CONSERVING MODERN PAINTS
"Keep It Moving? Conserving Kinetic Art," a three-day conference focusing on the challenges associated with the display and preservation of kinetic art, was held at the Palazzo Reale in Milan June 30–July 2, 2016, with over a hundred delegates from around the world in attendance. The conference was organized by the GCI in collaboration with the Modern Materials and Contemporary Art working group of ICOM-CC (MMCA), the Museo del Novecento, and the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art. It served as the interim meeting of MMCA.
The first two days featured presentations of papers with keynotes by Reinhard Bek (Bek & Frohnert, New York) and Tiziana Caianiello (Zero foundation, Düsseldorf, Germany). Topics ranged from ethical and philosophical to technical and pragmatic issues and included obsolescence of materials, techniques, and expertise; the cost of maintaining kinetic works on display; defining what is acceptable in interpretation of the work; and preservation of function versus original materials. Questions of replicas (including artists’ replicas) and exhibition copies were debated.
The final day's agenda included a visit to the kinetic collections in the Museo del Novecento and a hands-on workshop led by Attitudine Forma, the company that cares for the collection, followed by a roundtable discussion featuring Grazia Varisco, a kinetic artist prominently represented in the Novecento collection. Afternoon visits to either Fondazione Prada or the Carsten Höller exhibition at Hangar Bicocca concluded the event.
Conference proceedings will be available from Getty Publications in fall 2017.