The Architecture of the Museum: Symbolic Structures, Urban Contexts

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Michaela Giebelhausen
Manchester University Press, Nov 8, 2003 - Architecture - 249 pages
Every city has at least one, and great cities often have more. From the Louvre to the Bilbao Guggenheim, the museum has had a long-standing relationship with the city. This ground-breaking volume examines the meaning of museum architecture in the urban environment, considering important issues such as forms of civic representation, urban regeneration, cultural tourism and the museumification of the city itself. Bringing together an international group of distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines, this volume bridges the gap between museum studies and traditional architectural history. The contributors explore the conceptual architectural frameworks that govern the museum's diverse symbolic structures and focus attention on the complex ways in which museums function in the city. Ranging from the 17th century to the present day, the detailed and thoroughly researched case studies are drawn from Great Britain, continental Europe, South America and Australia.

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Contents

the architecture of the museum symbolic structures
1
The wrong twigs for an eagles nest? Architecture nationalism
32
tracing the Perth museum site 54
54
the Frankfurt museum boom of the 1980s
75
art tourism and the Tate St Ives
108
the museum and the city in utopia
127
Edinburgh as a Museion
144
modern museums from Patrick Geddes
160
Brasília a national capital without a national museum
183
Select bibliography
224
Index
241
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Michaela Giebelhausen is Lecturer in Art History at the University of Essex.

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