Installation art has become mainstream in artistic practices. However, acquiring and displaying such artworks means that curators and conservators are challenged to deal with obsolete technologies, ephemeral materials, and other issues concerning care and management of these artworks. By analyzing three in-depth case studies, the author sheds new light on the key concepts of traditional conservation—authenticity, artist’s intention, and the notion of ownership—while exploring how these concepts apply in contemporary art conservation.
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Vivian van Saaze is postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of Maastricht University in the Netherlands.Review:
“Installation Art and the Museum will become essential reading for scholars and professionals who work in the art world, along with anyone with serious interest in contemporary art and its display.” (Glenn Wharton Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art and Research Scholar in Museum Studies,)
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