22nd Contemporary Art Conservation Conference

Tuesday, 16 and Wednesday, 17 March, 2021
Aimed to museum curators, restorers, art historians, scientists, and students dedicated to the conservation and restoration of contemporary art
Free access
Online platform
Coordinated by
Mayte Ortega, Department of Conservation-Restoration of the Museo Reina Sofía
Tlf.: 91 774 10 00, ext.: 2147.
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Museo Reina Sofía
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22nd Contemporary Art Conservation Conference, 2021
22nd Contemporary Art Conservation Conference, 2021

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The 22nd Contemporary Art Conservation Conference, organised by the Museo Reina Sofía’s Department of Conservation and Restoration and supported by the MAPFRE Foundation, will be held on 16 and 17 March 2021. As an international encounter it sets out to share and debate experiences and research, open new channels of study and reflect upon the institutional management of conservation and the professional practice of restoration. 

This new edition is held for the first time in a virtual format via 15-minute contributions from speakers, followed by a five-minute Q&A session live with the audience. It features participation from universities, museums, art centres, and restorers’ associations, among others. Attendance certificates will not be issued in this particular edition.

Those that have already signed up will receive an email with instructions and a link to the Museo’s online platform enabling them to follow and participate in the event. The activity will also be streamed live.


Tuesday, 16 March 2021 - Central European Time (CET)

3:30pm Opening session

4pm Presentation
Mabel Tapia (deputy director of Museo Reina Sofía), Jorge García Gómez-Tejedor (head of the Museo Reina Sofía’s Department of Conservation and Restoration), Mayte Ortega (coordinator of the 22nd Contemporary Art Conservation Conference), and Leyre Bozal (curator of collections from the Culture Area of the MAPFRE Foundation).

4:15pm TetraArt: A System of Conservation and Existence in Digital Art Linked to Programming Code
Juan Alonso López Iniesta (Rey Juan Carlos University) and José Ramón Alcalá Mellado (University of Castilla-La Mancha).

4:40pm 3D Digitalisation Applied to the Study of the Artwork on Paper. Assessing the Use of Photogrammetry and Laser Scan Arms in Two-dimensional Heritage Conservation   
M. Carme Balliu (Centre de Restauració de Béns Mobles de Catalunya) and Aleix Barberà Giné (independent conservator and restorer).

5:05pm Conservation Objectives for a LUGÁN sound work: Emulating to Exhibit, Restoring to Retrieve
Arianne Vanrell Vellosillo (Museo Reina Sofía).

5:30pm Georgia O'Keeffe Through Works from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections
Marta Palao González-Aller and Susana Pérez Pérez (Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum)
Co-author: Andrés Sánchez Ledesma (Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum).

5:55pm A Practical Assessment for a Video Installation Intervention Comprising CRT TVs: 6 TV Dé-Coll/age by Wolf Vostell
Regina Rivas Tornés (Museo Reina Sofía) and Elena Morales García (independent professional)
Co-author: Diego Mellado Martínez (independent professional).

6:20pm Performance Art in Portugal: Archive and Conservation
Ana Cancela (Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar “Cultura, Espaço e Memória” from Universidade do Porto).

6:45pm Presentation of the Work Group Present-day and 20TH-CENTURY ART, by GE-IIC
Rita Amor García and Carlota Santabárbara (group coordinators)

6:55pm End

Wednesday, 17 March 2021 - Central European Time (CET)

4pm Opening session

4:15pm Dismantle, Divide, Destroy: Ethical Considerations During the Preservation of Enamel on Steel Painting in Architecture by Stefan Knapp (1921–1996) (in English)
Catia Wesolowska (Museo Nacional de Gdańsk).

4:40pm PVAc, its Application in Artistic Production and its Properties Opposite Aqueous Cleaning Treatments
Manuel Bochaca Arizaga (Universitat Politècnica de València)
Co-authors: Laura Osete Cortina and María Teresa Doménech Carbó (Universitat Politècnica de València).

5:05pm Beyond Phthalates: the Emission of Modern Plasticizers from Polymers and an Evaluation of the Degradation of Soft-PVC Objects in Museum Collections (in English)
Patricia Schossler (independent researcher).

5:30pm The Discovery and Restoration of an Oscar Domínguez Surrealist Object
Reyes Jiménez de Garnica (Museu Picasso de Barcelona)
Co-author: Humberto Durán (Museo Reina Sofía).

5:55pm Going Green in the Conservation of Contemporary Art and Design Objects: an Evaluation of Surface Cleaning with Biodegradable Agents (in English)
Elli Kampasakali (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)
Co-authors: Theodora Fardi, Eleni Pavlidou and Dimitrios Christofilos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).

6:20pm Footprints of Historical Events in Artworks: the Museo de la Solidaridad Collection
Clara Barber Llatas (independent restorer)
Co-authors: José Antonio Madrid García (Universitat Politècnica de València) and Luis Montes Rojas (University of Chile).

6:45pm End