Temporary Exhibition

The British Museum

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

2018

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Factory Settings were appointed by the British Museum to develop and deliver what at first glance appears to be a relatively simple, aesthetically minimal set construction. The first challenge was to create a substructure that could be assembled quickly, whilst also having the requisite strength rated to handle the weight of classical marble status, and large Rodin bronzes. Factory Settings drew on their experience of tight turnarounds in the world of theatre and events to suggest a system that would meet this challenge. The exhibition features the Parthenon Marbles, the friezes and metopes of which are housed in bespoke niches built into the set. Installation access required very precise fabrication and a simple but effective method to place the set panels back into position after the British Museum had installed their artefacts. Factory Settings developed a removable panelling system which appears seamless to the exhibition viewer. The general design intent was to recreate the immediacy of Rodin’s studios - as depicted in the associated photographic reproductions in the exhibition. To achieve this the designers had selected a chipboard product for the external cladding, this was to be washed with a white emulsion paint to create the final finish. Although the finish is meant to feel contingent, it was important that the application was even and not patchy. To successfully apply to the required standard, over such a such a large area, without being able to touch-up and fill the show face, took great care and attention to detail from our team of highly skilled painters.