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The Museum: The History and Architecture of the World's Most Iconic Cultural Spaces

Owen Hopkins

Using examples of some of our greatest cultural institutions to shape the narrative, The Museum outlines the history of these singular buildings, tracking the journey from beginnings in Europe and the Enlightenment's classically inspired temples of curiosities via the public museums of the late-19th century and on to today's global era, which features an international assortment of carefully curated icons designed by the world's leading architects.

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Book Information

Publisher: White Lion Publishing.
Publish Date: 11/10/2020
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 9780711254565
ISBN-10: 0711254567
Language: English

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Using examples of some of our greatest cultural institutions to shape the narrative, The Museum outlines the history of these singular buildings, tracking the journey from beginnings in Europe and the Enlightenment's classically inspired temples of curiosities via the public museums of the late-19th century and on to today's global era, which features an international assortment of carefully curated icons designed by the world's leading architects.

Museums and galleries are a global phenomenon; landmark destinations where visitors, often in their millions, can immerse themselves in culture. The Museum profiles the best examples on the planet, revealing the creative minds responsible for these hallowed spaces - including architects, directors and curators - and the pieces that make up collections. Institutions such as the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the Tate Modern, the Hermitage and the Guggenheim Bilbao all feature alongside names including Richard Rogers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Frank Gehry, Herzog and De Meuron, Nicholas Serota, Alfred Barr and Charles Eastlake. By examining how these venues became intrinsic to our shared cultural experience and analysing the evolution of the roles they play in society, this book is for anyone who has stood in awe at the spectacle of a museum.

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