'The museum boom, which has produced a constant stream of new buildings in many cities in Europe and the USA since the seventies, has reached another high point.
Important museum buildings by high-profile architects have opened within a single year in Bilbao, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Bregenz and Basel. The concert hall in Jean Nouvel's culture Centre in Lucerne has been completed. The New York Museum of Modern Art held a competition for a large-scale extension, and the new Tate Gallery in the disused Bankside power station in London has moved into a crucial building phase.
These museum buildings and designs reveal current perceptions of how art is presented in public in their architectural design, their functional planning and their relationship with the cities in which they are sited. As well as this, these new museums express the artistic and creative powers of the architects who designed them. The architects discuss the field of tension between art and architecture and their concepts in interviews conducted specially for this book.
Harald Szeemann's contribution, written from the point of view of an exhibition curator, describes the prospects that these trends offer museum culture, and possible threatening consequences.' - front flap of the book

The book is published originally in German and the present English edition is translated by Michael Robinson. Biographies of the architects are included.
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Art Museums Into the 21st Century - With a Contribution by Harald Szeemann

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Ecce Museum: Much Chaff, Little Grain - Harald SZEEMANN
Time Rediscovered - Gerhard MACK
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao: The Museum as Sculpture - Interview with Frank O. Gehry
Museum of Modern Art, New York | Tate Gallery of Modern Art, London: The Museum as Urban Space - Interview with Jacques Herzog
The Getty Center, Los Angeles: The Museum as Campus - Interview with Richard Meier
Moderna dn Arkitektur Museet, Stockholm: The Almost Vanishing Museum - Interview with Rafael Moneo
Culture and Congress Centre Lucerne: The Museum as an Exhibition Machine - Interview with Jean Nouvel
Museum for the Fondation Beyeler, Basel: The Museum as a Safe - Interview with Renzo Piano
Kunsthaus Bregenz: A Museum Made of Light - Interview with Peter Zumthor
Art Museums Into the 21st Century
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