Museum of Contemporary Art from Akrolesta

Museum concept:

  • City as an art object.

  • There is a museum, but there is no museum building.

  • The largest art museum in the world.

  • The museum is growing into the city.

  • A city-sized museum. The city as like a museum.

  • The museum is turned inside out and becomes public.

  • The museum can expand indefinitely with minimal funding.

 

How to do it?

It is necessary to consider the museum not as a building and premises, but as an area the size of a city or a little more.

The territory of the city is filled with art objects and art points (halls), like a spider web. The "web" has nodes - halls (buildings, pavilions) and "cobwebs" - city streets and courtyards.

From each knot there are “spider webs” with the help of art objects to another “knot of the museum's web”.

Similar art cobwebs and art nodes are popping up all over the city. They are located simply on the streets, as well as in special pavilions or other premises (large or small).

In addition to the city map, a visitor to the museum uses hints in the form of art objects located on the sidewalk, on the walls suspended above the road to navigate and search for the next “museum hall”. The result is a game with the viewer, an element of interactivity, a riddle, a quest.

Clues can be, for example, footprints, prints, objects suspended or planted on poles, boots attached to lampposts, street art on the walls of houses, etc. (Ie also exhibits of the museum).

Thus, the museum incorporates all the art objects already created in the city and unites them with the general concept of “museum”. And creates space for new objects.

This tactic will allow you to build and create a museum continuously and gradually, expanding as funding becomes available.

This will also save the budget for paying for buildings or the salaries of caretakers.

90% of the floor and walls for the museum have already been built. Lighting is perfect (daylight).

This will automatically increase the prestige and significance of any gallery, sculpture or art object in the city, because it will become part of the Museum of Art (MOCA).

You can put one or two pavilions using hangar (prefabricated) structures like warehouses and shops, but with mirrored walls, a transparent roof and the presence of a second floor for expositions, which looks like a wide corridor-balcony above the first floor. This will make it possible to place art objects of different sizes in the pavilion, and make the pavilion itself cheap. At the same time, the second floor can also be made multi-level, visually breaking up slides (steps).

Over time, some of the external mirrored walls of the pavilion are transformed into exhibition areas by placing art objects, bas-reliefs, etc.

Make a park of sculptures (maybe interactive, for example, designer benches) and m. a small glass display case for installations.

Create a deep glass showcase on the walls of buildings where sculptures, installations, temporary art objects, etc. can be placed.

Make the fence and part of the sidewalk a "street of light", i.e. put fences in the form of transparent multi-colored plastic panels. Light passing through the panels will paint the road, sidewalk, pedestrians. Similarly, you can create new bus stops using clear colored glass or plastic.

The "Web" pavilion looks something like this ... It is a hemisphere, the supports of which resemble either a cobweb or a spider, but all the supports and the frame of the "web" are connected to each other by colored glass. It turns out, as it were, a stained glass window curved in the form of a hemisphere.

Additional expositions may be located inside this pavilion. People can also enter the pavilion and find themselves "inside the stained-glass window."

I suggest using all possible premises for some art objects and installations (permanent or temporary), including, for example, the lobby of the city hall, bank, school, university, hospital, bus station, train station, etc.

As a result, art will permeate the city. Residents, doing their usual things, will find themselves inside the museum without even noticing it.

Tourists, walking around the city, will wonder if this is an art object or is it just a piece of the city. This will add exclusivity and mystery. This, over time, will create worldwide recognition for the city.