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Old January 29th, 2005, 07:29 AM   #61
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Much as I applaud your patriotism & appreciate the pictures, 612bv3, the SF museums simply have no standing on the world stage ... neither from the architectural nor from the collection point of view.
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Old January 29th, 2005, 11:10 AM   #62
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Guggenheim Bilbao

World's most beautiful building
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Old January 29th, 2005, 01:48 PM   #63
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Interesting: it is now about Museum ARCHITECTURE? At the beginning it started with: what the museum offers - it's a HUGE difference and we should split up the poll in two somehow I think...
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Old January 29th, 2005, 02:02 PM   #64
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Interesting: it is now about Museum ARCHITECTURE? At the beginning it started with: what the museum offers - it's a HUGE difference and we should split up the poll in two somehow I think...
This contest is about both - what the museum offers AND the architecture of the building.
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Old January 29th, 2005, 11:20 PM   #65
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And i vote the Jewish Museum in Berlin to. It's really impressive
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Old January 30th, 2005, 06:01 PM   #66
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British Museum, London
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Natural History Museum, London
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Old January 31st, 2005, 07:29 AM   #67
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1. Guggenheim Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright (How come only 1 nomination for it so far? I mean it changed the way art was displayed and how the building interacted with the art!)

2. British Museum, London

3. Musei Vaticani, Rome
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Old January 31st, 2005, 05:15 PM   #68
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What about Deutsche Museum in Munich? Wonderful!
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Old January 31st, 2005, 06:11 PM   #69
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1.The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
2.Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, USA
3.British Museum, London, UK
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Old January 31st, 2005, 06:39 PM   #70
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Old January 31st, 2005, 06:41 PM   #71
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Tel Aviv museum of art by arc. Preston Scott Cohen







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Old January 31st, 2005, 08:58 PM   #72
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The National Palace Museum in Taipei, considered one of the world's greatest museums alongside the Louvre, Hermitage etc. I love it because it truly is history itself, like Indiana Jones.

Its history reads like a Le Carre thriller: About a thousand years ago it was started under the Song dynasty and was moved from capital to capital depending on the Dynasty and accumulating into a vast collection. However in 1924 the Last Emperor, Puyi and his court were given two hrs before being evicted from the Forbidden City, leaving forever behind the collection. It took the following seven years just to organise and identify the pieces. By Japanese invasion threatening Beijing, and the huge value of the collection at risk politically - it bestowed enormous symbolic power to those that held it - the whole collection was carefully wrapped and packed into over 20,000 shipment cases, and shipped in five trains south to the new capital, Nanjing.
For 16 years these cases shuttled backward and forward across the wartorn face of China by huge convoys of rail, truck, ox cart, raft and foot, a few steps ahead of the Japanese, and later the Communists. On the Japanese occupation of Beijing the collection was loaded aboard trucks and transported in three huge shipments into the western mountains.

On the communist control of the mainland 4,800 cases were taken back east onto the govt ships escaping for Taiwan, leaving behind the remaining 16,000 cases right up to the jetty and facing an uncertain future.

These 4,800 cases today form the 700,000 priceless pieces of art in the collection, including 4,400 ancient bronzes, 13,000 paintings, 24,000 pieces of porcelain, 14,000 works of calligraphy, 4,600 pices of jade and 153,000 ancient books. the main museum building was completed in 1965, abutting out of a James Bond-esque mountainside where massive steel doors lead to where most of the collection is stored in stacked steel trunks in huge 600ft long atmospherically controlled tunnels.

This is why if you go to the Forbidden City, despite it being the largest palace in the world it looks strangely empty, despite the Communist govt collecting treasures over the years from other parts of the country.
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It would have been amazing to have seen the national collection of Japan, thousands of years old, destroyed in the 1923 Tokyo Earthquake and inferno, and one of the greatest art losses in history .
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