The Context of Curation: Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time

Milburn, Claudia (2020) The Context of Curation: Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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The exhibition Alberto Giacometti: A Line Through Time, which I cocurated for the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich, was shown at the gallery from April 23 to August 29, 2016. This thesis by professional practice comprises two components, the evidence of the exhibition in the form of a digital portfolio to be seen in conjunction with the exhibition publication, and a reflective report which locates the exhibition and its accompanying research within the historiography of the subject while situating both within the broader field of museology. The thesis investigates the exhibition as a vehicle to develop knowledge, through the analysis of a specific case of curatorial practice. It offers a critical appraisal of the exhibition and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the developmental process and the effectiveness of the exhibition’s concept and execution in contributing to the ongoing discourses surrounding Giacometti’s work.

Chapter One assesses the exhibition background and curatorial methodology within the specific context of the Sainsbury Centre in 2016. Chapter Two considers stages of exhibition planning with evaluation of concept, typology, title, narrative structure, thematic divisions and associated developmental processes including identifying and requesting the loan of works. Chapter Three discusses theories of space in relation to the exhibition design and specifically with regard to the presentation of Giacometti’s work. Chapter Four considers the preparation and public communication of exhibition content, including the creation of the exhibition’s graphic identity, the interpretive wall text and the exhibition publication. Chapter Five focuses on the exhibition realisation and the means of evaluating its success. The thesis in its entirety seeks to further the critique of Giacometti’s art and offer a contribution to the curatorial discourse on museum practice.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
Depositing User: Chris White
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2022 12:25
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2022 12:25

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