A Gallery of Museums, a Museum of Galleries

The Art Museum in Modern Times

Charles Saumarez Smith

Thames & Hudson

Drawing on his experience at the helm of three major British art institutions – the Royal Academy of Arts, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery – the author traces how art museums around the world have changed over the past 80 years and reflects on how they may develop in the future. Starting with the 1939 modernist building of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a stark contrast to the neoclassicism of earlier museums, he traces the evolution of over 40 renowned international institutions.

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