A detailed analysis of more than 650 new institutions over the past 17 years
In 2010, the Fondazione di Venezia – a well-endowed and entrepreneurial foundation with its historic roots in Italy’s regional banking system – launched an architectural competition for a cluster of buildings in the centre of Mestre, one of the mainland urban areas of Venice. The focus was the conversion of a 9,000 sq. m site that includes a Benedictine convent into a museum dedicated to the economic and social history of the 20th century. The museum, called M9, is set to open in 2017, with a budget of €100m.This book contains a survey of, 三篇det365首页, the global museum building boom prompted by the planning of M9. Despite its highly specific genesis, the book is of considerably wider interest.
Its impetus came from the frustration of 圭多Guerzoni, M9项目经理, with the lack of reliable benchmark data on museum construction costs and associated statistics. He wanted the data to help him verify the assertions in the feasibility work that the foundation had commissioned, given how often the words “museum expansion” and “cost over-run” go together. So he set out to gather the data himself, supported by a team of researchers and, 在适当的时候, supplemented by a survey undertaken in conjunction with 艺术报纸.
The result is a very readable book, in two distinct parts. The first is an overview of the survey results, together with the data on which the overview is based; the second is a series of essays that places the building boom in context. The first breaks new ground and maps it clearly; the second surveys, elegantly but less originally, 更熟悉的领土.
这项研究, 由Guerzoni, 谁编辑了这本书, focuses on museums that meet the International Council of Museums’ definition: that is, 收集机构, so no children’s museums, kunsthalles, 艺术中心等等. It tracks down 652 new museums and extensions completed or under construction over a 17-year period, and classifies them by location and museum type, 识别客户端, the designer and the opening date, 随着数据, 在可能的情况下, 在大小, 细分领域, 每平方米成本, visitors each year and staff numbers.
Anyone who has ever tried to get a precise overview of this territory will recognise the value of this information and the service the author has done by collating it and providing a transparent account of the methodologies and sources used. The analysis enables the reader to savour such things as size distribution, average design and construction time, and the correlation between 每平方米成本 and fame of architect. 但同样重要的是, it provides the data (although not in electronic form) for professional or manic readers to draw their own conclusions.
The cost analysis – the genesis of the whole exercise – is invaluable. It acknowledges the slipperiness and politicisation of published data, and triangulates various sources and approaches, 根据类型分析, geographical area and so on. This alone justifies its purchase by anyone within hailing distance of a museum-building project.
The three accompanying essays, 马可·德·米切利斯著, Aaron Betsky and M9 architect Matthias Sauerbruch, 更细粒度. They provide an overview of and perspectives on the museum-building boom, explore its contradictions and muse on its economic and environmental sustainability. They refer to but do not investigate the continuing boom in China and Southeast 亚洲, and so do not fully address the global character of the boom. They almost all sketch out its origins in the private Wunderkammer, the foundation of public museums in the 18th and 19th centuries, the multiplicity of functions and policy objectives that museums accrued in the second half of the 20th century and the significance of the Guggenheim Bilbao.
The survey will (or perhaps just “should”) have an extensive professional readership. Combined with the essays, it makes an empirically well-grounded overview that should find a home near the top of postgraduate museum-studies programmes’ reading lists.
Some highlights from Guerzoni’s analysis
- Geographical distribution of new museums: Europe 315, 亚洲129, Americas 189 (of which the US numbers 139), 大洋洲(澳大利亚, New Zealand and New Caledonia) 16, 非洲5
- 397 new builds and 255 expansions, 与非洲, 亚洲, Oceania and South America overwhelmingly new-build
- Top three categories: art museums 170, archaeology and history 102, science and technology 36
- Peak completion years: 2005 (54) and 2008 (also 54)
- Preferred design selection process: competition 76%, appointment 24%
- Most active architects: Tadao Ando 23, Renzo Piano 17, David Chipperfield 11
地图上的博物馆, 1995-2012, 圭多Guerzoni, ed, Fondazione di Venezia in association with Umberto Allemandi, 318pp, €20 (pb)