Belgian art historian, curator and academic Wouter Davidts investigates the connection between architecture, the museum as an institution, the museum programme and art. Throughout Europe, museum architecture is deployed in a variety of different ways: as an autonomous icon, as a flexible “shed”, as a PR instrument, as a memory machine, as a stimulus to urban renewal, as a landscape theme, as a political trump card, as a storage depot for artefacts, and so on. This book includes many case studies, among them the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Centre Pompidou and Tate Modern, that deal with these and other topics. Published by Valiz (Amsterdam).
262 pages, 16 x 23 cm, paperback, Valiz (Amsterdam).