During the cartoon museum conference we had some interesting discussions about the question: ‘do museums have to show the original cartoons or can we use prints or even digital images in our cartoon museum?’
Today I read a blog post of Jasper Visser on the Future of Museums’ blog about this theme.
At this moment there is an exhibition about Van Gogh in Amsterdam, where not a single work in the exhibition is a real Van Gogh. Instead the exhibition shows reproductions restored to their original colors and some 3D works inspired by the paintings of Van Gogh.
The exhibition wants to tell a story: the story about Van Gogh’s life by his own words, a story about Van Gogh as an artist and the evolution in his work, a story about the work, materials, etc.
Perhaps reproductions can help us to better understand these stories.
Through 5 questions Jasper reflects on the challenges and opportunities of reproductions in the museum context.
Hope it inspires cartoon museums on their reflections about showing original cartoon art or reproductions.