AUSTERITY.

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» Where austerity is created in response to a presumed condition, and in this much is more artificial than natural, scarcity is both real (things really are running out) and constructed. «

This is from the text ‘From Objects of Austerity to Processes of Scarcity’ from Jeremy Till which shows an interesting side of austerity. In my opinion the modern parts of the museum are pretty straightforward and simple already, because as mentioned before most of the information is presented on touchscreens or exhibited in no-frill graphics.

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The more classic art pieces on the other hand are presented in a flashy and overdone way. Which means this would be the part that would need improving to move it more in the direction of austerity. In comparison to the modern part which is held in dark colours, with sleek materials and a minimal amount of paraphernalia the classic part is the complete opposite. The floors are covered in bright patterned carpet and the walls are painted in vivid colours or covered with heavily decorated wallpaper. To add to that rich impression many decorative objects who pretend to come from the area the artwork presented is, are added to the scene. This conglomerates to a room filled with keepsakes of that time which makes it kind of overwhelming to look at and very challening to differentiate the art that is actually shown. As Christoph Grafe, director of the Flanders Architecture Institute says in ‘bravoure scarcity beauty – prologue’

» If bravoure is the highest, can the lowest ever be bravoure too? Because, in a time of scarcity, one could suppose there is no room for bravoure. «

In my opinion it is brave and tough to constrain yourself from overdoing it. In the case of the ‘Haus der Musik’ the whole structure of presenting the classic art would have to change to move towards austerity, but it would probably lose its whimsical and special feeling you get walking through the exhibition whilst exploring the world of music.

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