Replicating Genius: Impressionist Exhibition of 1874

By Nate Dunn

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Replicating Genius: Impressionist Exhibition Of 1874

Project 2016-05-02 21:51:44 +1200

www.replicatinggenius.com

Twitter: @replicagenius

Facebook: facebook.com/replicatinggenius

 

The Problem: 

To see great works of art is often a time and money consuming ordeal and sometimes impossible, if the work is privately owned or not on display. This creates a barrier, allowing only the well off to travel around the world to see great paintings. 2D representations in books and computers have some benefits, but will always pale in comparison to the original 3D object. How can great paintings be made more accessible to people around the world?

 Travel Globe

The Solution:

Replica paintings. Replicas offer the chance for people to see great works in 3D and in person, without the travel and time expense. Replica works are never meant to replace the original work, but to provide the same aesthetic and educational value as the original, and to inspire people, hopefully enough to visit the original work one day.

 VG Replica

The Event:

An exhibition of hand-painted replica paintings of some of the works shown at the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. The exhibition will be held at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland between November 11 and 17, 2016.

Gus Fisher

 

What was the original exhibition?

Held in the studio of photograher Felix Nadar, the first Impressionist exhibition took place from April 15 to May 15, 1874. The exhibition was led by artists including Monet, Degas and Renoir, who called themselves the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, etc. It was actually art critic Louis Leroy who first called them Impressionists (which he meant as a criticism). The public was confused and unimpressed by the exhibition, and many people found several of the works objectionable, including Monet's Impression, Sunrise (the image at the top of the page). The Impressionists would exhibit together seven more times before disbanding in the 1880s.

 

Photo from 1874 exhibition

  A photograph from the 1874 exhibition.

  

Who we are:

Nate is a postgraduate student at the University of Auckland, completing his Master of Arts in Art History, where his dissertation is an argument for the creation of a museum of replica paintings. Outside of uni, Nate interns at Parnell Gallery and is the organiser for TED-style Talksa monthly event with over 1,200 members.

The artists are a mix of painters from New Zealand and overseas. We strongly believe in paying artists fair wages and strive to do so. 

  

The exhibition itself:

Held at the Gus Fisher gallery (74 Shortland St. Auckland, 1010) between November 11 and 17, 2016, the exhibition will also look at new display techniques, including tablets with videos that tell the storyand often criticismbehind each work, rather than traditional (and boring) wall labels of Artist, Title and Materials. There will be a ticketed opening night event, as well as free special talks during the week.

Some of the paintings included in the exhibition are:

Cezanne

Cezanne, A Modern Olympia (Musee d'Orsay, Paris)

Monet

Monet, Impression, Sunrise (Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris)

Morisot, Hide and Seek (private collection)

Degas

Degas, At the Races in the Countryside (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

 

Where does the money go?

The majority of the money raised here will go towards paying for the paintings, which cost around $500 each (some are $1000). About $1,000 will go to exhibition costs outside of the paintings, which include promotion, display equipment and wall text for display information, hanging the works and unexpected costs that always pop up. Any money raised beyond our goal will go towards purchasing more paintings for the exhibition.

 

What is involved?

Putting on an exhibition requires a lot of work (you can get live updates on our website blog). So far we've gotten a venue and exhibition dates, but we need your help to get the actual paintings. Once we've done that, the exhibition needs to be designed (what paintings will be hung where, how will information be displayed, audio/visual aids etc.). Preliminary research has been done into the original exhibition, but more is required so we can emuate the original exhibition as closely as possible.

 

What happens after the exhibition?

First, we'll take a bit of a break, have a sleep in. Then the plan is to take the exhibition to Wellington, raising more awareness and gaining more support. 2017 will be spent raising funds to hire Kiwi artists to create more replica paintings before launching a proper museum in early 2018.

 

History of replica works in museums:

Replica paintings and sculptures have a long history, until around the early 19th-century, when a focus developed around originality. A replica art museum was first suggested in 1834 in France (the Musee de Copies) and opened in 1873 to public acclaim, though political issues and administration problems led to its demise shortly after. However, replica objects in natural history museums have always been present, with museums such as Victoria & Albert, The Smithsonian and Auckland Museum all owning and displaying replicas. Some monograph art museums, such as the Monet house in Giverny, display replica paintings, as they understand that it is better to have a replica to help tell the story than have nothing at all. We want to add to that history by creating a museum of replica paintings here in New Zealand. 

