Art & Law, International Summerschool, Veneria Reale, Turin / Venice, july 3rd-9th 2017

Identity and Conservation of Contemporary Artworks: Duties and Responsibility

Location : La Venaria Reale, Turin; Venice
Timing : July 3rd-9th, 2017
Language : English
Audience : conservators, curators, restorers,
gallery owners, professionals and staff working in
institutions and museums of contemporary art.
Doctoral researchers in the legal, philosophical,
historical and artistic fields.
Duration : 1 week (seven days, from Monday to Sunday) Structure: morning : lectures, afternoon : case studies, round tables                 Monday-friday : 4 study days in Turin                                                    Saturday-sunday : Venice, La Biennale : open workshop, meetings and round tables

Participants : the Course is open to all conservators, curators, restorers, gallery owners, professionals and staff working in institutions and museums of contemporary art.
Doctoral researchers in the legal, philosophical, historical and artistic fields, art insurance agents, lawyers, auction houses.

Fee and Payment : tuition fee is 950,00 euro and includes all the lessons attendance, the educational material, classrooms and access to some areas of the Center, planned transfers (Venaria Reale – Turin ; Turin -Venice), accomodation in Venice, facilities.

Registration deadline : 28th of April 2017

More informations :

Scientific Direction
Sara Abram, Centro Conservazione e Restauro “La Venaria Reale”
Gianmaria Ajani, Università degli Studi di Torino
Tiziana Andina, Università degli Studi di Torino
Oscar Chiantore, Università degli Studi di Torino
Alessandra Donati, Università di Milano-Bicocca
Iolanda Ratti, Museo del Novecento di Milano
Antonio Rava, Restorer, vice-president of IGIIC



The works of Joseph Beuys, made with the use of organic material, degrade in time ; Pier Paolo Calzolari instead uses stabilized natural materials. The works of Anselm and Wolfgang Laib require daily maintenance ; the complex installations by Dieter Roth can only be reactivated by his son to whom he hands the work with instructions to install it. Works of this type open up important questions. Which and how many variations can a work of art bear while still being the same? What are the margins of the owner’s intervention in terms of exhibition and conservation of the work? What role does the restorer play today? Contemporary works of art imply a number of challenges both on the side of philosophy, for problems that concern their identity, and on the legal side, as regards their protection. There are many contemporary materials, in addition to the more traditional ones : lights, smells, sounds, food, consumables and waste, to name just a few. All of them ask important questions in terms of preventive conservation and restoration.
The summer school will examine the theoretical and practical issues raised by the contemporary arts in the context of law, philosophy and restoration. The examination of theoretical issues will take place by exploring the many case studies produced by the arts, and will unfold in dialogue with the artists and the industry. The theoretical work also provides a basis for the consideration of the structural characteristics and dynamics that characterize
the contemporary art world.


Monday 3
Preventive conservation and collections care

Chair: Gianmaria Ajani
9.00 – 10.00 Welcome and presentation of the Summer School
10.00 – 10.45 Antonio Rava, Restorer, vice-president of IGIIC.
10.45 Break
11.15 – 12.00 Tiziana Andina, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Turin
12.00 – 12.45 Alessandra Donati, Professor of Comparative Law, University of Milano-
12.45 – 13.00 Discussion

Chair: A. Rava
14.00 Introduction to the topics of the afternoon session
14.15 – 15.00 Antonio Presti, President, Fiumara d’Arte Foundation
15.00 – 15.45 Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, Art Historian, Ministero dei beni e della attività culturali e del turismo
15.45 Break
16.15 – 17.00 Annie Fletcher, Chief Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
17.00 – 17.45 Virgina Rutledge, Creative Commons
18.00 – 19.00 Guided visit to restoration laboratories: case studies in conservation of contemporary artworks (S. Abram, M. Cardinali, O. Chiantore, A. Rava)

Tuesday 4
Preventive conservation and authenticity

Chair : Oscar Chiantore
9.00 Introduction to the topics of the morning session
9.15 – 10.45 Martha Buskirk, Professor of art history and criticism, Montserrat College of
Art, Beverly, Massachusetts
10.45 Break
11.00 – 12.30 Massimo Sterpi, Lawyer, Senior partner of Jacobacci & Associati
12.30 Discussion

Chair : Antonio Rava
Topic : The participation of the artist in the conservation process : interviews
14.00 Introduction
14.15 – 15.00 Stefano Arienti, Artist
15.00 – 15.45 Silvia Fabro, Luciano and Carla Fabro Archive
15.45 Break
16.15 – 17.00 Giorgio Griffa, Artist
17.00 – 17.45 Alessandra Barbuto, Art Historian, Fondazione MAXXI
17.45 – 18.30 Mattia Patti, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art,
University of Pisa
18.30 Discussion

