Monument to anti-monumentality: the space of the National Museum Australia

Cvoro, Uros (2006) Monument to anti-monumentality: the space of the National Museum Australia. Museum and Society, 4 (3). pp. 116-128. ISSN 1479-8360

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[Abstract]: This article explores the space of the National Museum Australia as a complex interplay between different spatial levels, and the way in which this interplay enables the NMA to foreground internal tensions architecturally. I am also interested in the way these internal tensions contribute towards creating representations of spaces as politically charged. I argue that the space of the
NMA should be read as riven with tension between monumental space and what I refer to as protean monumental space. The tension between the monumental and the protean monumental is always already entailed within the spatial practice and spatial representation of producing the NMA’s space. This tension is internal and central to the museum itself, yet it is a tension that leads to a production of
a ‘third space’ that is already predicated by the other two, or is revealed by the experiencing body of the museum visitor.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Authors retain copyright. Published version deposited with blanket permission of the Editor.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2009 01:38
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: National Museum Australia; National Museum; Australia; museums; architecture; nationalism
Fields of Research (FoR): 12 Built Environment and Design > 1201 Architecture > 120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified

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