“After the French Revolution: Transforming Entertainment in Public Space” is a free online Museum Talk by the Student and Emerging Professional working group of ICOM UK on 26 April 2023.
The speaker is Ane Cornelia Pade, a PhD-candidate in History of Art at the University of Cambridge and an expert in Art, especially in the French Revolution. The event will discuss how social structures and the reappropriation of public space took effect after the French Revolution. During this time, 15 Parisian pleasure gardens and hôtels particuliers were seized and became entertainment venues open to the public for the first time. Particularly, the focus will be the opening of the Tivoli and Frascati gardens and the social transformation of society and place.
The event will have a presentation, Q&A and an open discussion on the topics raised.
This talk examines the relationship between social transformation and cultural places. The French Revolution marked a grand socio-political transformation in the Parisian scene. This transformation opened to the public, for the first time, the private and elite spaces, filled with the greatest art and architecture of the period. At the time, Museums and public Art galleries were a non-existent concept. It would be fair to say that the intial traces of what we call museum today were born at this period.
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