Museums Embrace “Visible Storage”

July 21st, 2013

Visible Storage at The Met, via LA Times

A number of U.S. Museums are exploring new approaches to exhibiting works while in storage, the LA Times reports.  Museums like LACMA and the Broad Museum have attempted to place larger portions of their collections in “visible storage,” where interested visitors can view them.  “There is this public assumption that museums are hoarding objects in dark rooms, and by the way that isn’t totally wrong,” says LACMA Director Michael Govan. “What we’re saying is that those objects are worthy for viewing and studying if not always for exhibitions. So you’re not contemplating a masterpiece, but maybe you’ll find value in comparing and contrasting different examples of vases.”

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