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Ask a Curator, notes about the 2014 edition

On September 17th the initiative through Twitter Ask a Curator was once again held, and that now makes it the 4th Edition! Year after year the figures for participation have continued to grow, and this year was no exception. More than 700 museums from more than 40 countries have joined this activity that promotes questions and answers between cultural and public institutions under the hashtag #AskACurator, so as to place at the reach of everyone the knowledge not only of the curators of the centres, but also of the rest of the workers who manage the centres and institutions on ...

As a guided tour through the exhibition

Interview with Richard Kendall and Elizabeth Cowling, curators of the exhibition "Picasso looks at Degas". Selected comments and complete video of the interview. Richard Kendall: She works on Picasso, I work on Degas, and we said, well, here is a story, there's a very interesting story, a challenge for us to put it into the form of an exhibition and to examine the way that Picasso looked at Degas, learned from Degas, got engaged with Degas' art, and how that works out through the course of his career. That's really the basis of the exhibition: it's a very simple idea which ...

What is involved in dismantling an exhibition?

When a temporary exhibition closes, the work doesn’t stop there. Have you ever wondered what happens when a show is over? The people responsible for dismantling our exhibitions explain the many things that have to be done. ISABEL CENDOYA - Exhibitions Coordinator Taking down an exhibition involves two weeks of intense work: checking the condition of the pieces, taking them off the walls or out of their display cases and packing them securely for transport. At the same time, it also means the end of a process, of a project to which you have devoted many hours of effort, and saying goodbye ...

After “ASK a CURATOR” : notes for avaluating a good idea

The 1st September was noteworthy in the museum world for an innovative initiative promoted by the untiring Jim Richardson, Ask a Curator. In short: 343 museums from 23 countries from all over the world put their curators at the disposal of the questions users wanted to ask them through Twitter. The figure alone for the amount of participation is significant in itself. More than 9.000 tweets have been recorded. But I would like to highlight some other interesting factors. (more…)