[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Discourage tourism=gallery

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Mon Feb 1 22:24:50 UTC 2016

Thanks Max - that sounds clear and objective to me, and from an informed

Why don't we just copy this text to the wiki so (with a bit of luck)
newly tagged museums/galleries/shops will follow this pattern. Then we
can discuss the relative merits of a wholesale retagging of the "legacy"
objects, or whether it is better to leave the existing tags in place. 


On 2016-02-01 23:10, Max wrote:

> No, that's not the difference.
> A museum is an institution which shows art works so that the public can
> see them. The art works are usually by established artists. Shows are
> curated thematically by curators.
> A gallery is showing art to the public. There is the possibility of
> purchase, but it is only a tiny fraction of the audience which actually
> is buying. The works are by artists the gallery represents. Shows are
> designed by the artist (with help or in collaboration with the gallerist).
> An art shop is selling art(sy things). Visiting without buying is
> possible, just as you may walk through a supermarket without buying
> anything. The artworks are for sale are usually more on the craft side
> of the arts. They are of decorative nature and not of considerable worth
> on the art market. Art works may end there as second hand goods. The
> producers of these art works may not even know their work is in the
> shop. There is no special exhibition, concept or theme other than the
> intent of selling the goods.
> On 2016년 02월 01일 22:49, Volker Schmidt wrote: 
>> I always thought that an Art Gallery is a specific type of museum, i.e.
>> an Art Museum. It can also mean a shop that exhibits and sells art.
>> Hence tourism=gallery seems a good way indicate an Art Museum or Art
>> Gallery, in line with tourism=museum. A shop that exhibits art with the
>> main aim of selling it is clearly a shop=art.
>> Volker
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