Analysis, planning, development, communication, organization and production are the different steps of our daily activity.
The development and organization of international exhibitions is a complex process that requires numerous steps. We follow these ones:
We analyze the Museum’s structure, the professionality of the staff, the permanent collection, the past exhibitions, the target audience, as well as all the characteristics of the space for temporary exhibitions and what are the showcases, furnishings and technologies provided by the Museum.
With Museums interested in our exhibitions, we develop “site specific” projects for their spaces, adapting each project to the exhibition space, integrating their collections and building together the best exhibition path for their venue.
With Museums wishing to enhance their heritage, we develop new exhibition concepts from their collections, helping them to be part of a wide international network, to generate new sources of revenue, and to support them in the valorization of their heritage.
We develop constructive dialogues and long-lasting relationships over time with the numerous stakeholders of the museum system (from directors to cultural project managers), building networks between lender and hosting museums, with the goal of developing successful touring exhibitions.
CP provides the exhibition in all its parts, adapting it to the spaces of the museum and taking care of all the development, organization, realization, installation and deinstallation of the exhibition, including the management of curators, artworks loans, transports and insurances. The Museum will receive all the incomes deriving from ticketing, catalogue and merchandising.
CP and the Museum collaborate to optimize the elements that the Museum can provide for the realization of the exhibition (such as showcases, lighting system technologies, etc.).
This cooperation can also include the development of specific contents adapted to the territory or to the collections of the Hosting Museum.
CP and the Museum evaluate together the possible forms of co-production of the exhibition in order to enhance the mutual potential.
In both cases, the exhibition will be customized according to the Museum’s needs, in particular:
After choosing the option that best suits the Museum’s needs, we proceed with:
When the exhibition project is outlined, CP, through its solid network of relationships developed over more than 20 years, plans a series of specific meetings with the directors of the potential Lender Museums to involve in the exhibition with the goal of:
After the definition of the participating Lender Museums and the outline of all the exhibition contents, an overall check of the original artworks is done in terms of availability and technical conditions for their display. This is done through an on-site inspection at all the Lender Museums in order to:
Following the meeting with the scientific team of curators and managers of the Lender and Hosting Museums, the Exhibition Department, the Communication Team and the Graphic Designer, work together to create a “book” aimed at presenting the project and promoting the exhibition among CP’s wide museum network.
Before being released, all the material produced by CP will be shared with the members of the scientific committee for their approval.
Thanks to the exhibition “book”, the Managers of the International Relations team promote the exhibition through:
Once the potential Museums with the characteristics and availability to host the exhibition have been identified, the international tour is built usually involving 3-4 locations, useful for sharing costs and thus reducing all the expenses affecting the overall budget.
Once the period of the tour and the number of hosting venues have been defined, the details between CP and the Hosting Museums are outlined with a formal agreement which establishes the responsibilities of each actor involved in the production of the exhibition and a preliminary time-schedule to be respected.
The production is the result of a close collaboration between CP’s various departments:
The Production Manager defines a Production Schedule listing:
Through the professional skills of its different departments, CP carries out:
General project: overall project of all the elements of the exhibition placed in the available exhibition space including: showcases, platforms, artworks, videos, exhibition panels, scenographies
Detailed project: specific project of the precise display of the artworks within each showcase, base or platform with the respective graphics (captions, panels, backgrounds)
Light design project: design of all the light points and energy supply for each monitor, video projector or other device on display
CP’s Exhibition Department directly liaises with the Lender Museums to ensure that all the necessary procedures to obtain the artwork loans and export authorisations are carried out, while keeping the relationships with the heads of the Lender Museums and/or higher authorities responsible for issuing authorisations. CP has managed the loan of artworks from all over the world, from Europe to the USA, from Australia to China, and has thus accrued extensive experience in this field, thus being able to ensure the utmost reliability in managing the loan and authorisation procedures with the museums of the participating countries.
CP has always worked with highly reliable insurance companies specialising in covering works of art. In this case, the Project Manager is in contact with the Lender Museums in order to collect all the information about the artworks, including the insurance value. This information is then promptly communicated to the fine arts insurance company in order to check all the conditions and take out the “Nail to Nail” policy, which guarantees coverage of the artworks from the moment they are packed in the museum to the moment they are returned again. This includes intercontinental transport, handling and installation, the duration of the exhibition, as well as all the transfers between venues, up to the return of the artworks at the Lender Museum.
In recent years CP has worked with leading fine arts companies such as Lloyd’s, Axa Arte, and National Suisse, securing exhibitions worth millions of euro worldwide.
CP’s Project Manager coordinates all the transport operations by directly liaising with the transport company and the Lender Museums. Over the years, CP has accrued extensive experience in coordinating the transport of works of art from all over the world, working with some of the most important fine arts transport companies, from Arterìa in Italy to Hasenkamp in Germany, from Museum Partner to Huaxie in China, coordinating transport by air, sea and land. CP oversees all the steps of the inspection at the museum sites, the design of the artwork crates and their packaging, often following the palletization at the airport as well as flying in the cargo with the artworks.
Collaboration with the Hosting Museum during the inauguration in coordinating, managing and welcoming the curators, directors and/or representatives of the Lender Museums.
This meticulous organization and precision is guaranteed every time an exhibition moves from one venue to another, and during each accrochage and decrochage.
The result of our works is the realization of high quality exhibitions, targeted to the needs of each exhibition venue, in short and flexible times, and with economic budgets.
The extensive experience of all the members of CP’s team in coordinating the development, production and organization of traveling exhibitions around the world, often for long periods abroad, has allowed them to develop particular organizational and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to closely collaborate with many different teams in diverse contexts, countries, and exhibition venues. These skills have been positively confirmed by the many directors, curators, restorers and technicians who for many years have traveled with us with expressed pleasure and satisfaction.