Collecting: Knowledge in Motion exhibition in UCL Octagon Gallery

17 January 2014

UCL Octagon Gallery

Over the last six months, Stefanie van Gemert and Ulrich Tiedau from UCL Dutch worked together with Margot Finn and Kate Smith (History) and Claire Dwyer (Geography) to develop a new exhibition, Collecting: Knowledge in Motion. The display explores stasis and movement of objects in UCL’s collections. Knowledge in Motion will open on Wednesday, 22 January 2014, in UCL’s Octagon Gallery, and you are warmly invited to come and have a look.

The team acquired the Octagon Grant, which was developed to encourage UCL researchers to curate interdisciplinary research in a high-tech gallery space. They researched and explored objects in UCL’s rich collections and worked together with curators at the Grant Museum of Zoology, the Petrie Museum for Egyptology, the UCL Teaching Collections, the UCL Ethnography Collections, UCL Special Collections and UCL Art Museum.

One of the four cases, titled ‘Curious Collectors’, researched and curated by Stefanie vam Gemert, centres around a 17th-century portrait by Rembrandt of the art collector Abraham Francen and presents unexpected (and often unaccessioned) objects in various UCL Collections.

Collecting: Knowledge in Motion will be on display in the Octagon Gallery at UCL’s Main Campus, throughout terms 2 and 3 in 2014.