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PhD Research: In situ conservation-restoration: the conservator’s role within contemporary art collections (Manon D’haenens)

Name

Manon D’haenens

Title of research project / research interests

In situ conservation-restoration: the conservator’s role within contemporary art collections

Type of research e.g. PhD or Postdoc

Ph.D

Affiliation(s)

University of Liège (Centre Européen d’Archéométrie) and Ecole Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc, Belgium

Supervisor(s)

Dr. Muriel Verbeeck, Professor at Superior School of Arts Saint Luc, Editor of CeROArt,

Dr. David Strivay, Professor at University of Liege, Director of European Center of Archaeometry

(Estimated) date of completion

2017

Previous education and/or work experience

Master’s degree (M.A.) Conservator-restorer of contemporary art and paintings at Ecole Supérieure des Arts Saint-Luc, Liège (Belgium)

Freelance conservator-restorer of contemporary art and paintings

Consultant conservator for SMartBe Foundation, collection of contemporary art

Conservator of paintings and contemporary art at Studio Artbee Conservation

Abstract

The research aims to investigate the conservator-restorer’s role in contemporary art collections. The objective is to propose an association between the conservator and the collection to optimize the conservation of artworks there produced, displayed and / or stored. This close collaboration will be established by a study of the situation within the collections - functioning and problems encountered - and the contribution of conservation expertise.

With application on case studies suggesting an integrated, anticipated and global approach of the conservation, the research will address the conservator’s impacts depending on his/her position within these collections. The in situ conservation-restoration will allow defining practice engagement in collections. It will permit addressing specific issues concerning contemporary art, such as: long-term preventive conservation, in-situ restoration, partial or total replacement, communication in multidisciplinary team-work and the interaction with the public.

E-mail / Contact details

Manon D’haenens

m.dhaenens@ulg.ac.be

manon.dhaenens@hotmail.com

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