Exhibition Spaces: Mies van der Rohe Pavilion vs Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York

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Melanie Porras
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Jan 8, 2022 3:36 AM

The top three key features that make an exhibition space really good are form, feel, and function. The form/shape of the overall exhibition space is incredibly important when considering how the space interacts with the work it’s highlighting. Form inherently impacts feel as the circulation, lighting, and atmosphere of the space impacts how an observer feels within the space. Lastly, the most important is function. Is the space functioning as a platform to put the art on display or the space the art itself?

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Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, The Barcelona Pavilion

This exhibition space is inviting and exciting as the space transform from both an inside and outside space simultaneously. Additionally, the intentional placement of the marble walls, glass, and sculpture provide a formality to the space that ultimately shows that the exhibition space is actually what is on display.

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Solomon Guggenheim Museum New York

The Guggenheim is a very special exhibition space as the function of the space directly impacts its form. The conical exterior is made to mirror the spiral circulation of the interior space where observers are encouraged to walk up the ramp as they see the art.