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Title Defining Museums of Contemporary Art: the Phenomenon of Their Popularity in Recent Decades
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About author Natalia Shalina — M.A. student. University of Westminster, Regent Street, 309, W1B 2HW London, UK
In the section Art of the 20th–21st Centuries. Faces of Classical Antiquity in the Labyrinth of Modernity DOI10.18688/aa155-8-91
Year 2015 Volume 5 Pages 815828
Type of article RAR Index UDK 727.7:7 Index BBK 85.03

The aim of this research is to understand what a museum of contemporary art is and what makes it different from other art museums. This research is an attempt to outline characteristic features of museums of contemporary art, which way they are understood by their visitors, and to reveal some positive and negative aspects from the position of visitors. The methodology used to achieve this goal was based on a survey, in which respondents were questioned about their interest towards contemporary art and their experience of visiting museums of contemporary art (geographical frames of the research included countries of EU and Latin America, Russia, USA and Japan). According to the results, people tended to stress three main features that distinguished museums of contemporary art from other museums. These features included contemporary art and its interpretation in museum space, interactive approach to learning and architecture of museum buildings. Every aspect was explored more in depth. Tight connection between high level of popularity of museums of contemporary art and the development of tourist industry through the two last decades was revealed. This correlation between cultural and economic spheres allows looking at museums of contemporary art at the angle of economic changes in society, and forms a basis for a further research.

Reference Natalia Shalina. Defining Museums of Contemporary Art: the Phenomenon of Their Popularity in Recent Decades. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 5. Eds: Svetlana V. Maltseva, Ekaterina Yu. Stanyukovich-Denisova, Anna V. Zakharova. St. Petersburg, NP-Print Publ., 2015, pp. 815–828. ISSN 2312-2129.
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