Art Museum Vs. Private Museum

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Museum Comparison This paper compares four separate museums. The first two compared, are private art museums in the United States, compared to a private art museum in another country. Secondly, a university natural history museum is compared to another university natural history museum in a foreign country. The comparisons involve taking a closer look at the history, function, staffing, and programs at museums. Many reasons can lead collectors to starting a private museum. Whether collectors feel that a collection can serve an educational function, or perhaps to keep control over the collection, a private museum is an option that provides the public access to their work (Traditional Fine Arts Organization). One notable example is that of the Rubell Collection in Miami, Florida. In 1993, long time collectors and founders, Donald (an obstetrician) and Mera (a teacher) Rubell, took over a forty-five thousand repurposed Drug Enforcement Agency into a well-known, edgy, contemporary-art museum (Rubell Family Collectio). Originally from New York, they ran in the hippest circles in the East Village with artists such as Keith Haring (Solway 2014). They began collecting artwork in 1964 and acquired work early on in artists’ careers. Over the last fifty years their collection has grown enough to the walls of their private museum. Displayed is art from Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Purvis Young, and Keith Haring to name a few of the notable artists part of an…

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