Art Galleries And Art Museums

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An institution with the purpose of preserving, protecting and publically displaying collections ranging from various paintings to different artefacts are museums. Their historical development also led to intellectual evolution and divergence of the public thought on objects that are placed inside.
Today we question the values of seeing those objects; for an example, museum sceptics undermine the value of museums and collections. Nevertheless, there are several main points that argue against the beliefs of “museum sceptics” and they propose that when seeing objects in a museum we gain value of praising and preserving the past, preserving cultural heritage and acquire an educational value.
Art galleries and museums are nowadays indispensable institutions mainly in important cities around the world. The Metropolis provides the perfect social and political environment to develop the civic ritual founded by Art Museums and its now rooted tradition. (Duncan, 1995, p.21) However, predominant thought that questions seeing objects in a museum is proposed by the “museum sceptics”. According to Carrier, museum sceptics state that art in museums does not survive, meaning it loses its power. Museums de facto fail to preserve the art constituted in old objects that are collected. This belief also rejects ‘time travel’ in museums since they argue that it is only an illusion. (Carrier, 2006, pp. 50-51) This is a rather philosophical approach, but it strongly rejects the claim that old…

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