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From: Wednesday 03.05.17
at 5:00pm
To: Friday 05.05.17
at 5:00pm

Modern Art Conservation in Practice


SRAL, Wiebengahal, Avenue Ceramique 224 6221 KX, Maastricht

Seminar Modern Art Conservation in practice: Different Ways of Decision-making for the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art by Lydia Beerkens

This three-day seminar focuses on the theory and practice in conservation of modern and contemporary art, a relatively new specialisation within the field of art conservation. The seminar
will discuss major themes such as decision making, ethics and aesthetics, the role of the artist through a varied selection of cases from the studio practice including topics as plastics conservation, preservation of Installation Art, The Artist Interview as a tool, and conservation approaches for Arte Povera, Zero artworks and Outdoor Painted Sculptures.

The material given in the seminar is directed towards the latest developments in this field.

New materials in art after 1900
Development of the new specialisation
Decision making and new strategies
Major issues in ethics and aesthetics
Guidelines for daily practice

Platform discussion on conservation issues

Practical session:
Treatment options for plastics and/or The Artist Interview as a new tool

Visit to a the studio of a local artist.

The seminar will be lead by Dr. Lydia Beerkens, Senior Conservator Modern and Contemporary Art at SRAL. Lydia Beerkens is a leading researcher and practitioner in modern art conservation, and has worked in this field for museum and corporate collections for 20 years now. She teaches and publishes internationally and has earned her PhD in 2012 at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.

Who can participate:
There will be 18-20 places available for:
Young and Mid-career conservators in modern art conservation.
Collection managers and Curators in Contemporary Art.

Call for case-studies:
The participants are welcomed to bring in case-studies from their own practice to be discussed during the platform session on conservation issues.

The language of the Seminar will be English.
Maximum participants: 18 - 20
Costs: € 550,-
Seminar fees will include lunches.

Registration requests should be sent to by 20th March 2017. Applicants will need to submit a short CV and covering letter explaining why they should be selected. Candidates
will be selected on relevance of their daily working practice in the field of modern art conservation. Candidates will be informed by 31st March 2017 of their place.

Lead Image: Maastricht Public Domain