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Drawn entirely from the RMIT University Art Collection, Quiddity displays new acquisitions alongside some of the University's older treasures, which have remained largely unseen for decades.
The life of artworks in the permanent collections of museums and similar institutions extends far beyond their exhibition. When on display, artworks naturally tend to be viewed within a carefully constructed cultural, historical or thematic context. Behind the scenes though, aesthetic and cultural significance are at least on an equal footing with - and sometimes must play second fiddle to - physical requirements if a collection is to have any life expectancy. Artworks are scrutinised in minute detail. They must be catalogued, researched, regularly monitored for change, and appropriately stored.
Drawn entirely from the RMIT Art Collection,Quiddity (RMIT Gallery, 1 July – 20 August) approaches a materially diverse array of artworks from the perspective of the conservator and the registrar in order to emphasise their physicality, explore the limitations environment and entropy place on their display, and reveal something of their existence outside the context of an exhibition.
Quiddity has been produced in collaboration between RMIT Gallery and students from the RMIT Master of Arts Management program. In this talk, lead curator Jon Buckingham will explore how artworks are handled, packaged, stored and conserved.
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RMIT Gallery is located at 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne, near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe Streets (Melways reference: 1A J4).
The gallery is located diagonally opposite Melbourne Central Railway Station and can be reached by trams traveling on Swanston and La Trobe Streets, including the City Circle Tram.
Limited street parking is available.