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Microsoft’s 4,500-Piece Art Collection

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CNN.com has an article about Microsoft’s art collection, an unusually large and ambitious effort, and Leah Erickson, the archives manager and Laura Matzer, the full-time curator. She oversees the 4,500 pieces of art at the corporate headquarters, balancing them with posters promoting the latest products and other items tacked to the wall by Microsoft’s employees.

But working inside Microsoft presents challenges most museum staff won’t encounter. For one thing, the geography is daunting: Matzer is in charge of curating mini-exhibitions in 80 buildings around the country plus Japan and Denmark.

Unlike the typical museum, which hangs less than 10 percent of its collection at a time, Microsoft keeps only a small percentage of its works in a climate-controlled vault. As a result, Matzer’s budget is constrained by how fast Microsoft expands in any given year. (Matzer declined to give specifics about her budget, but Klein said during his last year he spent about $1.2 million.)

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June 18th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Corporate | one comment



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