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From: Thursday 30.03.17
at 9:00am
To: Friday 31.03.17
at 6:00pm

Retouching Modern and Contemporary Paintings Masterclass

Speaker: Rachel Barker ACR


MMIPO – Museu da Misericórdia do Porto​, Porto, Portugal​

This two-day masterclass will blend theory with practice, allowing participants to apply what they learn to the problems each one faces in their conservation practice. The masterclass will provide an overview of the materials and techniques used to retouch modern and contemporary surfaces and will cover the following topics. 

  • An introduction to the retouching of modern paintings
  • A survey of retouching materials suitable for un-varnish modern painting surfaces
  • Retouching challenging modern paintings, case-studies. 
  • Litigation and the restoration of modern and contemporary paintings

Speaker Rachel Barker ACR specialises in the conservation of modern and contemporary paintings and has worked at Tate, London, since 1999. During this time Rachel has been involved in a number of high-profile projects namely the conservation of Agnes Martin's Morning and most recently the restoration of the vandalised Rothko Untitled, Black on Maroon in 2014. This restoration received widespread recognition and the project won the Anna Plowden Award for Research in Conservation in 2015 as well as an Icon Conservation Award that same year.


€492 – see the event brochure for booking details. Discounts are available for those who have taken a 20|21 masterclass in the past. 

On 1st April following the workshop, Rachel will give a lecture on the vandalised Rothko painting. Entry is free for masterclass participants; €35 otherwise. 

Image: Rothko and Kline paintings at the Guggenheim Museum; Sergio Calleja, CC BY-SA 2.0