How do you organize an exhibition?
What are the theoretical, artistic, museological motifs that make it up?
What is intended to show to the public after the long process of its preparation?
Why to do an exhibition?
These are the questions that determine the compete process of organizing a successful exhibition.
Preparing an exhibition requires a process that can last between six and twelve months. It is a set of steps of which we can summarize in the following points;
Contact of the artist with the museum or gallery where the exhibition will take place
Exhibition project or theoretical formalization
Research and location of works
Exploration of the space to accommodate the work to display
Relationship with museum staff i.e. Designers, electricians, museographers, educators and curators
Contact with other museums or galleries
Collectors or foundations for the request for a loan or to propose a sample itinerary
Organization of transport and insurance of works
Production and museum furniture
Advertising and design
Organization of the opening day
Realization of memory of the event i.e. Photography, video, audio, interviews, press releases, catalog edition and brochures
Generally as an artist you tend to be concerned about having your idea clear, your work has a good reputation and represents your formal and conceptual interests. However, in an exhibition, you also have the possibility to show the development of a theme, the unknown stage of your creation, a new approach to your work as an artist, as well as providing relevant information related to a technique in your own way for the work or show of an unknown point of view on a topic. For this the work of the artist can be accompanied by the curator and sometimes, it also has to do with the department of education and diffusion of museums.
We can speak of monographic or thematic exhibitions, which address and disaggregate one or several themes and generally pose a problem of representation. The retrospective exhibitions that are generated around an artist is a look at his or her path. Formal exhibitions explore a stylistic trend in which several authors converge several times. The cabinet exhibition is where we work on a single work as the thematic axis of all the others. Synchronic-diachronic exposure is both chronological and concurrent, it is a cut in time or in several times. All these expositive genres impose different communication tools and techniques.