Artists hold exhibitions to publicize their work and to showcase the objects in their collection. Most famous painters went through this period of painting exhibition. However, others were not recognized until after their death like Van Gogh. The first exhibition dates from the 17th century in France. Nowadays, even for talented painters, the exhibition is an essential step for their recognition. Many steps are taken before this ultimate step. To encourage them, what better way than to attend their vernissage.
The practice of exhibition is not new. The Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture held its first exhibition in the 17th century and since then it has become regular. Any painter can submit his works. This has contributed greatly to the development of the Academy in France. Internationally, the most famous exhibition was the one organized in New York with the Armory Show in 1913 which aimed to present the audacity of European art. Each country now has its own painting exhibition period. In Germany, in Kassel, every five years and since the fifties, there is an international exhibition of contemporary art called “La documenta”. It attracts new exhibitors and visitors every year. Otherwise in France, museums often organize exhibitions, hosting hundreds of paintings like the Maillol Museum.
Types of exhibitions
The purpose of the exhibition is to highlight its own collection. During the exhibition period of painting, first, there is the permanent exhibition that exists in some museums with a lasting theme. The duration varies from five to ten years. Then, the temporary exhibition which proposes a less vast subject than the permanent exhibition. The duration can go from six months to two years. Finally, the traveling exhibition whose goal is to circulate the works. The objective in all cases is to make them known to a maximum of visitors.
Seeing an exhibition
We can consider the exhibition as a way of communication of the painters. An authentic exhibition attracts the attention of the visitor, who can circulate freely during the time that suits him. For this, the quality of the works must be there as well as the cost and time to satisfy the visitors. Indeed, prices that are too high, poorly presented works or a limited exhibition time can reduce the number of visitors. There is nothing like a good publicity to have many visits.