A temporary pause in a performance, a break from business as usual.
During the renovation of the Museum’s European Galleries, select works from the 1100s through the 1800s are on view in this open-storage presentation, offering opportunities for chance encounters and unintentional juxtapositions. Information about each work—including its maker, medium, and date—can be found at www.risdmuseum.org/intermission.
When the European Galleries reopen in Fall 2017, the collection will be displayed to reflect the issues, materials, and processes that shaped artistic production. Works of art from the Middle East and Asia will appear alongside European works, demonstrating how artists translated new knowledge about the world. This continues the RISD Museum’s reinterpretation project, initiated in 2009, which has included new installations for art from Asia, ancient Greece and Rome, and ancient Egypt, as well as for costumes and textiles.