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TOPIC:        EXHIBITION AND DISPLAY TECHNIQUES                             

  • Preparation of artwork for display
  • Display techniques

Exhibition is the art of displaying artworks for people to appreciate and purchase. Exhibitions have become the accepted and standard way of displaying artworks for public or special audience viewing. Each artwork in an exhibition is called an exhibit.


Artworks have to be prepared and made presentable to meet exhibition goals. These steps include: fixing, mounting, framing and labeling

  1. Fixing: This is usually the first step in preserving charcoal, pencil, pastel and poster color works. Fixing is the application of transparent coat over the artwork. The substance used in fixing is called fixative. It prevents smudging and gives some protection to the artworks.
  2. Paper stretching: This is part of framing and mainly for paper works. It means gumming or sticking to a board. Affordable mounts are usually colored cardboard sheets. These stuck colored sheets most times replace framing of artworks. Professional artists use special materials that are thicker than ordinary cardboard sheets.
  3. Framing: This means the same as framing a photograph. For paper works, glass is also added. Canvas and boards, usually large in size, they do not need glass and are only framed directly.
  4. Labeling: This means writing the title of the artwork and also crediting it to the artist. Labeling also include the years of production and medium used.
  5. Mounting: it is the final stage when artworks are hung. This can be on walls or on erected stands and pedestals. Arrangement of artworks begins with the largest to the smaller works. sometimes, works are grouped attractively. Choices are made about color relationships, dominance and how to move the viewers’ attention around.
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