Call for papers

Call for Papers „Keep color – keep cool“

Conference of the Polychrome Sculpture Section in the German Association of Conservator-Restorers (VDR)

After the great success of the conference on the conservation-restoration of panel paintings in May 2015, the focus of another conference organized by the German Association of Conservator-Restorers (VDR) now will be on polychrome sculptures, and the practise of their conservation and restoration. With the kind support of the Technical University of Munich, the VDR and the polychrome sculptures section cordially invite you to the conference on 22nd and 23rd March 2019 in Munich, Germany.

The conference will focus on the special challenges of polychrome sculpture and the questions of conservation regarding damaged surface structures or changes in the chromaticity. Antique marble figures, medieval wood sculptures decorated with pressed brocade or colored plaster sculptures of the 19th century – they all have in common the combination of three-dimensional form and polychrome surface which determines the aim, the concept and the technical realisation of the conservation restoration.

Since the beginning of sculpture conservation, different approaches have been used. Currently, a restrain regarding interventions is propagated which does not necessarily correspond to the practical approach. But how are decisions made at the moment and which treatments are carried out? What are the expectations placed on the restored sculpture? What factors determine the conservation – and did they change in the recent decades? How do we deal with previous restoration treatments?

The conference aims at reflecting the current state in dealing with the surfaces of polychrome sculptures. For this, in addition to theoretical considerations, the practical and technical aspects of the implementation are of particular interest.

Various problems, concepts, and the resulting technical implementation will be presented – best practice examples as well as difficult cases, to stimulate discussion.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is July 30, 2018.

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