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On the Role of Art Museums

I have started to show not only works of art but also arts-related articles on “The Kellerdoscope”.

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During history, the way art is embedded into society has changed several times. In medieval times, for example, most of art was religious. In Europe, it was, to a large extent, confined to churches. In early modern times, aristocrats and members of the upper middle classes became the main substrate of art in society. In the 18th and 19th centuries, museums, often funded by states or by special societies, where established to collect art while art criticism took place in the arts and culture sections of newspapers or in special journals. In many cases, especially in the 19th century, such museums where operating within theoretical frameworks that were nationalistic, but that is a topic beyond the scope of this article.

The rise of the internet is more and more pushing the traditional print media to the side. Blogs or other forms of public opinion outside editorial media…

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