The Art Museum in Modern Times

It’s funny now how reviews do not necessarily appear in the places one wants or expects, but instead they appear mysteriously, including, today, an excellent one – at least, not surprisingly, I thought it was excellent – on the Blue Guides website, which both summarises and engages with my findings in a way which I found helpful. It is about the issue of how far museums should be didactic; how far didacticism is off-putting to the public or a necessary part of deepening public understanding. The author makes the analogy with basic grammar. Teaching grammar has become unfashionable for the same reason as didacticism. A schoolroom or a playground ? A set-menu restaurant or a smorgasbord ? Exactly.


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