Experience or Interpretation: The Dilemma of Museums of Modern Art

Experience or Interpretation

The Dilemma of Museums of Modern Art

  1. Nicholas Serota
  • ISBN 9780500282168
  • 21.00 x 15.00 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 64pp
  • 55 Illustrations, 0 in colour
  • First published 2000
‘A slender volume with intellectual muscle’ – Independent on Sunday


How do we see art? How is it displayed? One hundred years ago, art was shown in a way intended to educate. Galleries reflected the curator’s view of history at the expense of differing opinions. Today, not only do museums and galleries celebrate these differences of expression, they also welcome the collaboration of living artists, promoting an active dialogue between the present and the past. Galleries and museums are no longer just repositories. They are sites of experience where the mind is often engaged as much as the eye.

Nicholas Serota presents a coherent historical account of changing attitudes, examining the relationship between the artist, the public and the curator. He takes us into the artist’s studio, and then on a knowledgeable and wide-ranging international tour of museums, galleries and installations. With authority and insight, he provides an expert view of the ways we can expect art to be displayed in the 21st century.