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Behind the Scenes: Curating the art museum

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 18:00

Venue: The Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street W1J 8DU
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How long does it take to put together a major exhibition? Who decides what subjects will be explored and which objects will be included? How do you get an object from the Vatican to the British Museum?

In this lecture we are offered a behind the scenes insight into the process and drama of putting together a blockbuster exhibition. Drawing on her experiences at the Wallace Collection, Courtauld Institute, British Museum and her own gallery, Anna Harnden will share the trials, tribulations and joys of getting from the idea to the opening night. The lecture also explores the contrasts between exhibition and permanent display curating.

Behind the Scenes offers the chance to discover a range of practicalities from packing crates, climate control and even insurance that open the door on to the inner workings of a museum.

About Anna

Anna has a BA History of Art and MA in Curating from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She worked at the Wallace Collection with medieval and renaissance arms and armour and has curated exhibitions for the British Museum including Treasures of Heaven – Saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe. She has curated exhibitions across the UK and internationally covering subjects from medieval history to contemporary art. In 2013 she became the director of an international contemporary art gallery in London. 

Venue: The Fleming Collection, 13 Berkeley Street W1J 8DU