Analysis of contemporary art museums

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This essay seeks to analyze different ways in which the display of contemporary art in museum is different from earlier periods and the reason behind it. It talks about two pieces of art. Gilbert Rohde’s the Vanity (1939) and Peddler of Erotes. The Peddler of Erotes is kept in the ancient murals section while the Vanity is kept in a modern art show room.

Observations and Analysis

Architecture and Spatial Layout

The vanity art piece is kept in a modern exhibition room. The part that has a barrier wall at the back and that blocks the entrance. The other pieces of contemporary art are placed opposite it. Lighting is basically focuses on reflection properties, where three mirrors are positioned to reflect all spaces in the room. On the other hand, the Peddler of Erotes mural has an old-fashioned décor. It is placed in the hallway wall of an atrium that is filled with different ancient paintings. There are huge windows to bring out much natural light and also to enhance the feeling of being outside. However, there is artificial light above it because the piece is placed in a corner.


On The Vanity, words are describing the designer of the art. It shows that Gilbert Rohde was born in New York in 1894 and died in 1944 in his birth city. Moreover, the description indicates that Rohde's creation of The Vanity was inspired by his visit to the 1937 World's Fair in Paris. It also depicts that the designer used plastic for the decoration of the art piece as a first-time element. On the other hand, the Peddler of Erotes has the title ‘Erotes’ which is a Greek reference to the cupids. No more texts are describing the mosaic.

Display Strategies

Display of The Vanity is inspired by mirrors which reflect most spaces in the room. When one stands in front of the piece, a clear view of the room can be seen. It, therefore, brings about the best of modern era art heritage. The display made the visitors weirdly alert. One could see that they had never seen the piece before. The Peddler of Erotes uses both artificial and natural lighting to enable the visitors to view the display well. Although the screen does not have writings on it, a visitor can obtain insights into an attempt of an elderly peddler to capture seven cupids. Different scenes try to show the activity of the peddler, the matchmakers, and Eros, the god of love. The display made the visitors be excited with a glint of admiration in their eyes.


The display for both arts relates to the article's concept that the museum's primary function is ideological. According to the authors, the foundation is meant to impress the people who pass through society's most revered values and beliefs. The feature can be seen in the reactions of the visitors.1 Moreover; the arrangement of the museum goes in hand with the article’s concept that the museum arranges works of art within a sequence of spaces.2 the relation emanates from the arrangement of art pieces in a course.


Duncan, Carol, and Alan Wallach. "The universal survey museum." Museum studies: An Anthology of contexts New York: Amazon, 2004.

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