6.14. Objects

Finally we have to speak about the objects – the major components of any exhibition. No doubt, they are the protagonists. We discuss them at the end of the chapter only because we wanted to call attention to the (often disregarded) other components of the visitor experience. The quality, number and arrangement of the objects are always suited to the type of the exhibition and the available space.

Our pictorial examples below illustrate some communication issues about the placement of objects and surrounding installations. As this book is not about creating exhibitions, we do not go into details about this topic, but suggest instead a list of books in the “„Further Reading” section for a detailed rendering consideration of the issues about the arrangement of objects at in an exhibition instead. 

Two museum installations with chairs in the centre.

6.45. picture: The positioning of objects of different quality, age and value may destroy the effects of a successful installation in the same exhibition. On the left: An object in an installation that emphasizes its beauty and function. On the right: A badly designed installation just beside the previous one: putting two, very different children’s seats next to each other on a pedestal and mixing old and new, valuable and trivial, ruins the effect of the beautiful peasant chair. However, this arrangement is deliberate: the exhibition of the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography about the role of objects in our life, intends to call attention to the loss of care about the quality of furniture that surrounds us. These two installations make us think about an important issue through the means of exhibition design. (Photos: Tamás Vásárhelyi)