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International Partnership Creates Spectacular Environments at the Art Gallery of Ontario


ClickNetherfield, international museum showcase designers and manufacturers, and kubik-Maltbie, leading museum specialists, teamed up as part of an innovative and exciting project with the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. Together they have created a range of beautiful displays, environments and unique showcases to house the remarkable Thomson Collections of Ship Models and European Art, on view to the public for the first time from November 14th 2008.

“We are honoured and thrilled to be part of the Transformation of AGO, and to work with outstanding partners like Gehry International and kubik-Maltbie” said Mike Chaplin, Technical Director, of UK based ClickNetherfield “we believe the result is one of the most dramatic museum showcase projects in the world.”

The Thomson Collection of Ship Models is one of the largest ever assembled, with examples from the Napoleonic era through to the 20th century, and ranging from an inch to nearly 9 foot long. The models are housed in a series of spectacular Gehry designed curved glass showcases described by Ryan Skorch, Projects and Development Director, kubik-Maltbie, as “an exquisite and incredibly complex design.” The curved glass case geometry required for this ground-breaking concept demanded rigorous test design, and pushed the latest computer aided design technology to the absolute limits. The resulting amazing wave-profile glass showcases demonstrate the ability of ClickNetherfield to turn vision into reality.

The Thomson Collection of European Art features over 900 Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque works of art, the highlight of which is the recently rediscovered 17th century masterpiece by Peter Paul Rubens, The Massacre of the Innocents.

Two Gehry International designed ‘roomettes’ one in black slate, the other in copper tiles create intimate spaces to view various exquisite works. “The range of materials used in the cases and displays throughout, gold leaf, galvanized metal, polished copper, huge sheets of mitred glass, were all selected and used to complement the rooms, the gallery and the collection,” said Skorch “we believe these displays set a new standard for museums and galleries.”

“The ClickNetherfield kubik-Maltbie team was the ideal partner for this project” said Linda Milrod, Program Director, Transformation AGO Project. “They are an amazing team that was consistently able to pull off what often seemed impossible.”

kubik-Maltbie is one of the world’s most recognised museum specialists, designing and creating industry-leading museum exhibitions and memorable visitor experiences.
ClickNetherfield specialises in design, manufacture and installation of the highest quality display cases, equipped with a diverse range of lighting and environmental control systems, for museums and galleries throughout the world.

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