Horácek, Martin. "Museum of Art Versus the City as a Work of Art." Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research, vol. 8, issue 2 (2014): 47-61.
study is concerned with the New Acropolis Museum, which was opened in June 2009
in Athens. The New Acropolis Museum, out of all of the world’s new museum
structures of the past century, has dramatically intensified the issue of the
relationship between parts and the whole, between the building and its
integration into the setting, between the museum function and the historical
city, which is a protected heritage site, one treated as a museum exhibit. With
the New Acropolis Museum as an example, the study would like to highlight the
complexity and the ambiguity of the present-day relationship between the
heritage protection, the museumisation of art and the design of our
environment. The particular attention is focused on the vivid debate about the
building and the distinguishing the differences between traditionalist and
modernist views of architecture manifested in this debate. These differences
are deeper rooted than many people have been willing to admit.
Keywords: theory of architecture;
museology; architectural conservation; traditionalism; modernism; the Acropolis