Faking until you faint
- Professor Pascal Griener, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland
- Wednesday 28 May 2014
The absolute experience of the past during the second half of the XIXth Century - Tussaud’s Gallery in London, and the Crystal Palace Museum at Sydenham.
Professor Griener is a well-known authority in museology, 18th-century art theory and aesthetics, and the history and theory of connoisseurship. After having obtained a double doctorate at Oxford with Francis Haskell and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, he became Professor of Art History and Museology at the University of Neuchâtel in 1995. His recent publications include La République de l’oeil (Paris 2011), a ground-breaking study on spectatorship in the 18thcentury. He has been a visiting professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Collège de France in Paris, where he worked with the neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux on the history of art and physical sciences in 19th- century Europe.He is also very active as a museum expert and curator. He was one of the curators of the Europalia 2007, Le Grand Atelier, Brussels, Palais des beaux-arts. In the past few years he has worked on the history of the period room in European museums.
In his work Pascal Griener unites an interest in the history of museums, the anthropology of sculpture, and artistic theory.