“This conservatory function of the Museum, which reached its highest point during the 19th century with Romanticism, is still generally accepted today, adding yet another paralysing factor. In fact nothing is more readily preserved than a work of art.
The Museum not only preserves and therefore perpetuates, but also collects. The aesthethic role of the Museum is thus enhanced since it becomes the single viewpoint (cultural and visual) from which works can be considered, an enclosure where art is born and buried, crushed by the very frame which represents and constitutes it.
The Museum is an asylum”.
Extract from “Function of the Museum” in Theories of Contemporary Art (1985) by french conceptual artist Daniel Buren.