Art Museum Architecture
From the Altes Museum in Berlin and London’s National Gallery to MAXXI in Rome and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. In the 7th issue of Skiascope, the Gothenburg Museum of Art Publication Series, art museum architecture is investigated in light of the many newly built or rebuilt art museums of recent decades. Art museum architecture in the early 18th century, a time when many classic art museums were built, serves as a point of reference. Why do art museums look the way they do, and how do different views on art and the role of art museums in society influence architecture, from grand stair halls to minimalism and spectacular deconstructivism?
Past and present art museum architecture is investigated in five thematic studies by researchers with an academic background in the history and theory of art, or within the field of architecture. The subjects investigated are the role of architecture in the expansion of the Louvre, the opposition between form and function in contemporary art museum architecture, Nordic art museum architecture 1998–2014, 19th century art museum buildings in Berlin and London, and the history of the building of the Gothenburg Museum of Art.
Skiascope 7 is published with support from the Sten A Olsson Foundation for Research and Culture as well as the Anna Ahrenberg Foundation.
Read more and order the publication Skiascope 7 here