SWISS ARTIST ANGELA LYN REFLECTS ON THE PROBLEMATIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MUSEUM DESIGN AND THE ART IT HOUSES:
‘Change happens over time; one situation being conducive to the next. I recall many years ago, trying to look at a Max Beckman show at the Gehry museum in Bilbao. I found the building to be so intrusive on the process of looking at the paintings, (and Beckman is’nt exactly a wall flower), that I became overwhelmed with an undercurrent desire to smash something. The lack of interest in anything else but itself, that the building imposed on the viewer and the exhibition, evoked an unidentifiable, subconscious aggression. At that time not to be in awe of this architectural wonder was more or less unthinkable. In retrospect, I wonder if the relinquishing of responsibility to sensationalism had already then, begun to set its teeth in: something intuitively disturbing for anyone trying to engage with a painting.
On the otherhand; Renzo Piano’s Beyeler Museum, close to Basel, draws people in- to linger. At the end of the day, it seems to be a question of who’s got the money’