Conservation

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Contemporary art

Rachel Whiteread’s breakthrough work Ghost gets complex conservation treatment

Structural engineers and architects were among those restoring the room-sized cast at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

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Conservation

Back from the brink: Jean Tinguely’s beloved music machine

Sculptor’s Méta-Harmonie II is ready for action after a year-long conservation effort in Basel

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Conservation

Restoration of rare English Medieval altarpiece reveals a history of serial vandalism

The Battel Hall retable, which survived the fury of 16th-century iconoclasts, bears later scars of graffiti and "witchmarks" against evil spirits

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Conservation

Houston museum reattributes painting to Velázquez

After conservation effort, Museum of Fine Arts decides its hunch was correct

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Renaissance

Isenheim Altarpiece restoration finally back on track after public outcry

More than 30 conservators will treat paintings and sculptures, seven years after French culture ministry halted reckless cleaning of two panels

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Conservation

Modernism award honours preservation of a French school dating from 1933

Prize goes to firm for restoration of a monument to ‘civic Communism’

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Disasters & destruction

Flood-damaged tapestries by Miro return to Venice museum in time for exhibition opening

The two works at Palazzo Zaguri were found submerged in water on Monday night

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Museums

Top museum directors on the challenges of climate change and mass tourism

Vatican conference on preventive conservation warns of environmental impact of short-term politics

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Conservation

Warship figureheads restored ahead of opening for new Plymouth arts complex

Royal Navy statues are being made shipshape and ready for installation at The Box, opening in 2020

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Conservation

Alaskan dancer helps the Met solve riddle of the Yup’ik mask

Conservator calls in master storyteller to decipher shamanic object

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Conservation

Warhol's newly restored 102-canvas work Shadows goes on show in New York

Dia's presentation coincides with the Whitney Museum of American Art’s retrospective on the artist

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Conservation

Soane Museum starts crowdfunding campaign to restore valued frame of a Reynolds painting

Institution hopes to raise £15,000 to clean and conserve wooden structure surrounding The Snake in the Grass

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Conservation

Graff portrait of Saxon noblewoman shakes off centuries of grime and varnish

Its restorer puts it on display at Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie

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Conservation

Family reunited: US exhibition brings together the pieces of cut-up 17th-century Frans Hals portrait

Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio shows three paintings confirmed as one original work by recent conservation

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In the frame

Getty announces grants to shore up modern buildings

The conservation projects include the National Art Schools in Havana, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California.

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Conservation

Titian's Crucifixion work torn after falling from the wall in Spain's Royal Monastery

Sixteenth-century painting of Christ on the cross was rushed immediately for conservation

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Conservation

Death triumphs: Museo del Prado completes challenging two-year-long Bruegel restoration

Newly conserved danse macabre work travels to Vienna for major exhibition marking 450 years since the artist's death

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Conservation

Spain tells vandal to Kiss off after Santiago de Compostela statue defaced

Authorities vow to find rock fan who damaged Medieval statue

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Conservation

Turin’s Chapel of the Holy Shroud—almost entirely destroyed by fire—reopens after €30m restoration

State-of-the-art conservation project that took 21 years brings masterpiece of Baroque architecture back to its former glory

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Conservation

Is Bergamo’s rediscovered Mantegna linked to a triptych in the Uffizi?

Accademia Carrara’s curator Giovanni Valagussa explains how he put “two and two” together

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Conservation

Chicago resurrects its master craftsman

Edgar Miller finally gets his due as the city prepares to celebrate the overlooked designer’s eclectic work

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Conservation

German court orders restorer to pay dealer €26,000 after eight-year dispute

Munich-based dealer claimed paintings he sent for cleaning had been ruined

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Conservation

The portrait miniatures conservator who sees the bigger picture

We spoke to the V&A's Alan Derbyshire about Nicholas Hilliard's trick for painting the perfect ruby and why collector's need to look at their miniatures often

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Conservation

Syria's Palmyra to be ready for tourists by summer 2019 as cost to rebuild Homs reaches $2bn

Authorities says they have received "good offers from the world powers" to help conserve ancient sites

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Conservation

Conservation starts on Liverpool’s Neolithic stones

The Calderstones are being studied, recorded and restored before their reinstallation

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Conservation

Turkey's Göbekli Tepe: is this the world’s first architecture?

