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Symposium Report

CANADA

Twisting the box

Centre A reinvents the art museum

Paula Gustafson


HONG HAO, Spring Festival on the River No. 2 (Qingming Shanghe Tu), 1999 (detail), photographic scroll, 30 x 621 cm.

The blueprints once used to construct art museums are today as archaic as many of the cultural objects displayed inside the museums' vitrines. No longer are museums merely storehouses for things. Instead, cultural institutions are learning to present themselves as interpretive sites that encourage the active participation of audiences. Even at conservative institutions, an art exhibition can now…

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