By embracing its uniqueness and writing good labels, the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford has turned the difficulties of an old and wide-ranging collection into a virtue. The objects are displayed in charming antique wood-and-glass cases and given signage that emphasizes their strengths: in this case (har har), they are assembled under the heading of "Animal Form in Art" and signed with a text that explains what the objects have in common (see below). The message is straightforward and necessarily general, but encourages closer looking by citing a few key pieces. The question of how to make such a historical collection appealing without modernizing it into oblivion is a tough one, and seems to me to be adressed here with grace.
Ideas on Display
A humble space to reflect on concepts of museum display as enacted across a wide range of subjects, countries, and approaches.