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The Museum: The history and architecture of the world's most iconic cultural spaces
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The Museum: The history and architecture of the world's most iconic cultural spaces (Hardback)

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Visited by millions around the world every year, discover the untold story of The Museum, one of mankind's most essential creations.

Using examples of the greatest cultural institutions to shape the narrative, this book outlines the history of the museum movement, tracking the evolution from princely collections in Europe and the Enlightenment's classically inspired temples of curiosities, via the public museums of the late-19th century, on to today's global era of iconic buildings designed by the world's leading architects.

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 architects, curators and patrons including Richard Rogers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Frank Gehry, Herzog and De Meuron, Andrew Carnegie, Alfred Barr and Nicholas Serota. By examining how these venues became intrinsic to our shared cultural experience, analysing the changing roles they play in society and questioning what the future holds in a digital age, this book is for anyone who has stood in awe at the spectacle of a museum.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyTravel & MapsTravel & holiday guidesMuseum, historic sites, gallery & art guides Publisher: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd Publication Date: 05/10/2021 ISBN-13: 9780711254565  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Owen Hopkins is an architectural historian and a senior curator at London's Sir John Soane's Museum, having previously worked as architecture programme curator the Royal Academy of Art. He has written five books, including Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon, which has been translated into 12 languages, and Lost Futures, an examination of the disappearing architecture of post-war Britain. He has commented widely on architecture for Independent, Dezeen, Icon, The Architectural Review, topos, The Architects' Journal and Building Design, and has appeared on BBC Newsnight, BBC Radio and Monocle Radio. Currently based in London, he is a guest critic at architecture schools and has lectured at Yale School of Architecture and the University of Oxford.

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