When it comes to museum work, most people know that curators build the collection, and conservators preserve and protect the artworks. But do you know how an artwork gets from storage into the gallery?
Art technicians play a crucial role in giving the public first-hand access to our collections, but their work is much more than simply moving and placing an object. On any given day, an art technician may be installing a sculpture, configuring complex audio-visual systems, or brainstorming the best way to transport a pillar of human fat. It’s a job that requires not only immense technical knowledge, but also creativity, collaboration, and excellent spatial awareness.
Kieran Champion, Senior Manager of Installation and Displays at M+, shares his journey into the field, the ins and outs of installing priceless objects and artworks, and the joys of building a team in Hong Kong.