Is a text written by a curator or the organization to present the exhibition, in different formats: text on the wall of the entrance, catalog, fliers, web format, the text used in the press meeting, or writing presentation. The text presents the theme, topic, or concept of the exhibition.
What is the objective of the curatorial statement?
Guide the public understand the exhibition
Guide the way
Arouse the interest, excitement, and curiosity to discover the exhibition
3 paragraphs from 200 to 800 words
The text talks about the exhibition explains the main guidelines without exposing too many details
What is the format of the curatorial statement?
First paragraph: Premise of the exhibition
Second paragraph: Examples of artist approaches depending on the range
Third paragraph: The wider significance of your theme to explain it more in-depth
What are the essentials of the curatorial statement?
Fourth paragraph: Processing of your thinking about the exhibition
Fifth paragraph: Some curators write a supplementary handout that describes each work in the show in some details
What are the optional paragraphs?
Art Community: to engage the art community you must be specific when you are articulating your agenda
Wider Public: to engage with the general audience you must be flexible in the way you provide access to the artwork
The style of the statement?
Example of a Curatorial Statement
Vide: Une Retrospective. CENTRE POMPIDOU Paris.fr 2009
Co-written by Dorrine Nasri and Imen Bahri.