 

Raffle Terms and Conditions:

Note: Every entry will be assigned a number that will go into the draw and be picked by a random number generator after completion of the campaign. Only the winner will be contacted. The painting may be chosen by the winner, but not every painting at the exhibition may be available (due to sponsor commitments). We reserve the right to delay delivery of the painting should the exhibition travel. If the winner cannot pick up the painting, they are responsible for all shipping costs. Friends and family of the organiser and artists are not eligible to win.

Comments

Updates 3

10% in 10 hours needed!

10/07/2016 at 11:48 AM

We're just under 10% away from reaching our goal and a little under 10 hours left! One last push and we'll get over the line!

http://bit.ly/1tdnV2h

facebook.com/replicatinggenius

twitter: @replicagenius

We're getting press!

30/06/2016 at 6:33 PM

Hey everyone,

Ten days to go and we're just a hair under 50% funded, so it's getting down to the wire. That said, people have started to take notice of the exhibition, with write ups coming in and an appearance on the radio show KickArts (if it's not still in the Streaming section, the episode should be in the Past Episodes category). There was also a great article published by the Faculty of Arts at Auckland Uni, which just hours after publication is starting to spread through social media!

A week and a half to go, and everything is lining up, we just need to get the funding over the finish line and Auckland will get one incredible exhibition.

40% and climbing

15/06/2016 at 10:24 AM

Hey everyone,

Thanks to everyone who has donated, shared the campaign and/or just checked it out. We're just over 40% of our goal with more than three weeks to go, so things are looking good. We've got a trivia night fundraiser in the works, Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland Museum have given some support and Steve Martin has been tweeted to. Even PledgeMe boosted our campaign on their Facebook and Twitter feeds!

Still a long road ahead to get the remaining 60%, but we never wanted to be one of those campaigns that get 100% funded in the first few hours, anyway.

Cheers,

 

 

Nate

 

    Pledgers 36

    Anonymous pledger
    2016-07-10 19:51:00 +1200
    Ian Neilson
    2016-07-10 18:14:42 +1200
    Ian Neilson
    2016-07-10 18:11:08 +1200
    Hannah Burgoyne
    2016-07-10 15:44:35 +1200

    "Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing this come to life! :) "

    Michael Irwin
    2016-07-10 13:23:34 +1200

    "This is a great idea i only wish i had more money to back it with."

    Anonymous pledger
    2016-07-10 11:42:58 +1200

    "Looking forward to coming up with something special for our 'You name it, we'll do it'!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2016-07-09 18:26:41 +1200
    Te Kororia Netana-Rakete
    2016-07-08 20:17:07 +1200
    Rachael
    2016-07-08 17:09:06 +1200
    Frances Plant
    2016-07-08 04:35:41 +1200
    Harriett Adams
    2016-07-07 20:11:25 +1200

    "This should be amazing, great idea to bring exhibitions we Kiwis can never experience to life."

    Michael Rua
    2016-07-07 11:06:52 +1200
    Amanda
    2016-07-07 11:01:20 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2016-07-07 09:41:25 +1200
    David Greig
    2016-07-06 16:19:05 +1200
    David Greig
    2016-07-06 16:17:44 +1200
    Katie Skinner
    2016-07-06 14:29:25 +1200

    "Best of luck matey! You'll be blimmin' awesome! :)"

    Dan Bartlett
    2016-07-06 10:51:42 +1200

    "Good luck, Nate! :)"

    James
    2016-07-05 10:34:43 +1200

    "Wooooooooooop"

    Selva S.C
    2016-07-02 21:28:02 +1200

    "I don't think I'll be able to make it to the opening night, butI would love to pass mine to any Kiwi in Auckland who's interested!"

    Elizabeth Heritage
    2016-06-25 13:26:04 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2016-06-22 17:42:23 +1200
    Kathy Neilson
    2016-06-21 08:46:45 +1200
    Kathy Neilson
    2016-06-21 08:45:28 +1200

    "Am very much looking forward to the opening night"

    Anonymous pledger
    2016-06-20 15:12:20 +1200
    Alaina Barrett
    2016-06-17 00:49:22 +1200
    Parnell Gallery
    2016-06-15 12:11:57 +1200

    "What an inspired concept Nate, we are looking forward to seeing it come to fruition. All the best, Sally, Anna & Rachel @ Parnell Gallery"

    Elizabeth
    2016-06-13 15:38:20 +1200

    "Peter and I will certainly be coming along to see this innovative exhibition!"

