Exhibition Design

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A survey of the conceptual themes and practical concerns—display, lighting, color, sound, and graphics—of exhibition design.
Today exhibitions have to compete in an increasingly sophisticated leisure market. Consequently, the way in which the contemporary exhibition is designed is changing fast; previously aloof cultural institutions are making use of technologies and techniques more commonly associated with film and retail. Exhibition-making is now synonymous with image-making,...

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Overview

A survey of the conceptual themes and practical concerns—display, lighting, color, sound, and graphics—of exhibition design.
Today exhibitions have to compete in an increasingly sophisticated leisure market. Consequently, the way in which the contemporary exhibition is designed is changing fast; previously aloof cultural institutions are making use of technologies and techniques more commonly associated with film and retail. Exhibition-making is now synonymous with image-making, communication, and the creation of a powerful experience. Exhibition Design features examples of a wide variety of exhibitions from around the world, from major trade and commerce fairs to well-known fine-art institutions and small-scale artist-designed displays. The introduction gives an historical perspective on the development of exhibitions and museums, with particular focus on the developments of the twentieth century. The book is divided into two parts: Approaches and Techniques. Approaches is devoted to the conceptual themes of narrative space, performative space, and simulated experience. Techniques covers the practical concerns of display, lighting, color, sound, and graphics. To illustrate these themes the book features photographs, drawings, and diagrams of exhibitions from around the world, including the work of such internationally renowned architects and designers as Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Atelier Brückner, Casson Mann, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Imagination, METStudio, and Jean Nouvel.

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Editorial Reviews

Santa Fean
“A must-read. A visual pleasure that is also informative, the tome is packed with brilliant ideas about lighting and placement.”
Museum News
“[A] handsome book that documents the latest trends and innovations in exhibition design.”
California Bookwatch
“[A] top pick for college-level art libraries serious about teaching the finer art of successful exhibition processes.”
Jain Lemos - The Picture Professional: Quarterly Magazine of the American Society of Picture Pro
“[T]he must-have bible for understanding every detail imaginable when it comes to displaying artistic works”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393732115
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/17/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,058,776
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Dernie is an architect, exhibition designer, and head of the Manchester School of Architecture in England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2007

    Setting the Stage for Viewing Art

    There are few sources such as this one - EXHIBITION DESIGN - that share insider thoughts and plans and results of the process of presenting exhibitions in museums. As such it is a welcome addition to the art lover's library, something to ponder when trying to discover why some exhibitions (despite the subject of the curated objects) make and impact while others feel cold and distant to all but the addicted lover of that particular subject. Architect and exhibition designer David Dernie shares the mechanics and philosophies of current museums, pointing out the current concepts of 'immersion, interaction, and multisensory experiential approach' have moved from the purely entertainment field into the realm of the once rather sterile filed of exhibition design. His thoughts are amply illustrated by architectural renderings and photographs that, while informative, are not of the quality one would expect from a book on museum wisdom! But the elements of psychological significance on how to present art to the public eye to enhance the experience of viewing are sound ones, and in his words 'how objects are arranged will determine the nature of the message they communicate.' Grady Harp

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