27 October 2014

Art Conservation Lectures at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Art Conservation Lectures at the Sakıp Sabancı Museum

“Fakes, Misattributions and Puzzles: Investigating paintings by scientific methods.  

F for Fake, R for Real: The rise and fall of two Renaissance Madonnas” presented by Dr. Ashok Roy, Director of Collections, National Gallery, London. (13.30-15.00)

“The Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art: Issues, Challenges, and Current Research” presented by Dr.Tom Learner, Head of Science, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles. (15.30-17.00)

Please join us for lectures outlining the latest research into the conservation on paintings and contemporary art. These lectures are open to all art conservation professionals and interested members of the public, and are presented by visiting international experts in the field. The lectures are offered in conjunction with Miro Exhibition at The Sakıp Sabancı Museum.


Dr. Ashok Roy will present a lecture on the growing role of scientific examination of works of art in helping to establish the origin, history and authorship of questionable or disputed paintings, and those which have sometimes puzzled art-historians.  The second part of the lecture tells the story of two Italian Renaissance paintings whose fortunes and reputations have been determined by scientific investigation.

Ashok Roy is a leading expert in the materials and techniques of European Old Master Paintings. He joined the National Gallery Scientific Department in 1977 and was appointed Scientific Adviser to the Trustees and Head of the Scientific Department in 1990. His principal interests have been the analysis of paintings in support of conservation and the application of technical analysis to solve art-historical problems and to build a material history of European paintings. He has carried out practical scientific work on paintings across the whole span of the Gallery’s Collection.  Throughout his career he has been most keen to promote interdisciplinary research between curators, scientists and conservators, and took on editorship of the National Gallery Technical Bulletin from its second issue in 1978.  For similar reasons, Ashok was co-organizer of five ‘Art in the Making’ Exhibitions and a principal contributor to each of their catalogues, beginning with Rembrandt in 1988. He devised and co-curated Close ‘Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries’ in 2010 and ‘Making Colour’ in 2014.  He is currently Director of Collections at the National Gallery.

Dr. Tom Learner will present a lecture on the many challenges of conserving modern and contemporary art, which is often created with new and unorthodox mediums. He will discuss some of the current research that has been focused on this area, and outline some of the recent advances that have been made in the search for improved approaches and treatments.

Tom Learner is Head of Science at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles. He has a PhD in chemistry (University of London, 1997), and a Diploma in the conservation of easel paintings (Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 1991). At the GCI, he oversees all scientific research being undertaken by the Institute and develops and implements projects that advance conservation practice in the visual arts.  Prior to this appointment, he was head of the Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative at the GCI for seven years, developing a research agenda into how modern materials can be analyzed on works of art, how they will alter with time, and how to best conserve them. Before joining the Getty in 2007, he was Senior Conservation Scientist at the Tate in London, where he coordinated a major collaborative research project between Tate, the GCI and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, into the conservation issues of modern paints, culminating in the Modern Paints Uncovered symposium, held at Tate Modern in 2006.   Learner sits on the advisory committees for INCCA (the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art), RPM (Rescue Public Murals), and the Guggenheim’s Panza Collection Initiative.  He is also serving his second term as coordinator for the Modern Materials and Contemporary Art working group of ICOM-CC modern materials, contemporary art. He has published widely, including two books: The Impact of Modern Paints (2000) and Analysis of Modern Paints (2004).

Date: 27th October 2014

Venue:  Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi


13.00-13.25 Coffee and registration

13.25-13.30 Welcome speech

13.30-15.00 Dr. Ashok Roy:

 “Fakes, Misattributions and Puzzles: İnvestigating paintings by scientific methods” and “F for Fake, R for Real: The rise and fall of two Renaissance Madonnas”

15.00-15.30Coffee break

15.30-17.00 Tom Learner: “The Conservation of Modern and Contemporary Art: Issues, Challenges, and Current Research at the Getty Conservation Institute””

The charge for this event is 70 TL, which covers the participation fee, coffee/tea and tour of the Miro exhibition. Exhibition will be opening exceptionally for these lectures. Lectures will start at 13.30 am and conclude by 17:00. The lectures will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation to Turkish.

Organizer: Paintings and Contemporary Art Conservator Filiz Kuvvetli filizkuv@gmail.com
Registration: Paper and Book Conservator Nurçin Kural Özgörüş nurcin@sabanciuniv.edu

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