[Crm-sig] Describing Exhibitions ?

Martin Doerr martin at ics.forth.gr
Sat Mar 7 19:20:10 EET 2020

Dear Thomas,

Just to clarify: Any fixed set of objects kept together for a particular 
purpose in this combination qualifies as a kind of Physical Object, and 
is not regarded "Collection" only because it is a set of things. A 
collection in the sense of E78 is given when things are potentially 
added at any, unlimited time following some permanent plan of the kinds 
of things to be collected and are being kept at a permanent place. I'd 
rather avoid talking about "collection", because the exhibition fixes 
the set, and then it is over.
Also, the exhibition set of objects forms a didactic unit, matches with 
a catalogue. The objects will remain members of their collections of 

CRM *thinking* is in events, more than things. Creating an "Exhibition 
Making" activity is rather adequate, much more than seeking exhibition 
semantics indirectly in the product, and then putting in its description 
until all that has happened is concentrated in it. We have part addition 
and part removal events, and plans of things to be exhibited. The 
history of planning can be some times much more intriguing than the 
actual set that could be brought together. But I do not want to 
interfere with the discussion George mentions.

All the best,


On 3/6/2020 1:47 PM, George Bruseker wrote:
> You might want to hop over to the Linked.Art forum and check out what 
> is going on. It is the major focus of modelling right now (using CRM). 
> It is not finalized but you can at least follow the live discussions 
> and make your own decisions.
> Best,
> George
> On Fri, Mar 6, 2020 at 1:36 PM Thomas Francart 
> <thomas.francart at sparna.fr <mailto:thomas.francart at sparna.fr>> wrote:
>     Hello
>     Has anyone already described Exhibitions using the CIDOC-CRM ? I
>     have a use-case where we thought it could make sense to
>     publish/disseminate data about exhibitions, mostly to state the
>     list of objects in the museum that "participated in" the exhibition.
>     Can the group of items that participated in an exhibition be
>     considered as a E78_Collection, curated by some curator ?
>     Which would be the main entities of the model that participate in
>     this use-case to state that an item participated in an exhibition ?
>     Cheers
>     Thomas
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