Art Museum from Boullï¿½e to Bilbao
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Description: Art museums, oases of beauty and calm in a fast-paced world, have emerged in recent decades as the most vibrant and popular of all cultural institutions. However, though art museums have never been more popular, their direction and values have never been more contested--both in the media and in the art world itself. This engaging thematic history of the art museum from its inception in the eighteenth century to the present offers an essential framework for understanding contemporary debates as they have evolved in Europe and the United States. From the visionary museums of Boulleacute;e in the eighteenth century to the new Guggenheim in Bilbao and beyond, it explores key aspects of museum theory and practice: ideals and mission; architecture; collecting, classification, and display; the public; commercialism; and restitution and repatriation. The chapters work backward from a recent controversy, each offering a focused history of a key issue. Together, they present a clear view of how contemporary debates are rooted in the development of the art museum and have evolved throughout its history. The only single volume that gives a comprehensive account of the issues critical to museums, the book also assesses the continuing vitality of museums and highlights the challenges they will surely face in the future.
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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/2/2008
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.00" tall
|Ideals and Mission|
|Collecting, Classification, and Display|
|Restitution and Repatriation|
|List of Illustrations|