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Behind the Scenes – installing an exhibition

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska: New Rhythms

Installing the exhibition credit Oliva  (1)

The new Henri Gaudier-Brzeska; New Rhythms  exhibition in the Terrace Gallery is composed of important artworks belonging to Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Harewood House Trust and a number of other private and institutional lenders.  A few days before being the exhibition is installed and then opened to the public, the artworks are shipped to Harewood House, the fine art transport truck provided by a specialist fine art shipping company. The inside of the truck is padded and all the crates are strapped to avoid any movement during the transportation.  You can see the strapped wooden crate in which The Wrestlers bas-relief was transported on the right bottom corner of the first picture: over 100 kg!

Installing the exhibition credit Oliva  (2)

Crates and showcases are unloaded by the shippers and Harewood Collections department to a temporary storage or directly in the Terrace Gallery where the exhibition will be held. Once the Terrace Gallery walls are prepared, the installation can start: stands and showcases are carefully positioned and artworks are installed according to a pre-planned the installation plan, vinyls, panels and labels (`interpretation`) are positioned on the wall after the final positioning of the artworks, film and video media are installed  and the exhibition lighting is adjusted.

Installing the exhibition credit Oliva  (3)

Photographs: Olivia Bayley and Marie-Astrid Martin