The Museum: From its Origins to the 21st Century
Now visited by millions from every corner of the globe, this is the fascinating story behind the rise of the museum, one of mankind's most essential creations. Covering the world's greatest examples, this book relates the history of the museum movement, from princely collections in Europe, via the public musuems of the late nineteenth century, to today's era of iconic buildings designed by the finest architects.
Filled with stunning imagery that highlights the beauty of these venerated buildings, the origins of all the key instituions are revealed. Also decribed are the motivations of the architects, curators and patrons who have shaped how we experience the modern museum, a cast that includes names such as King George II, Napoleon, Henry Clay Frick, Peggy Guggenheim, Andrew Carnegie, Alfred Barr, Frank LLyod Wright, Le Corbusier, Frank Gehry, Richard Rogers, Nicholas Serota and Zaha Hadid.
The book examines how these places have become so central to our shared cultural experience and how they are dealing with colonial legacies and the challanges of the digital age.