"Upward on wings": Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim as the disruption of the museum space
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After an introductory survey of the museum as both architectural and ideological practice throughout Western history, and having taken into consideration Tony Bennett's idea of the museum as a (more benign) instrument for the disciplining and control of people, I examine what is, arguably, a turning point in the history of architectural practice and theory: Frank Lloyd Wright's Guggenheim Museum. The post-war change in museum design could be seen as representing a switch from the museum as a control instrument operated by the state and mediated through the architect's design (which must remain as neutral as possible in order to clearly filter these power messages), to being a control instrument created by one architect's dream and ideology. In this case, the Guggenheim can be seen as the building which exemplifies this switch, but did Wright accomplish the kind of audience orchestration he was intent on?