Walter Arnold, Aphrodite, 1975, Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig

Turning the inside out. Sculpture in Schaulager

The traditional mainstays of museum work cover collecting, communicating, researching, exhibiting and conserving. But visitors rarely have the opportunity to gain insight into the work involved in conservation. The Leipzig Museum of Fine Art has a broadly diverse collection of sculptures from various epochs and artists in addition to its paintings, graphics and illustrations. The lion’s share of these sculptures are located in the stack room where they can be the kept safely under ideal climactic conditions. This exhibition, held in the cabinet rooms and designed in stack room-style, provides a tangible experience of how sculptures are ordered and stored. Irrespective of their dating or the style of art, late Gothic Madonnas stand next to Expressionist figures in an alphabetic sequence according to the artist’s name. This allows visitors to see, and become familiar with, the important work of stack room management while ambling through the history of sculpture from the last five centuries.