Thursday, June 9, 2016 – 09:00 to Saturday, June 11, 2016 – 17:00 Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany
The German Association of Conservator-Restorers (VDR) is delighted to announce the major international symposium Collecting and Conserving Performance Art, to be hosted by the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany on June 9—11, 2016.
Over the last decade, art collections and museums around the world have seen a rapid increase in the acquisition of historic and contemporary performance art and its relics. This emerging collection practice challenges artists and collection caretakers alike : How can the time- and site-specific experience of an artist’s live performance be expanded and transformed into an artwork with a sustainable collection life? What status do performance props and documentary materials hold within a collection, and how is their status determined? How can the artwork’s identity and integrity be preserved and experienced now and in the future? What information and components should be entering the collection to ensure the authentic reactivation of the work? How are copyright laws, artist’s rights and future interpreter’s rights accounted for in the acquisition contract? What are the vulnerabilities inherent to a performance artwork? And how are preservation risks identified, documented and responded to?