Inside Installations. Theory and Practice in the Care of Complex Artworks

Edited by Tatja Scholte and Glenn Wharton

Amsterdam University Press
ISBN 9789089642882
Price: €40.00 (Exclusive postage costs, inclusive VAT)
February 2011
268 pages, 120 f/c and b/w photos

Anything is possible in installation art. The typically short lifespan of the materials and techniques used and the intended experience can be endless, often to the despair of the custodian of the work. The processes involved in preserving this complex form of art; reinstalling it, finding ways to recreate the experience over and again, as well as the decision-making that underlies these processes, form the backbone of this book.

What did the artist originally intend and how has that concept been realized in the past? How can one preserve and document the installation? What relation exists between the components and the space, and what is the spectator’s part in the work? Questions of this kind are examined in connection with a number of case studies. At the same time, the book reports on the results of an extensive research project, Inside Installations (2004-2007), carried out by an international group of custodians active in the conservation of contemporary art.

Tatja Scholte is programme manager at the Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) in the Netherlands and specializes in the theory of contemporary art conservation. Glenn Wharton serves as Media Conservator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He is also on faculty in the Museum Studies Program at New York University, and was the founding Executive Director of INCCA-NA, the North American group of the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art.

In collaboration with the editorial board: Karen te Brake-Baldock, Gunnar Heydenreich, Paulien ‘t Hoen, Frederika Huys, Pip Laurenson, Arianne Vanrell Vellosillo

List of Contributors

- Bart Ankersmit, senior researcher, Cultural Heritage Agency / RCE, the Netherlands

- Ulrike Baumgart, conservator, Art Documentation, Bonn, Germany

- Reinhard Bek, Head of Conservation, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland

- Karen te Brake-Baldock, researcher and INCCA coordinator, Cultural Heritage Agency / RCE, the Netherlands

- Agnes W. Brokerhof, senior researcher, Cultural Heritage Agency / RCE, the Netherlands

- Aebhric Coleman, manager, James Coleman Studio, Dublin, Ireland

- Maike Grün, conservator, Doerner Institut Munich, Pinakothek der Moderne, Germany

- Gunnar Heydenreich, professor, Cologne Institute of Conservation Sciences - Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany

- Hilkka Hiiop, conservator, Art Museum of Estonia / KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia

- Paulien ‘t Hoen, coordinator, Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art / SBMK, the Netherlands

- Frederika Huys, Head of Conservation, Stedelijk Museum voor Aktuele Kunst / S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium

- Monika Jadzinska, conservator and teacher, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland

- Agathe Jarczyk, conservator, Video Conservation Studio Berne, Switzerland

- Pip Laurenson, Head of Collection Care Research, Tate, London, United Kingdom

- Kerstin Luber, conservator, Doerner Institut Munich, Pinakothek der Moderne, Germany

- Thea van Oosten, senior conservation scientist, Cultural Heritage Agency / RCE, the Netherlands

- Janneke Ottens, Head Research Moveable Heritage, Cultural Heritage Agency / RCE, the Netherlands

- Martina Pfenninger, teaching and research staff, Institute for Conservation, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria

- Marina Pugliese, curator, Museo del Novecento and the Historic House Museums, Milan, Italy (since end 2010, Museum Director)

- Vivian van Saaze, postdoctoral researcher, Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Netherlands

- Tatja Scholte, senior researcher, Cultural Heritage Agency / RCE, the Netherlands

- Lucas Sigefredo, Technical Director, Inhotim, Brumadinho, Brazil

- Babara Sommermeyer, conservator, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

- Sanneke Stigter, Programme Leader MA Modern and Contemporary Art Conservation; conservator, University of Amsterdam and Kröller-Müller Museum, the Netherlands

- Iwona Szmelter, professor, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw and University of Warsaw, Poland

- Fenna Yola Tykwer, scientific associate, Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design, Germany

- Arianne Vanrell Vellosillo, conservator, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

- Simone Vermaat, senior researcher, Cultural Heritage Agency / RCE, the Netherlands

- Franziska Wagner, Head of Conservation, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

- Glenn Wharton, University Research Faculty, New York University and conservator, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

- Gaby Wijers, collection and preservation, Netherlands Media Art Institute / NIMk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

- Thomas Zirlewagen, freelance conservator, Zurich, Switzerland