Curatorial Internships

Musée Jenisch Vevey

2015

Maelle Tappy

 

I hold a Master’s Degree in Art History from the University of Lausanne, I was looking for an internship to complement my knowledge of works on paper in the broad sense. Unfortunately, my studies as an art historian did not cover the art of printmaking, a subject that is seldom taught for itself at University (at least, I personally had no classes devoted to it), so this practical experience has permitted me to fill that gap to a certain extent and to begin to discover a medium whose qualities I could hardly imagine from reproductions. During my internship I realized that they can only be fully appreciated through direct access to the actual prints themselves. I am grateful for the chance my internship has given me to understand this. 

I had to study one of the print collections belonging to the museum: to check each work, to complete the inventory cards when necessary, to photograph the works, to check the works condition, to mention any need to better preserve the works. This led me to oversee to whole collection, to learn to manipulate fragile artworks, to work within a team of several curators and conservation technicians, to identify printmaking techniques and also to learn a specific vocabulary.