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Performer la chanson au musée : l’espace Brassens de Sète

Abstract : Is the conservation and cultural transmission of sung performances possible after the death of their performer? The findings of our ethnographic survey conducted at the espace Brassens show that it is possible to re-present songs, thanks to the various stratagems contrived by the directors of display and exhi­biting concepts in museums in order to reify the songs. However, this process entails a major transformation both of the status of this cultural output and of the performer who embodies it. The songs are elevated to the status of poems, and Brassens’status also under­goes a change from singer to guide and host-promoter of his area of music. Our observations of the espace Brassens permanent exhi­bition also lead us to conclude that its designers must accommo­date the individual and collective memories that accompany some visitors, which may be ongoing. The strength of the espace Brassens lies precisely in its ability to deal with the cultural attitudes of Bras­sens’ fans – or even to favor them – rather than treat them as an inconvenience.
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Juliette Dalbavie. Performer la chanson au musée : l’espace Brassens de Sète. Culture et Musées, 2021, 29, pp.61-80. ⟨10.4000/culturemusees.1086⟩. ⟨hal-03270450⟩



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