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You need to read two files that I will upload and answer the following based on them and at the end write about 150 words of reflection.
Reading 1: Giebelhausen “Museum Architecture: A Brief History”
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This is a chapter of a book designed to be used in Museum Studies courses such as this one. The editor, Sharon Macdonald, commissioned key scholars and thinkers about museums to write essays addressing what they found to be key issues in museum studies. Michaela Giebelhausen, who is a professor in England and has written a book titled The Architecture of the Museum: Symbolic Structures, provided an essay outlining the history of museum architecture.
Giebelhausen begins by stating: “The museum’s architectural articulation is here seen to oscillate between two paradigms: monument and instrument.” Having read the entire chapter, explain what she means.
How and why did Roman antique baths influence museum architecture? (hint: p. 224)
Outline the development of museum structures in Berlin and Munich and explain how those museum helped “codify the new building type.”
How did the Great Exhibition of 1851 change the approach to display?
Define the “white cube aesthetic” that is discussed in the last section “On the Museum’s Ruin.” In what ways has museum exhibition design moved on from this aesthetic?
Reading 2: McLean “Transforming Space”
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This is another reading from Kathleen McLean’s Planning for People in Museum Exhibitions. She states her goal in the chapter as: “to understand the effect on people of our exhibition spaces” and then proceeds to address key elements of how this works, including harmony (“how exhibition holds together”), atmosphere (“how it looks and feels”), and pacing (“how people move through it”). This is a very practical look at the three-dimensional aspect of the exhibition and will make you look at exhibitions in new ways.
What are the key principles of harmony that McLean identifies and how do they apply to the visitor’s experience?
How does the atmosphere of an exhibition impact on the visitor’s experience?
How does the designer control the movement of the visitor through the exhibition? What difference does it make to the visitor’s experience?
Think back to a memorable museum exhibition you visited. Starting from when you were standing outside the museum, reflect on how the architecture and design guided and controlled your visit from the time you entered, located the exhibition, moved through the exhibition, and exited the building. Be as specific as you can be. Limit 250 words.