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Conference on Modern Oil Paints 23-25 May 2018

Wednesday 08 November 2017 (Categories: Modern Materials and Contemporary Art, Paintings, Scientific Research)

Call for Abstracts
Conference on Modern Oil Paints 23-25 May 2018
On the occasion of the conclusion of the research project ‘Cleaning Modern Oil Paints’ (2015-2018), the Rijksmuseum, in collaboration with the CMOP project partners cordially invite you to the three-day Conference on Modern Oil Paints.

The conference is organised in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS)

This conference will address conservation challenges particularly associated with twentieth- and twenty-first-century oil paintings. These challenges are distinct from those found in paintings from previous centuries. Phenomena that have been recently observed include the formation of vulnerable surface ‘skins’ of medium on paint surfaces, efflorescence, unpredictable water and solvent sensitivity, and alarming incidences of dripping paints several years after the paintings have been completed. Many of these paintings are also unvarnished, rendering their surfaces particularly vulnerable.
Marking the completion of ‘Cleaning Modern Oil Paints’ (2015-2018)2, the conference will provide an opportunity to share the outcomes of this major research initiative and will also provide a follow-up
1 The Cultural Heritage Agency of The Netherlands, University of Amsterdam, Tate, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of Pisa and associated partners
2 CMOP is a Joint Programme Initiative Heritage Plus EU project exploring some of the most significant challenges associated with the conservation of 20th and 21st century oil paintings. The project was partly funded by EU/H2020, partly by NOW, AHRC and MIUR.
to the Issues in Contemporary Oil Paint symposium3 held in 2013.
The focus of the conference will be on the outcomes of recent research and emerging practice in the conservation of sensitive contemporary oil paint surfaces and the condition of oil paintings seen from various perspectives. The conference aims to address a wider public of conservators from all fields including e.g. painting, sculpture, paper; as well as researchers, artists, curators, paint manufactures and other interested practitioners.
A particular focus will be on the practice of conservation and how knowledge is transferred from conservators to researchers and vice versa.
We invite abstracts for oral presentations and posters on subjects such as:
 cultural historical context of use of oil paint in the 20th Century
 developments in artists’ oil paint technology; paint manufacturers; patents
 characterization of modern-contemporary oil paints and paint surfaces
 paint degradation and long term stability
 the artists’ voice and influence on perception of curators, conservators and scientists
 approaches to conservation and display
 conservation of oil paintings; practical surface treatment
The abstracts will be distributed to the participants at the conference. Presenters will be asked to submit a paper to be published in the postprints of this conference.
For more information on e.g. abstract submission, the symposium program, social programs and admission fees, please visit our website. Information will be regularly updated:
Call for Abstracts open: 15 October 2017
Deadline Abstracts: 15 January 2018
Authors acceptance notification: 15 February 2018
Preliminary program online: 20 February 2018
Early registration deadline: 15 March 2018



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