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Space and scenography

An exhibition as the act of exhibiting, placing a piece in a place to be seen by others; but, it is also the act of telling, explaining, narrating. And moreover, by definition, it is “the location of an object in relation to the cardinal points of the horizon” which in an interior space are the four walls and also the floor and ceiling.
If to the piece and space we add the perspective of the viewer, we have the three elements that define the exhibition as a means, and distinguish it from any other. If to the place, the object and the viewer we add movement, we multiply points of view and therefore the observed aspects and the visual experience of the visit. The design of an exhibition orders the inner space, shaping a three-dimensional spatial arrangement worthy of being visited, which is explored and where solid forms, empty spaces and materials make up a changing space. A space that defines different perspectives of our tour, becoming the mediator between the visitor and the objects with their meanings.
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We might think that the exhibition of an artistic piece should not need a special location; that the piece in itself, stripped of props, should be sufficient enough to be isolated in a neutral space to be displayed, and where it can express itself and communicate with the viewer. But the work is fully determined by the space in which it is installed, regardless of how neutral the space is. We could even think of the exhibition as a confrontation or dialogue between the artwork, the object, and architecture. The space and scenography can condition, engulf the work or can even propose a site which allows the author´s intention to be perceived. The artist in his studio can conceive work apart from the space where it will be exhibited; but the display should allow the viewer and provoke in him, the interpretation of the meaning of the work: to know it and be able to understand it.
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