    Anonymous pledger
    2016-06-12 09:22:31 +1200
    Lovenotes
    2016-06-09 10:27:20 +1200

    "Hi Nate, can we please have 9 x tickets, totalling $45. We're having a team outing :) Thanks and congrats! "

    Followers 2

    Followers of Replicating Genius: Impressionist Exhibition of 1874

    Replicating Genius: Impressionist Exhibition Of 1874

    Project 2016-05-02 21:51:44 +1200

    www.replicatinggenius.com

    Twitter: @replicagenius

    Facebook: facebook.com/replicatinggenius

     

    The Problem: 

    To see great works of art is often a time and money consuming ordeal and sometimes impossible, if the work is privately owned or not on display. This creates a barrier, allowing only the well off to travel around the world to see great paintings. 2D representations in books and computers have some benefits, but will always pale in comparison to the original 3D object. How can great paintings be made more accessible to people around the world?

     Travel Globe

    The Solution:

    Replica paintings. Replicas offer the chance for people to see great works in 3D and in person, without the travel and time expense. Replica works are never meant to replace the original work, but to provide the same aesthetic and educational value as the original, and to inspire people, hopefully enough to visit the original work one day.

     VG Replica

    The Event:

    An exhibition of hand-painted replica paintings of some of the works shown at the first Impressionist exhibition in 1874. The exhibition will be held at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland between November 11 and 17, 2016.

    Gus Fisher

     

    What was the original exhibition?

    Held in the studio of photograher Felix Nadar, the first Impressionist exhibition took place from April 15 to May 15, 1874. The exhibition was led by artists including Monet, Degas and Renoir, who called themselves the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Engravers, etc. It was actually art critic Louis Leroy who first called them Impressionists (which he meant as a criticism). The public was confused and unimpressed by the exhibition, and many people found several of the works objectionable, including Monet's Impression, Sunrise (the image at the top of the page). The Impressionists would exhibit together seven more times before disbanding in the 1880s.

     

    Photo from 1874 exhibition

      A photograph from the 1874 exhibition.

      

    Who we are:

    Nate is a postgraduate student at the University of Auckland, completing his Master of Arts in Art History, where his dissertation is an argument for the creation of a museum of replica paintings. Outside of uni, Nate interns at Parnell Gallery and is the organiser for TED-style Talksa monthly event with over 1,200 members.

    The artists are a mix of painters from New Zealand and overseas. We strongly believe in paying artists fair wages and strive to do so. 

      

    The exhibition itself:

    Held at the Gus Fisher gallery (74 Shortland St. Auckland, 1010) between November 11 and 17, 2016, the exhibition will also look at new display techniques, including tablets with videos that tell the storyand often criticismbehind each work, rather than traditional (and boring) wall labels of Artist, Title and Materials. There will be a ticketed opening night event, as well as free special talks during the week.

    Some of the paintings included in the exhibition are:

    Cezanne

    Cezanne, A Modern Olympia (Musee d'Orsay, Paris)

    Monet

    Monet, Impression, Sunrise (Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris)

    Morisot, Hide and Seek (private collection)

    Degas

    Degas, At the Races in the Countryside (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

     

    Where does the money go?

    The majority of the money raised here will go towards paying for the paintings, which cost around $500 each (some are $1000). About $1,000 will go to exhibition costs outside of the paintings, which include promotion, display equipment and wall text for display information, hanging the works and unexpected costs that always pop up. Any money raised beyond our goal will go towards purchasing more paintings for the exhibition.

     

    What is involved?

    Putting on an exhibition requires a lot of work (you can get live updates on our website blog). So far we've gotten a venue and exhibition dates, but we need your help to get the actual paintings. Once we've done that, the exhibition needs to be designed (what paintings will be hung where, how will information be displayed, audio/visual aids etc.). Preliminary research has been done into the original exhibition, but more is required so we can emuate the original exhibition as closely as possible.

     

    What happens after the exhibition?

    First, we'll take a bit of a break, have a sleep in. Then the plan is to take the exhibition to Wellington, raising more awareness and gaining more support. 2017 will be spent raising funds to hire Kiwi artists to create more replica paintings before launching a proper museum in early 2018.

     

    History of replica works in museums:

    Replica paintings and sculptures have a long history, until around the early 19th-century, when a focus developed around originality. A replica art museum was first suggested in 1834 in France (the Musee de Copies) and opened in 1873 to public acclaim, though political issues and administration problems led to its demise shortly after. However, replica objects in natural history museums have always been present, with museums such as Victoria & Albert, The Smithsonian and Auckland Museum all owning and displaying replicas. Some monograph art museums, such as the Monet house in Giverny, display replica paintings, as they understand that it is better to have a replica to help tell the story than have nothing at all. We want to add to that history by creating a museum of replica paintings here in New Zealand. 

