Going Public

Going Public

Going Public — International Art Collectors in Sheffield presented a series of world-class exhibitions in five galleries and public spaces across the city. Bringing together four leading European private collections of contemporary art; the dslcollection, the Cattelain Collection, the Marzona Collection and the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection, Going Public featured rarely displayed pieces from internationally renowned artists, including Jake & Dinos Chapman, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Sol LeWitt and more.

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“Who are the philanthropists of the future, and what role do public galleries and private collections play in bringing great art to everyone?”

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Originated by Sebastien Montabonel and Mark Doyle, Going Public was led by Museums Sheffield. The exhibition was a catalyst for timely discussions on the relationship between public galleries and private collectors, championing how philanthropy can work with the public sector to ensure the flourishing of culture in the face of cuts to arts funding.

Going Public was the first exhibition of its kind in the UK.

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Playing with the idea of public and private, the private collection entering the public gallery space or the public museum being privately funded, our designs incorporated a series of peep holes – simultaneously concealing and revealing. Taking Duchamp’s infamous Fountain as a starting point, an artwork where the urinal, a public site of private business is represented as a sculptural form. Our design of peep holes was taken from formation of drainage holes on the iconic latrine. The formations — a simple circle acted as a graphic device that became part of the bigger campaign and typographic identity. Five formations were developed and assigned to exhibition venue. The initial play on peep holes, privately concealing and publically revealing, became a graphic identity used for wayfinding throughout the expansive programme.  

What is more public than a Urinal? 

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