[Tagging] I started a draft on a new "main" key culture

M∡rtin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Mon Nov 8 11:41:12 GMT 2010

2010/11/8 Tom Chance <tom at acrewoods.net>:
> On 8 November 2010 10:53, M∡rtin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com>
> wrote:

> We are on thin ice in every distinction in the culture category, frankly. As
> I wrote earlier, thousands of years of debate and linguistic ambiguity can't
> be condensed into a completely clear tagging schema.


> Let me try to restate the distinction. The use of the word "primary" is all
> important, because of course on can buy art works at all three, and all
> three in some sense exhibit art works.


> shop=art: a shop whose owners' primary purpose is to sell individual art
> works (and often prints, postcards, framing services)


> culture=art_gallery: a place where the primary purpose is the temporary
> exhibition of art works for artistic appreciation

_and_ who nevertheless sell art? saatchi for instance I'm not sure if
the do it "principally for artistic appreciation".

> culture=museum, museum=art (or similar): a place where the primary purpose
> is to hold permanent exhibitions of art works for artistic appreciation and
> study

I don't agree on "permanent". Many museums have changing exhibitions.
But the also have a collection. Maybe this could be the key: do the
expose the art which they own or lend from other museums, or do the
expose "on commission" (until someone buys it, it remains property of
the artist-> gallery). I would consider tate britain or tate modern
museums and not galleries for instance.

> On a more general note, relying too heavily on the name of a place would be
> very bad practice. In the UK at least there are very few places that fit
> your definiton of an "art museum" with museum in the name. There are also
> some shops I know of with "gallery" in the name, but that shouldn't be
> considered art galleries.



PS: I invited the italian and german mailing list subscribers to join
this discussion to hopefully augment the participation.

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