Reimagining the Museum
The Royal College of Music Museum is a lively environment used by musicians (both from the RCM and beyond) as well as receiving visitors from all over the world.
The RCM endeavours to constantly improve its services and offer the best experience for all who step across the threshold. With this in mind, the Museum underwent a thorough renovation in spring 2014 that included a reimagining of the display in collaboration with celebrated artist Hugo Dalton.
In creating his artwork, Hugo was inspired by performances by RCM students, and in particular by a performance of Dario Castello’s Sonata Secunda for recorder and harpsichord.
He described his working methods: “The idea was to try and convey the momentary and intangible experience of listening to music. The work represents the quest for a perfect note, thus some marks on the wall are refined and complete whilst others are in the process of emerging. Visitors I hope will get a strong visual feeling that the architecture and museum exhibits have been animated though the wall painting.”
Not only did Hugo give his time and energy without any fee, but he also secured the support of Little Greene paints. As an environmentally and socially responsible company, Little Greene were only too happy to support the project, and kindly agreed to supply all of the paint free of charge.