Remembering the past, constructing the future : the Memorial to the Deportation in Paris and experimental commemoration after the Second World War / by Patrick Amsellem.
This study investigates mid-20th century non-figurative commemorative strategies, schemes that did not merely employ traditional, non-figurative commemorative designs, such as plaques, pyramids, and obelisks, but that invented new forms or recombined or reconceptualized older forms in a way that provided experimental solutions with a focus on viewer interaction. A memorial such as the Memorial to the Deportation crosses the boundaries between art and architecture in ways that predate many other memorial efforts. As it defies traditional definitions of sculpture and architecture, the memorial stands as an early example of a case where viewer interaction is essential to render the work meaningful. The anti-monumental merging of landscape, experiential architecture, and curatorial content further connects the memorial to sequential topographies in more recent architecture.
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