Scholars say the organisation needed to build the 12,000-year-old temple may mark the beginnings of class society and patriarchy

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Conservation

Tate restores colour and depth to John Nash painting

The picture is on display in Tate Britain's show Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One

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Conservation

A 19th-century bikini from Iran goes on show in the UK in time for the summer

The garment was conserved for the Holburne Museum's exhibition of objects collected by the “intrepid” traveller Ellen Tanner

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Conservation

Berlin restores murals neglected for more than a century

Only ten of the wall paintings—created in housing complexes to offer visual relief from the booming German capital—remain

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Disasters & destruction

Syrian museums seek Russian expertise to restore destroyed Palmyra sculptures

Ancient city occupied by Islamic State was retaken by Syrian army with Russian support in 2017

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Taj Mahal

Demolish or restore discoloured Taj Mahal, India's Supreme Court tells government

White marble monument, a Unesco World Heritage site, is turning yellow due to pollution and insect dung

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Conservation

Relic of first-century pope found in a rubbish tip is donated to Westminster Cathedral

Rubbish collectors found the bone fragment of Clement I in London

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Conservation

Aleppo's reconstruction 'deserves international resources'

Aga Khan Trust for Culture calls for condemnation of destruction to be reinforced by help on the ground

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Bayeux Tapestry

Entente cordiale: governments sign deal securing loan of Bayeux Tapestry to the UK in 2022

Cross-channel collaboration involves translating, conserving and digitalising the historic embroidery

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Conservation

Huge disparity in estimates to repair vandalised Ivan the Terrible painting

Ilya Repin’s masterpiece in Moscow’s Tretyakov gallery was struck with a metal pole in May

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Conservation

What colour is this dress? Guggenheim reveals Manet painting after three years of restoration

New York museum has removed varnish and overpainting to let the artist’s brushstrokes “sing”

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Conservation

Russia opens new exhibition centre dedicated to icons

The Grabar Art Conservation Center has launched the Ovchinnikov Ikonoteka space, which is named in honour of renowned restorer

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Conservation

Pharmaceutical company pledges to restore beauty at the Hermitage

The Hungarian firm Gedeon Richter to fund three-year project to restore works from the Russian museum that relate to the concept of female beauty

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Conservation

Britain's Post-Modern architecture receives protected heritage status

From a private residence inspired by the cosmos to a commercial building with curves: Historic England adds 17 "PoMo" buildings to register

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Conservation

World Monuments Fund gives $1m for post-quake restoration of Mexican archaeological site

Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people, was damaged by earthquakes in 2017

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Conservation

The amazing technicolour Chippendale: museum injects colour back into 18th-century work

Show at Leeds City Museum is one of this year's many events commemorating the tercentenary of the furniture maker’s birth

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Disasters & destruction

Can the Glasgow School of Art be saved after second fire?

Anger as focus turns to cause of blaze that ripped through Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece

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Conservation

Eight World Monuments Fund watchlist sites get $1m in grants from American Express

In many cases, the funding will be used to help prevent future damage, including public outreach and scientific research

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Conservation

Mauritshuis invites visitors to watch conservators clean its oldest painting

Dutch museum will remove yellowed varnish from Van der Weyden's The Lamentation of Christ

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Conservation

Why using lasers to clean feathers is not a bird-brained idea

Conservators have used the method on a ceremonial cape made by the Tupinambá—a cannibalistic tribe from Brazil

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Conservation

New research reveals secrets beneath the surface of Picasso paintings

Discoveries about two Blue Period works in the Art Gallery of Ontario’s collection have inspired an upcoming exhibition

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Google and the World Monuments Fund highlight Iraqi heritage under threat

Using drone footage, 3D models and videos, the tech giant is working with cultural institutions to make preservation efforts accessible to a larger public

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Conservation

British Museum positions itself as a European expert on Korean art with major conservation project

It is the first Western institution to launch a long-term project to study and conserve pictorial art from the country

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Conservation

How do you conserve time-based media? Museums invest in research to keep up with new technologies

