PINAULT
COLLECTION
numéro 12
April 2019
September 2019
 
<div style="text-align: right;"> <b>Jean-Jacques<br>Aillagon</b> </div> <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <div> <span class="alinea"></span>Over the years, the Pinault Collection has structured its activities along three major axes: the collection itself, its two sites in Venice, and soon the new museum in Paris, housed in the Bourse de Commerce. Today, this constellation relies on a permanent staff of fifty-five, eight of whom work at the Pinault Collection headquarters, twenty-five in Venice, and twenty-four at the Bourse de Commerce. <br><br> <span class="alinea"></span>This issue of the <i>Pinault Collection</i> magazine—the twelfth—bears witness to the harmony of this ensemble and the synergy that connects its constituent parts, which I have the privilege of overseeing. The talents and skills of many professionals in a range of different roles are mobilized to grow the collection, to guarantee it is perfectly conserved and researched, and to coordinate the constant circulation of the works (both within our own exhibitions and those organized by our peers at other institutions, to which we contribute in the form of loans). <br><br> <span class="alinea"></span>Among all these collaborators participating in a joint effort, I want to commend most especially our registrars and art handlers, who so carefully organize the production of exhibitions and the transport of works—receiving them, shipping them, packing and unpacking them, framing them, restoring them, hanging them in the galleries, storing them when they are not on display, making sure they are insured, researching them, liaising with the artists who have made them, their studios, and their gallerists, as well as with curators at partner institutions, always keeping a close and careful eye on their condition. <br><br> <span class="alinea"></span>Over the past few decades, the growth of museums and the increased size of their audiences have affirmed the vital importance of the roles held by registrars and art handlers and led to their being recognized as a fully-fledged profession, to such an extent that professionals of this activity, in France, have come together to share their reflections and experiences on their roles within the French Association of Art Handlers (Association française des régisseurs d’œuvres d’art, AFROA, which is affiliated with similar organizations across the world). Art handlers are integral—vital, even—to the successful functioning of museums and art collections. <br><br> <span class="alinea"></span>I am glad that the Pinault Collection is taking this opportunity to acknowledge the importance of their work and to express its gratitude for their combined efforts. </div> <br>
 

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