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Antiquity on DisplayRegimes of the Authentic in Berlin's Pergamon Museum$
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Can Bilsel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199570553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199570553.001.0001

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No Place Like Greece

No Place Like Greece

Berlin's Museum Island and the Architectures of History

(p.29) 1 No Place Like Greece
Antiquity on Display

Can Bilsel

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the history of the construction of Berlin's Museum Island, and subsequently the Pergamon Museum and some of its earliest structures, the Altes and the Neues Museums. It begins with an analysis of Karl Friedrich Schinkel's painting, A View of Greece in Its Prime, as well as his architectural design of the Altes Museum, in an attempt to explain the adaptation of history into a modern theatrical décor. The painting's constitutional features and makeup somehow symbolizes the contradictions of Berlin's art museums, and the way it is viewed is significant in the transformation of the Spree Island into the current Berlin's Museum Island. Furthermore, this chapter discusses how Greece has become a seat of aesthetic ideal, but this becomes problematic as the country grows more accessible to travellers who could bring ancient remains back to their country of origin, prompting the displacement of Greek antiquities.

Keywords:   Berlin's Museum Island, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Greece, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Greek antiquities

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