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Exhibition on conservation

From: Pat Griffin <griffin>
Date: Thursday, March 8, 2001
Conserving the Past for the Future
March 4-May 6, 2001
Supported by Patron Sponsors Mary and Leigh Carter
The Cleveland Museum of Art

Curated by Associate Conservator of Paintings, Kenneth Bi, this
exhibition explores the museum's crucial role as the custodian of
irreplaceable and often surprisingly fragile materials--the artistic
heritage from past decades, centuries, and even millennia. Ensuring
that such objects survive into the future requires reliance on newly
developing technologies and techniques to understand, preserve, and
treat aging works of art; plus ongoing renewal of the philosophical
and ethical considerations in art conservation. Highlights of this
show of about 65 works include the museum's over-life-size Thinker
by Auguste Rodin, permanently damaged by a bomb blast in 1970. On
view here for the first time in more than 20 years will be a
painting of Saint Catherine, attributed when purchased in 1974 to
the German Renaissance master Matthias Grunewald, revealed through
conservators' research to be a 20th-century forgery An interactive
computer display and hands-on activities with examples of artists'
materials will also be part of the installation.  The exhibition is
also complemented by an extensive web page on the Internet which
features an online conservation tour of objects throughout the
museum's collection and also the weekly treatment progress of the
cleaning of an early 15th C. Spanish panel painting.

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