Museum builders II /
Laura Hourston.
Chichester ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Academy, 2004.
216 p. : ill. (chiefly col.), plans ; 31 cm.
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Chichester ; Hoboken, NJ : Wiley-Academy, 2004.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 210-216)
A Look Inside
Main Description
The popularity of the museum has dramatically increased in recent years and many modern examples have been built around the world. This book catalogues these developments and beautifully presents an exciting selection of the most inspiring examples of contemporary museums around the world. The book that first launched the successful Builders series was Museum Builders in 1994 and since this time there has been an explosion in museum building by some of the world's most famous architects. Instead of trying to update the first edition Wiley-Academy has produced a completely new and updated volume. Following a historical and contemporary assessment of the role of the museum, the author presents, in great photographic detail, the most famous examples of modern museums around the world. Includes work by Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Zaha Hadid, Jean Nouvel and others.
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The museum has enjoyed an extensive history, but has never been more popular than it is today. With the recent explosion in cultural tourism, museums have been proliferating at an unprecedented rate. Certain fundamental concerns have remained as constant factors in the museum's story; most notably here, its role as a significant site for the construction and depiction of identity. Museum Builders II explores 27 contemporary museum commissions, which both demonstrate and generate aspects of identity, be they national, ethnic, regional, civic, or personal. The dialogue of 'identity and difference' finds many and varied architectural expressions in the contemporary museum buildings highlighted, which are drawn from across the globe. The projects vary dramatically in scale, context, thematics and intent, but all raise questions of architectural representation. Many museum architects have turned to the natural landscape for inspiration, often for aesthetic or pragmatic reasons, but at times to invest their buildings with a specific identity. Similarly, rich archaeological and architectural caches have been plundered by designers in a quest to give identity to their built form. Several featured museum projects address the meeting of cultures, which were defining moments in history, and these encounters have left a tenacious legacy on the architecture and exhibitions of those museums. Most resonant here is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: a deeply poignant physical monument to one of the most horrifying and inhumane encounters in human history, and a most extreme example of the museum's lasting role in the construction and depiction of identities.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Issues of Identity
National Museums
Museum of Scotland
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Te Papa Tongarewa the National Museum of New Zealand
Thematic Museums
Imperial War Museum North
Jewish Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Chikatsu-Asuka Historical Museum
Vulcania: The European Centre of Volcanism
Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum
Domus, Home of Man
National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Art Museums: New Build
Kunsthal Rotterdam
Cartier Founda tion for Conte mporary Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Modern and Contemporary Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Stockholm Museum of Modern Art and Architecture
Galician Centre for Contemporary Art
Serralves Museum
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art
Fukui City Museum of Art
National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rome
Spiral Extension to the Victoria
Adaptive Reuse
Tate Modern
Guggenheim Las Vegas and Guggenheim Hermitage Museums
Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art
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