Ancient sculptures often fall victim to loss, damage or destruction. Replicas help resist the ravages of time, freezing an historic moment, preserving an idealized condition that can be superior to the surviving artifact, and at the same time offering greater accessibility to a wider public. This exhibition reconsidered the term “fake”, and dramatized reproductions as useful, multidimensional and even positive objects for study.
An archaeological collection demonstrates distinctly different understandings than those depicted by the simple display of sculptural reproductions. The archaeological collection at the University of Zürich wished to characterize the craft and process of replication by making and exhibiting a copy of an ancient sculpture. Both original and reproduction are shown on the poster which G+A created.
This poster unifies differences and similarities by showing both the replica and the original in a single message.