Conservation Round Table at the Center for Italian Modern Art

Conservation Round Table at the Center for Italian Modern Art
On Monday, February 24th, 2014, the Center for Italian Modern Art will host a conservation roundtable for conservators, curators, conservation scientists, and other interested participants to consider questions of technique and conservation in Italian 20th-century art. The program will be focused on the subject of CIMA’s inaugural installation: the Futurist Fortunato Depero, whose paintings, sculptures, tapestries, collages, and other works on paper will be on view at CIMA until June 28. The program is part of CIMA’s ongoing efforts to support scholarship and advance dialogue around Italian modern art.

Gianluca Poldi, a conservation scientist from Visual Art Centre, Universit√† di Bergamo, will lead a technical tour of the Depero installation and will share the insights he has gained from his study of a number of the works in the Mattioli Collection. He has been building a database of original materials used by Depero, which can help serve as a baseline in the discussion of the technical investigation, conservation and restoration of Italian art from the 20th century. Furthermore, attention to Depero’s unique materials creates a methodological framework in which to consider the impressive problem of fakes in Italian modern art.

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9:30 AM:
Check-in and coffee

Heather Ewing
Executive Director, Center for Italian Modern Art

Introduction to the Depero Installation
Laura Mattioli
President, Center for Italian Modern Art

Technical Tour of Depero Installation
Gianluca Poldi
Conservation Scientist; Visual Art Centre, Università di Bergamo

Roundtable Conversation with all Participants

1:00 PM:
Conclusion / Adjournment