Museums: Means of Story-telling through Architecture
Semester 5 | Humanities
Ar. Manjushree Desai
Ar. Ronak Savla
"Museums are managers of consciousness. They give us an interpretation of history, of how to view the world and
locate ourselves in it. They are, if you want to put it in positive terms, great educational institutions. If you want to put
it in negative terms, they are propaganda machines."
~ Hans Haacke(German Artist)
Museums across the globe and history; as an architectural form have been used to communicate and tell us the story of
mankind through different perspectives. The stories of our achievements, the agonies of our failures, the advancement
in sciences and technology, the dreading after-effects of war, experiments and emotions of artists; all becomes a part of
our museum and its architecture.
Taking museum typology as the starting point of the enquiry, through the course of the exercise, students were expected
to understand the relationship between the architecture of the museum and the impact of the social, cultural, political,
economical situation of the society. Students were divided into groups and were allotted a particular country. Each group
focused on understanding different aspects of the museum culture of the country over the last two centuries. Students
also developed a clear understanding of how different elements of architecture have been used for communication and
storytelling through this exercise.