Theory and Practice in the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art: Reflections on the Roots and the Perspectives

Ursula Schädler-Saub, Angela Weyer (eds)

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ISBN: 9781904982548
Binding: Hardback
Dimensions: 280 x 220 mm
Pages: 210
Illustrations: 78 colour, 25 halftone

The papers in this volume, from the Hildesheim symposium, Theory and Practice in the Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art: Reflections on the Roots and the Perspectives, confront the theoretical foundation and the ethical and aesthetical principles of the conservation of modern and contemporary art, testing the limits and possibilities of the development of established positions and seeking new challenges.

The authors tackle the crucial question - whether there should be specific theoretical, ethical and aesthetical guidelines for the conservation and restoration of modern and contemporary art - by starting from important historical theories and seeing how these might be adapted to meet the demands of contemporary society in dealing with modern artworks and all the multiform cultural manifestations of today.

Since the preservation of the concepts and ideas of contemporary art as well as the conservation or substitution of materials requires a highly sophisticated knowledge of the artist's intentions, a most important voice in this context - that of the artist - is found in the interviews with several contemporary artists and collectors assembled in the appendices.

Published in association with the Hornemann Institute.

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Reviews
This publication should be essential reading not only for the 'contemporary art conservator' but also for anyone involved or interested in the care of cultural heritage. Despite the ambitious subject matter the book is easy to read from cover to cover conveying a holistic understanding of conservation theories and practices. This publication goes beyond asking 'Should there be specific theoretical, ethical and aesthetical guidelines for the conservation and restoration of modern and contemporary art?' It is that guide!
ICON News 30 (September 2010) 26

...I applaud the results of this project. The book provides thoughtful analysis of traditional conservation theory and its failure to fully address today's artistic production. It represents a much-needed movement towards constructing a new theory for the care/conservation/restoration/preservation/informational documentation that is already taking place in the field.
Studies in Conservation 57(1) (January 2012) 61-62