2019 annual conference SKR/SCR: Restoring a restoration? On dealing with previously restored cultural assets
Time and again, professional conservators and restorers are confronted with objects that have been restored in the past. The greater the public perception of a work, the greater the probability that it looks back a long and complex conservation history.
How do we approach the various steps taken, and modifications made, by our predecessors? Should we retain them at all costs? Or is it enough to document and then remove any changes in the interest of drawing nearer to a work’s original condition? What new problems or new damage may have been caused by earlier interventions? And what possibilities do we have to re-construct the conservation history of a work if no documentation exists?
SCR is dedicating its 2019 conference to this topic, with the aim of shedding light on the various issues from a wide range of standpoints. We are now seeking speakers* with experience in the complexities of this area to present examples at the event. The talks may be theoretical or practical in nature.
The conference takes place in Lugano from 28 to 29 March 2019 in collaboration with SUPSI (Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana).
The presentations may be held in Italian, French, German or English. No simultaneous interpreting service is planned. The abstracts of the presentations will be published in the conference catalogue in the original language and in an English translation. There are no plans to otherwise publish the individual talks.
We look forward to hearing from you.
We kindly ask you to send the following information with your abstract: name/s of the author/s; contact information; title of presentation; summary (abstract) in the language of the presentation (French, Italian, German or English)
*Conservators and restorers, art historians, cultural heritage conservators, architects