A curator selects artwork to be exhibited in a museum, gallery or show space as part of an event, exhibition, performance or permanent collection. They are responsible for carrying out research, acquiring works, cataloguing and archiving, and presenting. Depending on the specific job description, a curator may also have conservation and care duties – if a piece is particularly fragile, old or susceptible to other forms of damage, the curator will have to determine the best possible conditions for its display and, if necessary, supervise restoration and repairs. Curatorship includes digital curation, which covers the photographing, information cataloguing and digital display of objects in a collection as part of a virtual exhibit or online archive.
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