National galleries - the art of making nations

Simon Knell’s forthcoming book National Galleries: The Art of Making Nations is the first to undertake a globally inclusive, panoramic view of any genre of museum.  National galleries, sometimes called national museums of fine art, are now found in almost every nation on earth. Simon considers both the so-called ‘great’ galleries and smaller institutions that are deeply involved in developing national art and artists. Focusing primarily on exhibitions of paintings around the world, he reveals the role national galleries play in developing national art histories and in weaving art into the nation’s sense of itself. 

The book will be published in January 2016.