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18 April 2016


Kyle Percy

Kyle Percy is the Trainee Curatorial Research Assistant at Kettle’s Yard. He’s been working on the second Kettle’s Yard collection display at the Fitzwilliam Museum and writes here about what goes in to organising a museum display and what you can expect to see in Being Modern.

Being Modern brings sixteen works, including paintings, sculpture and ceramics, by important modernist artists from the Kettle’s Yard and Fitzwilliam collections together for the first time.

The display links the works from the two collections by displaying artists who have either worked with or influenced each other. Some of the artists, including Barbara Hepworth, William Scott and Lucie Rie have more than one work displayed. Other artists whose works are included in the display are Ben Nicolson and Roger Hilton.

Before the new display could go up we had to deinstall Beauty and Balance which ran from 14 August and gave a snap shot of the collection, vision and philosophy of Kettle’s Yard’s founder Jim Ede. The de-install entails condition checking the works and packing them away in crates ready to go back in to storage until Kettle’s Yard reopens again next year.

The next stage was for the curatorial team to agree on the hang for the new display and then install the works into the space, which was done by the art handlers and technicians at the Fitzwillam. Before the works were hung they were condition checked as this happens both before and after a display or exhibition. While the condition check is happening the technicians at the Fitzwilliam apply the vinyl lettering to the wall showing the title of the display. We also created interpretation leaflets in order to give visitors a better understanding of the works and the display as a whole.

The display runs until 31 December, in the Glaisher Gallery at the Fitzwilliam Museum find out more.