Palace or Powerstation? Museums Today


in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264355
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734052 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Palace or Powerstation? Museums Today

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This lecture presents the text of the speech about art museums in England delivered by the author at the 2007 Isaiah Berlin Lecture held at the British Academy. It comments on the role of museums as palaces or powerstations. The lecture suggests that the shape and size of museum buildings are bound to reflect not only their purpose but also the cultural assumptions of the period in which they were created, or recreated. It describes the Louvre and the Fitzwilliam Museums.

Keywords: art museums; England; Louvre; Fitzwilliam Museum; Isaiah Berlin Lecture; British Academy

Chapter.  6831 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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