Delirious Museum: A Journey from the Louvre to Las Vegas

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The Delirious Museum is a remarkable, illuminating work, which presents an original view of the idea of the museum in the twenty-first century, re-imagining the possibilities for museums and their displays and re-examining the blurred boundaries between museums and the cities around them. On his quest for the Delirious Museum, Storrie takes a journey that begins in the Louvre and continues through Paris, London, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He encounters on his way the museum architecture of John Soane, Carlo Scarpa and Daniel Libeskind, the exhibitions of El Lissitsky and of Frederick Kiesler, and the work of artists as varied as Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Marcel Broodthaers, Sophie Calle and Mark Dion.
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"I am very enthusiastic about this book. It puts forward a very interesting view of the idea of the museum. It is fresh and original, and written with verve."--Mel Gooding

"The Delirious Museum brilliantly explores the idea of the museum as a place of disorder, a space for wandering and dreaming . . . It is a wunderkammer of a book, an exploration of sites and scenes relating architecture to memory throughout the world."--Charles Saumarez Smith, Director, National Gallery

"Calum Storrie puts cultural history in his pipe and smokes it. Enjoy..."--Gavin Turk

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860645693
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/3/2006
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.68 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Calum Storrie is an architect, curator and exhibition designer, who has worked with the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery among others.

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Table of Contents

1 The Louvre : an absence 7
2 The endless museum : a 'house of dreams' 16
3 Beneath the museum, the street 34
4 The totalmuseum : exhibitions/experiments 44
5 This is a not museum 64
6 From Soane to Soane 86
7 The mausoleum : where death ends 109
8 Carlo Scarpa : the labyrinth in time 129
9 The spiral in ruins 147
10 After the wall : studio Libeskind 168
11 Los Angeles : the hidden museum 185
12 Las Vegas : the past sure is tense 198
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