An art exhibition is defined as a space in which art objects are put on display, and they are viewed by an audience. It consists of a grand venue in which the work of artists from different parts of either the city, country or the world are exhibited as showpieces. These works of art are then subject to public opinion and if a person favours it, buy one of them. Works of art may be presented in art halls, art galleries, museums, or similar venues. However, they may also be presented in places where the primary objective of the place is not art, such as a restaurant, coffee shop, etc.
TYPES OF EXHIBITIONS
There are broadly two types of art exhibitions: commercial and non commercial exhibitions. Commercial exhibitions are those in which the items on display are for sale. It usually consists of good quality works of art from promising new talents. However, non commercial exhibitions are those in which the items on display are not for sale. These exhibitions are a means to showcase the best works of art from a certain era, or to show off the collections that a certain museum or curator possesses. These exhibitions are often conducted during special occasions like anniversaries, coronations, etc.
Commercial art exhibitions are further divided into 3 subtypes:
- Juried exhibition: A juried exhibition consists of a panel of experts that decide whether or not a work of art is eligible to be sold at the exhibition or not. The jury can also decide which among the entries is the best and price the best one higher than the rest.
- Invitation exhibition: Here, the curator themselves invites certain artists that they find promising and exhibit their work.
- Non juried exhibition: In this type of exhibition, there is no jury, and the curator simply picks the best entries and exhibits them. Here there is no absolute regulator and therefore, the artists have more freedom.
There are 2 main types of objects displayed at an exhibition: bound and unbound materials. Bound materials are items like books and pamphlets, and unbonded materials include manuscripts, cards, drawings, and other two dimensional items. The proper observation of display conditions reduces any potential physical damage.
These materials are usually single sheet items that need to be attached securely to the mounts unless they are encapsulated or matted. Objects may be entirely covered in polyester film, polyethylene or polyester film layers; although they may be professionally deacidified before doing so.
Bound materials are usually showcased closed and lying horizontally. If a volume is to be open, it should only be open upto what the binding allows. It is important to note that a book should not be left open for long times to prevent overexposure to light and related damage. If the book needs to be kept open, turn the pages one every few days.