The museum as palimpsest

NeuesmuseumvisitAfter yesterday’s tongue-in-cheek quest through the Neues Museum’s virtual tour, today it was time to experience the real thing at the Berlin Museum Insel. The Neues Museum officially reopened on 16 October, after an extensive remodeling and reconstruction of its building, which was left in ruins by allied bombing in World War II. Still in its original role as a temple for admiring Egyptian, Prehistory and Early History collections, the museum now highlights a contemporary masterpiece: its own historically intricate building.

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Knowing when to stop

Earlier this month, the Neues Museum opened its doors to the public. After some eight years, the city of Berlin presented to the public the prestigious and much-debated reconstruction by British star-architect David Chipperfield. The Neues Museum website offers a truly impressive online tool for viewing the recently delivered building in 3D. But taking the virtuelle Architektur Rundgang unexpectedly shows interesting stuff lying about in the museum. What is the story the museum is trying to tell here? The puzzle that it needs us to solve? Strange things appear to be happening in this not so empty museum…
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Dr. Who meets heritage…

100308_clunyFound on the website www.museummedia.nl: advanced augmented reality techniques in the Romanesque abbey in Cluny (Burgundy, France): “There’s a screen (using augmented reality technology) near the transept in the abbey at Cluny, which is a movable screen that features what the rest of the church would look like if it hadn’t been destroyed during the Wars of Religion and during the French Revolution.”

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“You either see it, or you don’t”

severs_houseLet me fill you in on the highlight of my visit to London last week. The preserved house of Denis Severs is anything but a museum. Denis Severs, who died in 1999, has left behind a spatial series of historic atmospheres in what used to be his private home in London. The house is a poem, but also a riddle, a theatric piece, and even an artwork. It is fair to say that the experience is unequalled. What is the secret of Denis Severs’ “still life drama” at 18 Folgate street in Spitalfields?
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