     

    Raffle Terms and Conditions:

    Note: Every entry will be assigned a number that will go into the draw and be picked by a random number generator after completion of the campaign. Only the winner will be contacted. The painting may be chosen by the winner, but not every painting at the exhibition may be available (due to sponsor commitments). We reserve the right to delay delivery of the painting should the exhibition travel. If the winner cannot pick up the painting, they are responsible for all shipping costs. Friends and family of the organiser and artists are not eligible to win.

    Comments

    10% in 10 hours needed!

    10/07/2016 at 11:48 AM

    We're just under 10% away from reaching our goal and a little under 10 hours left! One last push and we'll get over the line!

    http://bit.ly/1tdnV2h

    facebook.com/replicatinggenius

    twitter: @replicagenius

    We're getting press!

    30/06/2016 at 6:33 PM

    Hey everyone,

    Ten days to go and we're just a hair under 50% funded, so it's getting down to the wire. That said, people have started to take notice of the exhibition, with write ups coming in and an appearance on the radio show KickArts (if it's not still in the Streaming section, the episode should be in the Past Episodes category). There was also a great article published by the Faculty of Arts at Auckland Uni, which just hours after publication is starting to spread through social media!

    A week and a half to go, and everything is lining up, we just need to get the funding over the finish line and Auckland will get one incredible exhibition.

    40% and climbing

    15/06/2016 at 10:24 AM

    Hey everyone,

    Thanks to everyone who has donated, shared the campaign and/or just checked it out. We're just over 40% of our goal with more than three weeks to go, so things are looking good. We've got a trivia night fundraiser in the works, Auckland Art Gallery and Auckland Museum have given some support and Steve Martin has been tweeted to. Even PledgeMe boosted our campaign on their Facebook and Twitter feeds!

    Still a long road ahead to get the remaining 60%, but we never wanted to be one of those campaigns that get 100% funded in the first few hours, anyway.

    Cheers,

     

     

    Nate

     

      Anonymous pledger
      2016-07-10 19:51:00 +1200
      Ian Neilson
      2016-07-10 18:14:42 +1200
      Ian Neilson
      2016-07-10 18:11:08 +1200
      Hannah Burgoyne
      2016-07-10 15:44:35 +1200

      "Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing this come to life! :) "

      Michael Irwin
      2016-07-10 13:23:34 +1200

      "This is a great idea i only wish i had more money to back it with."

      Anonymous pledger
      2016-07-10 11:42:58 +1200

      "Looking forward to coming up with something special for our 'You name it, we'll do it'!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2016-07-09 18:26:41 +1200
      Te Kororia Netana-Rakete
      2016-07-08 20:17:07 +1200
      Rachael
      2016-07-08 17:09:06 +1200
      Frances Plant
      2016-07-08 04:35:41 +1200
      Harriett Adams
      2016-07-07 20:11:25 +1200

      "This should be amazing, great idea to bring exhibitions we Kiwis can never experience to life."

      Michael Rua
      2016-07-07 11:06:52 +1200
      Amanda
      2016-07-07 11:01:20 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2016-07-07 09:41:25 +1200
      David Greig
      2016-07-06 16:19:05 +1200
      David Greig
      2016-07-06 16:17:44 +1200
      Katie Skinner
      2016-07-06 14:29:25 +1200

      "Best of luck matey! You'll be blimmin' awesome! :)"

      Dan Bartlett
      2016-07-06 10:51:42 +1200

      "Good luck, Nate! :)"

      James
      2016-07-05 10:34:43 +1200

      "Wooooooooooop"

      Selva S.C
      2016-07-02 21:28:02 +1200

      "I don't think I'll be able to make it to the opening night, butI would love to pass mine to any Kiwi in Auckland who's interested!"

      Elizabeth Heritage
      2016-06-25 13:26:04 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2016-06-22 17:42:23 +1200
      Kathy Neilson
      2016-06-21 08:46:45 +1200
      Kathy Neilson
      2016-06-21 08:45:28 +1200

      "Am very much looking forward to the opening night"

      Anonymous pledger
      2016-06-20 15:12:20 +1200
      Alaina Barrett
      2016-06-17 00:49:22 +1200
      Parnell Gallery
      2016-06-15 12:11:57 +1200

      "What an inspired concept Nate, we are looking forward to seeing it come to fruition. All the best, Sally, Anna & Rachel @ Parnell Gallery"

      Elizabeth
      2016-06-13 15:38:20 +1200

      "Peter and I will certainly be coming along to see this innovative exhibition!"

      Anonymous pledger
      2016-06-12 09:22:31 +1200
      Lovenotes
      2016-06-09 10:27:20 +1200

      "Hi Nate, can we please have 9 x tickets, totalling $45. We're having a team outing :) Thanks and congrats! "

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