How to get a salon hang right

Bring your personality into your home - and pull all those small works out of storage - with a salon hang. Here's how.

Small homes, growing collections …. It is not always a case of budget, but rather space. ArtsHub takes a look at the history of the ‘salon hang’, and tips on how to do it right yourself.

The ‘Salon-Style Hang’ is a method of displaying artworks in a stacked format – both horizontally and vertically. The style originated in the 1660s with the Royal Academy in Paris (the annual graduates exhibition of the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture). The first salon was held at Palace of the Louvre.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina