January 16, 2004
Neil MacGregor wants the British Museum to be seen as a Universal Museum. The rest of the world’s opinions should also count for something though.
The Revolver: Enlighten up
By Peter Aspden
Published: January 16 2004 16:47 | Last Updated: January 16 2004 16:47
There is a new T-shirt on sale in the British Museum shop. The slogan it bears – “If I am not better, at least I am different” – is cleverly modulated to reflect the tone of our age: a hint of narcissism (I need to tell you something about myself on the front of my T-shirt) tempered by a fashionably relativist conclusion (I am equal to you but not the same. God bless humanity, in all its shapes and forms).
But the most striking thing by far about the slogan is the name of its author. Forget Moschino, Katharine Hamnett and Dolce & Gabbana. Stick to slumming it in the Guggenheim and the Royal Academy, Mr Armani. It seems the fashion world is finally ready for the Jean-Jacques Rousseau revival.
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