An art exhibition can be defined as the place where a display of art objects meets an audience. The audience or viewer comes with a mind of appreciation and applause for the artist. There are different types of exhibitions; while most are temporary there rarely are a few permanent exhibitions. There are commercial and non-commercial exhibitions, vanity exhibitions, travelling exhibitions, retrospectives that can be either individual or solo exhibition or collective or group exhibition. There is also the juried exhibition and the invitational exhibition.

Since the 18th and the 19th century the art exhibitions have played an important role in the society. A whole lot of things could be kept in art exhibitions; however the two categories of objects displayed at an exhibition are bound materials and unbound materials. Bound materials would refer to the books and pamphlets; while the unbound materials covered the manuscripts, drawings, cards, and any other two dimensional object.

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In any exhibition it is absolutely important to secure and preserve the objects that are displayed. The unbound materials are mostly items of single sheets which is why there is mandatory need of attaching these securely to mounts. Alternatively they can be encapsulated or matted. The owner of the gallery where the exhibition is being held is often involved in maintaining the nitty gritties of things. Mark Borghi is one such owner who organizes a lot of exhibitions art his galleries throughout the year.

While securing an unbound material one very crucial thing that needs to be kept in mind is that no pins, metal fasteners, screws or thumbtacks should ever come in direct of the item. This is to ensure that the item is not damaged in any way after being pierced with a hole. A good option for holding these materials is to use photo corners or film straps made out of either polythene or polyester.

Objects that are already framed can be kept away from hazardous things through the process of matting, backing layers or glazing. In matting there are two neutral or alkaline boards, the top of which has a window to make sure that the object can be seen. This gives support to the object and enhances its look to a great extent. The protective glazing that is used for these materials should also never come in contact with the object.

The way to display any bound material is to keep them lying horizontally and in a closed state. Experts of exhibition organizers like Mark Borghi say that if any object has a vo lume it should be opened only till as much as is comfortable with the binding. The angle at which a volume should be opened to is not more than 135 degrees. There is some equipment that is specifically designed to support such volumes and they too can be effectively employed and the display can be done perfectly.

Art exhibitions are a place where people come to know more about the different forms of art and therefore the one organizing the exhibition must take care to provide the best experience to his audience or viewer.

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