Art/Museums takes the study of international relations to the art museum. It seeks to persuade those who study international relations to take art/museums seriously and museum studies to take up the insights of international relations. And it does so at a time when both international relations and art are said to be at an end-that is, out of control and beyond sight of their usual constituencies. The book focuses on the British Museum, the National Gallery of London, the Museum of Iraq, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Getty museums, the Guggenheim museums, and "museum" spaces instantly created by the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. The art includes works over which museums might struggle, acquire through questionable means, hoard and possibly lose, such as the Parthenon sculptures, Raphael's Madonna of the Pinks, the ancient art of Babylon, modern art, and the art/museum itself in an era of rapid museum expansion. Bringing art, museums, and international relations together draws on the art technique of collage, which combines disparate objects, themes, and time periods in one work to juxtapose unexpected elements, leaving the viewer to relate objects that are not where they are expected to be.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements List of Photographs Chapter One: Can International Relations and Art/Museums Come Together? Chapter Two: Cultures, Nations, and the British Museum Chapter Three: The International Relations of Saving Art Chapter Four: MOMA Saves the West? Chapter Five: The Globalizing Guggenheim Saves the Basques? Chapter Six: Twin Towers of International Relations: The Museum Chapter Seven: Art/Museums/International Relations: Collaging Afterlife