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The Art Museum in Modern Times

Smith, Charles Saumarez

An architecturally-inclined assessment of how we display art, by the former head of the National Gallery, NPG and Royal Academy. Many different museums and galleries round the world are treated here, separated into the postmodern, museums for the new millenium and the re-invention of traditional museums. It’s fascinating to read about so many behind-the-scenes design decisions – for instance, how David Chipperfield moved towards a ‘soft restoration’ of the bomb-damaged Neues Museum in Berlin, allowing the layers of the building’s history and experience to become a part of the display itself.  Learned, detailed and fascinating. Many illustrations.

Thames and Hudson