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Curating ‘Being Modern’

Kyle Percy is the Trainee Curatorial Research Assistant at Kettle’s Yard. He’s been working on the second Kettle’s Yard collection display at the Fitzwilliam Museum and writes here about what goes in to curating a museum display and what you can expect to see when Being Modern opens.

Being Modern brings sixteen works, including paintings, sculpture and ceramics, by important modernist artists from the Kettle’s Yard and Fitzwilliam collections together for the first time.

Lucie Rie, Conical Bowl, 1971, image courtesy of the Estate of the Artist.

Lucie Rie, Conical Bowl, 1971, image courtesy of the Estate of the Artist.

The display links the works from the two collections by displaying artists who have either worked with or influenced each other. Some of the artists, including Barbara Hepworth, William Scott and Lucie Rie have more than one work displayed. Other artists whose works are included in the display are Ben Nicolson and Roger Hilton.

We are currently de-installing the Beauty and Balance display at the Fitzwilliam, which ran from 14 August and gave a snap shot of the collection, vision and philosophy of the Kettle’s Yard founder Jim Ede. The de-install entails condition checking the works and packing them away in crates ready to go back in to storage until Kettle’s Yard reopens again next year.

Then next stage will be for the curatorial team to agree on the hang for the new display and then install the works into the space, which will be done by the art handlers and technicians at the Fitzwillam. Before the works are hung they will be condition checked as this happens both before and after a display or exhibition.

While the condition check is happening the technicians at the Fitzwilliam will apply the vinyl lettering to the wall showing the title of the display. Interpretation leaflets will also be created in order to give visitors a better understanding of the works and the display as a whole.

The display will run from 8 April until 31 December, in the Glaisher Gallery at the Fitzwilliam Museum – find out more.

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This entry was posted on April 15, 2016 by in Culture, Goal 1, News and tagged , , .
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