In the vernacular: On the Architecture of the National Museum of Australia

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Show simple item record Stead, NJ 2009-08-20T13:02:30Z 2002-01
dc.identifier.citation JAS, Australia's Public Intellectual Forum, 2002, 72 (NA), pp. 121 - 129
dc.identifier.issn 1444-3058
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.description.abstract The recently completed National Museum of Australia (NMA) in Canberra, designed by architects Ashton Raggatt McDougall, has polarised the architectural community in Australia. While much of the critical comment centres on its apparent contravention of standards of propriety in civic architecture, this article examines the building's playful and obtuse character in light of its supposed `populism'. The NMA's avowedly `anti-monumental' building has been widely read as being `populist'. In examining the veracity of such claims, this article finds instead that there is an aesthetic of populism which exists quite independently of actual popularity, or even a relationship with popular culture. The NMA presents and problematises the question of populism in formal architectural terms. This strategy is particularly significant, and controversial, in a museum charged with the weighty task of representing `the nation', given that `popularity' has implications at every level of the museum apparatus. Drawing from a background in architectural theory and criticism, but crossing the disciplines of museology and cultural studies, this article speculates on how this building manifests broader issues in the history and theory of museums. It examines the politics of the popular in museums, architecture and the NMA as a specific work of museum architecture.
dc.publisher University of Queensland Press
dc.title In the vernacular: On the Architecture of the National Museum of Australia
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent JAS, Australia's Public Intellectual Forum
dc.journal.volume NA
dc.journal.volume 72
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.journal.number NA en_US
dc.publocation St. Lucia,QLD en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 121 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 129 en_US DAB.Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1201 Architecture
dc.personcode 020038
dc.percentage 100 en_US Architecture en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
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pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building/School of Architecture
utslib.copyright.status Closed Access 2015-04-15 12:17:09.805752+10
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