Materials in the Museum | Masterpiece Symposium 2021

Masterpiece Symposium | Journeys through the Material World

Thursday, 4 February 2021


Museums often group objects into material categories (metalwork, silver, glass, ceramics) as well as others that reflect how artists have used them (painting, sculpture) or alternatively by period or region. What has been gained by separating out different materials and what gets overlooked? This panel discussion will explore how materials have been understood and displayed in museums, including: historical and recent methods of display; exhibitions dedicated to specific materials; how best to display the properties of materials, whether real or imagined, and how to explain/interpret the skill that artists have brought to them; how far handling materials can be part of the museum experience; and how far new technologies can help with better public understanding of materials.

Thomas Marks | Editor of Apollo 

Christopher Maxwell | Curator of Early Modern Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass
Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth | 17th and 18th Century Curator of Ceramics & Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Dora Thornton | Curator of Antique and Contemporary Silver, Modern Jewellery, and Art Medals at the Goldsmiths’ Company, London
Charlotte Vignon | Director of the Musée national de céramique, Sèvres
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Ancient Art
Fine Art
Contemporary Art
Jewellery & Watches
Modern Art
Silver, Ceramics & Objets d’Art


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