When a selection of item or exhibits is displayed in an organized manner it is called an Exhibition. It usually has an educational or a cultural sentiment and you can see them at world fairs, library, hall, art gallery, and in museums. The exhibition can be of various types:
- Art display in small galleries or in a big museum.
- Commercial Trade Fairs.
- Interpretive Exhibition.
- Displays at history museums.
They are temporary in nature and have a specific start date and an end date. It can be held either in multiple venues or at a single venue while some can be online too. They are very common almost in every part of the world and can have various themes and variables. The size of the event will depend upon its popularity. It can range from solo shows of individual artists to World Fairs which host a collection of artists. Writers and editors help to create books, catalogs, labels, texts, and various print materials that you need for such events. While designers give shape and form to the space in use. The exhibition needs a lot of planning in terms of logistics and management.
In earlier days many such temporary events were held, but it became more popular and gained its form during the 19th century. One such famous trend is the Paris Salon which opened to public in the year 1737. Many of the National Museums of Europe were holding such events on loaned or their own collections during the mid-19th Century. During 1851 in London, the tradition of World Fair or World Expo began to get popular. These were mega sized events which showcased works of various artists from different genres. These events are held either annually or every few years and attract millions of visitors. Some of the most recent events were in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2017 and in Milan in 2015. The main idea behind the construction of the Eiffel Tower was to serve as the entrance arch for the 1889 Exposition Universelle.
Earlier events were held with the sole purpose of attracting curiosity and interest, while the modern-day exhibition has more to do with education, demonstration, and preservation. In earlier days even a single object could be a source for large attractions. With the experience of such events, some people become so overwhelmed that they start to feel dizzy.
Types Of Exhibition
Art – These mainly include drawings, paintings, art, sculpture, and countless forms of artefacts. They may choose to focus either on solo or group of artists.
Interpretive – These are special category events that require context to explain their displays and purpose of holding it. Their focus could be on historical, scientific, or interactive displays.
Commercial – Such an exhibition is expos, trade shows, or trade fairs. The main idea behind holding such an event is to display the range of products and services of commercial nature.
Digital – They are more of an online exhibition that relates to the use of the internet. They can be held in a physical form or they may be available for digital viewing as well. Many museums these days are using this form to enhance and complement their physical exhibits.