Symposium on the subject to open at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts

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Conservation

Damaged art undergoes intensive care in Berlin’s Bode Museum

The institution is using funds from a private foundation to restore works scarred by war

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Prizes

Wanted: nominations for World Monuments Fund’s Modernism prize

The biennial award was established to help preserve Modern architecture

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Conservation

Army helicopter paint used to restore outdoor sculptures

US Army research on the use of matte black on helicopter blades is aiding conservators working on outdoor sculptures

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Controversies

Paris mayor wants to turn city into ‘refuge’ for works in conflict zones

Anne Hidalgo’s plan, which has drawn fire, involves storing items threatened by conflict in buildings owned by the city authority

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Conservation

Reconstruction of quake-damaged church to be led by former head of Vatican Museums

Antonio Paolucci to oversee restoration of Italy's Basilica of St Benedict

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Conservation

From Monet to Van Gogh: Factum Arte re-creates lost masterpieces for Sky Arts TV series

New show tells the stories behind seven great works that have disappeared and the creation of digital facsimiles

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Conservation

Caucasus government plans to beef up heritage laws to protect Medieval towers

The Russian republic of Ingushetia is hoping that improved conservation will lead to Unesco status

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Conservation

One of Pope’s favourite paintings is looking refreshed after restoration

Icon’s first major intervention since 1931 brings back original colours

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Conservation

Billionaire François Pinault gives €3m for refurbishment of Victor Hugo’s Guernsey home

Hauteville House revamp includes overhaul of furniture and facades overseen by the Les Misérables creator

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Conservation

The Met resurrects Italian Old Master’s Entombment

Museum’s restoration lifts “grey veil” from final commission by the Renaissance artist Moretto da Brescia

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Conservation

‘Historic’ agreement resolves dispute over Chauvet cave (and replica)

Explorers will be paid for image rights and receive share of entrance fees

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Conservation

Fresco that never was will be digitally realised

Charles Le Brun project at Vaux-le-Vicomte, halted by a financial scandal at Louis XIV’s court, will be completed with video projection

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Museums

Then & Now: "Modern art is destroying itself," warned our first issue

Museums have since devoted sizeable resources

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Conservation

How much of conservators’ work should be visible and how much should be hidden?

The release of a pre-conservation image of Leonardo’s $450m Salvator Mundi reignites debate over the transparency of conservators’ interventions

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Conservation

How refugees are conserving Iraq and Syria's extraordinary monumental heritage

Opening mega museums is not the only way to exercise soft power in the region

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

A day in the life of… a Tefaf vetter

Maastricht is famous for its tough vetting procedures, but what is it really like to be on the fair’s expert team?

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Conservation

Mauritshuis shines a light on its famous Vermeer

A team of international specialists are studying Girl with a Pearl Earring for two weeks straight

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Conservation

Bayeux Tapestry to be conserved in London?

The British Museum has the space and facilities to restore the embroidery, which is returning to England for first time in 940 years

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Conservation

Where petroleum exploration meets art

Researchers use terahertz scanning to understand artist’s methods

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Conservation

Pastels: the 18th century’s answer to Photoshop

Getty show explores the versatility of the medium

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Conservation

Urgent action needed to save Russia’s wooden architecture

Grassroots activists are leading a campaign to preserve the country’s unique, but sadly neglected, built heritage

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Conservation

Egyptian ibis mummy holds clues to crooks behind ancient clothing caper

Scroll hidden in animal mummy may lead to the discovery of more old texts

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Conservation

Tate awarded $1.5m research grant to conserve contemporary works 'that challenge the structure of the museum'

The project, funded by the Mellon Foundation, will concentrate on time-based media, digital and performance art

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Conservation

Hidden ‘LeWitt’ wall drawing may once again see light of day

Current owner of the collector William Stern’s former home wants to uncover work that was painted over when the Menil Collection sold the property

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Conservation

Boris Johnson related to mummy found in Basel crypt

Corpse is identified as Anna Catharina Bischoff, who is great-great-great-great-great-great-grandmother of British foreign secretary

Conservation

The life of Riley: meet the dog protecting the works at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston