Future of the Past: Museums and Memory
Museum architectures are closely linked to collective memory. This selection of articles originally published in Arquitectura Viva or El País chronicles how museums have transformed and comments on some outstanding works, to then also explore the contemporary nature of monuments and uphold the mission of reconditioning pieces of our heritage. After an introduction to the history of the museum, the first section throws light on these institutions’ transition to the world of spectacle; the second presents a selection of signature works completed in the 1990s; the third examines varying attitudes toward monumental works, their restoration, and their role in preserving memory; the fourth section stresses the economic, social, and cultural benefits of refurbishing buildings that already exist; and a graphic epilogue visualizes the disorders of memory through three images showing a library without a roof, a museum without a wall, and an archive without limits.
Collection ‘Debates’, 2022
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