This year for the Night of Museums (Nuit des musées), F and I headed to the highly-acclaimed Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum. Spoiler alert: it’s nothing special. I had heard this from some people already. Apparently somewhere down the line they felt that trashing the traditional museum feel for hologram-like screens of people who share their stories of persecution, misery and difficult journeys to safety would somehow make their tragedies more relatable but I found the holograms superficial. The collection as a whole lacks substance, à mon avis. The entire exhibit is divided into three parts and they all seem unrelated.
The only section I lingered in was the one with primary sources, cards with the names of real people that lived or never made it through the First and Second World Wars if I remember correctly, the section named “Restoring Family Links.”
Apart from that, the temporary exhibit is worth visiting, which focuses on non-violence – something I think we need a lot of in our world today. The exhibit is called Experiments with Truth: Gandhi and Images of Nonviolence. It starts off with images of Gandhi, leading up to his untimely death. Then you’re given various visual interpretations of nonviolence, including striking photos from the civil rights march that took place in Selma in 1965, an event that is still very relevant and salient in American society.
You can catch the temporary exhibit anytime before January 3rd 2016.
And just in case you can’t read the quote in the photo above:
La désobéissance civile est non seulement le droit naturel d’un peuple, surtout lorsqu’il ne peut pas se faire entendre de son propre gouvernment, mais elle est aussi une substitution à la violence ou à la révolte armée.
Civil disobedience is not only the natural right of a people, especially when they have no effective voice in their own Government, but that it is also a substitute for violence or armed rebellion.