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Click & Collect: an online exploration of collecting at the museum and on the mantelpiece

MA students
12 December 2022 - 6 March 2023
Online exhibition

Click & Collect is an online exhibition that explores ‘collecting’ – what do museums choose to collect or not? What do we collect and display in our own homes and why?

Curated by MA students at the University of Leeds, the exhibition re-contextualises items from the Getty Centre and asks you to share your own collections.

Artefacts in museums always have a ‘past life’ and story outside the museum space. This exhibition mirrors the eclecticism of collecting, asking what journey jewellery, coins, decorative arts, sculptures, and paintings have taken to arrive in the museum space. What stories do these artefacts have to tell?

A display of personal identity? A demonstration of wealth or knowledge? An emotional connection? A financial investment? Or something unidentifiable?

Visit the online exhibition to engage with the question; why do we collect? Join in the conversation and share your pictures and comments within the exhibition.

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Click & Collect is presented by MA students from the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies via WordPress. It is part of a wider series of exhibitions as part of an Interpretations course module.

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Collage of the following adapted images from J.P Getty Centre online collection:

Statue of Venus (the Mazarin Venus) – Object number: xx
L’ Air design
Basin with Deucalion and Pyrrha – Object Number: 86.DE.539
Cabinet – Object Number 71.DA.89
Pendant Necklace – object number 77.AO.77.3
Snake Bracelet – object number 84.AM.849
Coin (tetradrachm) of Athens – object number 2015.5
Tremissis of Constans II – object number 80.NH.2.132
One Pair of Earrings – object number 82.AI.76.26.1
Family Group in an Interior – object number 70.PA.20
Still Life with Apples – object number 96.PA.8
Relief with Theater Masks – object number 2018.8