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Treasure palaces : great writers visit great museums / foreword by Nicholas Serota ; edited by Maggie Fergusson.

Contributor(s): Fergusson, Maggie [editor.] | Serota, Nicholas [editor.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London Economist Books 2016Description: xiv, 221 pages : illustration ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781781256909.Subject(s): Art appreciation | Museums -- History | Art museums | Art criticism -- History | Literary landmarks | EssaysDDC classification: 701.18 Summary: Who doesn't love a good museum? They have long been sources of inspiration to the most creative among us. This book brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired them. The result is a fascinating look into the world of literature and museums. Explore the Villa San Michele on the sunny island of Capri with Ali Smith, as she delves into the life of its eccentric founder. Step off the busy roads of Paris with Jacqueline Wilson, as she dives into the uncanny world of the Musee de la Poupee. Discover an Egyptian temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, and the mystery of Sibelius's silence in Helsinki with Julian Barnes. Travelling all over the world, from Oxford to New York, Zagreb to Kabul, and exploring a range of museums, from the ABBA Museum to the Museum of Broken Relationships, the essays in this collection will leave you inspired, longing to revisit your favourite treasure palace or itching to find a new one to explore.
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From a stunning villa on sunny Capri with Ali Smith to an unlikely temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired them. Join Andrew Motion as he muses on writerly methods in the British Library, or Matthew Sweet at the hands-on joy of the ABBA museum. Julian Barnes meditates on Jean Sibelius's music, as well as the composer's apple corer, while visiting his home in Helsinki. Jacqueline Wilson encounters the dolls of Le Mus#65533;e de la Poup#65533;e, Tim Winton remembers his first bare-foot encounter with the National Gallery of Victoria, and Aminatta Forna ponders love tokens in The Museum of Broken Relationships. From mausoleums to massive galleries, from London and New York to Kabul and Zagreb, Treasure Palaces explores some of the world's greatest - and sometimes surprising - museums. The result is a collection of moving, lyrical essays that speak to the enduring power of museums in our cultural life, and will leave you longing to revisit your favourite treasure palace or looking for a new one to explore.

Who doesn't love a good museum? They have long been sources of inspiration to the most creative among us. This book brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired them. The result is a fascinating look into the world of literature and museums. Explore the Villa San Michele on the sunny island of Capri with Ali Smith, as she delves into the life of its eccentric founder. Step off the busy roads of Paris with Jacqueline Wilson, as she dives into the uncanny world of the Musee de la Poupee. Discover an Egyptian temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, and the mystery of Sibelius's silence in Helsinki with Julian Barnes. Travelling all over the world, from Oxford to New York, Zagreb to Kabul, and exploring a range of museums, from the ABBA Museum to the Museum of Broken Relationships, the essays in this collection will leave you inspired, longing to revisit your favourite treasure palace or itching to find a new one to explore.

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In this slim volume, 23 novelists and journalists recount their rambles through museums large and small, foreign and familiar. Commissioned by editor Fergusson and originator Tim de Lisle for the Economist's lifestyle magazine series "Authors on Museums," these accounts are less about the history and scholarly prestige of particular museums than why authors love, remember, and revisit them. The writers reflect upon a wide range of institutions and objects with humor and insight, including Julian Barnes on Ainola, composer Jean Sibelius's home-turned-museum; Margaret Drabble on the Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure; Don Paterson on the Frick Collection; Roddy Doyle on the Lower East Side Tenement Museum; Ann Patchett on the Harvard Museum of Natural History; and Matthew Sweet on ABBA: The Museum. VERDICT This absorbingly readable collection lets us peek over authors' shoulders into cabinets of curiosities around the world where exhibit cases become time machines and objects become stories. For museum lovers and skeptics alike.-Lindsay King, Yale Univ. Libs., New Haven, CT © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.