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The musealisation of the artist's house as architectural project

Maarten Liefooghe UGent (2011) Casa d'artisti : tra universo privato e spazio pubblico : case di artisti adibite a museo = Zwischen privatem Kosmos und öffentlichem Raum : Künstlerhaus-Museen. In Quaderni del Museo Vincenzo Vela 5. p.59-74
abstract
Artist’s houses that are opened to the public as museums shift from a private and everyday to a semi-public and institutional functioning. This transformation of an artist’s house into a house-museum might appear as a mere legal issue or as a matter of making previously secluded rooms and collections accessible to the public. But this musealisation of an artist’s house always involves a set of museological and architectural interventions as well. Not only need the house and its content to be displayed as historical documents through a careful mise-en-scène and through the addition of a sub-text of labels or explanatory panels that disclose the meaning of these historical documents; there is also a need for a logic and clear visitor’s route in a house that was not intended for this. Often this already demands architectural design decisions, but it is mainly in the introduction of the supporting museum functions like the necessary office spaces and an entrance hall with reception desk, cloakroom and bathrooms that the musealisation comes down to an architectural design challenge. The proposed paper wants to discuss the artist’s house museum from an architect’s point of view, on the basis of a selection of artist’s houses that were recently transformed into museums, such as the Atelier-Museum Luc Peire in Knokke (B) or the renovations of the Permeke and Rubens house museums. I want to propose the artist’s house museum as an architectural typology by mapping its various typical architectural and spatial characteristics. The first crucial point of interest here is how the spatial division is articulated between the historic interiors, the exhibition spaces and the museum’s service spaces outside of the visitor’s circuit. A second architectural question is how the museum as an active institution can be given an architectural ‘face’ while respecting and presenting the house and its collections as historical documents; how can both the ‘authentic’ private atmosphere and the contemporary public museum be given shape, and is there a place for authorial design in this mediating exercise?
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Museumization, Artist house museum, Musealization, Museum architecture, typology
book title
Casa d'artisti : tra universo privato e spazio pubblico : case di artisti adibite a museo = Zwischen privatem Kosmos und öffentlichem Raum : Künstlerhaus-Museen
editor
Anita Guglielmetti, Gianna A Mina and Sylvie Wuhrmann
series title
Quaderni del Museo Vincenzo Vela
volume
5
pages
59 - 74
publisher
Museo Vincenzo Vela
place of publication
Ligornetto, Switzerland
ISBN
9783952358085
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B2
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2069893
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2069893
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2012-03-20 11:03:40
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2017-01-02 09:55:42
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  author       = {Liefooghe, Maarten},
  booktitle    = {Casa d'artisti : tra universo privato e spazio pubblico : case di artisti adibite a museo = Zwischen privatem Kosmos und {\"o}ffentlichem Raum : K{\"u}nstlerhaus-Museen},
  editor       = {Guglielmetti, Anita and Mina, Gianna A and Wuhrmann, Sylvie},
  isbn         = {9783952358085},
  keyword      = {Museumization,Artist house museum,Musealization,Museum architecture,typology},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {59--74},
  publisher    = {Museo Vincenzo Vela},
  series       = {Quaderni del Museo Vincenzo Vela},
  title        = {The musealisation of the artist's house as architectural project},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
Liefooghe, Maarten. 2011. “The Musealisation of the Artist’s House as Architectural Project.” In Casa D’artisti : Tra Universo Privato e Spazio Pubblico : Case Di Artisti Adibite a Museo = Zwischen Privatem Kosmos Und Öffentlichem Raum : Künstlerhaus-Museen, ed. Anita Guglielmetti, Gianna A Mina, and Sylvie Wuhrmann, 5:59–74. Ligornetto, Switzerland: Museo Vincenzo Vela.
APA
Liefooghe, M. (2011). The musealisation of the artist’s house as architectural project. In A. Guglielmetti, G. A. Mina, & S. Wuhrmann (Eds.), Casa d’artisti : tra universo privato e spazio pubblico : case di artisti adibite a museo = Zwischen privatem Kosmos und öffentlichem Raum : Künstlerhaus-Museen (Vol. 5, pp. 59–74). Ligornetto, Switzerland: Museo Vincenzo Vela.
Vancouver
1.
Liefooghe M. The musealisation of the artist’s house as architectural project. In: Guglielmetti A, Mina GA, Wuhrmann S, editors. Casa d’artisti : tra universo privato e spazio pubblico : case di artisti adibite a museo = Zwischen privatem Kosmos und öffentlichem Raum : Künstlerhaus-Museen. Ligornetto, Switzerland: Museo Vincenzo Vela; 2011. p. 59–74.
MLA
Liefooghe, Maarten. “The Musealisation of the Artist’s House as Architectural Project.” Casa D’artisti : Tra Universo Privato e Spazio Pubblico : Case Di Artisti Adibite a Museo = Zwischen Privatem Kosmos Und Öffentlichem Raum : Künstlerhaus-Museen. Ed. Anita Guglielmetti, Gianna A Mina, & Sylvie Wuhrmann. Vol. 5. Ligornetto, Switzerland: Museo Vincenzo Vela, 2011. 59–74. Print.