Essay Design and Architecture of Art Galleries

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In what ways and for what reasons have the architecture and designs of art museums and galleries evolved since the mid-twentieth century?

In exploring and understanding this subject, one must study the history and development of individual museums and galleries, observing the exterior architecture as well as the internal design, and the reasons behind any developments or renovations done to the buildings. In addition to this the location of the museum must be considered, to see if the surrounding architecture influences any modernisation or extensions taken out on the buildings, as well as considering the expectations and ideas of different cultures, and how they might manipulate the evolution of such places over the past fifty
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Made completely from glass panels its sharp geometric shape and use of materials proves a stark contrast to the surrounding buildings. The pyramid allows light to enter the reception area of the museum, giving it a light and airy feel, something that is associated with modernism. This pyramid does not just have a function, it is a statement of how the Louvre has evolved, assuring that public access is practical and fluent, allowing more visitors to enter the building and view the fantastic collection within, and also a symbol of this modern thinking, in comparison to the restrictions of class applied years before.

The `Grande Louvre' as it has now been named, has attempted through such additions, as well as lectures, media and cinema within the museum, made art approachable, and shunned its former stuffy label. In saying this though a lot of the displays are of a huge scale, and of the classical academy style, especially the renaissance pieces, and these are displayed to their full potential within the Grande Louvre, as the classical design of the interior complement the pieces effortlessly, they're quite at home in such a grand interior.

Another art museum of Paris is the Musée d'Orsay a national museum which opened to the public in 1986 in order to show, in all its variety, the artistic creation of the western world from 1848 to 1914. The museum was once a train…