“When men die, they enter into history. When statues die, they enter into art. This botany of death is what we call culture. That’s because the society of statues is mortal. One day, their faces of stone crumble and fall to earth. A civilization leaves behind itself these mutilated traces. But history has devoured everything. An object dies when the living glance trained upon it disappears. And when we disappear our objects will be confined to the place where we send black things: to the museum."