PRINT September 1996


Musée de l’objet

THE RECENTLY INAUGURATED Musée de l’objet in Blois marks the first time a museum has been devoted solely to tracking the everyday object as tt appears, disappears, and reappears In 20th-century art. Situated In one of several buildings that comprise Blois’ École des Beaux-Arts, a former Minim convent, this stunning exhibition space was built in Just two years. Given the number of oddly interchangeable glitzy institutions that cropped up seemingly everywhere In the ’80s, the city of Blois should be commended for having chosen an already existing structure whose humble origins seem oddly appropriate to a museum dedicated to the object. Blois, too, seems a particularly apt location for such a venture. It was to this city on the banks of the Loire that French Revolutionary and founder of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Abbe Grégoire, 19th-century conjurer Jean Eugène Robert Houdin (after

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