Documenting 150 years of hidden history
The Exhibitionists brings to light the history of an art museum in its 150th year. A comprehensive account of the Art Gallery of NSW’s rich heritage, the book is both a local Sydney story and part of a broader international one in the ways public museums evolve with the times. Guided by long-time head archivist Steven Miller, Mucho designed the book in a deeply collaborative process.
The main layout challenge was incorporating vast and varied content that included archival photos, artworks and illustrations. One of the first major applications of the Art Gallery’s new visual identity, The Exhibitionists utilises the house typefaces Preston and Syllabus. History, in its many forms, was a key motif for the identity’s development, and this quote from Gallery Director Michael Brand reaffirms the importance of looking back in order to move forward: “Since becoming the ninth director in 2012 I’ve continued to consider the extraordinary history of our beloved state art museum as I lead the Sydney Modern Project expansion. The planning of a successful future relies on a deep understanding of our rich and complex history.