Exhibiting the Taboo of Museums of Ethnography

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Since the 1990s, museums of ethnography have been undergoing changes in light of the decolonial movement. While museum collections are far from being exhibited in their entirety, choices are made within museums to know which object should or should not be seen by the visitors. But should this decision be made solely by the members of the museum team? This article will look at the exhibition of secret-sacred material and human remains within museums of ethnography in Europe to understand the new modes of display that can be implemented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-83
Number of pages11
JournalICOFOM Study Series
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2023


  • taboo
  • museums of ethnography
  • exhibition
  • Human remains
  • Consent

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