9 July 2017
Identity and conservation of contemporary artworks: Duties and Responsability
The works of Joseph Beuys, made with the use of organic material, degrade in time;
Pier Paolo Calzolari instead uses stabilized natural materials. The works of Anselm
and Wolfgang Laib require daily maintenance; the complex installations by Dieter
Roth can only be reactivated by his son, Ernesto Neto, to whom he hands the work
with instructions to install it.
Works of this type open up important questions:
Which and how many variations can a work of art bear while still being the same?
What are the margins of the owner’s intervention in terms of exhibition and conservation
of the work?
What role does the restorer play today?
Contemporary works of art imply a number of challenges both on the side of philosophy,
for problems that concern their identity, and on the legal side, as regards
There are many contemporary materials, in addition to the more traditional ones:
lights, smells, sounds, food, consumables and waste, to name just a few. All of them
ask important questions in terms of preventive conservation and restoration.
The summer school will examine the theoretical and practical issues raised by the contemporary arts in the context of law, philosophy and restoration.
The examination of theoretical issues will take place by exploring the many case
studies produced by the arts, and will unfold in dialogue with the artists and the industry.
The theoretical work also provides a basis for the consideration of the structural
characteristics and dynamics that characterize the contemporary art world
Sara Abram Centro Conservazione e Restauro
Gianmaria Ajani University of Turin
Tiziana Andina University of Turin
Oscar Chiantore University of Turin
Alessandra Donati University of Milano-Bicocca
Iolanda Ratti Museo del Novece
The Course is open to all conservators, curators, restorers, gallery
owners, professionals and staff working in institutions and museums of contemporary
Doctoral researchers in the legal, philosophical, historical and artistic fields, art insurance
agents, lawyers, auction houses.
EUR 950: includes all the lessons attendance, the educational material, classroomsand access
to some areas of the Center, planned transfers, facilities.