Symposium 2018

NACCA Symposium 2018: From different perspectives to common grounds in contemporary art conservation
25 – 26 June 2018
Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Advances in the conservation of contemporary art require discussions on fundamental questions concerning the identity, values and authenticity of modern and contemporary artworks; historically grown distinctions between specialisms; and transitions and transformations within the museum. The two-day conference on 25-26 June, 2018, organized by TH-Köln and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art’ (NACCA) at the Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences (CICS) in Cologne (Germany) will provide a cross-disciplinary forum for conservation professionals, art historians, conservation scientists, and students to address those issues. Presentations by the ITN Research Fellows in collaboration with guest keynote speakers will introduce preliminary results of their interdisciplinary and intersectoral research and training collaboration for the conservation of contemporary art. Through the discursive lens, speakers and participants will explore a broad range of urgent questions related to intent, authorship, and authentication of contemporary artworks, the various challenges contemporary artworks can present when facing institutional conventions, the ontology of transforming contemporary artworks, the types and impacts of reproduction of contemporary artworks and the relevance of cross-disciplinary networks on the conservation of contemporary art.


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Monday, 25 June

09:00 – 10:00

10:00 – 10:10
Klaus Becker, Cologne
Gunnar Heydenreich, Cologne

Session I. Intent, authorship, authentication
Moderator: Erma Hermens, Amsterdam

10:10 – 10:25
The Artist’s Intent and the Artist Estate’s Intent. In between Authorship and Authentication
Marina Pugliese, San Francisco

10:25 – 10:40
Authenticity and Ephemeral Art. The Point of View of the Conservator
Antonio Rava, Turin

10:40 – 11:00
Artist’s Intent Revisited: From Closed Declaration to Open-Ended Process
Nina Quabeck, Glasgow

11:00 – 11:20
Contemporary Art in the Museum: Professional Roles of Care and the Management of the Artist’s Sanction
Maria Theodoraki, Lisbon

11:20 – 11:40
Kill-or-cure challenge: identifying authentic condition in weathered paintings by Edvard Munch
Tomas Markevicius, Cologne

11:40 – 12:20

12:20 – 13:45

Session II. Production and reproduction
Moderator: Glenn E. Wharton, New York

13:45 – 14:00
Production – Reproduction and Reconstruction. Some Thoughts on the Reconstruction of built Heritage and its Influence on the Reconstruction of Site-specific Modern Art
Ursula Schädler-Saub, Hildesheim

14:00 – 14:15
Conservators and Artists – an strained liaison
Ulrich Lang, Frankfurt

14:15 – 14:35
On the Artists’ Side: The Reinstallation Process
Sophie Lei, Rome

14:35 – 14:55
Recreating photographic visualizations: reproductions and authenticities
Marta Garcia Celma, Cologne

14:55 – 15:15
Conservation by exposure: Revising Hélio Oiticica’s Tropicália whilst on display
Panda de Haan, Porto

15:15 – 15:55

15:55 – 16:25

Session III. Challenging institutional conventions
Moderator: Pip Laurenson, London

16:25 – 16:40
The missing link in time-based art preservation
Renate Buschmann, Düsseldorf

16:40 – 16:55
Time based arts: between micro- and macro time
Johannes Gfeller, Stuttgart

16:55 – 17:15
From Private to Public: Objects in Transition
Artemis Rüstau, Maastricht

17:15 – 17:35
Conservation Strategies for Software-based Artworks
Claudia Röck, Amsterdam

17:35 – 17:55
Distributed Knowledge and Expanded Networks in the Conservation of Performance-based Art
Iona Goldie-Scot, Maastricht

17:55 – 18:35


Tuesday, 26 June

Session IV. Musealisation
Moderator: Renée van de Vall, Maastricht

10:00 – 10:15
Berkeley and Malraux walk into a bar (and meet a conservator)
Salvador Muñoz Viñas, Valencia

10:15 – 10:30
Keeping Time: On Museums, Temporality, and Heterotopia
Hanna Hölling, London

10:30 – 10:50
Centres in Flux: Authenticity in the Persistence and Recurrence of Contemporary Artworks
Brian Castriota, Glasgow

10:50 – 11:10
Artworks in Museum Collection: From Object to Process
Joanna Kiliszek, Warsaw

11:10 – 11:30
Between Collections and Archives: the Nature of Contemporary Artworks in the Museum Realm
Aga Wielocha, Amsterdam

11:30 – 12:10

12:10 – 14:00

Session V. Cross-disciplinary networks
Moderator: Julia Noordegraaf, Amsterdam

14:00 – 14:15
Jumping through cross-disciplinary hoops: hell or heaven?
Renata Peters, London

14:15 – 14:35
Expanding networks for expanding artworks: writing biographies of ‘dividual’ art
Caitlin Spangler-Bickell, Maastricht

14:35 – 14:55
From Collection Management to Content Management in Art Documentation
Dušan Barok, Amsterdam

14:55 – 15:15
Mapping authorship and ownership of information in contemporary art conservation research: an interdisciplinary perspective
Zoë Miller, London

15:15 – 15:55

15:55 – 16:05
Tribute to Heinz Althöfer, a Pioneer of the Theory of Contemporary Art Conservation (1925-2018)
Carlota Santabárbara Morera, Zaragoza

16:05 – 16:15
Closing remarks

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Aula TH Cologne, TH Köln, Ubierring 48, 50678 Köln
How to get there

Reservations free of charge (limited number of tickets on a first come, first served basis)
Please register online or at before 15 June 2018.
Due to the tremendous interest in the symposium we changed the location. We are open for registration again. We welcome you all to proceed with your registration. (Note added 17 May 2018)

The conference is supported by the Innovative Training Network ‘New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art’ (NACCA), which receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 642892.
Planning Committee: Gunnar Heydenreich, Diana Blumenroth, Marta G. Celma

Symposium website on TH Köln