Most big art museums started off life as houses - rich people's houses, with rich people's art in them. This was as true in 1929 when New York's Museum of Modern Art was founded, as it was in the 18th century when the national collections of European countries were being amassed. Despite successive waves of rebuilding and expansion, MoMA always kept something of that domestic feel. No longer. It has become the world's biggest corporate office foyer.
Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Gabion: Shock of the new, or chill of the morgue? The terminally tasteful new Museum of Modern Art in New York. 1/2 via things: