Changing Spatial Perceptions of Museums


  • Mutlu Erbay Assoc. Prof., Boğaziçi University, Department of Fine Arts, İstanbul



Museum architecture, exhibition, art work, changing museum, modern museum


Exhibition venues convenience in buildings owns areas are important. Exhibition venues' being authentic, mysterious, attracting and practical carries a big importance with regard to exhibition culture. Also interior areas' convenience for exhibition and visitation is substantial for planning exhibition areas.  Historical museum buildings and modern buildings are always compared to each other.  For example, a modern technology or science exhibition is expected to be held in a museum building associated with technology. When colors picked for venue background or plinths, even the frame of the art work, color of the wall, resting areas, sitting groups, shape and color of seats is directly proportional with the material, audience will intensely enjoy the exhibition.   This issue and the solutions to be find for the problems occurring belongs to interior venue designators of the museum.   In museum and gallery exhibition expert should spot the problems related to exhibition beforehand and aim to find solutions for these.


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Author Biography

Mutlu Erbay, Assoc. Prof., Boğaziçi University, Department of Fine Arts, İstanbul

Mutlu ERBAY has been working in Boğaziçi University as an academic staff of department of fine arts since 1989. She has been head of the department of fine arts since 2010.She got her B.A from Marmara University in faculty of education – art education in 1989. She got her master’s degree in Boğaziçi University- history department with her thesis study about “The investigation of Turkish Art Policy in the Republican Period”She attended to The Museum Management and Studies Program of Leicester University in 1994.She completed her doctorate in Faculty of Education of Marmara University with her study about “Investigation of Higher Level Art Education in International Grounds.She got her second doctorate from İstanbul Technical University, Architecture History, Art history with the thesis study of “Preparation of Yildiz Palace for 21th century and its analysis in terms of modern museology.


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-Mutlu Erbay., Museums' Changing Status before Developing Technology, no 6, 6. Museology Seminar, Harbiye Military Museum Manifesto Book, Istanbul, 2002.

-Mutlu Erbay., Planning of Exhibition and Presentation Techniques in Museums, Beta Publication, 2011.

-Mutlu Erbay., Lighting in Museums and Art Galleries, Material in Architecture, Chamber of Architects Journal, issue 2, 2012.

-Mutlu Erbay., Examples of Changing Exhibition Technologies in Museums, National Places Journal, issue 11, 2013.

-Polly McKenna-Cress and Janet A. Kamien, Creating Exhibitions: Collaboration in the Planning, Development and Design of Innovative Experiences, Wiley, America, 2013.




How to Cite

Erbay, M. (2016). Changing Spatial Perceptions of Museums. ICONARP International Journal of Architecture and Planning, 4(1), 62–71.