Delirious Museum: A Journey from the Louvre to Las Vegas

Delirious Museum: A Journey from the Louvre to Las Vegas

by Calum Storrie
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I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited

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Delirious Museum: A Journey from the Louvre to Las Vegas

The Delirious Museum is a remarkable, illuminating work which gives a new interpretation of the relationship between the museum and the city in the twenty-first century. It presents an original view of the idea of the museum, proposing that it is, or should be, both a repository of the artefacts of the past and a continuation of the city street in the present, integrated into the rhythms of modern life — this is the Delirious Museum. Calum Storrie re-views our experience of the city and of the museum taking a journey that begins in the Louvre and continues through Paris, London, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, reimagining 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 he visits and explores the museum architecture of John Soane, Carlo Scarpa and Daniel Libeskind, the exhibitions of El Lissitsky and Frederick Kiesler and the work of such artists as Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Marcel Broodthaers and Mark Dion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781860645693
Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
Publication date: 09/03/2006
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.69(w) x 8.68(h) x 1.03(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     vi
Acknowledgements     vii
Introduction     1
The Louvre: An Absence     7
The Endless Museum: A 'House of Dreams'     16
Beneath the Museum, the Street     34
The Totalmuseum: Exhibitions/Experiments     44
This is a not Museum     64
From Soane to Soane     86
The Mausoleum: Where Death Ends     109
Carlo Scarpa: The Labyrinth in Time     129
The Spiral in Ruins     147
After the Wall: Studio Libeskind     168
Los Angeles: The Hidden Museum     185
Las Vegas: The Past Sure is Tense     198
Notes     217
Bibliography     231
Picture Credits     241
Index     242

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