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GALLERY OF THE GREAT MUSEUMS OF THE WORLD

by Edward A. Mero

Walt Disney died in 1966, five years before Walt Disney World opened.  When someone said it was sad that Walt Disney had not lived to see the Florida theme park, Mike Vance, creative director of Walt Disney Studios, replied, “He did see it; that is why it’s here.”  Dreams do not happen just because you want them to, you must hang in there, be tenacious--stick to it--until you are finally able to turn your dreams into a reality.

 

--From The Success Secrets of Walt Disney

by Pat Williams

The Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, ILL USA

The Metropolitian Museum of Art

New York City, NY USA

The National Gallery of Art

Washington DC USA

The Louvre Museum

Paris, France

“Gallery of the Great Museums of the World”

 Drawing of building architectural façade.

The National Gallery of Art and The Louvre Museum

(northeastern view of building)

Prestige Fine Art will build a 100,000 square foot building to hold The Gallery of the Great Museums of the World.  The outside walls of the structure will replicate the architectural façade of ten world class museums.  Inside, the individual rooms will be constructed to house fifty hand-painted museum quality copies representing the finest art works from each of the ten museums.

 

In the center of the building, we will have a courtyard for holding events and displaying replicas of monumental sculptures from these museums.  On the grounds of The Gallery of the Great Museums of the World, we will replicate Monet’s Gardens at Giverney France including the famed Water Lily Bridge.

 

The building will include a wing for traveling original art exhibits and a wing for the permanent collection.  This idea will be expanded on to incorporate the entire art experience one receives when visiting a World Class Museum.

 

“Gallery of the Great Museums of the World”

Drawing of building architectural façade.

The Art Institute of Chicago and The Metropolitan Museum of Art

(southwestern view of the building)

glass pyramid at the Louvre), others are leveraging the wonderful technological and architectural abilities of the 21st century (think the Guggenheim in Bilbao, Spain).  Still other impressive museums haven’t even been built yet, but the plans and models tell us that these institutions will lead us to amazing prospects (think the proposed museum in Dubai).  Our center will be ultra-imaginative and futuristic while preserving the greatness of the past, and it will take full advantage of the mobile, virtual, and interactive technology of the present. Art movies will be played on large IMAX screens on rotating schedules, depicting the lives of the great artists, living and dead.  We might even create an area that replicates Monet’s Garden at Giverny, France--a timeless oasis of artistic inspiration brought to you, instead of you traveling to it.

Our museum-inspired center would also be a fabulous learning center. Art classes will be taught by skilled instructors to stimulate budding artists and older art lovers.  Text books and e-books would be at every student’s disposal. We would plan annual events to attract audiences from around the world, encouraging an eclectic exchange of ideas.  One idea is to create our own Pageant of the Masters (which celebrates its 80th anniversary this year in Laguna Beach, California), the famous “colored chalk on the sidewalk” contest.  Maybe our pageant will use the exterior sides of the museum walls as a unique canvas for our competing muralists!

Traveling exhibits of original art by artists from countries around the globe would also be highlighted.  Interactive displays for individuals with interest in the arts will be developed and incorporated into a computer network, which would include iPads and large computer screens. A research library, both actual and virtual, will provide everything you need to know about art history and the great masters.  Part museum, part educational center, and part technology hub, our museum center will become a renowned celebration of art, a go-to resource, and an awesome and beautiful place to wallow in the awesome beauty of the museums and art that feed our civilization’s soul.

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Stirred by these words, and after countless years spent working with artists, collectors, art dealers, galleries, and studying the great masters through art books and especially museums, I have seen an exciting vision of my own:  building a Museum of Great Museums, an art center that will represent the culmination of the world’s greatest art.  It will not be static.  Like language, art lives and breathes, and the art center would reflect this idea with ongoing classes, video links, high-tech interactive features, books, lectures, and art exhibitions.

I have been carrying around this dream for years, and I have had a lifetime to hone the details.  My goal is to expand the concept of making exquisite fine art copies--to the supreme recreation of the great museums that house the art that inspires them.  Our museum center will be built on 100 acres of land to allow room to grow.  The structure of the building will incorporate the facades of each of ten of the world’s greatest museums, and I imagine an approximate 100,000 square foot overall building.  Inside, the must-see art works of each of the ten museums will be on display-- excellent copies, of course.  And the walls of the interior spaces will duplicate the interiors of each of the ten museums, with at least one room dedicated to each. Think of a Russian nesting doll, each one tucked into the other.  The large main building will showcase what I call museum spirit, the essence of what museums are all about.  The rooms inside will honor the individual museums, and the smaller “dolls” would be the works of art themselves.  Ultimately, the museum center will become a place for art lovers to visit and linger, to better grasp the meaning of museums as monuments to the past and present, while giving them imaginative glimpses of the future of museums and art--all this as they wander from place to place around a grand campus.

As the great museums of the world are undergoing ambitious remodeling to meet contemporary museum standards or blending neoclassical and modern (think the

 

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