Conservation is the profession devoted to the preservation of cultural property for the future.
Cultural heritage and Art face threats from a variety of sources on a daily basis, from thieves, vandals, and pests, to pollution, humidity, and temperature, natural emergencies and physical forces, to all kinds of light.
Effects stemming from these issues can be treated and sometimes reversed with interventive conservation after the damage has occurred. However, many of the sources of danger mentioned above are controllable, and others are at least predictable.
On my 25 years career as a professional conservator specialized in modern and contemporary art, I can say that what the artists do when they create their artworks is crucial to minimize further the effects of the controllable sources of danger.
Rising up in Italy surrounded by Antiques, I quickly learned how the conservation of an artworks from the XV century can be easier than preserving modern and contemporary art.
After I graduated on restoration & conservation, starting my training in modern and contemporary art I could “touch” what does means dealing with an artwork made by an artist who knows exactly which material was using, Vs an artwork made of industrial products “easy to find-easy to buy” without knowing the composition or the property of the material itself.
This is the gap between the generations of our modern time and the old masters.
This is the reason why as a professional conservator I always want the best quality materials on any action taken to prevent or delay the deterioration of cultural heritage and art, and I wish the artists learn how to connect again with the knowledge of materials and how to use it.
Same as my wish to have professional conservators in Indonesia, trained on proper school program, internationally recognized, which cannot be replaced by short sessions or workshops of any kind.
~ Conservation starts at the artists’ studio. Introducing new, high quality materials for Art and Restoration by F.I.L.A. Group ( Lyra, Maimeri, Canson, Daler Rowney) ~
This event is supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura Jakarta.
Sponsored by Bentara Budaya. Special Thanks to Kompas Group.
Coffee break offered by restaurant Mamma Rosy, Kemang – Jakarta.