Wednesday 5
The complexities of contemporary art : ontology

Chair : Alessandra Donati
9.00 Introduction to the topics of the morning session
9.15 – 10. 45 Nathalie Heinich, Sociologist
10.45 Break
11.00 – 12.30 Carol Stringari, Director and Chief conservator, Guggenheim Foundation

Chair : Iolanda Ratti
Topic : A new ontology for contemporary art – time based media case
14.00 Introduction
14.15 – 15.45 New media expert, under definition
15.45 Break
16.15 – 17.00 Wang Chengbing, Professor of Philosophy, Beijing Normal University
17.00 – 17.45 Pip Laurenson, Head of Collection Care Research, Tate, London
17.45 – 18.30 Artist, under definition
18.30 Discussion

Friday 7
The restoration as knowledge and its documentation


Chair : Sara Abram
9.00 Introduction to the topics of the morning session
9.15 – 10.45 Carolyn Christov Bakargiev, Director, Castello di Rivoli
10.45 Break
11.00 – 12.30 David Carrier, Philosopher and art historian

Chair : Alessandra Donati
Topic: Preserving art – archives and documents
14.00 Introduction
14.15 – 15.00 Marilena Pasquali, Critic and art historian, Founder Museo Morandi, Bologna
15.00 – 15.45 Cecilia Fontanelli, Director assistant, Galleria Continua
17.00 Transfer to Venice

Saturday 8 – Venice
Artwork, object ready made

Chair : Barbara Pasa
9.00 – 12.30 Round table in collaboration with IUAV

14.00 Visit to the Biennale Pavillons and meetings with curator Paola Nicolin and artists

Sunday 9 – Venice
Identity and Conservation of Contemporary Artworks: Duties and Responsibility

Chair : Gianmaria Ajani
9.00 – 12.30 Round table in collaboration with La Biennale
Marina Pugliese, Debora Rossi and others under definition


Downlaod programm : summerschool_program

More informations :

« Linking Past and Future », ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference, Copenhagen september 2017

ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference in Copenhagen
4 – 8 SEPTEMBER 2017

« Linking Past and Future  »

The 18th Triennial Conference of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC) will present 150 peer-reviewed papers and 100 posters in 21 working groups and international keynote speakers.
The conference will offer visits to conservation workshops and invite to receptions and social events during the week for networking. We hope to see more than 800 delegates, including conservators, scientists, historians and art historians, curators, librarians, archivists, students, collection managers and directors from the world’s leading cultural institutions and the private sector.
Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark has accepted the patronage of the 18th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference.
ICOM-CC will celebrate its 50th Anniversary at the 18th ICOM-CC Triennial Conference in Copenhagen.

For more information visit our website: Detailed program will be announced in late April and make sure to sign up to the conference at the best price before May 15, 2017.
Jesper Stub Johnsen
Chair of the National Organizing Committee and
Deputy Director of the National Museum of Denmark, Conservation and Natural Sciences


Call for papers : FUTURE TALKS 017, Munich, october 2017

FUTURE TALKS 017 , The silver edition

Duration: October 11 to 13, 2017 

Organiser: Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum 

Location: Ernst von Siemens-Auditorium, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany 

Cal for papers, deadline : aprils 30th


With the international renowned biennal conference FUTURE TALKS we succeeded in establishing a groundbreaking platform to discuss and exchange experiences in the conservation of modern materials. The quality of FUTURE TALKS is and should always be related to a deeper understanding of technologies and materials used and to the pragmatism of finding appropriate conservation strategies to prolong the life span of design objects.
will be back in 2017

After an overwhelming response to our last four FUTURE TALKS conferences (2009 – 2015) with almost 900 participants from 25 nations we are eagerly looking forward to our 5th anniversary: The Silver Edition – the FUTURE TALKS 017 conference!

FUTURE TALKS 017 will be yet another extensive three day congress on international research projects and case studies both on active conservation treatments of modern materials in design and modern art and on related material and technology science.


In 2016 our museum has bought the FUTURO house, designed 1968 by the Finnish architect Matti Suuroonen. From May 2017 on, this UFO-like mobile home will be presented at the outdoor area of the Pinakothek der Moderne for one year. An accompanying programme highlights different perspectives dealing with visions in design.

Given the highly visionary potential of the FUTURO house, a broad range of exciting and interesting topics opens up for FUTURE TALKS 017!

Accordingly FUTURE TALKS 017 is focussing on the evolution and role of new technologies and conservation practices, the visions and innovations both in the fields of investigation and research and its practical application.

