An exhibition, in the most general sense, is an organised presentation and display of a selection of items. In practice, exhibitions usually occur within a cultural or educational setting such as a museum, art gallery, park, library, exhibition hall or World's fairs. Exhibitions can include many things such as art in both museums and smaller galleries. Commercially focused exhibitions are trade fairs that are a perfect opportunity to showcase new launches and existing production lines.
Art exhibitions include an array of artefacts in countless forms : paintings, drawings, crafts, sculpture, video installations, sound installations, performances, interactive art, etc. Art exhibitions may focus on one artist, one group, one genre, one theme or one collection; these may be organized by curators or selected by juries. Fine arts exhibitions typically highlight works of art with generous space and lighting, supplying information through labels or audio guides designed to be unobtrusive to the art itself.
Commercial exhibitions, generally called trade fairs, trade shows or expos are usually organized so that organizations in a specific interest or industry can showcase and demonstrate their latest products and services and study activities of rivals and examine recent trends and opportunities. Some trade fairs are open to the public, while others can only be attended by company representatives (members of the trade) and members of the press.
Interpretive exhibitions are exhibitions that require more content to explain the items being displayed. This is generally true for exhibitions devoted to scientific and historical themes where text, diagrams, charts, maps and interactive displays may provide the necessary explanation of background and concepts. Interpretive exhibitions generally require more text and more graphics than fine art exhibitions do. The topics of interpretive graphics cover a wide range including archaeology, anthropology, ethnology, history, science, technology and natural history.