The Private Collector's Museum: Public Good Versus Private Gain, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Private Collector's Museum

Public Good Versus Private Gain, 1st Edition

By Georgina Walker


288 pages | 101 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2019-06-11
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The Private Collector’s Museum connects the rising popularity of private museums with evolving models of collecting and philanthropy, and new inter-relationships between private and public space. It examines how contemporary collectors construct museums to frame themselves as cultural arbiters of global distinction.

Exploring a range of case examples, the book aims for a more complex understanding of the private collector’s museum, assessing how it is realised, funded and understood in a broader cultural context. It examines the ways in which this particular museum model has evolved within a historical Western tradition of collecting and museum building, and considers how private museums will endure alongside their public counterparts. It also sheds light on the shifting patterns of collecting, such as the transition of personal art collections into the public sphere. The developments are situated within the wider context of private-public engagement in general.

Providing a new analysis of philanthropy, public access and the museum, The Private Collector’s Museum is essential reading for scholars and students interested in the private museum, and key reading for those interested in related issues.

Table of Contents

Introduction: An introduction to the private collector’s museum

Part I: Overview

1 Setting the foundation

2 Private collecting: collecting in the 20th and 21st centuries

Part II: The private collector’s museum

3 Where house and art museum converge

4 Subverting the notion of the house museum

5 The emergence of the stand-alone museum: Museum Folkwang, Hagen, Germany ??

Part III: The emergence of the single patron collection museum

6 The German model of the private-public art museum

7 The public-private collection museum: Museum Brandhorst – Munich and Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany

8 In defiance of the monumental museum: Menil Collection – Houston, Texas

9 The new museum and its creator’s grand plan: The Broad – Los Angeles, California

Conclusions: Evolving philanthropic conventions

About the Author

Georgina S. Walker is Sessional Subject Coordinator in Art History, Curatorship and Museum Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Museum Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology