What will 2016 hold for exhibitions?
“2016 will be a year to reflect on how museums and galleries can best approach temporary exhibitions. There needs to be a fine balance of programming at play to ensure that high profile exhibitions are presented alongside less popular, but equally valuable and rewarding shows.
In addition there is a growing expectation that the exhibition designer will communicate and enrich the curatorial narrative through a sensitive or dramatic use of space, colour, scale and lighting, as visitors increasingly anticipate an experiential journey. All the while the designers will be working within the traditional parameters of tight budgets and short lead times.
During 2016 I am looking forward to working on the next Design Museum Designs of the Year exhibition, where the most innovative design projects from the past twelve months will be presented. An added excitement this year is that it will be shown in the museum’s long awaited new home, the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, opening to the public at the end of 2016.
Exhibitions that I hope to visit this year include The Vulgar at the Barbican – an exhibition that tackles the subject of taste – and at the Science Museum Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius; a chance to learn about the inventions of this Renaissance master.”
What was the standout exhibition project for 2016?
“Savage Beauty, the exhibition devoted to the fashion designer Alexander McQueen, not only topped the board in 2015 for a record number of visitors to a temporary exhibition, but also for the high cost of staging such a thrilling and lavish show.”
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