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Ephemeral Spectacles, Exhibition Spaces and Museums


Dominique Bauer Camilla Murgia Amy McHugh Cristina Vignone Kathryn Hacklin Susan Taylor-Leduc Juliet Simpson Li-Hsin Hsu Stefanie Jovanovic Emanuele Pellegrini

300 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This book examines ephemeral exhibitions from 1750 to 1918. In an era of acceleration and elusiveness, these transient spaces functioned as microcosms in which reality was shown, simulated, staged, imagined, experienced and known. They therefore had a dimension of spectacle to them, as the volume demonstrates. Against this backdrop, the different chapters deal with a plethora of spaces and spatial installations: the Wunderkammer, the spectacle garden, cosmoramas and panoramas, the literary space, the temporary museum, and the alternative exhibition space.
Author Bio
Dominique Bauer is Assistant Professor of History at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Leuven, Belgium, and a member of the Centre d’Analyse Culturelle de la Première Modernité at the Université Catholique de Louvain. Camilla Murgia is Junior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Lausanne.