A few days ago, I read an interesting article by Stephanie Marin of The Canadian Press.
Before I begin, here’s a little background. The Museum of Civilization is located in Gatineau, Quebec, just a few miles from the Parliament Buildings. Last October, our current Prime Minister announced a change in name for the Museum. It will be changed to the Museum of Canadian History. So far, the name hasn’t been changed.
The museum announced that it would display the “Undressed” exposition. Undressed? Yep. It was to describe 350 years of the history of underwear! Isn’t that a bit vulgar? It can’t be that bad, because the prestigious Royal Victoria and Albert Museum in London was displaying it. You can even view it online, just by going to the London’s Museum site.
We’ll never get to see it at our Museum though. It was cancelled. Apparently, the logic is that with the name change comes the mandate’s change. How would “Undressed” be about Canada’s history?
The previous Museum President, Victor Rabinovitch, was the one who originally booked the show. He apparently had never heard a single comment that implied it shouldn’t be displayed. Therefore he was surprised when he heard that the current Vice-President, Jean-Marc Blais, cancelled, just six months after the contract was signed!
“One month after announcing a new vocation for the museum they decide to put the brakes on a show that fit better with the former mandate of the museum and which did not fit at all with the ideology of Mr. Moore,” Nantel said.
- Underwear exhibit stripped off the schedule of federal museum (macleans.ca)
- The History of Men’s Underwear (neatorama.com)