Did You Know That Art Museums Have A Little Secret? Find Out What! – Like many other businesses, all of the art museums, including the famous ones, have a little secret in common! I bet all of the art lovers are going to love this post!
Are ready to know the top secret of the good function of an art museum? Well, here it is (*drum roll*): Most of the worldwide museums keep thousands of artworks locked away in storage. I know this might sound and seem strange, but I guarantee that there is a perfectly logical explanation for this fun fact.
Let see the example of one of the most popular museums in Atlanta, the High Museum of Art. This museum’s exhibitions focus on nineteenth- and twentieth-century American art, but it also has significant holdings of European paintings; a growing collection of African American art; and burgeoning collections of modern and contemporary art, photography, folk, and self-taught art. The High tries to inspire and support the southern artists, by collecting their significant artworks.
Nowadays, the High is the leader on the art museum southeast market. They have over 17,000 works of art, that’s why this, like so many other museums, have thousands of works remain in storage, each awaiting its spotlight moment.
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When the time comes for an artwork to go on view, for the first time or not, the work leaves its secure home in the art storage and makes its way up to the amazing galleries. There the artwork can not only show its true beauty to the world and radiate its colors, but also transform the space around it, and meet face to face with the people who are there to enjoy and admire the incredible masterpieces.
Most artworks can’t tolerate large exposure times to light without making any damage… And this is the main reason why museums have specific places to keep their most precious artworks, besides the store part of course.
And now you ask yourself: how do the art curators determine what to put on in the gallery and when? The High’s Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, Katherine Jentleson, explains her perspective in this video:
It’s impossible for a museum to expose all of their artworks during the same period of time. So remember if your favorite exhibition is on the spotlight right now take a little of your time to see it before it goes away again — especially if it’s a particularly vulnerable object like a work on paper or a textile!