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The Art Museum from Boullee to Bilbao / Edition 1

The Art Museum from Boullee to Bilbao / Edition 1

by Andrew McClellan
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Art museums have emerged in recent decades as the most vibrant and popular of all cultural institutions. Though art museums have never been more popular, their direction and values are now being contested as never before—both in the media and in the art world itself. This engaging thematic history of the art museum from its inception in the eighteenth century to the present offers an essential framework for understanding contemporary debates as they have evolved in Europe and the United States. From the visionary museums of Boullée in the eighteenth century to the new Guggenheim in Bilbao and beyond, it explores key aspects of museum theory and practice: ideals and mission; architecture; collecting, classification, and display; the public; commercialism; and restitution and repatriation. The only single volume to give a comprehensive account of the issues critical to museums, the book also highlights the challenges they will face in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520251267
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 364
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

Andrew McClellan, Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Art History at Tufts University, is the author of Inventing the Louvre: Art, Politics, and the Origins of the Museum in Eighteenth-Century Paris (UC Press) and the editor of Art and Its Publics: Museum Studies at the Millenium.

Table of Contents


Ideals and Mission
Collecting, Classification, and Display
The Public
Restitution and Repatriation

List of Illustrations

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