Recent advancement in this field regarding technology, design and production processes of modern materials, new and innovative treatment methods for degrading plastics as well as current research and ongoing projects will be presented. During the three day conference experts from all over the world will share their experiences and knowledge in this field.

Knowing very well that the conservation of modern materials is not only limited to design objects, a part of the programme is dedicated to conservation projects on modern and contemporary works of art.

Social events and opportunities to visit local conservation studios, research labs, plastic producers and design studios will accompany the conference programme.

The conference and the associated publication will be in English language.

The detailed conference programme and further information on fees and registration will be posted by mid-May 2017.


Conservation Department I Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (

Die Neue Sammlung houses the world’s largest and most important collection of industrial design. The large number of objects reflects the technologies and materials developed in the course of the 20th and 21st century, attesting in particular to the use of plastics. However, unlike most traditional materials these are subject to a dynamic ageing process and after only a short time often already bear irreversible traces of their age. Corresponding types of damage can hardly be reconciled with the respective designer’s original intentions and are often problematic in terms of conservation. Since its founding in 2002, the Conservation Department has become an important hub for the conservation and maintenance of modern design objects, through research into the deterioration and preservation of the collections, the development of new conservation processes and the knowledge of its original technology. It also plays an active role in networking and information sharing and takes part in national and international research projects in the conservation of design.

Beyond the participation at international conferences with numerous lectures on the conservation of plastics we hold lectureships at the University College of London (UCL) in Doha, Qatar and the Technische Universität in Munich (TUM).

Both knowledge and network expanded to FUTURE TALKS – an international platform initiating an intensive and profound discourse on practical conservation treatments of modern materials.

The Conservation Department of Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum (


Tim Bechthold [Dipl.Rest.Univ.]

Head of Conservation

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum

14th Masterclass – Tracing Paper Conservation, Porto, july 2017

14th Masterclass Tracing Paper Conservation, with Hildegard Homburger, 6th and 7th July
Science Faculty, Porto University
Porto, Portugal

20|21 Conservação e Restauro, a Portuguese contemporary art conservationstudio, has invited Hildegard Homburger to teach a two day workshop aimed at paper conservators.

This two-day workshop offers an intensive and
personalized introduction to the historic manufacturing
processes for tracing papers and hands-on practice with
mending tears and losses, flattening, tape removal, dyeing,
mending paper and lining techniques. Participants will
understand the material properties of tracing paper and
how these affect conservation decisions and treatments.
Topics will include:
| An introduction to the history of tracing paper
manufacturing processes.
| Introduction to various treatment techniques – tape
removal, tears, losses, mending and flattening.
| Practice of the following treatments – mending paper
dyeing, tear mending, lining and paper pulp application.
| Discussion of different case studies.

The two days will blend theory with practice, allowing participants to
apply what they learn to the problems each one faces in their
conservation practice. Participants are encouraged to bring their own
case studies for group discussion.

Practical Information
Duration: Two days, 6th and 7th of July 2017
Location: Science Faculty, Porto University
Language of instruction: English
Number of participants: Workshop 8 maximum
Registration fee: Workshop – €615 – VAT included
Deadline for application: 31st of May
Social Event: Workshop participants will be invited for dinner on the 6th

How to apply?
Please contact the organization via e-mail or phone +351 960
080 607 or +351 222 085 498 with the following information:
| Name an contact
| Area of specialization and experience
| If a | professional, please give job and institution
| Student, please give program, institution and year of graduation
| Bank account holder’s name
Alternatively, you may send your CV or portfolio.
Do not hesitate in contacting for any information regarding the masterclass or travelling and accomodation in Porto.

How to pay?
Bank account details:
| Account holder_ 20|21 Conservação e Restauro de Arte Contemporânea
| NIB: 0010 0000 41021020001 83
| IBAN: PT50 0010 0000 4102102000018 3
Please do not pay until your registration is confirmed

Hildegard Homburger has been a paper conservator since 1986, in
private practice in Berlin, Germany, concentrating on art on paper, architectural drawings and photo-reproductions. She has been a guest lecturer at the Department of Art Studies at the Technical University in Berlin since 2005.
Hildegard has been teaching professional development seminars for 16 years. These include the “Conservation of Tracing Paper”, “Identification of Prints” and “Water and Paper: Conservation Principles” all over the world. Since 1996 she has also been a guest lecturer at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart. She was a paper conservator at the Städtische Museen Konstanz and Stadtarchiv Konstanz from 1983-1985. Hildegard completed a Getty funded post-graduate internship at Williamstown Art Conservation Center in Williamstown, MA in 1987-88.

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