Christina. Collaborateur
  • Cházaro, Laura. Collaborateur
  • Gorbach, Frida. Collaborateur
  • López Hernández, Haydeé. Collaborateur
  • Mondragón, Carlos. Collaborateur
  • Olmedo Vera, Bertina. Collaborateur
  • Rufer, Mario. Collaborateur

Résumé de l’éditeur

This is a book about objects. Stones, ruins, bones, mummies, mannequins, statues, photographs, fakes, instruments, and natural history specimens all formed part of Mexico’s National Museum complex at different moments across two centuries of collecting and display.

Museum Matters traces the emergence, consolidation, and dispersal of this national museum complex by telling the stories of its objects. Objects that have been separated over time are brought back together in this book in order to shed light on the interactions and processes that have forged things into symbols of science, aesthetics, and politics. The contributors to this volume illuminate how collections came into being or ceased to exist over time, or how objects moved in and out of collections and museum spaces. They explore what it means to move things physically and spatially, as well as conceptually and symbolically.

Museum Matters unravels the concept of the national museum. By unmaking the spaces, frameworks, and structures that form the complicated landscape of national museums, this volume brings a new way to understand the storage, displays, and claims about the Mexican nation’s collections today.


Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: A Mexican Cabinet of Unlikely Things 3
Miruna Achim, Susan Deans-Smith, Sandra Rozental


  1. “A History Worthy of the Grandeur of the Spanish Nation”:
    Collecting Mexican Antiquity in the Viceroyalty of New Spain 25
    Susan Deans-Smith
  2. Forgery and the Science of the “Authentic” 55
    Miruna Achim and Bertina Olmedo Vera
  3. Body Objects in Transit: National Pathology between
    Anatomy Museums and the Museo Nacional de México,
    1853–1912 81
    Laura Cházaro

  4. The Tangled Journey of the Cross of Palenque 111
    Christina Bueno
  5. Past and Present at the Museo de Historia Natural 135
    Frida Gorbach
  6. Clues and Gazes: Indigenous Faces in the Museo Nacional de Antropología 159
    Haydeé López Hernández
  7. Unsettled Objects: The Pacific Collection at the Museo Nacional de las Culturas 191
    Carlos Mondragón

  8. Tehuantepec on Display: Tlalocs, Theodolites, Fishing Traps, and the Cultures of Collecting in the Mid-Nineteenth Century 217
    Miruna Achim
  9. Conjuring Violence Away with Culture: The Purépecha National Emblem in the Museo Nacional de Antropología 243
    Mario Rufer
  10. A Monolith on the Street 265
    Sandra Rozental

Contributors 289
Index 293


Informations pratiques

  • Éditeur : Tucson : The University of Arizona press
  • Date de parution : 2021
  • Description matérielle : 1 vol. (xi, 300 p.) : ill. ; 24 cm
  • Annexe(s) : Bibliogr. Index
  • ISBN 9780816539574. – ISBN 081653957X (rel.)


  • PARIS-BnF : Tolbiac – Rez-de-jardin – magasin : 2022-79053
  • PARIS-Médiathèque MQB

Olivier Jacquot

Responsable de la valorisation et des données de la recherche > Coordination de la recherche > Délégation à la stratégie et à la recherche > Bibliothèque nationale de France

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