[PAST EVENT] The Invention of the Museum as Public Institution in the 18th & 19th Centuries
March 6, 2012
6pm - 7pm
The concept of the modern museum was born in the Enlightenment that swept across Europe in the 18th century. The idea of a public museum gained traction in France in the 1770s, and designs by Etienne-Louis Boullee and Jean-Nicholas-Louis Durand paved the way for the remaking of the Louvre as a public monument, under the auspices of Pierre-Francois-Leonard Fontaine and Charles Percier. A short time later, Karl Friedrich Schinkel designed the Altes Museum in Berlin, and together the Louvre and the Altes Museum served as the conceptual and architectural models for many national museums to follow. The development of the idea of the museum will be traced through these two critical works.