Conservare e restaurare l’arte contemporanea
[Conserving and restoring contemporary art]
Edited by: Isabella Villafranca Soissons
Published by: Marsilio Editori
General coordination: Alberto Cavalli, Alessandra de Nitto
With the collaboration of: Federica Cavriana, Francesca Sammartino and the Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte
Coordination of texts and iconography: Chiara Fiorentini
Open Care technical intervention reports: Isabella Villafranca Soissons
Interviews: Antonella Crippa, Elisabetta Galasso, Alessandro Guerrini, Silvia Simoncelli and Isabella Villafranca Soissons Open Care - Servizi per l’Arte
Research and collaboration on texts: Silvia Simoncelli
The volume, edited by Isabella Villafranca Soissons, Director of Open Care’s Conservation and Restoration Department, published by Marsilio as part of the “Mestieri d’Arte” series and created and promoted by the Fondazione Cologni, aims to illustrate the areas of intervention, the challenges and the opportunities for an emergent professionalism of the restorer of contemporary art works that is little known to the wider public.
Although supported by a rigorous framework, the book tackles the subject with a more informative approach than that of the scientific publications on the question insomuch as it addresses the wider audience of those possessing or managing contemporary art works which are, by their very nature, unstable, perishable and ephemeral.
By means of interviews and testimonies, it examines in depth, and in an absorbing way, that which represents the last frontier of conservation, the contemporary declination of an ancient art craft, that of the restorer who, today more than ever, brings together art and science, working in syntony with the artist’s intentions for the purposes of preserving the authorship and originality of the work.
The publication collects, after a long labour of research and investigation into the world of art and collecting, an abundant series of testimonies in the form of interviews and specialist essays.
It also contains significant casework on the conservation and restoration interventions on works by contemporary authors presented in detailed technical reports, while an ample final section is dedicated to the major Italian restoration institutions, the jewels in the crown of international conservation.