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Paolo Cadorin 1918–2014


Dr. Paolo Cadorin was a founding member of ICOM-CC and served on the Directory Board from 1967 to 1981. He was the founding Coordinator, also in 1967, of the Working Group on 20th Century Paintings (renamed the Modern and Contemporary Art Working Group in 1981), a position that he occupied until 1990. Originally from Venice, Italy, Paolo was Chief Conservator at the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Switzerland, the oldest public art collection in the world, from 1954 to 1984. A preeminent expert on Picasso, among other modern artists, Paolo continued to work in private practice following his retirement from the Kunstmuseum. He was the first member to be awarded the ICOM-CC Medal, in 1990. A Festschrift featuring many ICOM-CC members among its authors was dedicated to him in 1999, Hommage à Paolo Cadorin : l’amour de l’art (An Homage to Paolo Cadorin : the love of art), containing thirty-six articles on conservation, art history and museology and seven reminiscences.

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