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Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968

Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968

Science and technology exhibition, Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968
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Mural in the Furnished Room, Britain Can Make It, V&A, London, 1946
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Taiwan 1 (crop 1)

Sketch of exhibition layout,
National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan, 1986-88
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Taiwan 1 (crop 1)
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Tea Bar, Britain Can Make It, V&A, London, 1946
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Interior view,
National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan, 1986-88
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Taiwan 2 (crop 1)
Exhibition 1

Construction of exhibition space,
Britain Can Make It, V&A, London, 1946
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Exhibition 1
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Interior view,
National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan, 1986-88
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Taiwan 3 (crop 1)
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President Ford, Robert Staples, and Barbara Fahs Charles
with model of the "Levitating White House," for the Ford Museum, 1980
Staples & Charles

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Sketch of Australia section,
Commonwealth Institute, London, c. 1961
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Fashions Hall, Britain Can Make It, V&A, London, 1946
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Gallery view of The Senster,
Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968
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Installation view, Photography and the City,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 1968
Staples & Charles

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General view
Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968
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The curator-librarian at the museum: exhibiting graphic modernism at the V&A’s library, 1936-39

 

Annebella Pollen
 Annebella Pollen
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Great presentation, Sandy! You might consider publishing a 1000-word summary in The Ephemerist journal. I’ve written for them - email me for details if interested. 

I loved the hosiery colour chart - a very inclusive 21st century range of skin tones...

Question: James was a great collector and champion of modern graphics but seems to have applied none of this to his exhibition display practice. Your final slide of his exhibition shows a very conventional arrangement of some poorly spaced and framed materials with none of the immersive display strategies of the Constructivists (for example). Why so dull, do you think?

Well done again, 

Bella


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Sandy Jones
 Sandy Jones
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Thank you for you kind words, Bella. I will email you for details of The Ephemerist, as you suggest. They are familiar with the JP collection, Deborah Sutherland and Ruth Hibbard (V&A champions of the JP collection) wrote about its contents two years' ago in this journal, so they may be interested in finding out more about its creator. 

Thanks for your excellent question and I agree, his style was conventional in sharp contrast to some of the content. He attended many exhibitions and subscribed to progressive journals, so he wouldn't have been short of inspiration. My view is that he approached his exhibition more as a librarian than designer; it is assembled almost like the chapters of a book. Without doubt he wanted his collection to be taken seriously and perhaps the staging and historical contextualisation was an attempt to do this? He had a small gallery space and resources in the library were limited. However, one can't help but wonder what would have happened if he had called upon the services of his network to help him out! Where would someone like Herbert Bayer have taken the display? 


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Annebella Pollen
 Annebella Pollen
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@sandyj That all makes sense - the sobriety, the librarianship etc. Agree he missed a trick! Thanks again and well done again. 


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