Antiquity on Display: Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin's Pergamon Museum by Can BilselAntiquity on Display: Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin's Pergamon Museum by Can Bilsel

Antiquity on Display: Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin's Pergamon Museum

byCan Bilsel

Hardcover | August 17, 2012

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Reconstructing the lost monuments of Antiquity became, after 1800, a complement to Europe's colonial imagination. Countless archaeologists and architects travelled to the East, excavated extinct cities, and shipped their finds to Europe for display in imperial museums.Antiquity on Display is a critical biography of Berlin's Pergamon Museum and its popular architectural displays: the Great Altar of Pergamon, the Market Gate of Miletus, and the Ishtar Gate of Babylon. In this volume, Bilsel argues that the museum has produced a modern decor, an iconic image, whichhas replaced the lost antique originals, rather than creating an explicitly hypothetical representation of Antiquity. Addressing the dilemmas raised by the continuing presence of these displays, which embody the distinctive traits of the artistic and ideological programs of the last two centuries,Bilsel questions what the process of reproduction and authentication of Antiquity in the museum tells us about our changing perceptions of historic monuments. Documenting the process through which these imaginative reproductions of architecture were conceived, staged, and came to be perceived asauthentic monuments, this volume offers an insight into the history of Berlin's Museum Island and the shifting regimes of the authentic in museum displays from the nineteenth century to the present.
Can Bilsel is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Architecture and Art History at the University of San Diego. He is also the founding director of the University of San Diego's Architecture Program.
Title:Antiquity on Display: Regimes of the Authentic in Berlin's Pergamon MuseumFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:August 17, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199570558

ISBN - 13:9780199570553


Table of Contents

List of FiguresList of PlatesIntroduction1. No place like Greece: Berlin s Museum Island and architectures of history2. Reconstructing Pergamon: Antique fragments and modern visions3. Berlin s imperial museum: The problem of style4. Reconstructing Babylon: The return of the archaic5. Architecture in the Museum: Monuments for a Mass SpectacleEpilogue: Regimes of the authentic BibliographyIndex