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J. G. Ballard on the Disneyfication of Museums

Annotations from The Atrocity Exhibition
Vatican Museum Stairs, Rome. Photograph: Jenna Lee
An extract from J. G. Ballard's 1990 annotations to his experimental 1970 novel, The Atrocity Exhibition:
All over the world major museums have bowed to the influence of Disney and become theme parks in their own right. The past, whether Renaissance Italy or ancient Egypt, is reassimilated and homogenized into its most digestible form. Desperate for the new, but disappointed with anything but the familiar, we recolonize the past and future. The same trend can be seen in personal relationships, in the way people are expected to package themselves, their emotions and sexuality in attractive and instantly appealing forms.
J. G. Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition
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