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Conserving Outdoor Painted Sculpture meeting 2013

The Modern Materials and Contemporary Art (MMCA) working group of ICOM-CC, in collaboration with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), held its Interim meeting Conserving Outdoor Painted Sculpture at the Kröller-Müller Museum, Netherlands, on June 4th and 5th, 2013. Post-prints will be made available in the summer of 2014. Download the programme here.

Read a blog post from one of the participants on the INCCA North America website:

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Outdoor Painted Sculpture (OPS) presents some highly complex conservation challenges. Works are exposed to uncontrolled environments, including intense light/UV radiation and adverse weather conditions, as well as vandalism or accidental damage, and yet it is typically expected/ required for the painted surface to remain in near-pristine condition. This is usually guided by the wish to preserve the original aesthetic qualities of the sculpture and to provide optimal protection to the substrate, in particular when it is metal that has to be protected from corrosion. As such, conservation treatments on outdoor painted sculpture often involve the full repainting of the sculpture, which is often preceded by the removal of all earlier coats of paint.


Mark di Suvero, K-Piece (1972), The Kröller-Müller Museum

The aim of this meeting was to discuss the current issues, approaches and methods used for conserving OPS. It is hoped that the meeting will provide an opportunity for dialogue both within the conservation community, and with others, such as the paint industry, fabricators, curators and artists’ estate, foundations and studios. The Kröller-Müller Museum has a large collection of outdoor sculptures with more than 150 works exhibited in its sculpture garden, and as such will provide the perfect setting for the meeting. There was an opportunity to view the collection, including works under discussion at the meeting.



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With special thanks to:


International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art



Foundation for the Conservation of the Contemporary Art / Stichting Behoud Moderne Kunst