I should tell you now that I don't like museums. I never did. They make me feel sad. And tired; I feel old in museums and I get tired. It's like there's not enough air and too much stuff. It makes my head hurt. I don't know. It's a feeling, about here. Mostly I want to leave. I don't know, I'm just talking.
This study is entitled The Museum of the Museum; a self-important name,
you might think, which perhaps reflects its ambitions better than its
content, although no more than any other museum, such as the Museum of
Childhood or of Mankind.
"Still, it is nice to have a title which overcomes limits it is the task
of the book it denotes to establish, in case someone should think that
titles are only what works are called."
[A.C. Danto, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace (Harvard University
Press; Cambridge, Mass, 1981), p.v]
Italo Calvino showed aspects of the modern city by distilling and
elaborating upon each to invent fifty-five 'Invisible Cities' [I.
Calvino, Invisible Cities (Harcourt Brace; New York, 1972)]. Similarly
this study hopes to construct a tale to better identify and illustrate
the contemporary condition of the museum. It exists in two parallel
texts: one describing an imaginary museum and its collection, and the
second (which is rather more didactic) appending and annotating parts of
the former. The Museum of the Museum is principally a collection of
observations regarding architecture and the contemporary museum, related
in the various parts of this paper, its contents and organisation.
"Every exhibition has physical limits that define and shape its
[P. Greenaway, Some Organising Principles (Welsh Film Council; 1993),
The Museum of the Museum's limitations are set by time and the
definition of its contents. It is open for only nine hours and might
include everything. Sometimes it might even forget its limits and escape
them, which is not always bad.
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