Another new museum? Imagining the space of art in the creative city

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Michels, C., Beyes, T., & Steyart, C. (2014). Another new museum? Imagining the space of art in the creative city. Scandinavian Journal of Public Administration, 18(3).

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Article in Scientific Journal


With the transformation of urban governance into a mode of entrepreneurialism, muse-ums have become prominent and privileged sites for reshaping cities as attractive placesfor cultural and artistic consumption. Using an ethnographic field study, the authors in-vestigate how the logic of the creative city is at work in the planning of a new art museumin a medium-sized Swiss city. The analysis shows how the entrepreneurial rationale iscontested and re-appropriated through the use of classic and situational modes to organizethis cultural institution. The ways of imagining the museum are described as the effects ofthese three modes of ordering – entrepreneurial, classic, and situational – as well as theirhybridization. The authors conclude that by attending to the multiple layers of urban life,which unfold in and around museums, we can imagine other ‘new museums’ than thoseof the entrepreneurial city.


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  • Institute of Architecture and Planning

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