Monday, October 13, 2008
18th c. german display(combinde)
A glass show case on a pedestal, containing sixteen German made porcelain figures from the 18th century that represent Italian comedians from the theater, is arranged in a gallery dedicated to displaying artifacts from Germany in the late half of the 18th century. Each of the original fingers was modeled with fluid lines that create a sense of movement. The in the case the fingers are arranged on different levels, the positioning of each figure to the next is meant to emulate the sense of motion and a fluid line. Within the gallery the artifacts and the display cases are arranged in a way that creates pathways from each piece to the next reinforcing the idea of flow and movement. The gallery is vibrant and lively with colors and forms only when there are artifacts with such characteristics being displayed. As to be expected in a historical art museum setting the gallery is plain when it is empty. The walls are flat white and the floors are a light cream laminate, the only sense of color in the room washes from the artifacts. The separation walls and pedestals are geometric and blend in to the floors and walls. The room allows the artifacts to speak for themselves. With overhead spotlights that illuminate the room at night and natural light washing over the room in the day the artifacts are displayed with a sense of importance. I a gallery setting one cannot help but to focus on the items being displayed without distraction.