simonm » 09 Dec 2016, 02:31 said:
...I prefer small places...
These few words prompt me to say that despite common opinion that museums are "dead" in sense that they gather artefacts which are "dead" and often boring, and real life goes on behind walls of museums, there were and still are some people who can understand this silent language by which old objects are still telling their stories. Some if not all of these stories are very, very interesting. In order to understand this language one should be
- learn the facts from the history including some knowledge on history of similar objects, materials they are made of and tools and techniques that were used for making such objects. Here I would give as example the "living museum" of old handicraft in old knives factory in Raadvaad, Denmark, north of Copenhagen (I do not know how it is today, I was in contact with this place some 30 years ago). Living old masters of certain crafts were having there their workshops and were presenting their craft - or rather art, and historical and scientific in terms of history of handicraft projects were conducted there.
Such knowledge combined with sensitivity and imagination may make one feel like he ir she would be watching beautiful movie in colour in his mind. And if the museum, collection, whatever is small, and sometime focused on one subject, it is easier to use your imagination and the exposition "tells" it's story in more understandable way. Some of such small museums arisen in a "natural" way: I do not have in mind "wealthy" collections of sculptures and paintings, but the whole object - be it building or something else filled up with every mobilities that were in use in this place. Here comes to my mind the museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerpen, Belgium, that shows the old printing/publishing studio in original beautiful interiors.
http://www.museumplantinmoretus.be/en/c ... out-museum
A very good example of a museum that arisen in "natural" way is the museum of warship "Vasa" in Stockholm, Sweden.
The warship of new class sunk down in it's maiden trip just within the area of harbour on 10 August 1628. It was sunk for 333 years, in 24 April 1961 was excavated and now it is presented in specially constructed building. There are several thousands (sic!) of different objects that were onboard and all this create one of most interesting museums.
Let me mention the reconstruction from original elements the jewellery shop of famous jeweller Georges Fouquet. It is presented in Paris, France, Musee Carnavalet
http://untappedcities.com/2013/02/14/al ... p-replica/
This shop was designed in 1901 by famous artist of that time, Alphonse Mucha. It gives impression and atmosphere of the Art Nouveau - Belle Epoque time.
The list should be much, much longer. So let me just mention that some time ago I read somewhere (was it one of the UNESCO elaborations ?) that on the European continent every several kilometres there are places which are connected with history, some of them known more, some not so much. I will always remember ruins in
- Gurre, Zeeland, Denmark (a perfect ocassion to exercise one's imagination)
- the municipal museum of Perth, Scotland,
- Den Gamla By in Aarhus, Denmark, with it's old goldsmith's workshop - all original old tools and benches !
and many other most interested places.
Antonio Picado, model 60, 2015, Cedar/IRW. Scale 640 mm.