BACKSTAGES OF THE MoMA Of St-etienne

Several times a year, the Museum of Modern Art of Saint-Etienne closes some of its spaces to the public, in order to uninstall last exhibition, and install the new temporary collection of the Museum.

In September 2011, it was the works of Gianni Dessi which were dismantled by the Museum's technical team, to be returned to their owner. One of his most impressive works, the sculpture "bianco e nero" is particularly fragile because of its size, almost 4 meters high, and its composition (a wooden structure and metallic thread dressed with acrylic and resin). 
A work that crumbles easily, so the team must put horizontally and then place it into a wooden box. The same procedure as during the installation was followed, guided by photographs and notes taken under the direction of the artist. An extremely delicate handling, especially because few artists are present at the uninstall.

In total, it took 10 days to return all the works in theirs climate protection boxes and flexible packaging, and to install the new collection for a new artistic season.

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LAURA PONCHEL
PHOTOGRAPHER